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Agriculture

  • Beef Expo sales top $1 million for 7th year

    The Kentucky Farm Bureau Beef Expo recorded sales of just over $1 million, crossing seven figures for the seventh consecutive year in its 32nd edition March 2-4 at the Kentucky Exposition Center.

    “The Beef Expo has become a staple of the beef cattle calendar in the United States, and the results of the last several years bear that out,” Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said. “We are Kentucky Proud to be the leading beef cattle state east of the Mississippi River. Congratulations to all the consignors, exhibitors, and juniors on a great event.”

  • LaRue County Cattlemen’s Association meeting
  • Farm calendar - March 21, 2018

    Hort Shorts Gardening Classes

    There will be a gardening class at the LaRue County Cooperative Extension Office from 6 to 7 p.m. on March 26 and the topic this week will be Lawn Care. For more information contact the LaRue County Extension Office at 270-358-3401.

      

  • LCHS FFA update

    LaRue County FFA has had a busy month in February with meeting all six National FFA Officers to having a blast throughout FFA week. February was a fun month!

    It all started on February 8 when the National FFA officers came to our school. Our officer team had lunch with them and then all FFA members got to listen to the Western Region National Vice President Bryce Cluff give a speech that, no joke, knocked our shoes off.

  • Kentucky Soybean Leaders talk policy with U.S. Senators and Congressmen
  • March gardening chores

    A lot of gardening is about bragging rights. Who has the first tomato, who has the biggest head of cabbage, who’s got the sweetest watermelon, who’s got the biggest pumpkin, I could go on for this entire article. With warmer weather often comes “spring fever” and that itch to get out and till the garden up and be the first one to get your garden ready for the spring.

  • Soybean week recognized in Kentucky

    Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles proclaimed the week of March 5 as Soybean Week in the Commonwealth, and the farmer-leaders of the Kentucky Soybean Association and the Kentucky Soybean Promotion Board took to the state capitol to spread the word. Farmers also expressed their appreciation for the recognition of this vitally important crop to Commissioner Quarles.

  • No Market for Milk

    More than 100 dairy farmers, around 20 of them from Kentucky including Gary Rock from LaRue County, recently received a letter stating they would no longer have a market for their product come May 31.

    Dean Foods, a Dallas Texas based food company, sent the letter to independent producers in Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Indiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania and New York, dated Feb. 26, according to numerous reports. In the letter, Dean’s terminates contracts with the producers and gives two reasons for the “difficult decision.”

  • Farm calendar - March 7, 2018

    Farmers Market Voucher Training and Planning

  • Benefits to grazing novel endophyte tall fescue

     Spring is a time of renewal and rejuvenation, and pastures are no exception. If you plan to renovate a field this year, consider replacing your existing stand with a novel endophyte tall fescue variety.

    Novel endophyte tall fescue varieties have been on the market for about 20 years. Recently, the University of Kentucky released a novel endophyte tall fescue variety, Lacefield MaxQ II. It was available to producers in 2017 and is expected to be more widely available this fall.