• KDA hires two for leadership positions in marketing

    Chad Smith and Ben Conner have been added to the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s (KDA’s) marketing staff, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles has announced.

    “Chad and Ben bring a wide variety of skills and experiences to our marketing efforts,” Commissioner Quarles said. “We are pleased to bring two people of their caliber on board. They will help us achieve our goal of raising farm income for Kentucky farmers.”

  • Coyotes coexist in the urban landscape

    An expansion from its historic range in the interior plains brought the coyote to Kentucky where as recently as the early 1970s sightings of these animals were still considered rare.

    Coyotes are now common across the state but their presence in urban and suburban areas can surprise residents.

  • UK Wheat Field Day is May 9

    The University of Kentucky Wheat Science Group will host its annual field day Tuesday, May 9 at the UK Research and Education Center farm in Princeton. Registration begins at 8 a.m. CDT. The tour starts at 8:45 a.m.

    Specialists with the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment hold the annual meeting to help producers learn about the latest research and trends in wheat production.

  • Farm calendar - May 3, 2017

    LaRue County Beef Producers

    The May meeting of the LaRue County Beef Producers will be at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 9 at the LaRue County Extension Office. All interested producers are invited to attend. The speaker will be Dr. Josh Jackson from UK’s Department of Biosystems and Ag Engineering Department presenting “Handling Facilities and Setting up your own Scale System” There will not be a meal at this meeting, but we do ask that everyone bring a dessert. This meeting will count as educational credit for CAIP. 

    LaRue County AG Market Day

  • Feed high-quality forage

    The ultimate test of forage quality is animal performance. Producing high quality forages is vital to improved animal performance, whether your goal is more pounds of milk, a higher rate of gain, increased wool production or an improved conception rate.

    Forages provide a major percentage of the nutrients for beef and dairy cattle, sheep and goats, horses and ruminant wildlife. If the quality isn’t right, you can’t feed animals enough forage to achieve production goals.

  • Day harvests first turkey
  • LaRue County Cattlemans Association - April 19, 2017

    Warren Beeler, Executive Director of the Governors Office of Agriculture Policy, shown pictured right with Joe Stults, President of LaRue County Cattleman’s Association, was guest speaker at the LaRue County Cattleman’s monthly meeting held April 11. A large crowd attended to hear Mr. Beeler speak on Ag Development Funds being used toward growth in the agriculture industry in Kentucky.

  • Say yes to asparagus

    Asparagus is an early-season crop you may now find at markets. Harvested during April and May in Kentucky, it is a nutrient-dense vegetable that you can eat raw, lightly boil, steam, stir-fry or grill. It can be seasoned with herbs, butter or Parmesan cheese to enhance its flavor.

    Asparagus is a good source of vitamins A and C, folate and fiber. A half-cup serving of fresh asparagus, which is about six stalks, contains 22 calories, 2 grams of protein and 4 grams of carbohydrates.

  • Bees, Pesticides in the Garden

    At one of our recent “Hort Shorts” gardening classes, I was asked by a local beekeeper how they can avoid problems to bees when using pesticides in the garden and yard.

    Overwintering losses of honey bee colonies increased in 2006 and remain at unacceptable levels, but at the same time, there has been a huge increase in beekeeping by hobbyists. This article addresses a few steps which can be taken to minimize hazards to bees when using insecticides to manage other insect pests in the garden.

  • Farm, home safety for stormy weather

    It’s that time of year when we get more thunderstorms. Weather patterns are more active, and storms thrive with the moisture and rapidly rising warm air that is very common during the transition to warmer seasons.

    Stormy conditions also increase the potential for lightning to strike people at work or play outdoors and, possibly, while they’re inside a building. Although thunderstorms are more common during the spring and summer, they can take place all year long and at all hours.