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Agriculture

  • Storage and Feeding Areas

    The LaRue County Agriculture Investment Program, more commonly known as CAIP, is now taking applications until Tuesday, November 27 at 4:30 p.m. Applications can be picked up and turned in at the LaRue County Extension Office Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. I think one of the best investments you can make on the farm is to build or increase hay storage. It has been proven many times that investments in hay storage provide a quick return on investment.

  • Fall Gardening Tips

    As you consider planting this fall, remember, we live in the plant hardiness Zone 6. Plants that do not tolerate less than minus 10 degrees F are not hardy here and will likely die due to cold temperatures. Many plant tags have the hardiness zone listed. Look for Zone 6 and lower on the tag. A Zone 7 plant will not be hardy in Kentucky.

  • Body Scores Indicate Herd Health

    Early winter is an optimum time to prepare your spring-calving herd for reproductive success. Adequate nutrition from about 50 to 80 days prior to calving is critical to maximizing a cow’s ability to rebreed and maintain a 365-day calving interval. If a cow gets inadequate nutrition or is thin at calving and breeding, she will take longer to come into heat and will require more services to conceive.

  • Kentucky dairy and grain issues reviewed by panel

    A pending revised U.S. free trade agreement with Mexico and Canada could mean big gains in trade for Kentucky agriculture, state lawmakers heard last week.

    Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles told the Interim Joint Committee on Agriculture that the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) which he referred to as “NAFTA 2.0” would almost eliminate tariffs on all U.S. commodities and have a positive impact on Kentucky agriculture. The agreement has yet to be ratified by the U.S. Congress or the other two countries.

  • Soybean Seed Quality Issues

    Several LaRue County and surrounding county farmers are having issues with seed quality in soybeans. Below is what Carl Bradley and Chad Lee, UK Extension Specialists, have to say about the issue:

  • Farm Calendars

    4-H Calendar

    4-H Enrollment

    LaRue County 4-H members will need to complete a new enrollment form for the 2018-2019 program year.  New forms are now available at the LaRue County Extension Office.  Call 270-358-3401 for more information.

    4-H Cloverbuds

    4-H Cloverbuds will meet from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. on Tuesday, October 16 at the Extension Office.  The cloverbud program is for youth ages 5-8 years old or K-3rd grades.

    4-H shooting sports club

  • Feeding America plans LaRue food distribution

    Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland (FAKH) will distribute monthly USDA commodity foods to LaRue County residents on Wednesday, October 24 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Hodgenville United Methodist Church on 825 Tonieville Road in Hodgenville.

    FAKH will distribute fresh produce and other grocery items to help provide hunger relief assistance to individuals, families, and seniors who are residents of LaRue County. All residents of LaRue County are eligible to receive the commodities.

  • Enjoy Kentucky’s fall color

    If you’ve been waiting all year to see beautiful fall colors in Kentucky, it is almost time. Mid October is the beginning of the brilliant fall tree color show in Kentucky.  Actually, these brilliant colors have been there all along; they’ve been masked by a cloak of chlorophylls, green pigments vital to a tree’s food-making process.

  • Southern States to help animals affected by Hurricane Florence

    Farm Supply Retailer Launches Feed It Forward and Puppy Paw Donation Drives

    Local farm supply retailer Southern States Cooperative is raising funds in their stores for animals in the areas affected by Hurricane Florence.

    The company is partnering with feed company Nutrena and its Feed It Forward program to collect financial donations in stores that the company will use to purchase and ship animal feed to the areas affected by Florence.

  • October is Farm to School Month

    Serving local foods in Kentucky schools benefits the entire community, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said in proclaiming October as Farm to School Month in Kentucky.

    “Eating healthy local foods helps Kentucky kids do their best,” Commissioner Quarles said. “At the same time, when schools buy local, farmers and food businesses increase their sales, and that boosts the local economy. During Farm to School Month, let’s celebrate our past success and commit to put more local foods on the plates of Kentucky school children in the future.”