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Agriculture

  • Essay and Poster Contest offered by Kentucky Proud

    Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer invites Kentucky students to explore the roles of Kentucky Proud and Kentucky agriculture in their everyday lives in the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s annual Poster and Essay Contest.

  • Registration open for Master Cattlemen Program

    Beef producers in LaRue, Hardin and Meade counties have the opportunity again in 2011 to participate in the Heartland Master Cattlemen Program.   
    The Kentucky Master Cattlemen Program consists of 10, four-hour sessions focusing on beef production and the beef industry. These individual educational sessions cover management skills, forages, nutrition, facilities and animal behavior, environmental stewardship and industry awareness, genetics, reproduction, herd health, end product and marketing and profitability.  

  • Magnolia family featured on 'Faces of Farming'

    A Magnolia family will be featured on “Faces of Farming,” a program airing on Kentucky Educational Television in January.

    Howard Ragland, David Ragland and Caleb Ragland, three generations of farmers, are among six Kentucky families who talk about their agricultural lifestyle.

    Executive Producer Ray Bowman, a Franklin County goat producer and former state government spokesman, narrates the program.

  • Beekeeping schools planned throughout state

    Beekeepers of all experience levels will find topics to fit their interests and expertise in six beekeeping schools scheduled in every region of Kentucky between Jan. 22 and March 12.

    The schools will offer classes for beginners and sessions targeted to experienced beekeepers. Vendors selling beekeeping equipment will set up displays at all the schools.

  • FSA moving toward electronic checks

    The Farm Service Agency's Commodity Credit Corporation is moving toward an electronic method for processing producers' checks. When producers present checks, either in person or through the mail, the checks will be converted into an Electronic Funds Transfer. These funds will be debited from the producer's account, usually within 24 hours of receipt. This improves customer relations, speeds the check clearing process, and reduces the potential for human error.

  • Farmers can win $2,500 for charity

    In the season of giving, Kentucky farmers can get into the holiday spirit by registering to win $2,500 for their favorite nonprofit organizations through the America’s Farmers Grow Communities’ program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. One farmer in each of Kentucky’s 29 participating counties – which includes LaRue County - will win.

    The deadline is Dec. 31 and farmers can apply at www.growcommunities.com or by calling 1-877-267-3332 for the chance to direct $2,500 to organizations such as 4-H, FFA, local libraries or fire departments.

  • 4-Hers recognized at banquet

    Numerous 4-H members and volunteers were recognized at the annual 4-H Awards Banquet.

    The Outstanding 4-H Members for 2010 were named. The Junior Division includes 4-H members who are 9-13; the Senior Division includes members who are 14-18.

    Based on points earned for 4-H activities completed during the 2009-10 4-H year, Katie Gardner was the 2010 Outstanding Senior 4-H Member. 

  • LaRue County Farm Bureau awarded Gold Star

    LaRue County Farm Bureau received the 2010 Gold Star Award of Excellence for recent achievements in its Young Farmer Program during the recent Kentucky Farm Bureau annual meeting in Louisville. Caleb Ragland, representative for LaRue County Farm Bureau, accepted the award from Mark Haney, Kentucky Farm Bureau President.

     

  • Food Service Inspections - November 2010

  • EQIP and WHIP programs taking applications

    Each fiscal year, the Natural Resources Conservation Service sets ranking period dates for applications taken for USDA Farm Bill programs. Although ranking dates may vary from program to program, landowners may sign-up at any time for all conservation programs.

    The next ranking cut-off date is Jan. 28 and will include applications for both the Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program and the Environmental Quality Incentives Program.