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Agriculture

  • 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.

  • LaRue Co. Farm Bureau celebrates Food Check-Out Week

    The cost of food in America remains affordable. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service, American consumers spend, on average, just over 10 percent of their disposable income for food. That means the average household will have earned enough disposable income - that portion of income available for spending or saving - to pay for it’s annual food supply in about seven weeks, said Kentucky Farm Bureau president Mark Haney.

  • Farm calendar - February 28, 2018

    PBPT and Pesticide Training:

    A Producer Best Practice Training is scheduled at 5 p.m. for March 6 at the LaRue County Extension Office. This training replaces the former GAP training for vegetable producers. This will be the last one offered this season. IImmediately following this training will be a Private Pesticide Applicator Training that is designed more for horticulture practices.

     

    Home Based Micro Processor Workshop:

  • AgrAbility keeps farmers working

     Accidents, illness and other problems can restrict farmers from working and threaten their livelihood. Kentucky AgrAbility’s mission is to keep farmers working regardless of their limitations.