• COLUMN: Ag Market Day is May 19

    The LaRue County Extension Office, 807 Old Elizabethtown Road, is hosting an Agriculture Market Day 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 19 (Election Day). The event, patterned after previous Ag Market Days, will provide local producers an opportunity to sell, and consumers to buy, local farm products.  

    While early in the gardening season, there will be a wide selection of garden and food items to purchase, including strawberries, vegetable transplants, herbs, fresh seasonal vegetables, jams, jellies, baked goods, local eggs, meats, and flowers.

  • Farm Calendar – May 6, 2015

    Beef quality assurance training
    The LaRue County Extension Service will conduct beef quality assurance training for beef producers 6 p.m. May 12 at the Extension office (prior to the beef producers’ meeting). BQA certification is a good idea for all beef producers, but is required for certain beef grant programs, and for those selling feeder cattle in CPH sales. The training will last about one hour.

    Beef producers meet

  • Grandstand getting a facelift in time for fair

    The 2015 LaRue County Fair is a month away and volunteers have been cleaning and renovating the fairgrounds on Greensburg Street.

    “We’re slowly making improvements,” said Steve Johnson, president of the fair board.

    Volunteers are sprucing up the grandstands which date to the 1930s. They are removing rotted boards and plan to replace them with donated lumber. Johnson said work started on the north end of the stands and will be completed in stages.

    Some of the wood appears to be “petrified,” he said.

  • Ag leadership program accepting applications

    The Kentucky Agricultural Leadership Program is accepting nominations for Class XI.

    KALP, housed in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, is an intensive two-year program designed for young agricultural producers and agribusiness individuals from Kentucky and Tennessee.

  • PHOTO: Planting a pizza tree

    Augusta Gardner of Hodgenville was a winner of a Little Caesar’s Pizza kit through a drawing held by the LaRue County Extension Service and the LaRue County Conservation District. 4-Hers were asked to pick out a tree from the Conservation District’s booth at the Extension Expo in March and submit a photo of themselves planting a tree for the drawing.

  • Butler joins American Angus Association

    Gregory E. Butler of Magnolia is a new member of the American Angus Association.

    The American Angus Association, headquartered in Saint Joseph, Missouri, with nearly 24,000 active adult and junior members, is the largest beef breed association in the world. Its computerized records include detailed information on more than 17 million registered Angus.

  • COLUMN: Summer grasses produce quickly

    Summer annual grasses such as sudangrass, sorghum-sudan hybrid, teff and pearl millet can play a role for pasture and hay needs (several producers ran short on hay this winter). If managed properly, these grasses can provide high yields of good quality forage in a short amount of time.

  • PHOTO: Champion Hill Georgina

    Champion Hill Georgina 7338 won reserve grand champion female at the 2015 Kentucky Sweepstakes Show and Sale, March 6-7 in Louisville. Ellee Marksbury, Buffalo, consigned the September 2009 daughter of S A V Bismarck 5682. Kevin Rose, Salem, Ill., evaluated the 51 entries. Pictured are Jamie, Jacob and Ellee Marksbury, and Rooter Gray.

  • Farm Calendar – April 29, 2015

    Conservation District moves
    The LaRue County Conservation District office has moved to 306 West Main Street, Hodgenville. Can’t find them? Call 270-358-3132.

    Quails meet the public

  • Farmers rally to protect herds from a wily – and protected – predator

    Few predators in recent years have created a stir quite like the black vulture. It is loved by biologists – and equally despised by farmers.
    You can curse it. You can bless it. What you can’t do is kill it.
    All vultures are scavengers – feeding on dead flesh: In essence, a clean-up crew. But the black vulture is a bolder bird, willing to kill weakened or young animals.
    “It won’t pass up a free meal, but it will kill if it needs to,” said Brandon Boone, a conservation officer with Kentucky Fish and Wildlife.