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Agriculture

  • Where's the Beef?

    Kentucky’s beef cattle producers shared their products with Kentucky’s less fortunate during the Beef Month proclamation ceremony May 2, 2018, on the Capitol grounds.

    Representatives of the Kentucky Beef Council (KBC) donated 2,000 pounds of Kentucky Cattlemen’s Ground Beef to God’s Pantry Food Bank following the proclamation signing to kick off the KBC’s #BeefMonthGivesBack campaign.

  • 4-H member presentations

    The Area 4-H Communications Day was held recently at the Hardin County Extension Office.  Three local 4-H members presented champion demonstrations.  They will be advancing to the State 4-H Communications Day to compete on July 14.

    Cyrus Bivens won Grand Champion in the Junior Clothing and Textiles Demonstration Category.  His demonstration title is “How to Dress to Impress”. Alexis Grimes won Grand Champion in the Senior Animal Science Demonstration Category.  Her demonstration title is “Basic Rabbit Care for Beginners”.

  • Blueberries and Blackberries

    It’s almost summer, and that is prime harvest season for blueberries and blackberries, both of which have the potential to grow very well in Kentucky. Blueberries, which are native to North America, are ready to harvest from early June through early August. Blackberries are ready to harvest from mid-June to early October. These delicious fruits offer health benefits, but best of all, they capture the essence of summer in their sweetness.

  • Lime Quality

     Agricultural lime quality can vary tremendously depending on the chemical properties and particle size caused by physical grinding of the stone.

  • Spring planting has begun
  • Farm Calendar April 25, 2018

    Open House and Awards

       The LaRue County Cooperative Extension Service invites the community to an open house from 4-6 p.m. on Thursday, April 26, at their newly remodeled location at 807 Old Elizabethtown Road in Hodgenville. The annual presentation of the Bobby McDowell Award will be made at 5:30 p.m. For more information call 270-358-3401.

    Equipment for rent

  • 4-H Calendar April 25, 2018

    4-H Summer Camp

    Additional camper spots are now available for boys and girls.  Register today, before the spots are filled.  4-H Camp will be May 29 – June 1, 2018.  4-H Camp is open to campers 9-14 years old and the cost is $220 with the balance due by May 1.  Adult male volunteers are needed.  If you have any questions, please call the Extension Office at 270-358-3401.

  • Agriculture and Natural Resources Education

    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.

  • 4-H Communications Contest

    The annual 4-H Communications Contest includes several categories including poetry, public service announcements, press release, essay, monologue and songwriting.  The results for the LaRue County 4-H Communications Contest are as follows:

    Junior Press Release – Natalie Gentry – Blue & Champion

    Junior PSA – Natalie Gentry, Blue & Champion

    Senior PSA – Madison Wilmoth, Blue & Champion

    Junior Original Monologue –Augusta Gardner, Blue & Champion

  • Making economic decisions on the farm

    In times of agricultural economic downturn, some of us look for ways to increase our income by diversifying into something new or adding different agricultural endeavors to our existing operations. While diversification may sound simple at first, there are many questions you should ask yourself before jumping into a new enterprise.