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Farming

  • Farmer of the Year applications being accepted

    The 2015 Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) “Farmer of the Year” application process is now open, and the organization is seeking the Commonwealth’s finest nominees for this prestigious award.

  • Mulch, mold and fungi

    By Jessica Barnes, County extension agent for horticulture
    Mulch can be beneficial in many ways on plant beds, around foundation shrubs and other gardening locations in your yard, but mold can threaten its benefits.

  • Farm Bill Program offers producers relief for 2014 losses in more than 40 states

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency announces that nearly 2,700 applicants will begin receiving disaster assistance through the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) for losses experienced from Oct. 1, 2013, through Sept. 30, 2014.

  • 4-H Livestock Judging Team
  • Upcoming CPH cattle sales dates announced

    The KY CPH Sales will continue in the Central KY Area. Two outstanding sales are located in our general area. Lexington and Paris have been conducting the sales for several years. History shows these are also the most successful sales in the state.

  • No-till philosophy makes sense during soggy spring

    One of the most anticipated rites of spring is dusting off the tiller and heading out to the vegetable garden for a little soil play.  
    It is one of those things you can’t plan for, though.  
    It becomes a waiting game because we can’t do it if the soil is too wet; we don’t want to do it if it is too cold, and we only have the time to do it when the weekend rolls around.
    Well, what would you say if I told you that you were off the hook when it comes to spring tilling?  

  • Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Improving fisheries to try this spring

    By Lee McClellan, Ky. Afield
    Discovering emerging populations of sport fish in a lake or stream is a good skill to learn to increase your fishing success. It is also the easiest skill to learn concerning the outdoors.
    Studying the 2015 Kentucky Fishing Forecast is all you need to do because fisheries biologists across the state recommend some improving fisheries to try each year. A printable version is available on the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources’ webpage at fw.ky.gov.

  • Funding available for specialty crop and organic agriculture research and extension programs

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announces the availability of more than $66.5 million in funding for research and extension activities to address the needs of America’s specialty crop industry and solve critical organic agricultural production issues. The grants will be funded through the Specialty Crop Research Initiative and the Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative. Both programs are administered by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and made available through the 2014 Farm Bill.

  • USDA finalizes procedures for Sorghum Referendum

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announces procedures for the upcoming referendum regarding the continuation of the Sorghum Checkoff Program and is announcing the dates it will conduct the referendum.
    The Sorghum Promotion, Research, and Information Order requires that a referendum be conducted no later than seven years after the start of assessments, which began on July 1, 2008. For the program to continue, a majority of those voting must favor the continuation of the order.

  • Deadline for ARC and PLC decisions is March 31

    Don’t lose your chance to elect ARC or PLC and qualify for 2014 payments.
    Update your yields, reallocate base and elect ARC or PLC by March 31, 2015.
    Landowners need to update farm yield history and/or reallocate crop base acres.
    Producers need to make one-time election of ARC or PLC for 2014 - 2018 crop years.
    What happens if you miss March 31?
    • Your farm will not be eligible for 2014 crop year ARC or PLC payments.
    • Your only option will be to enroll your farm in PLC for the 2015 - 2018 crop years and not ARC.