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Farming

  • Made in the shade

    It is strange, but true … people often refer to shade as a problem.  
    How many times have you heard of people desperately searching for that one magic thing they can do to get grass to grow underneath a pin oak?  
    Why can’t we just accept the fact that it just isn’t possible and move on to better things?
    And, there are lots of better things when it comes to shade.

  • Farmers reminded to certify conservation compliance by June 1

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds farmers that the 2014 Farm Bill requires producers to file a Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification form (AD-1026) with their local USDA service center by June 1, 2015, in order to become or remain eligible for crop insurance premium support.

  • 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.