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Farming

  • Deer rut and our trees

    This weekend marks open gun season in Kentucky and deer hunters will hit the woods in their orange safety gear looking for the epitome of procuring local food.
    I am not a hunter but I certainly respect hunters who lawfully hunt for food. While some are hunting this time of the year, others are scrambling to protect their trees from the rut.
    I saw a dead buck on the roadside the other day that looked at least like a six-pointer; he would be the kind of rutting culprit if you find some of your trees torn up!

  • Agriculture and natural resources extension programs impact all Kentuckians

    Gary Palmer,
    Interim Associate Director of
    UK Cooperative Extension
    Regardless of what your family is involved in, Cooperative Extension plays a role. For more than 100 years, we’ve been offering something for everyone to help them see returns in their endeavors, careers, finances and more. If you have one acre or more than 1,000, our agriculture and natural resource extension agents can help you with a range of topics that can make you more knowledgeable and profitable.

  • USDA issues safety-net payments to Kentucky farmers

    USDA Kentucky Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Acting Robert W. Finch announces that approximately 32,787 Kentucky farms that enrolled in safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill will receive financial assistance for the 2016 crop year. The programs, known as Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC), are designed to protect against unexpected drops in crop prices or revenues due to market downturns.

  • Soybean delivery app released just in time for harvest

    The Kentucky Soybean Board partnered with the University of Kentucky to develop an app to help Kentucky soybean producers to accurately calculate and compare the price offered by elevators, considering delivery costs and high-moisture penalties for grain as it is harvested.

  • Fall is a great time for soil sampling

    By Jessica Sayre, County extension agent for Horticulture
    Many people think that spring is optimum time to take soil samples, but actually fall is a great time for getting your ground’s fertility analysis.

  • Phase I Program to begin Aug. 24

    The Harrison County Ag Development Committee will open the application process for the 2017 County Agricultural Investment Program (CAIP) on Aug. 24, 2017. The applications will be available at the Harrison County Extension Office, 668 New Lair Road, Cynthiana, beginning Thursday, Aug. 24. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, for the application period. Applications will be available for 15 business days ending on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017 at 4:30 p.m.

  • Kentucky producers have until Aug. 1 to submit FSA County Committee nominations

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting Executive Director for Kentucky, Robert W. Finch, reminds farmers and ranchers that they have until Aug. 1, 2017, to nominate eligible candidates to serve on local FSA county committees.
    County committees are made up of farmers and ranchers elected by other producers in their communities to guide the delivery of farm programs at the local level.

  • State ag department taking applications for 2017 Farm to Fork program

    Community organizations are invited to apply to host Kentucky Proud dinners now through the fall of 2017.
    The Kentucky Proud Farm to Fork Program will provide funding to qualifying applicants for dinners that showcase local food products. The program will also promote local agritourism businesses and provide educational background on locally produced agricultural food and products.

  • Smokeless tobacco proposal comment period extended

    Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles has announced that the comment period for a proposed federal regulation on smokeless tobacco products has been extended from April 10 to July 10.
    “This proposed rule would have a devastating economic impact on dark tobacco growers and businesses in Kentucky,” Quarles said. “If enacted, it would have the effect of banning the sale of smokeless tobacco in the United States. I urge anyone who has an interest to send your comments to Washington and let your voice be heard.”

  • Deadline for Leopold Conservation award nominations in Kentucky is April 1

    Kentucky farmers are reminded that applications for the 2017 Leopold Conservation Award in Kentucky are due by April 1.
    “The Leopold Conservation Award promotes an ethic of voluntary conservation and land stewardship,” Commissioner Quarles said. “It recognizes farmers who go the extra mile to care for their land so that it will care for them in return. We are proud to be a part of this important program.”