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Farming

  • Beef referendum scheduled for Nov. 20

    By Gary Carter, County extension

    agent for agriculture

  • Beef Check-off Referendum scheduled for Nov. 20

    On Nov. 20, Kentucky will hold a Beef Check-off Referendum. Each county will vote at their local extension office. The Harrison County Extension Office will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. to receive your vote. Your votes will then be forwarded to Frankfort for Harrison County.
    The following is a fact sheet answering any questions or concerns you may have regarding the check-off referendum. If you have additional questions, feel free to call the Extension Office at 859-234-5510 or the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association at 859-278-0899.

  • Harrison County Young Farmers fall kick-off

    Harrison County Young Farmers will begin their year by having a dinner and meeting at the home of David and Joyce Mullen at 6 p.m. on Oct. 27.
    Anyone interested in becoming a member come and join us. Any questions feel free to call Joyce Mullen at 859-983-8683 or Debbie Prows at 859-298-4827.

  • Changes increase eligibility and financing options for farming families

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announces that they will improve farm loans by expanding eligibility and increasing lending limits to help more beginning and family farmers. As part of this effort, USDA is raising the borrowing limit for the microloan program from $35,000 to $50,000; simplify the lending processes; updating required “farming experience” to include other valuable experiences; and expanding eligible business entities to reflect changes in the way family farms are owned and operated. The changes become effective Nov. 7.

  • Frost concerns for some grazing crops

    As temperatures continue to decrease, it is important to know and understand how various species of forages react to frosts and freezes in order to best utilize these forages and to avoid possible health problems. Freezing changes the metabolism and composition of plants. Depending on plant species, this can create possible forage-related animal disorders or the need to alter grazing management practices.

  • Barnett re-appointed

    Gov. Steve Beshear has re-appointed Michelle Barnett of Cynthiana, a Harrison County Farm Bureau director, as an agriculture representative on the Kentucky Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board.
    Her term will expire June 23, 2017.

  • Kentucky Beef Conference planned for Oct. 30

    The Kentucky Beef Conference will be held at the Fayette County Extension Office on Thursday, Oct. 30.  The program will begin with registration at 10 a.m. followed by the program.
    The KY Beef Conference has been an ongoing annual program for many years. It deals with programs about management decisions for our beef herds. This year the program will be similar.

  • 2014 directors election of the Burley Co-op held

    The Burley Co-op completed its annual director election and directors were sworn into service at the organizational Board Meeting on Oct. 8 for a three-year term.
    Donald T. Mitchell of Woodford County and incumbent Robert Reed Bush Sr. of Henry County were elected by the tobacco farmers of each district.
    The incumbent directors in Districts 12, 14, 15 and 16 were elected by acclamation as a result of no challengers.
    Mitchell will represent District 11, which is comprised of Boyle, Jessamine, Mercer and Woodford counties.

  • Stray seed, odd fruit appearing in yards, gardens

    Over the past couple of weeks I have had a half dozen people come up to me with stories of amazing vegetables appearing in their yards and gardens.  
    My mother, for one, has what she calls a French squash growing by the sidewalk around a newly planted serviceberry.  
    I don’t think it is the same French squash served up in a fancy restaurant but the fruit does have the small round shape that many of the gourmet squashes possess.  

  • Key dates for new 2014 Farm Bill Safety Net programs announced

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is announcing key dates for farm owners and producers to keep in mind regarding the new 2014 Farm Bill established programs, Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC). The new programs, designed to help producers better manage risk, usher in one of the most significant reforms to U.S. farm programs in decades.
    Dates associated with ARC and PLC that farm owners and producers need to know: