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Farming

  • 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:

  • Registration open for annual Kentucky Women in Agriculture Conference, deadline is Oct. 24

    Kentucky Women in Agriculture Inc. will hold its 15th annual Conference and Tour Nov. 5-6 at the Cave City Convention Center in Cave City.
    The theme is “Faith, Family, and Farming.” Registration is $65 for the one-day conference ($55 for students), which includes all meals, materials and membership dues for 2015. The pre-conference tour is $25. Registration is due by Oct. 24, 2014. A limited number of conference scholarships are available.

  • Phase I sign-up deadline is Oct. 1

    The Harrison County Ag Development Board reminds everyone that the deadline for sign-up of the Phase I Program for 2014 is Wednesday, Oct. 1.
    If you have not picked up an application please stop by the Harrison County Extension Office to get one. The applications can be returned to the Extension Office no later than 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 1.
    If you have any questions concerning the application, call the office at 859-234-5510.