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Farming

  • It’s been a bad season for tomatoes

    Everyone is talking about what a terrible season it has been for vegetable farming.
    My garden is growing weeds while the onions rot and the tomatoes languish on the vine. The rain has made for soggy ground that starves annual plants of oxygen.  
    So what are we to do?  
    First and foremost this is a reminder of how important it is to build soil year after year to ensure good drainage for plants that would otherwise be starved of oxygen if they are trapped in soggy, clayey soils.  
    The rest is lies in our cultural practices.

  • Consider safety with flooded garden produce

    It seems we have experienced flooding this summer that has impacted nearly every county in the state. These floods have raised questions on how to deal with vegetable gardens that have been covered with flood water. The following information was gathered from the University of Kentucky’s Dr. Sandra Bastin, Extension Food and Nutrition Specialist; Dr. John Strang, UK Extension Fruit and Vegetable Specialist; and from University of Michigan Cooperative Extension.

  • USDA accepting more farmland for wildlife habitat in Kentucky

    U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Kentucky Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director John W. McCauley announces that an additional 1,100 acres of agricultural land in Kentucky is eligible for funding for wildlife habitat restoration.

  • Phase I Program begins July 27

    The Harrison County Ag Development Board (Phase I) reminds all farmers that the sign-up for the 2015 Phase I program will begin on Monday, July 27. The applications can be picked up at the Harrison County Extension Office and all applications must be returned to the Extension Office no later than Friday, Aug. 14 at 4:30 p.m.
    Available programs are similar to previous years. You can go on line at www.agpolicy.ky.gov and observe all the programs and rules you can participate in. If you have any questions give our office a call at 859-234-5510.

  • Harrison students attend Institute for Future Agricultural Leaders

     Harrison County High School juniors Travis Fry and Gracie Furnish recently returned home from Kentucky Farm Bureau’s Institute for Future Agricultural Leaders (IFAL). Fry, Furnish and 44 other high school students from around the state attended the five-day summer leadership conference, held June 21-25 at the University of Kentucky.

    An identical IFAL conference was also held June 14-18 at Murray State University for an additional 48 students.

  • Harrison County Phase I Program

     The Harrison County Agriculture Development (Phase I) Program has been approved for 2015 and the start date for applications has been set.

    On July 27, the applications will be available for producers at the Harrison County Extension Office. The applications must be turned in by 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 14 at the same location. This will give producers nearly three weeks to apply and should offer all farmers an opportunity to participate in the program.

  • Record number of farmers, ranchers certified under 2014 Farm Bill Conservation Compliance

     The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announces that over 98.2 percent of producers have met the 2014 Farm Bill requirement to certify conservation compliance to qualify for crop insurance premium support payments.

  • Enrollment for 2016 Dairy Margin Protection Program now open

    Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden has announced that as of July 1, 2015, dairy farmers can enroll in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Margin Protection Program for coverage in 2016. The voluntary program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides financial assistance to participating dairy operations when the margin – the difference between the price of milk and feed costs – falls below the coverage level selected by the farmer.

  • Phase I applications to begin soon

    The Harrison County Ag Development Board has applied and been approved for the 2015 Ag Development funds. A signed agreement has been sent to Frankfort and we now wait for the application to be returned to start the program.
    The time frame is as follows; two weeks of public notification followed by two weeks of producer application sign-ups. Following the application period the applications will be scored and the top scores will be awarded the funds for their project.

  • People & Partners, Celebrating Extension event is July 2

    Over the last several years we have held an Extension Leadership Event in March.  Our county planning group decided to change the date.  So, the date for the ELE event entitled People & Partners, Celebrating Extension will be held on Thursday, July 2 at the Big Barn at the Harrison County Fairgrounds.
    At this event, you will receive a great meal and a short program. The program will include our guest speaker, Warren Beeler, from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, and award some of our outstanding leaders.