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Farming

  • Cynthiana Tractor Supply shows families how to “Get Growing”

    Tractor Supply Company in Cynthiana invites parents to unlock the hidden potential of their backyard with a family garden.
    To introduce children to the joy of growing food in their backyard, Tractor Supply is hosting Get Growing, a five-day gardening event May 11-15. During the main event on Saturday, May 14, the store will feature a “first seed” station for children to plant a seed, take it home and watch it grow.
    The Get Growing event will also feature community groups and activities, including cookout and pet adoption:

  • Plant propagation

    The most common form of plant propagation is digging and dividing, which is best done in early spring before new growth or in the fall before plants go dormant.
    Digging and dividing is great for herbaceous plants but those plants that are considered woody ornamentals do not divide as easily with a spade. In this case we can look to the technique of rooting out softwood cuttings from the mother plant.
    Greenhouses have stock plants that they maintain from year to year to provide the cuttings for each year’s new generation.

  • Conservatiion District looking for Licking River Water Watch volunteers

    The Licking River Watershed Watch (LRWW), Inc., established in 1998 as part of the Kentucky Watershed Watch Program, is a 501c3 non-profit organization that spans 19 counties from eastern Kentucky to Northern Kentucky.  
    The LRWW works to protect, improve and restore the waters of the Licking River Basin by promoting water quality monitoring, public education, and citizen action, as a volunteer citizen-based organization.

  • USDA expands safety-net for dairy operations

     Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announces that dairy farms participating in the Margin Protection Program (MPP) can now update their production history when an eligible family member joins the operation. The voluntary program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, protects participating dairy producers when the margin – the difference between the price of milk and feed costs – falls below levels of protection selected by the applicant.

  • USDA expands safety-net for dairy operations

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announces that dairy farms participating in the Margin Protection Program (MPP) can now update their production history when an eligible family member joins the operation. The voluntary program protects participating dairy producers when the margin – the difference between the price of milk and feed costs – falls below levels of protection selected by the applicant.

  • Environmental stewardship, on-farm improvement incentives among agricultural investments approved

    The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board approves $255,208 for agricultural diversification and rural development programs across the Commonwealth during its April board meeting.
    Deceased Farm Animal Removal Program
    The Deceased Farm Animal Removal Program serves as a measure to facilitate the coordination of environmentally sound and cost effective disposal of deceased livestock for Kentucky producers. Two Deceased Farm Animal Removal Programs totaling ($15,000) were approved by the board for Harrison ($7,500) and Henry ($7,500) counties.

  • Moore is new junior member of the American Angus Association

    Courtney Moore, Berry, is a new junior member of the American Angus Association®, reports Allen Moczygemba, CEO of the national organization with headquarters in Saint Joseph, Mo.
    Junior members of the Association are eligible to register cattle in the American Angus Association, participate in programs conducted by the National Junior Angus Association and take part in Association-sponsored shows and other national and regional events.

  • Potato planting time

    Spring break from teaching at U of L falls conveniently during the week of St. Patrick’s Day; which is also my target date for planting onions and potatoes.  I typically manage a mid-March planting but the condition of the soil is my primary concern.  I will not start digging until the soil dries out and is considered workable.

  • Licking River documentary to be shown at HCHS auditorium

    The Harrison County Conservation District is hosting a free showing of the 30-minute documentary “The Licking River: Journey Down that ‘Old Salt’ Past, Present, and Future,” on March 24 at the Harrison County High School auditorium from 6 to 7 p.m.

  • KDA seeks applications for specialty crop projects

    Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles announced that farmers and other eligible applicants in Kentucky may seek funding from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture for producing and marketing “specialty crops.”
    Specialty crops are defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, and horticulture and nursery crops.