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Farming

  • CPH meeting set for Sept. 22

    On Monday, Sept. 22, the Harrison County Beef Cattle Association will sponsor a beef meeting for local producers. The meeting will be held at the Harrison County 4-H Center in the brick building. It will start at 6:30 p.m. with a meal being served.
    This meeting will serve two purposes. Anyone who is considering selling in the CPH Sales will receive information about proper weaning rations in preparation for the sale. If you do not plan to participate in the CPH program you still can increase your profit by feeding your weaned calves for a period of time.

  • 2014 Phase I application process to begin Sept. 17

    The Harrison County Ag Development Committee will open the application process for the 2014 Phase I Program on Sept. 17. The applications will be available at the Harrison County Extension Office for a two-week period ending Oct. 1. Office hours are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily for the application period.
    Harrison County has $270,000 for the 2014 program year. The local committee has decided to offer $2,500 per producer for this year. This is on a 50/50 cost share basis. For example: If you are buying a bull and paying $3,000, you can receive up to $1,500 reimbursement.

  • Conservation District accepting applications for Ky. Soil Erosion and Water Quality Cost Share assistance

    The Harrison County Conservation District is now accepting Kentucky Soil Erosion and Water Quality Cost Share applications on a continuous basis. This continual sign-up is designed to make the program more landowner friendly and help address the needs of a landowner at any time during the year. As landowners plan conservation projects with the assistance of their local conservation district, they will be able to apply for financial assistance for those projects without having to wait for a designated sign up period.

  • Enrollment for New Dairy Farm Risk Management Program begins; USDA launches new web tool

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announces that starting Sept. 2, 2014, farmers can enroll in the new dairy Margin Protection Program. The voluntary program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides financial assistance to participating farmers when the margin – the difference between the price of milk and feed costs – falls below the coverage level selected by the farmer.

  • Livestock producers urged to enroll in Disaster Assistance Program by Oct. 1

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is encouraging producers who have suffered eligible disaster-related losses to act to secure assistance by Sept. 30, 2014, as congressionally mandated payment reductions will take place for producers who have not acted before that date. Livestock producers that have experienced grazing losses since October 2011 and may be eligible for benefits but have not yet contacted their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office should do so as soon as possible.

  • FFA News
  • Phase I to begin in September

    The Harrison County Phase I committee has begun the process of offering Phase I funds for 2014. The program will offer local farmers the opportunity to apply for cost share dollars for projects on their farms. The amount again this year will be $2,500 and the range of projects are similar to last year’s program.

  • Blue Mold found in Kentucky

    Bob Pierce, Tobacco Specialist with the University of Kentucky has reported that Blue Mold has been found in Lewis, Mason, Jackson and Clay Counties in Eastern Kentucky.
    Anyone with tobacco set in mid-June should be watching very closely with our current weather conditions. We would encourage anyone who is approaching topping time go ahead and top the tobacco and spray it with MH-30. This should reduce the chances of Blue Mold once the growth patterns have slowed on the tobacco.

  • Farm Bill allows early termination for certain CRP contracts

    USDA Kentucky Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, John W. McCauley, reminds producers that as of Aug. 6, producers with acres under contract through the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) can apply for early contract termination, as required by the 2014 Farm Bill. The deadline to request early CRP contract termination is Jan. 30, 2015.

  • USDA sending acreage history, yield reports to help producers prepare for New Farm Bill programs

    U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) announces that farmers should start receiving notices updating them on their current base acres, yields and 2009-2012 planting history. The written updates are an important part of preparing agricultural producers for the new safety net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill.
     Verifying the accuracy of data on a farm’s acreage history is an important step for producers enrolling in the upcoming Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) program and the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program.