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Farming

  • 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.

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  • Kentuckians urged to celebrate September Agritourism Month

    Family-friendly fun on a Kentucky farm is right around the corner no matter where you live in the Commonwealth, Agriculture Commissioner James Comer said as he encouraged all Kentuckians to celebrate September Agritourism Month.
    “Kentucky has a wide variety of farm destinations that showcase our unique food culture and our rich agricultural heritage,” Comer said. “Take your family to a u-pick orchard, a fall festival, a pumpkin patch, a trail ride, or any of a number of other agritourism attractions that are affordable, enjoyable, and close to home.”

  • 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.

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  • 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.