• USDA reminds dairy producers of Nov. 20 deadline

    U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini announces that almost half of all dairy farms in America have made their annual elections for 2016 coverage under the Margin Protection Program, and reminded producers who have not yet enrolled that they have until Nov. 20, to select coverage.
    “This safety net is not automatic, so producers must visit their local FSA office to enroll before Nov. 20,” said Dolcini.

  • FSA county committee elections to begin, deadline is Dec. 7

    Farm Service Agency (FSA) announces that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) began mailing ballots to eligible farmers and ranchers for the 2015 FSA County Committee elections on Monday, Nov. 9. Producers must return ballots to their local FSA offices by Dec. 7, 2015.
    County committee members apply their knowledge and judgment to help FSA make important decisions on its commodity support programs; conservation programs; indemnity and disaster programs; emergency programs and eligibility.

  • Annual meeting of the Harrison County Beef Cattle Association to be held Nov. 17

    The Harrison County Beef Cattle Association will have their annual meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 17 beginning at 6 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Harrison County Extension Office.
    During the event you will enjoy a special steak dinner prepared by a few of our members. Following dinner there will be a business meeting with several items discussed. Following the business meeting we will be giving out door prizes from several merchants in the area. The program should be enjoyable and we hope you will come and enjoy the evening.  

  • Plant garlic, dig sweet potatoes

    There are two categories of garlic to consider: Allium sativum, or soft-neck garlic and Allium ophioscordon or hard-neck garlic.   
    Soft-neck garlic is the easiest and most widely cultivated because the bulbs are large and the cloves and skin are tight, which prevent moisture loss and allows for longer storage.  
    Through centuries of selection soft-neck garlic has lost the ability to flower so it doesn’t expend energy on producing seed; instead the energy goes towards developing bigger bulbs underground.   

  • USDA and Alvin and the Chipmunks team up to reduce foodborne illness

    In an effort to educate children and their families about the importance of food safety, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Ad Council are joining 20th Century FOX to launch a series of public service advertisements (PSAs) featuring Alvin and the Chipmunks. The PSAs use footage from the upcoming film Alvin & the Chipmunks: The Road Chip to introduce viewers to four steps to food safety: clean, separate, cook and chill.

  • Conservation District State Cost Share Program applications end Oct. 30

    The Harrison County Conservation District will be accepting applications for cost share funding under the Kentucky Soil Erosion and Water Quality Cost Share Program until Oct. 30, 2015.
    The Kentucky Soil Erosion and Water Quality Cost Share Program was created in 1994 by the Kentucky General Assembly to help agricultural and silviculture operations protect the soil and water resources of the Commonwealth.  

  • Persimmons dropping early this year

    The apple orchard has been picked clean, some are stowed in the refrigerator, some are applesauce, some frozen and the rest are dried and sitting patiently on the shelf until the dead of winter (we are not allowed to eat them until all fresh are eaten!)

  • USDA commodity loans available to Kentucky producers

    U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Kentucky Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, John W. McCauley reminds producers that USDA offers interim financing at harvest time to help producers meet cash flow needs without having to sell commodities when market prices are at harvest-time lows. The programs, known as Marketing Assistance Loans (MALs) and Loan Deficiency Payments (LDPs), were authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill for the 2014-2018 crop years.

  • Producers have until Sept. 30 to sign up for ARC/PLC and MPP-Dairy programs

    U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini reminds farmers and ranchers that they have until Sept. 30 to enroll in several key Farm Bill safety net programs – Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC), Price Loss Coverage (PLC) and the Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy).
    ARC and PLC programs trigger financial protections for agricultural producers when market forces cause substantial drops in crop prices or revenues.

  • National Junior Angus Show