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Farming

  • 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.

  • USDA opens enrollment period for ARC and PLC programs

    U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announces that eligible producers may now formally enroll in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for 2014 and 2015. The enrollment period begins June 17, 2015, and will end Sept. 30, 2015.

  • USDA announces restart of Biomass Crop Assistance Program for renewable energy

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announces that incentives will resume this summer for farmers, ranchers and forest landowners interested in growing and harvesting biomass for renewable energy. The support comes through the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP), which was reauthorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. BCAP provides financial assistance to establish and maintain new crops of energy biomass, or who harvest and deliver forest or agricultural residues to a qualifying energy facility.

  • Digging and dividing daffodils for better blooming results

    If your daffodils didn’t bloom well this year ask yourself these two questions: Did you allow the foliage to die back naturally last summer before you cut it off; and has it been eons since they were last divided?  
    Patience is a virtue when it comes to daffodils.  
    Often the first color to appear in early spring, their beauty is long awaited.
    Then we have to wait another two months before we can remove the dulling green foliage.  

  • Signups needed for ag trip to western Kentucky

    Over the years we have sponsored several trips all over the US. We have about covered all parts of our country with the exception being our own state.
    Three years ago, our Extension Agent group here in Central Kentucky visited Christian County in far western Kentucky.  The community which includes the town of Hopkinsville is large and has vast amounts of agriculture. On Monday, July 27 we will embark on a tour to western Kentucky.

  • Ag Development Phase I funds available for all local farmers

    The Harrison County Ag Development Board (Phase I) met Monday, May 11 at the Harrison County Extension Center.
    The meeting was the beginning phase of the 2015 Ag Development Program for Harrison County. Harrison County is receiving nearly $400,000 to allocate to local farmers thru an application process in the next couple of months.

  • Dairy farmer is recent guest at Cynthiana Lions Club

    Bill Crist is similar in many ways to the members of the Cynthiana Lions Club he  spoke with on May 26 – working hard and taking pride in providing a quality product to customers. But unlike the typical local business, Crist’s most important asset is cows and his product is milk. Crist and his family are dairy farmers.
    The Crist family owns Crist Dairy near Edmonton, Kentucky. They milk 500 cows three times a day, every day.

  • Perennial hardy geraniums

    My interest in hardy geraniums started around 1996.   In European gardens they were as commonplace as phlox was in American perennial gardens.  
    Twenty years later and hardy geraniums are available in all their glory at most garden centers.
    Experience has taught us which ones are suited to our warm summer climate.
    Most of us think of geraniums as an annual that we plant in our yards or in pots to add color to our patios during the summer months.  Well, this plant is actually a Pelargonium.  

  • Additional acreage dedicated to CRP for wildlife habitat and wetlands

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announces that an additional 800,000 acres of highly environmentally sensitive land may be enrolled in Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) under certain wetland and wildlife initiatives that provide multiple benefits on the same land.

  • Made in the shade

    It is strange, but true … people often refer to shade as a problem.  
    How many times have you heard of people desperately searching for that one magic thing they can do to get grass to grow underneath a pin oak?  
    Why can’t we just accept the fact that it just isn’t possible and move on to better things?
    And, there are lots of better things when it comes to shade.