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Farming

  • 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
  • Jim Claypool Art and Conservation Writing contest announced

    The Kentucky Association of Conservation Districts, in partnership with the Kentucky Farm Bureau, announces the beginning of the 2015 Jim Claypool Art and Conservation Writing Contest titled, “The Wild Side of Kentucky.”  
    Students across the state will use a wildlife theme to create art and essays to urge their audience toward good wildlife conservation practices. County, area and state winners will be chosen through the local conservation districts.

  • Stray seeds, odd fruit, a breed unto itself

    My neighboring vendor at the Belknap Farmers’ Market, Janet Haggerty, shared some little cherry tomatoes with me last week that came from a stray seedling. The little tomatoes where a dull yellow and about the size of a gooseberry.  They were fantastic.
    I remember meeting a woman at the State Fair years ago that brought in a similar bag of tiny tomatoes. She said the plants were popping up here and there in the garden, not like anything she had ever planted.  

  • Producers are encouraged to consider risk protection coverage before fall crop sales deadline

    Farm Service Agency Administrator Val Dolcini encourages producers to examine the available U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) crop risk protection options, including federal crop insurance and Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) coverage, before the sales deadline for fall crops.