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Farming

  • USDA finalizes procedures for Sorghum Referendum

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announces procedures for the upcoming referendum regarding the continuation of the Sorghum Checkoff Program and is announcing the dates it will conduct the referendum.
    The Sorghum Promotion, Research, and Information Order requires that a referendum be conducted no later than seven years after the start of assessments, which began on July 1, 2008. For the program to continue, a majority of those voting must favor the continuation of the order.

  • Deadline for ARC and PLC decisions is March 31

    Don’t lose your chance to elect ARC or PLC and qualify for 2014 payments.
    Update your yields, reallocate base and elect ARC or PLC by March 31, 2015.
    Landowners need to update farm yield history and/or reallocate crop base acres.
    Producers need to make one-time election of ARC or PLC for 2014 - 2018 crop years.
    What happens if you miss March 31?
    • Your farm will not be eligible for 2014 crop year ARC or PLC payments.
    • Your only option will be to enroll your farm in PLC for the 2015 - 2018 crop years and not ARC.

  • Farmers can take nusiance deer, feed the hungry

    Deer. To some, they are beautiful animals. To out-of-state sportsmen, Kentucky Whitetails are the stuff of which dreams are made. To farmers here in the Commonwealth, though, they are often a nuisance or worse, gobbling their way through soybean fields at a rapid and alarming rate.

  • USDA reminds producers of the March 15 sales closing date for noninsurable crops

    The State Executive Director for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Kentucky, John W. McCauley, urges producers who want to purchase coverage through the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) to do so before the sales closing date of  March 15, 2015.
    NAP provides financial assistance to producers of noninsurable crops when low yields/grazing loss, loss of inventory or prevented planting occur due to natural disasters including drought, freeze, hail, excessive moisture, excessive wind or hurricanes.

  • Pasture meeting planned for Monday

    The Harrison County Extension Office will be offering a pasture meeting on Monday, March 9 beginning at 7 p.m. The program will be conducted in the large meeting room at the Extension Office.
    I am sure folks are beginning to wonder if we still have grass pastures under the snow covered fields. As the weather begins to change it is important to be prepared. We must  be ready to  make quick applications of soil amendments and seed before we get that quick flush of growth in spring. We will also discuss alfalfa seeding as a way to improve hay and pasture production.

  • Tobacco meeting rescheduled

    The previously scheduled tobacco meeting has been rescheduled for Wednesday, March 18 at 6 p.m. at the Harrison County Extension Office. Bob Pearce, will be here to discuss the current situation and will also offer an updated GAP training. We will have a dinner and meeting so please call 859-234-5510 if you plan to attend.

  • One-time deadline extension offered to update base acres or yield history for ARC/PLC programs

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announces that a one-time extension will be provided to producers for the new safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill, known as Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC).The final day to update yield history or reallocate base acres has been extended one additional month, from Feb. 27, 2015 until March 31, 2015. The final day for farm owners and producers to choose ARC or PLC coverage also remains March 31, 2015.

  • Livestock Indemnity Program information

    The weather we have faced this past month had an impact on everyone in the state of Kentucky. Many farmers throughout our region of the U.S. were in the middle of calving and faced extreme measures to keep their cattle safe and see them through the worst conditions we have experienced in several years. Many farmers are familiar with the 2014 Farm Bill programs for grain crops and have been working to update information and select a program that best fits their farm.

  • Pesticide training to be held Thursday

    We are planning to offer two pesticide trainings for producers whose pesticide cards have expired. If you need to check on your current status call our office at 234-5510 and we can check your card.
    The pesticide meetings will be held on Thursday, Feb. 26 at 10 a.m. and again at 7 p.m  at the Harrison County Extension Office. Hopefully these times will fit into your schedule.
    We regret that this is such late notice and hope if you can’t attend the morning session you will be able to attend the evening session.

  • Farm Bill Safety-Net deadlines approaching for Kentucky farmers

    U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) John W. McCauley reminds producers of upcoming important deadlines for the new safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill, known as Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC). The final day to update yield history or reallocate base acres is Feb. 27, 2015, and the final day for farm owners and producers to choose coverage is March 31, 2015.