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Farming

  • Tree seedlings available through Division of Forestry, orders being taken for spring plantings

    With spring just around the corner, now is the perfect time for landowners, businesses, local governments, churches and homeowners to plan their tree-planting activities by ordering tree seedlings through the Kentucky Division of Forestry (KDF).

  • Put late winter pruning on your to-do list

    In a fit of gratitude, I made a list of the things I loved about my life the other day.  
    I managed eight solid things, none were frivolous; and one prompted the whole exercise: I love warm February days.  
    This beautiful February day set into motion a very productive weekend.  
    It felt so good to get some good old-fashioned garden clean up done with my husband by my side and the sheep grazing freely about.  
    It makes you feel optimistic about the rest of your life.

  • Kentucky Soil and Water Conservation Society offering fruit trees for sale

    The Kentucky Bluegrass Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society is offering a limited supply of cherry, pear, plum, and apple trees for sale for $20 each through March 25. These are fine varieties for home and garden use, carefully selected for Kentucky growing conditions. Support the Kentucky Bluegrass Chapter of SWCS and experience the joy of growing your own fruit. Select from the following varieties:

  • Handling cattle safely, more efficiently

    Proper design and quick recognition of problems that impede cattle flow are essential for safe, efficient cattle handling.

  • Harrison County Conservation Breakfast meeting is Feb. 20

    The Harrison County Conservation District is hosting the annual Conservation Breakfast meeting on Feb. 20, 2013 at the Cooperative Extension Office. This years program will be, Farming in the 21st Century: a practical approach to improve Soil Health, presented by John Graham, NRCS State Soil Health Specialist.

  • St. Valentine revisited

    I suspect most of you have no idea about the person and the saintly episode that is commemorated each Feb. 14 by friends, family and most importantly, lovers. In fact, there are several versions of how the most romantic Saint became a commercial success.

  • Burley Tobacco Growers Cooperative accepting 2013 scholarship applications

    The Burley Tobacco Growers Cooperative Association (BTGCA) is proud to announce that the 2013 BTGCA Scholarship applications are now being accepted.
    The Burley Tobacco Growers Cooperative will award four $1000 scholarships to students for the 2013-2014 school years. It is a great way for our organization to help our farm families as they work to provide educational opportunities to their children.

  • Loans for socially disadvantaged persons available

    USDA Farm Service Agency reserves funds each year to make loans to socially disadvantaged applicants to buy and operate family-size farms. A socially disadvantaged farmer is one of a group whose members have been subjected to racial, ethnic, or gender prejudice because of their identity as members of the group without regard to their individual qualities. For the purposes of this program, socially disadvantaged groups have been defined as women, Blacks or African Americans, American Indians or Alaskan Natives, Hispanics, Asians, and Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders.

  • FSA announces important program updates

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds producers that the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 extended the authorization of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (the 2008 Farm Bill) for many Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) commodity, disaster, and conservation programs through 2013. FSA administers these programs.

  • Scholarships available through Soil and Water Conservation District

    The Harrison County Soil and Water Conservation District has five scholarships available for 2013. Through the local conservation district office, two $1,000 scholarships are available to apply for. These scholarships are open to any high school senior or graduate who is a resident of Harrison County and will be enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours ata two or four year accredited institution in a conservation, environmental, and/or science program of studies. Applications are due to the conservation district by April 8, 2013.