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Farming

  • Dairy Goat Awareness Week June 8-15

    Area dairy goat breeders will celebrate Dairy Goat Awareness Week with the American Dairy Goat Association, www.adga.org during the week of June 8-15.   
    The Northern Kentucky Goat Breeders Association will sponsor an information booth and free goat cheese tasting at the Harrison County Farmers Market, Flat Run Veterans Park, on Saturday, June 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. You are invited to come taste the goat cheeses of Susan Miller’s Bleugrass Chevre. For information call Margaret Arnold at 235-0348.

  • Dealing with carpenter bees

    I absolutely do not approve of killing bees. In fact, we are in a bit of a crisis with a diminishing population with the suspected cause being the use of pesticides, notably neonicotinoids. I do not fear bees, I am not allergic, and I can happily co-exist…..except that they are eating my house! Or, rather they are tunneling into the wood that makes up my house so they can lay eggs and have lots of babies.

  • Phase I meeting planned for Monday

    The Harrison County Phase I meeting for 2013 will be held Monday, June 3 at 8 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Harrison County Extension meeting room.
    The program will be an opportunity to receive the 2013 application and discuss changes from previous years. I would encourage you to attend this meeting, if possible. This is not a mandatory meeting.
    The deadline for returning your application is Monday, June 17 at 4:30 p.m. No exceptions will be accepted.

  • Phase I to begin June 3

    The Harrison County Ag Development Board met last week and decided to open the application process for the Phase I Program on Monday, June 3 at 8 p.m. This means on that evening the applications will be available to pick up at the county wide meeting.
    I realize this is a busy time of year with soybeans being planted, hay harvested, and probably tobacco being set. The reason for the delay was created because of the supplication approval process requiring an extended period of time.
    The following are the times and due dates for the program.

  • Sweet potatoes need 150 days

    I was in Shepherdsville at Country Corner Greenhouse earlier in the week and picked up some good-looking sweet potato slips that are finally ready for the garden.  
    Up until last week it has been too cold for the southern crop.
    Sweet potatoes are tropical by nature but can be grown successfully in Kentuckiana as long as we wait until it is warm (night-time temperatures in the 60’s).  
    As long as they have 150 frost-free days and some steamy Ohio Valley weather, we should be knee deep in sweet potatoes by Thanksgiving.  

  • Cut flowers from the garden should be enjoyed indoors

    The cool spring has finally ushered in May flowers!  
    I love cut flowers from the garden. There is a simple, happy satisfaction that comes from picking a bundle of peonies for the kitchen work table.  
    Just be sure to shake the ants off first.  
    The other thing about a cool spring with adequate rain fall is that the weather is acting as a sorts of preservative: All those beautiful blooms are lasting much longer than normal.
    When planning a garden, I always consider a seasonal offering of cut flowers for indoor arrangements.  

  • Kentucky’s 2013 CRP sign-up begins May 20

    Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director John W. McCauley reminds landowners, farmers, and ranchers that the opportunity to enroll in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general sign-up 45 begins Monday, May 20 and ends June 14.
    Producers who want to offer eligible land for CRP’s competitive general sign-up may enroll at the Farm Service Agency (FSA) county office where their farm records are maintained.

  • County committee nominations begin June 17

    Kentucky’s USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director John McCauley, wants to remind farmers and landowners that local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committee nomination begins on Friday, June 17.
    To be eligible to serve on an FSA county committee, a person must participate or cooperate in a program administered by FSA, be eligible to vote in a county committee election and reside in the local administrative area in which the person is a candidate.

  • FSA announces CRP continuous signup

    On May 13, 2013, the USDA-Farm Service Agency began accepting new offers and approving new contracts under CRP’s Continuous, CREP, FWP, and SAFE signups.
    The following practices are available under continuous signup:
    CP-8A Grass Waterways Non-easement; CP-9 Shallow Water Areas for Wildlife; CP-21 Filter Strips, CP-22 Riparian Buffers, CP-29 Marginal Pastureland and Wildlife Habitat Buffer, CP-23 Wetland Restoration; CP-33 Habitat Buffers for Upland Birds; and CP-38 State Acres for Wildlife, and CP-42 Pollinator Habitat.

  • USDA farm payments scheduled to resume

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator announces that farm payments, which had been temporarily suspended due to sequestration, are scheduled to resume today, May 8. This includes payments for the 2011 Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments Program (SURE), the Noninsured Crop Assistance Program (NAP) and the Milk Income Loss Contract Program (MILC).