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Farming

  • Starlings en masse create nuisance

    Last Sunday I felt like I was under siege.  
    There were starlings everywhere; so much so that I feared being splattered with poop at every turn.  
    The surprising thing about starlings is that they are everywhere yet not from here.  It’s another story of one good intention going bad.
    Apparently back in 1890, in honor of a Shakespeare festival in New York City’s Central Park, 60 European starlings were released.  

  • Two Cynthiana farms join the American Angus Association

    Bluegrass Heights Farm and Sweet T Farm, Cynthiana, are new members of the American Angus Association®, reports Bryce Schumann, CEO of the national breed organization headquartered in Saint Joseph, Mo.
    The American Angus Association, with more than 25,000 active adult and junior members, is the largest beef breed association in the world. Its computerized records include detailed information on more than 17 million registered Angus.

  • Harrison County receives funds for local 4-H program

    This week Harrison County 4-H Council will receive $244 from the Kentucky 4-H Foundation as part of the Tractor Supply Company (TSC) Paper Clover Campaign. The Kentucky 4-H Foundation will be distributing more than $14,000 to 45 County 4-H Councils.
    The TSC Paper Clover Campaign is a nationwide, in-store fundraiser that benefits 4-H programming at the local, state, and national levels.  During the campaign, TSC customers can support 4-H by purchasing paper clovers for a $1 or more at checkout.

  • CPH Sale update

    Fifteen beef producers from Harrison County participated in a Certified Pre-Conditioned for Health Sale (CPH 45) on Thursday, Dec. 6 at the Paris Stockyards. The sale was the first CPH sale held in Paris under new ownership.
    The cattle were delivered on Wednesday, Dec. 5 and were weighed at that point. Each animal was evaluated on quality and pinned with like cattle in the sale. The animals were fed and watered following their delivery.

  • Census countdown begins for America’s farmers and ranchers

    America’s farmers and ranchers will soon have the opportunity to make a positive impact on their communities by taking part in the 2012 Census of Agriculture. Conducted every five years by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), the Census is a complete count of all U.S. farms, ranches and those who operate them.

  • Harrison County Farm Bureau receives award of excellence

    Recognized for the achievements of its women’s program this year, Harrison County Farm Bureau received the 2012 Gold Star Award of Excellence during Kentucky Farm Bureau’s annual meeting in Louisville. The award honors county Women’s Committees for active participation in leadership development programs, agricultural promotion, educational initiatives and numerous other aspects of support to the local Farm Bureau.

  • Live or live cut for the holidays?

    Picking out the perfect Christmas tree was something that I used to take very serious: all the cleaning and moving of furniture and packing of boxes and light-stringing and unstringing required a tree worth the effort.
    I have scaled back in recent years but still see the fun in finding a tree that fits your space and holds precious ornaments with style.
    So, which type of tree reflects your holiday?
    Do you get a fresh cut, artificial, balled and burlapped?  Or do you just go out-of-town and let someone else do the decorating?  

  • FSA loans available

    USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director John W. McCauley, announces that funds are now available for Guaranteed Conservation Loans.
    “Guaranteed Conservation Loans are a useful alternative to help operators implement any Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) approved conservation practice including, but not limited to, waste management systems, conservation structures or water conservation measures,” said McCauley.

  • Composting makes fall clean-up easy, efficient

    Today, most gardeners do understand the process of composting organic matter and the value of adding this material to their gardens.  However, there are still many who don’t do it because they think it is hard to get started.  
    Well, fall garden clean-up, leaf raking and a little kitchen debris may be all you need to get a healthy compost pile started this season.  
    Mother Nature will provide the material if you provide the management.  

  • FSA Acreage Reporting has new deadlines

    USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Kentucky State Executive Director John W. McCauley, reminds producers that crop reporting deadlines for fall barley, fall wheat, other fall-seeded small grains and peaches have changed for the 2013 crop year. The new deadlines are:
    • Dec. 15, 2012 - Fall Barley, Fall Wheat, and all other Fall-Seeded Small Grains; and
    • Jan. 15, 2013 – Peaches.