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Farming

  • Harrison County Farm Bureau receives 2015 Young Farmer Gold Star Award of Excellence

    Recognized for the achievements of its Young Farm Program this year, Harrison County Farm Bureau received the 2015 Gold Star Award of Excellence during Kentucky Farm Bureau’s annual meeting in Louisville. The award honors a county’s Young Farmer Committee for its active participation in Farm Bureau leadership development programs, state competitions, and educational or promotional initiatives.

  • Kentucky Agricultural Finance Corp. approves more than $1.8 million in loans

    The Kentucky Agricultural Finance Corp. (KAFC) approved $1,808,174 in 16 agricultural loans for projects in the Commonwealth at its board meeting today.
    Beginning Farmer Loan Program (BFLP)
    Beginning Farmer loans totaled $1,380,674 for 10 recipients in Calloway, Graves, Harrison, Lincoln, Marion, McLean, Mercer, and Washington counties.

  • USDA announces enrollment period for Safety Net Coverage in 2016

    U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini announces that producers who chose coverage from the safety net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill, known as the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs, can begin visiting FSA county offices starting Dec. 7, 2015, to sign contracts to enroll in coverage for 2016. The enrollment period will continue until Aug. 1, 2016.

  • December marks 30th anniversary of the nation’s most successful voluntary conservation program

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack reminds farmers and ranchers that the next general enrollment period for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) began Dec. 1, 2015, and ends on Feb. 26, 2016. December 2015 also marks the 30th anniversary of CRP, a federally funded program that assists agricultural producers with the cost of restoring, enhancing and protecting certain grasses, shrubs and trees to improve water quality, prevent soil erosion and reduce loss of wildlife habitat.

  • December marks 30th anniversary of the nation’s most successful voluntary conservation program

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack reminds farmers and ranchers that the next general enrollment period for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) began Dec. 1, 2015, and ends on Feb. 26, 2016. December 2015 also marks the 30th anniversary of CRP, a federally funded program that assists agricultural producers with the cost of restoring, enhancing and protecting certain grasses, shrubs and trees to improve water quality, prevent soil erosion and reduce loss of wildlife habitat.

  • USDA reminds dairy producers of Nov. 20 deadline

    U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini announces that almost half of all dairy farms in America have made their annual elections for 2016 coverage under the Margin Protection Program, and reminded producers who have not yet enrolled that they have until Nov. 20, to select coverage.
    “This safety net is not automatic, so producers must visit their local FSA office to enroll before Nov. 20,” said Dolcini.

  • FSA county committee elections to begin, deadline is Dec. 7

    Farm Service Agency (FSA) announces that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) began mailing ballots to eligible farmers and ranchers for the 2015 FSA County Committee elections on Monday, Nov. 9. Producers must return ballots to their local FSA offices by Dec. 7, 2015.
    County committee members apply their knowledge and judgment to help FSA make important decisions on its commodity support programs; conservation programs; indemnity and disaster programs; emergency programs and eligibility.

  • Annual meeting of the Harrison County Beef Cattle Association to be held Nov. 17

    The Harrison County Beef Cattle Association will have their annual meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 17 beginning at 6 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Harrison County Extension Office.
    During the event you will enjoy a special steak dinner prepared by a few of our members. Following dinner there will be a business meeting with several items discussed. Following the business meeting we will be giving out door prizes from several merchants in the area. The program should be enjoyable and we hope you will come and enjoy the evening.  

  • 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.