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Farming

  • Enrollment for New Dairy Farm Risk Management Program begins; USDA launches new web tool

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announces that starting Sept. 2, 2014, farmers can enroll in the new dairy Margin Protection Program. The voluntary program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides financial assistance to participating farmers when the margin – the difference between the price of milk and feed costs – falls below the coverage level selected by the farmer.

  • Livestock producers urged to enroll in Disaster Assistance Program by Oct. 1

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is encouraging producers who have suffered eligible disaster-related losses to act to secure assistance by Sept. 30, 2014, as congressionally mandated payment reductions will take place for producers who have not acted before that date. Livestock producers that have experienced grazing losses since October 2011 and may be eligible for benefits but have not yet contacted their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office should do so as soon as possible.

  • FFA News
  • Phase I to begin in September

    The Harrison County Phase I committee has begun the process of offering Phase I funds for 2014. The program will offer local farmers the opportunity to apply for cost share dollars for projects on their farms. The amount again this year will be $2,500 and the range of projects are similar to last year’s program.

  • Blue Mold found in Kentucky

    Bob Pierce, Tobacco Specialist with the University of Kentucky has reported that Blue Mold has been found in Lewis, Mason, Jackson and Clay Counties in Eastern Kentucky.
    Anyone with tobacco set in mid-June should be watching very closely with our current weather conditions. We would encourage anyone who is approaching topping time go ahead and top the tobacco and spray it with MH-30. This should reduce the chances of Blue Mold once the growth patterns have slowed on the tobacco.

  • Farm Bill allows early termination for certain CRP contracts

    USDA Kentucky Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, John W. McCauley, reminds producers that as of Aug. 6, producers with acres under contract through the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) can apply for early contract termination, as required by the 2014 Farm Bill. The deadline to request early CRP contract termination is Jan. 30, 2015.

  • USDA sending acreage history, yield reports to help producers prepare for New Farm Bill programs

    U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) announces that farmers should start receiving notices updating them on their current base acres, yields and 2009-2012 planting history. The written updates are an important part of preparing agricultural producers for the new safety net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill.
     Verifying the accuracy of data on a farm’s acreage history is an important step for producers enrolling in the upcoming Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) program and the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program.

  • Kentucky producers still have time to apply for Direct Farm Ownership Loan Program

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Kentucky Farm Service Agency (FSA) announces that farmers and ranchers still have time to apply for low interest 2014 loans available through FSA’s direct farm ownership program. The deadline to submit applications is Sept. 30, 2014.

  • Harrison County Field Day scheduled for Sept. 5

    The 2014 Harrison County Field Day will be held on Friday, Sept. 5 at the farm of Phyllis Malone and son Mike Malone on Munson Road. The program will begin at 4 p.m. with a tour of the farm.
    The Malone Farm includes 45 acres of alfalfa used for feed on the farm and a developing cash hay program. Also the farm is the home of a Registered Charolais herd.

  • Farm Bill Implementation progress update

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announces continued progress on implementing the Agricultural Act of 2014 (the 2014 Farm Bill), which was signed into law nearly six months ago on Feb. 7, 2014. The 2014 Farm Bill reforms agricultural policy, reduces the deficit, and helps grow America’s economy.
    Since the Farm Bill was signed into law, USDA has made progress throughout all 12 titles of the 2014 Farm Bill.