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Farming

  • 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.

  • USDA extends enrollment deadline

    U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA)  announces that the enrollment deadline for the 2012 and 2013 Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) has been extended to Aug. 15, 2014. Originally, program sign-up was scheduled to end Aug. 1.
    The new deadline gives livestock, honeybee, and farm-raised fish producers who experienced losses because of disease, adverse weather, wildfires or colony collapse disorder between Oct. 1, 2011 and Sept. 30, 2013, an additional two weeks to enroll in ELAP.

  • Unusually cool weather spurs tomato blight

    The unusually cool weather for July has spurred several problems for vegetable growers throughout the county and state.

  • Extension office will receive $250,000 from state for county farmers

    The Kentucky Agricultural Finance Corporation approved Harrison County for a $250,000 loan to be used for agricultural infrastructure, according to a press release from the Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy.
    The Harrison County Extension Office receives these funds after the Kentucky State Fair, which is then given to county farmers after an extensive application process, said Gary Carter, agent for agriculture and natural resources.