• Harrison students attend Institute for Future Agricultural Leaders

     Harrison County High School juniors Travis Fry and Gracie Furnish recently returned home from Kentucky Farm Bureau’s Institute for Future Agricultural Leaders (IFAL). Fry, Furnish and 44 other high school students from around the state attended the five-day summer leadership conference, held June 21-25 at the University of Kentucky.

    An identical IFAL conference was also held June 14-18 at Murray State University for an additional 48 students.

  • Harrison County Phase I Program

     The Harrison County Agriculture Development (Phase I) Program has been approved for 2015 and the start date for applications has been set.

    On July 27, the applications will be available for producers at the Harrison County Extension Office. The applications must be turned in by 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 14 at the same location. This will give producers nearly three weeks to apply and should offer all farmers an opportunity to participate in the program.

  • Record number of farmers, ranchers certified under 2014 Farm Bill Conservation Compliance

     The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announces that over 98.2 percent of producers have met the 2014 Farm Bill requirement to certify conservation compliance to qualify for crop insurance premium support payments.

  • Enrollment for 2016 Dairy Margin Protection Program now open

    Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden has announced that as of July 1, 2015, dairy farmers can enroll in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Margin Protection Program for coverage in 2016. The voluntary program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides financial assistance to participating dairy operations when the margin – the difference between the price of milk and feed costs – falls below the coverage level selected by the farmer.

  • Phase I applications to begin soon

    The Harrison County Ag Development Board has applied and been approved for the 2015 Ag Development funds. A signed agreement has been sent to Frankfort and we now wait for the application to be returned to start the program.
    The time frame is as follows; two weeks of public notification followed by two weeks of producer application sign-ups. Following the application period the applications will be scored and the top scores will be awarded the funds for their project.

  • People & Partners, Celebrating Extension event is July 2

    Over the last several years we have held an Extension Leadership Event in March.  Our county planning group decided to change the date.  So, the date for the ELE event entitled People & Partners, Celebrating Extension will be held on Thursday, July 2 at the Big Barn at the Harrison County Fairgrounds.
    At this event, you will receive a great meal and a short program. The program will include our guest speaker, Warren Beeler, from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, and award some of our outstanding leaders.

  • USDA opens enrollment period for ARC and PLC programs

    U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announces that eligible producers may now formally enroll in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for 2014 and 2015. The enrollment period begins June 17, 2015, and will end Sept. 30, 2015.

  • USDA announces restart of Biomass Crop Assistance Program for renewable energy

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announces that incentives will resume this summer for farmers, ranchers and forest landowners interested in growing and harvesting biomass for renewable energy. The support comes through the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP), which was reauthorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. BCAP provides financial assistance to establish and maintain new crops of energy biomass, or who harvest and deliver forest or agricultural residues to a qualifying energy facility.

  • Digging and dividing daffodils for better blooming results

    If your daffodils didn’t bloom well this year ask yourself these two questions: Did you allow the foliage to die back naturally last summer before you cut it off; and has it been eons since they were last divided?  
    Patience is a virtue when it comes to daffodils.  
    Often the first color to appear in early spring, their beauty is long awaited.
    Then we have to wait another two months before we can remove the dulling green foliage.  

  • Signups needed for ag trip to western Kentucky

    Over the years we have sponsored several trips all over the US. We have about covered all parts of our country with the exception being our own state.
    Three years ago, our Extension Agent group here in Central Kentucky visited Christian County in far western Kentucky.  The community which includes the town of Hopkinsville is large and has vast amounts of agriculture. On Monday, July 27 we will embark on a tour to western Kentucky.