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Farming

  • Kentucky producers reminded of nearing deadline to submit nominations for FSA county committees

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Kentucky Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, John W. McCauley, reminds farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers that they have until Aug. 1, 2016, to nominate eligible candidates to serve on local FSA county committees.

    “The Aug. 1 deadline to submit nominations is quickly approaching,” said McCauley.

  • Deadline to enroll in Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage programs is Aug. 1

    U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Kentucky Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, John W. McCauley reminds farmers and ranchers that they have until Aug. 1 to enroll in Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and/or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for the 2016 crop year.

  • Summer tips for beef cattle production

    By Jessica Barnes, County extension agent for Ag. and Natural Resources

     Beef cattle production is a year-round job. There are certain things you can do to make things more organized, whether you have a spring-calving or a fall-calving herd.

  • Harvesting blueberries and blackberries

    By Jessica H. Sayre, County extension agent for horticulture

    Summer months are the harvest season for blueberries and blackberries, both of which have the potential to grow very well in Kentucky. Harvest time for blueberries, which are native to North America, is from early June through early August. Blackberry harvest is from mid-June to early October. These delicious fruits offer several health benefits, and they capture the essence of summer in their sweetness.

  • USDA to help rural small businesses boost renewable energy use, save on energy costs

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announces funding for 821 projects across the nation that will help rural small businesses and agricultural producers reduce energy usage and costs in their operations. The funding is available through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) and will be used to make energy efficiency improvements and install renewable energy systems.

  • Kentucky Agricultural Development Board accepting On-Farm Energy Efficiency applications

    The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board is accepting applications for the Kentucky On-Farm Energy Efficiency Incentive Program.

  • 2015-2016 Conservation District annual meeting

    The Harrison County Soil and Water Conservation District held its annual meeting April 29 at Westside Elementary School. The district served host to nearly 200 people.
    A free dinner was served consisting of pulled pork and hot dogs cooked by County Judge Alex Barnett, coleslaw, baked beans, chips, and cookies; all served by the Harrison County Conservation District board supervisors and NRCS officials.

  • Local conservation cost share programs available

    The Harrison County Conservation District is accepting applications for the 2016 Gateway/Barn Access Erosion Control Program through the month of June. The purpose of the gateway/barn access erosion program is to assist landowners with the necessary means to repair gateways and barn entrances to reduce degradation, soil erosion, and pollution.

  • Cynthiana Tractor Supply shows families how to “Get Growing”

    Tractor Supply Company in Cynthiana invites parents to unlock the hidden potential of their backyard with a family garden.
    To introduce children to the joy of growing food in their backyard, Tractor Supply is hosting Get Growing, a five-day gardening event May 11-15. During the main event on Saturday, May 14, the store will feature a “first seed” station for children to plant a seed, take it home and watch it grow.
    The Get Growing event will also feature community groups and activities, including cookout and pet adoption:

  • Plant propagation

    The most common form of plant propagation is digging and dividing, which is best done in early spring before new growth or in the fall before plants go dormant.
    Digging and dividing is great for herbaceous plants but those plants that are considered woody ornamentals do not divide as easily with a spade. In this case we can look to the technique of rooting out softwood cuttings from the mother plant.
    Greenhouses have stock plants that they maintain from year to year to provide the cuttings for each year’s new generation.