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Farming

  • USDA warns of fraudulent letters

    USDA officials learned that fraudulent letters are being sent by FAX to individuals and businesses in at least four states. The letters purportedly come from a USDA procurement officer and seek personal information. These letters are false and in no case should a recipient respond with personal and financial information.

  • Spring weed control starts this week

    I think I have finally figured out the perfect machine for controlling those pesky spring weeds… sheep.  
    Well, I know it is not for everyone (and I know it cannot last much longer for me) but our pregnant herd of Katahdin ewes are let loose from their pasture in the afternoon to graze freely within the secure fencing of the entire property for a few hours.  

  • Young Farmers banquet set for March 20

    Harrison County Young Farmers annual banquet will be held March 20 at 7 p.m. at the Harrison County Extension Office with guest speaker Clay Smittson, a regional land biologist.
    Kentucky Young Farmers State Winter tour was held in Jessamine County this year in February. Many Harrison County members received awards.

  • Schulz to be guest speaker at Extension Leadership Event

    Won’t you join us on Monday, March 19 for the Extension Leadership Event at 6 p.m. at the Harrison County High School cafeteria. The evening will include a free meal at 6:30 p.m., doors will open for registration at 6 p.m.

  • Kentucky counties eligible for FSA Emergency Loans

    Seven Kentucky counties has been declared as disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding that occurred from Feb. 29 through March 3, 2012.

  • Kentucky FSA celebrates National Ag Day

    Kentucky Farm Service Agency State Executive Director John W. McCauley marks the celebration of National Ag Day by recognizing the continuing hard work of Kentucky farmers and ranchers. National Ag Day presents an opportunity each year to highlight the importance of farmers and ranchers in America’s overall economy; acknowledge and promote career opportunities in agricultural industries; and educate the public on how food, fiber and renewable resource products are produced.

  • Tips for a secure home and peace of mind

    (ARA) - Homeowners often worry about keeping their homes safe and secure for their families. And it’s no wonder: nearly 70 percent of home break-ins are in the form of kick-ins to a door, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
    You have many easy and affordable options for ensuring a safer home, and ultimately, greater peace of mind. Here’s a home security checklist to get you started.

  • Conservation Reserve Program signup begins Monday

    The Kentucky Farm Service Agency announces that the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general signup will begin March 12 and end April 6.
    Land that is not currently enrolled in CRP can be offered during signup if all eligibility requirements are met. Also, CRP participants with contracts expiring this fall can make new contract offers during the signup period. Contracts awarded during this general signup period will become effective Oct. 1.

  • USDA seeks applications for economic development funding to create jobs in rural acreas

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announces that USDA is seeking applications for loans and grants to help rural businesses create jobs and spur economic development. The funding is being provided under the Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant (REDLG) program.
    “Boosting access to capital sparks job creation and revitalizes the rural economy,” said Vilsack. “USDA works in partnership with cooperatives and utilities across America, and we intend to utilize this program to leverage federal and private investments to put rural residents to work.”

  • Tobacco meeting planned for March 8

    The Harrison County Extension Office is planning a tobacco production meeting which will be held at the Harrison County 4-H Center on Wednesday, March 8. The meeting will begin at noon.
    Even though the number of producers have diminished over the last few years the acreage and poundage has leveled off or may be increasing a small amount. This meeting is to help those producers find ways to be more efficient while finding ways to improve the quality of their product.