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Farming

  • Enrollment reminder for DCP and other FSA programs

    U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director John W. McCauley reminds producers that the 2012 deadline to enroll in the Direct and Counter-Cyclical Payment (DCP) program is June 1.

  • Extension Leadership Event
  • Potatoes ready for the garden

    It’s time to start it all over again, thank goodness!
    I had to buy some potatoes from the grocery a few weeks back because we had finally finished all that were stored in the basement.    
    Home grown potatoes, even the old ones in their slightly shriveled state, are far superior than the kind that come in a plastic bag.  
    I am really ready to get my hands in the soil and planting potatoes is just the thing to get the season rolling.

  • Assistance available to communities and residents affected by recent tornadoes

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announces comprehensive outreach efforts are underway to assess damage and assist rural Midwest and Southern communities in the wake of recent deadly storms.
    “These storms struck the very heart of rural America,” said Vilsack. “USDA regional and local staff members are on the front lines, have worked each day since the storms hit, and for many it’s personal: they live and work alongside the victims. I’ve directed our expertise and resources be put to the fullest possible use.”

  • Minority producers invited to join USDA farm register

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) invites minority farmers and ranchers in Harrison County and across the nation to voluntarily join the USDA Minority Farm Register to receive information and opportunities from USDA agencies.

  • 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.