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Farming

  • 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.

  • Planting time almost here

    I am plotting and planning and placing orders for onion sets and seed potatoes and summer crops that will be directly seeded in the garden once the temperatures really warm.
    I can barely stand the wait!  
    I have two trays of seedlings that I started about two weeks ago and have begun another round of kale, broccoli and Brussels sprouts in three more trays.
    My set up is not elaborate; it basically consists of a kit that includes a plastic dome that fits over a seed tray and pan.  

  • Report shows continued decrease in beef cow numbers

    Late January brought USDA’s Cattle Inventory report, which provided an estimate of cattle numbers across the US. As expected, beef herd liquidation continued during 2011, despite the stronger fall markets. The severe drought that plagued much of the southern plains pushed many cows to slaughter and forced many ranchers to reduce their herd size. Estimated beef cow numbers fell by three percent, which is the largest single year decrease in many years.

  • FFA tractor parade
  • Witch hazels already in bloom

    Gardeners get anxious this time of the year. Warm one day, cold the next, the sun coaxes open a little patch of crocus by the path or we catch sight of an old landscape filled with waves of blooming white snow drops.  
    This year, the show is sure to come early and the forsythia are not the first to bloom, despite this oft cited sign of spring. There are other early bloomers to keep us occupied until spring truly arrives.

  • I can make anyone love Brussels sprouts

    Brussels sprouts need a PR make-over, no one seems to like them. Old varieties have been greatly improved from those forced on you as a child.  
    Equally, cooking methods probably can stand some updating from the warm, mushy, bitter Barbie-doll-sized cabbage; don’t boil them to death, try instead some quick roasting underneath the broiler.  

  • Conservation breakfast planned for Feb. 17

    The Harrison  County Conservation District along with the Natural Resource and Conservation Service will be hosting a Conservation breakfast meeting on Friday, Feb. 17 at the Cooperative Extension Office.
    This program will be extremely informative for all Harrison County landowners to become better aware of the programs available to assist them with their farm operations. Even though this meeting is geared towards our county landowners, all county residents are welcome to attend. Breakfast will be served at 7:30 a.m. and the program will take place from 8-10 a.m.