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Farming

  • Gear up for orchard maintenance

    I am so grateful that my husband Andy is in charge of the orchard.  
    Fruit tree maintenance, I am convinced, is an art. There are details to pruning that can make or break good fruit set, branch structure and ability to pick when the limbs are laden with ripe fruit.  
    While I understand the basics, I am glad Andy is the one that executes the task.  
    A healthy fruit crop from the orchard can be achieved by doing a few things this time of the year.  

  • Young green grass carries risk of tetany in cattle

    This year has started unusually warm and wet. So much so that grass is beginning to green early than past seasons. With young green grass it is thought to be an advantage but it also carries the risk of grass tetany for cow/calf producers.

  • Landowners, producers will have four weeks to enroll in CRP beginning in March

    The Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director, John W. McCauley, announces that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will conduct a four-week Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general signup, beginning on March 12 and ending on April 6. CRP has a 25-year legacy of successfully protecting the nation’s natural resources while providing significant economic and environmental benefits to rural communities across the United States.

  • Farmers Market annual meeting scheduled for Feb. 16

    The Board of Directors of the Harrison County Farmers Market invites you to the upcoming annual meeting on Thursday, Feb. 16 at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will take place at the Harrison County Extension Office.

  • Shared-Use Equipment Program approved for Harrison County

    The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board, chaired by Gov. Steve Beshear, approved $8,950 at its monthly meeting in support of a Shared-Use Equipment Program in Harrison County.
    The Harrison County Beef Cattle Association submitted a proposal to the Harrison County Agricultural Development Council and the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board.

  • Skunk season is upon us

    I suppose every day is potentially skunk season, but right about now things start to heat up.  
    Mating season is upon us so skunks are on the move a bit more than usual. I have been reminded as such by a faint funk in the garage every morning this past week.  
    I learned a serious lesson several years back when the dog got a direct shot to the face and we had a lingering stench that was other worldly.  

  • Loans for socially disadvantaged persons

    USDA Farm Service Agency reserves funds each year to make loans to socially disadvantaged applicants to buy and operate family-size farms. A socially disadvantaged farmer is one of a group whose members have been subjected to racial, ethnic, or gender prejudice because of their identity as members of the group without regard to their individual qualities. For the purposes of this program, socially disadvantaged groups have been defined as women, Blacks or African Americans, American Indians or Alaskan Natives, Hispanics, Asians, and Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders.

  • 2012 burley tobacco buy-out payments

    The USDA Farm Service Agency has completed the payments for Harrison County’s 1,628 Tobacco Transition Payment Program (TTPP) contracts for 2012. Payments totaling $2,824,886 have been deposited into contract holders’ bank accounts beginning Jan. 19, 2012. TTPP contracts are paid through 2014. There are two annual payments remaining 2013 and 2014.
    For producers with grain bases, sign up for the 2012 Direct and Counter Cyclical (DCP) program began Jan. 23, 2012 with a deadline of June 1, 2012.

  • McConnell, Sims retire from FSA posts

    The Harrison County Farm Service Agency (FSA) has experienced many changes in programs they administer and the customers they serve. In November and December, the Agency saw its most noted change with the retirements of two employees Sandi McConnell and Barry Sims.  

  • DCP/ACRE signups start this week, end June 1

    USDA Kentucky Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director, John W. McCauley, reminds producer’s enrollment for Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) Program or the traditional Direct and Counter-cyclical Program (DCP) began Jan. 23 and will run through June 1.
    “Farmers in Kentucky who are interested in enrolling in these programs need to add this important deadline to their list of ‘must do’ jobs,” McCauley said. “Producers should contact the local county office to set up appointments.”