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Farming

  • Farmers’ Market educational meeting set

    The Harrison County Farmers’ Market committee will offer an educational meeting discussing early spring crops including cole crop production.  The meeting will take place Thursday, Jan. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Harrison County Extension Office.
    Producers usually question the time of plant and what the expected maturity date would be. This meeting will discuss these matters and will also include seed and plant selection for your garden.

  • Winter perennials have summer-like foliage

    Most people would say that there is not much going on in the garden during the winter months. I beg to differ. There are dozens of plants out there doing something interesting.  Some are just showing their pretty bark or their sculptural quality bare of leaves. Others are just beginning to emerge and will be blooming soon.  And others just have some crazy quality that allows their foliage to look as fresh and clean as a spring garden despite the fact it is winter in Kentuckiana.

  • Tea leaves and herbal concoctions

    We visited friends in Boulder, Colo., over the Christmas holiday and had an opportunity to visit the Celestial Seasonings Tea Company that is headquartered there. In fact, this one factory produces all of their tea sold worldwide.  
    Celestial Tea had humble beginnings with a group of “passionate young entrepreneurs” (i.e hippies in 1969), who began collecting herbs from the slopes of the Rocky Mountains and crafted their own herbal teas to sell to local health food stores.  

  • Binomial System names plant species

    Most of us are not fluent in Latin so distinguishing between an Aesculus parviflora and an Aesculus pavia may take some extra effort. Throw hybrids and cultivars into the mix and our plant choices may increase with our confusion.  
    Categorizing plants is both scientifically and commercially important.

  • 2011 State Fair
  • CSP ranking period cut-off is Jan. 13

    USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announces that the ranking period cut-off date for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is Jan. 13, 2012. Producers interested in CSP should submit applications to their local NRCS office by the deadline so that their applications can be considered during the first ranking period of 2012.
    The CSP is a voluntary program that encourages agricultural and forestry producers to address resource concerns by: undertaking additional conservation activities; and improving and maintaining existing conservation systems.

  • HIP assists private landowners with wildlife management

    About 95 percent of the land in Kentucky is privately owned. To successfully manage our wildlife resources, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources works cooperatively with Kentucky’s private landowners.

  • Reflecting on a new year in the garden and on the farm

    Hope you don’t mind that I take this opportunity to reflect a little.  
    Another year is gone, I remember my elders marveling over this and how quickly time goes by and I get it now.  
    I have learned some this year, but I don’t necessarily feel smarter; I have aged some, but don’t necessarily feel older; and I have made new friends that have taught me that there is always potential which has made me excited about the rest of my life.

  • FSA offers producers a free online news service

    USDA Kentucky Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, John W. McCauley announces that farmers in Kentucky now have a more efficient, timely option for receiving important FSA program eligibility requirements, deadlines and related information.

  • Holiday greenery has meaning

    Holiday greenery has a history that goes well beyond the Victorian Christmas tree we gather around today.
    Most of the holiday greenery we use to decorate dates back to the pagan holidays of the Romans and Northern Europeans when certain plants where chosen for their symbolic powers of restoration and protection.