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Farming

  • 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.”

  • HCBCA seeking new members

    Each year during the annual HCBCA meeting those in attendance are asked to join the local and state association. This year after the meeting the local board discussed ways of increasing our membership. This last month we have discussed this membership drive and would like to introduce a program to encourage your participation.
    Anyone who joins the local county and state cattlemen association will receive a membership card with several local businesses offering discounts to HCBCA members. The following are discounts available to you as a member:

  • Tulipomania and the need for some chilling time

    Spring bulbs popping up everywhere as temperatures roller-coaster from the teens to the 60’s has left many scratching their heads; there is not much we can do to fool Mother Nature so we must be patient and hope that we have a decent display come March.  
    I have some foliage that has turned to mush but the bulb and bloom is still safe beneath the soil surface; the bulb will send up fresh foliage in due time.  

  • ELAP signup deadline is Jan. 30

    USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Kentucky reminds producers they have until Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2012, to submit an application for payment under the 2011 Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey Bees, and Farm-raised Fish Program (ELAP).
    ELAP provides emergency assistance to eligible producers of livestock, honeybees and farm-raised fish who have losses due to disease, adverse weather or other conditions, including losses due to blizzards, and wildfires.

  • 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.