• Ag Development Phase I funds available for all local farmers

    The Harrison County Ag Development Board (Phase I) met Monday, May 11 at the Harrison County Extension Center.
    The meeting was the beginning phase of the 2015 Ag Development Program for Harrison County. Harrison County is receiving nearly $400,000 to allocate to local farmers thru an application process in the next couple of months.

  • Dairy farmer is recent guest at Cynthiana Lions Club

    Bill Crist is similar in many ways to the members of the Cynthiana Lions Club he  spoke with on May 26 – working hard and taking pride in providing a quality product to customers. But unlike the typical local business, Crist’s most important asset is cows and his product is milk. Crist and his family are dairy farmers.
    The Crist family owns Crist Dairy near Edmonton, Kentucky. They milk 500 cows three times a day, every day.

  • Perennial hardy geraniums

    My interest in hardy geraniums started around 1996.   In European gardens they were as commonplace as phlox was in American perennial gardens.  
    Twenty years later and hardy geraniums are available in all their glory at most garden centers.
    Experience has taught us which ones are suited to our warm summer climate.
    Most of us think of geraniums as an annual that we plant in our yards or in pots to add color to our patios during the summer months.  Well, this plant is actually a Pelargonium.  

  • Additional acreage dedicated to CRP for wildlife habitat and wetlands

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announces that an additional 800,000 acres of highly environmentally sensitive land may be enrolled in Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) under certain wetland and wildlife initiatives that provide multiple benefits on the same land.

  • Made in the shade

    It is strange, but true … people often refer to shade as a problem.  
    How many times have you heard of people desperately searching for that one magic thing they can do to get grass to grow underneath a pin oak?  
    Why can’t we just accept the fact that it just isn’t possible and move on to better things?
    And, there are lots of better things when it comes to shade.

  • Farmers reminded to certify conservation compliance by June 1

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds farmers that the 2014 Farm Bill requires producers to file a Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification form (AD-1026) with their local USDA service center by June 1, 2015, in order to become or remain eligible for crop insurance premium support.

  • Farmer of the Year applications being accepted

    The 2015 Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) “Farmer of the Year” application process is now open, and the organization is seeking the Commonwealth’s finest nominees for this prestigious award.

  • Mulch, mold and fungi

    By Jessica Barnes, County extension agent for horticulture
    Mulch can be beneficial in many ways on plant beds, around foundation shrubs and other gardening locations in your yard, but mold can threaten its benefits.

  • Farm Bill Program offers producers relief for 2014 losses in more than 40 states

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency announces that nearly 2,700 applicants will begin receiving disaster assistance through the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) for losses experienced from Oct. 1, 2013, through Sept. 30, 2014.

  • 4-H Livestock Judging Team