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Farming

  • USDA extends enrollment deadline

    U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA)  announces that the enrollment deadline for the 2012 and 2013 Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) has been extended to Aug. 15, 2014. Originally, program sign-up was scheduled to end Aug. 1.
    The new deadline gives livestock, honeybee, and farm-raised fish producers who experienced losses because of disease, adverse weather, wildfires or colony collapse disorder between Oct. 1, 2011 and Sept. 30, 2013, an additional two weeks to enroll in ELAP.

  • Unusually cool weather spurs tomato blight

    The unusually cool weather for July has spurred several problems for vegetable growers throughout the county and state.

  • Extension office will receive $250,000 from state for county farmers

    The Kentucky Agricultural Finance Corporation approved Harrison County for a $250,000 loan to be used for agricultural infrastructure, according to a press release from the Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy.
    The Harrison County Extension Office receives these funds after the Kentucky State Fair, which is then given to county farmers after an extensive application process, said Gary Carter, agent for agriculture and natural resources.

  • Some vegetables require daily harvest for best results

     

  • ...E-I-E-I-O!

     

    He may be best known for his juicy tomatoes, but Al Solomon is also one of the founding fathers of the Harrison County Farmers’ Market. Solomon, of Ammerman Pike, has been farming produce for 10 years, eight of which have been with the farmers’ market.
    His family has played a large role in his success as a farmer, and have been working with him since he started.

    Raising Rabbits

  • Vendors Day Fair to attract farmers, crafters

     

  • Toads are a good sign of healthy environment

    Lately it seems that everywhere I step in the yard, vegetable garden and perennial beds there is a toad under foot.  
    They manage to jump out of harm’s way (from a rapidly approaching foot or spade) just in the nick of time.  When I notice healthy populations of a good insect, bug or amphibian, I like to think that they are flourishing because of the ecological balance of the farm.  
    Toads are an indicator species suggesting in their abundance that the environment is healthy; in their absence that it is not.  

  • USDA reminds producers of 2014 acreage reporting requirement

    U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Kentucky  Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director John W. McCauley reminds agricultural producers that July 15, 2014, is the deadline to file an acreage report for spring seeded crops. Planted acres must be reported to FSA by July 15, 2014.  The Agricultural Act of 2014 (2014 Farm Bill) requires producers on a farm to submit annual acreage reports on all cropland.

  • United States and Korea streamline organic trade

    Organic processed products certified in the United States or Korea can now be labeled as organic in either country. This will allow American organic farmers, processors, and businesses greater access to Korea’s growing market for organic products. The arrangement between the two nations took effect July 1, 2014.

  • Local conservation cost share programs available to landowners and homeowners

    The Harrison County Conservation District is offering two new local cost share programs available to county landowners and homeowners.  
    Applications will be accepted July 1 through July 31 for the Gateway and Barn Access Erosion Control Program and the Rain Barrel/Compost Bin Program.
    The purpose of the Gateway/Barn Access Erosion program is to assist landowners with the necessary means to repair gateways and barn entrances to reduce degradation, soil erosion, and pollution.