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Farming

  • 4-H Events

    June
    June 28-July 1 - 4-H Camp, North Central 4-H Camp
    TBA - District 4 4-H Shooting Sports Contest, Mercer County Game and Fish
    July
    July 3-9 - State 4-H Horse Show
    July 7-16 - Harrison County Fair
    July 9 - State 4-H Communications Day
    July 10 - State Fair Deadline for Livestock Entries
    July 25-27 - 4-H Hunter/Home Gun Safety, Extension Office and Roberts Farm
    TBA - District 4 4-H Shooting Sports, Central KY Wildlife Area

  • Get to know your beneficial insects

    Before you squish consider the next generation of beneficial insects that you may be eliminating from your garden.  
    We have come to look at all insects as bad, which is far from the truth. We delight over butterflies, but likely kill many while in the caterpillar stage; we love lady beetles, but the nymph stage looks a little scary; and we swat and spray every fly, wasp and bee in ear-shot.
    One of the challenges we face when it comes to beneficial insects is that we have a hard time distinguishing between the good guys and the true pests.  

  • Producers reminded to file AGI consent forms with the IRS

    Kentucky USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director John W. McCauley, reminds producers that, in order to receive USDA program payments, each payment recipient must have an Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) verification consent form on file with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

  • Tips on how to provide shade from the blazing sun

    I can’t believe this heat already. I was hopeful that this summer was not going to be a repeat of last, but it looks like we are on track for some serious heat this summer.  
    Some vegetables will surely respond to temperatures in the 90’s … some will be good and some will be bad. I know we can’t change the ambient air temperature on a 90 degree day, but we can provide some shade for our plants on the hottest days of the summer with reasonable results.

  • Dairy Goat Awareness Week to be observed June 11-18

    Bourbon and Harrison County 4-H Goat Project Youth who raise dairy goats and area dairy goat breeders will celebrate Dairy Goat Awareness Week with the American Dairy Goat Association during the week of June 11.

  • Powdery mildew in the garden

    Powdery mildew is probably the most common garden fungus around. It is not too terribly picky about where it spreads, it likes humid weather, thrives in the heat of the summer and is hard to control once it has started.  
    The trick is to prevent it from happening by proper plant selection, spacing, pruning and treatment before it spreads.
    Powdery mildew is caused by several different fungi, I won’t bore you with their names because they all act the same way.  
    The spores of the fungus are carried by the wind and by splashing water.

  • County committee nominations open June 15

    Farmers,  ranchers and other agricultural producers have until Aug. 1 to nominate eligible candidates to serve on local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees.
    “County committees play a vital role in the administration of federal farm programs and the positive effect they have on rural communities,” said John McCauley, State Executive Director of the USDA’s Farm Service Agency.

  • USDA extends deadlines for 2010 ACRE certification

    Kentucky USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director SED John McCauley announces that the 2010 Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) production certification deadline has been extended to Sept. 1, 2011.
    Note: The dealine has not been extended for agricultural producers to participate in FSA’s Direct and Counter Cyclical Program or the Average Crop Revenue Election Program during the 2011 crop year. Applications must be submitted by June 1 to be eligible for the 2011 program.

  • Carpenter bees busy

    The carpenter bees are doing a number on our house. We perfectly fit the profile of a desirable place to lay your eggs for this rather docile bee and they are busy around the frame of the garage as I write.  I do have a plan.
    Carpenter bees are essentially harmless. The male, who hovers about, has no stinger. The female tunnels and lays her eggs; when she does come out you would have to handle her for her to sting.  
    I’ve never been stung by one and they sort of become acquaintances because they are always there hovering about.  

  • Forty-three Kentucky counties eligible emergency loans

    On May 4, President Obama declared 14 Kentucky counties as disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding that occurred from April 26, and continuing. Those counties are Boone, Bracken, Campbell, Carroll, Carter, Fleming, Gallatin, Kenton, Lawrence, Morgan, Nicholas, Oldham, Owen and Washington.
    As a result of the declaration, 29 Kentucky counties were named as contiguous counties where eligible family farmers may qualify for FSA EM loan assistance pursuant to Section 321(a) of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act.