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Farming

  • General signup for CRP announced

    “Eligible persons can begin offering land under the general Conservation Reserve Program on March 14,” announced John W. McCauley, State Executive Director. “Signup will continue through April 15, 2011.”

  • Paris CPH sale set for April 22

    The Spring Paris CPH sale will be held Friday, April 22 at the Paris Stockyards. The sale will carry the requirements of all CPH sales including age verification of all animals.
    With extremely high beef prices most CPH sales have realized extra benefits which are rewarded to those who have done the requirements of the program. These requirements include a vaccination program, de-worming and adequate mineral program and livestock knowing how to eat and drink from feeders and waterers.

  • Potato planting begins mid-March

    Spring break from teaching at U of L falls conveniently during the week of St. Patrick’s Day and when I always plant out my seed potato for the year.
    While I always manage a mid-March planting, we must consider the condition of the soil.  Don’t start digging if the soil is too wet. Be patient and only work once the soil is friable.
    Select potato varieties that compliment the way you cook. The most versatile varieties include favorites like Yukon Gold and Red Cloud.

  • 4-H Events

    Monday-Friday: 4-H Sewing Projects as scheduled
    Tuesdays: 4-H Crocheting Projects; 3:30-4:30 p.m., Extension Office
    Tuesdays: 4-H Quilting Projects; 3:30-5 p.m., Extension Office
    2nd Tuesdays: 4-H Shooting Sports Club, Harrison County Extension Office
    Wednesdays: 4-H Knitting Projects; 3:30-4:30 p.m., Extension Office
    2nd Wednesdays: 4-H Saddle N Spur Club, 6:30 p.m., Extension Office
    2nd Mondays: 4-H Rabbit Club, 4:30-5:30 p.m Extension Office

    March

  • FSA committee election results announced

    Barry Sims, County Executive Director of the Harrison County Farm Service Agency announces that Mike Stroub has been re-elected to serve a three year term on the Farm Service Agency Committee. His term of office began on Jan. 1, 2011.  Stroub will serve as chairperson, Thomas Florence Jr. will serve as vice chairperson, Ricci Roland as regular member, and Freda Custard, COC advisor.
    The Farm Service Agency Committee is responsible for the administration of various Federal Farm programs including Price Support, Conservation and Farm Loan Programs.

  • Extension office announces upcoming agricultural meetings

    The Harrison County Extension Office will be conducting several Agriculture meetings in the next two weeks. Hopefully the weather has changed and we can have the meetings without nature playing a part.
    Phase I meeting for application signups will occur on Tuesday, March 1 at 7 p.m.  The meeting will be held at the Harrison County Extension Office.
    Pesticide Certification meeting will be held Friday, March 4 at 10 a.m. The program is for farmers and users of pesticides for crops in our county. If you have questions give our office a call at 234-5510.

  • It’s seed starting time again

    Starting seeds indoors turns out to be a necessary skill if you want success with early crops that prefer cooler temperatures during the growing season like cabbage, broccoli and Brussels sprouts.  
    Setting out a young plant means it has a chance to reach maturity before our summer temperatures soar and the plants bolt and become bitter.   

  • CAIP approved for Harrison County, $230,000 in ag development funds

    The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board  approves $230,000 in Harrison County Agricultural Development Funds for a County Agricultural Investment Program (CAIP) at their January business meeting. The Harrison County Beef Cattle Association Inc. submitted a proposal to the Harrison County Agricultural Development Council and the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board to provide cost-share incentives to area farmers.

  • Don’t forget about the birds and the bees

    I am always a little annoyed when people ask me how to get rid of bees.  
    Short of a deathly allergy, we should all be lucky enough to have a healthy population in the garden.  
    I have tons out and about the landscape, in the clover where I walk daily, in the garden where I work, amid the flowers where I weed… and I have never been stung.  
    Bees are vital; as I am sure you know, when it comes to pollination.  

  • Meeting reminders from the Harrison County Extension office

    The Harrison County Extension Office will be conducting several Agriculture meeting in the next two weeks. Hopefully the weather has changed and we can have the meetings without nature playing a part.
    On Monday, Feb. 28 at 8 a.m. we will have a Tobacco Production meeting. Breakfast will be served so please call if you plan to attend. Dr. Kenny Seebold and Dr. Bob Pearce will present current information on the tobacco situation.