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Farming

  • Tobacco meeting rescheduled

    The previously scheduled tobacco meeting has been rescheduled for Wednesday, March 18 at 6 p.m. at the Harrison County Extension Office. Bob Pearce, will be here to discuss the current situation and will also offer an updated GAP training. We will have a dinner and meeting so please call 859-234-5510 if you plan to attend.

  • One-time deadline extension offered to update base acres or yield history for ARC/PLC programs

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announces that a one-time extension will be provided to producers for the new safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill, known as Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC).The final day to update yield history or reallocate base acres has been extended one additional month, from Feb. 27, 2015 until March 31, 2015. The final day for farm owners and producers to choose ARC or PLC coverage also remains March 31, 2015.

  • Livestock Indemnity Program information

    The weather we have faced this past month had an impact on everyone in the state of Kentucky. Many farmers throughout our region of the U.S. were in the middle of calving and faced extreme measures to keep their cattle safe and see them through the worst conditions we have experienced in several years. Many farmers are familiar with the 2014 Farm Bill programs for grain crops and have been working to update information and select a program that best fits their farm.

  • Pesticide training to be held Thursday

    We are planning to offer two pesticide trainings for producers whose pesticide cards have expired. If you need to check on your current status call our office at 234-5510 and we can check your card.
    The pesticide meetings will be held on Thursday, Feb. 26 at 10 a.m. and again at 7 p.m  at the Harrison County Extension Office. Hopefully these times will fit into your schedule.
    We regret that this is such late notice and hope if you can’t attend the morning session you will be able to attend the evening session.

  • Farm Bill Safety-Net deadlines approaching for Kentucky farmers

    U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) John W. McCauley reminds producers of upcoming important deadlines for the new safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill, known as Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC). The final day to update yield history or reallocate base acres is Feb. 27, 2015, and the final day for farm owners and producers to choose coverage is March 31, 2015.

  • Tobacco meeting planned for Feb. 18

    The 2014 tobacco marketing season is about to come to an end. For some it has been a very troubling season and others were very satisfied.
    The 2014 season rewarded those who had contracts. Prices and grading seemed consistent from last year. For those who are unhappy, most occurred because of the lack of a contract. Most prices for un-contracted tobacco ran from $1.20 to $1.50. I am sure there are exceptions but in most  cases the tobacco sold for a small amount over the actual cost.

  • Brussell Sprouts have made a comeback

    It used to be that no one liked them and they were hard to come by fresh.  
    Old varieties have been greatly improved from those forced on you as a child.  

  • Radon is invisible, tasteless, odorless and dangerous

    Radon is the No. 1 cause of lung cancer after smoking. It annually kills more than 21,000 Americans and accounts for about 12 percent of all cancer deaths. But you don’t have to be a victim.

  • Golden rod not the allergan you think it is

    I am allergic to many things and it is not just seasonal pollen … so trust me when I say don’t blame your late summer sneezes on this lovely perennial.  
    There are about 100 species of golden rod in North America, 20 of which can be found in Kentucky.  So, it is no surprise that solidago, or golden rod, is Kentucky’s official state flower.  

  • USDA creates more bird habitat opportunities on irrigated farmland

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini  announces that the Conservation Reserve Program now will encourage more bird habitats to be established in irrigated farmland regions.