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Farming

  • 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.

  • Time to control peach leaf curl and plum pockets

    By Jessica Barnes, County extension agent for horticulture
    If you are one that has peach and plum trees, late fall and winter is the time to control peach leaf curl and plum pockets. Control for these diseases must be done before the buds start to swell, which can happen even in January if we have abnormally warm weather. Both of these diseases are closely related and caused by a fungus. Infection from these diseases can cause defoliation, distortion of leaves, weakened trees, and reduced fruit quality, set and yield.

  • Winter backyard birding basics

    By Lee McCLELLAN, Kentucky Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
    The deepest, darkest, bleakest part of winter is here. The long slog from just after the holidays through the NCAA tournament is one of the toughest to weather, but watching the many species of birds that inhabit Kentucky in your backyard can brighten the most leaden days.

  • Dealing with cold weather and cattle

    It’s very important to consider the special problems of cold weather and cattle. Cold increases the rate at which feed passes through the digestive tract. Less time in the digestive tract means less digestion of nutrients. In other words, a high-fiber, lower-digestible feed provides even fewer nutrients in cold winter weather.

  • USDA provides greater protection for fruit, vegetable and other specialty crop growers

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announces that greater protection is now available from the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program for crops that traditionally have been ineligible for federal crop insurance. The new options, created by the 2014 Farm Bill, provide greater coverage for losses when natural disasters affect specialty crops such as vegetables, fruits, mushrooms, floriculture, ornamental nursery, aquaculture, turf grass, ginseng, honey, syrup, and energy crops.

  • Council for burley tobacco accepting grant applications

    The Council for Burley Tobacco is accepting grant applications for the 2015 winter funding cycle. Deadline for the winter application period is 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 2, 2015.
    Projects should be geared to research, education, and promotion projects to benefit the burley tobacco industry. Requests from individuals/institutions not related to the burley industry will only be considered if there is a clear, significant benefit to the burley tobacco farmers or organizations.

  • Beef Quality Assurance training scheduled for Dec. 10

    Many of you have participated in the Beef Quality Assurance program over the last 8-10 years. During that period we have shown repetition of materials and little or no learning once you have seen the materials. The program is going to change this year with a multi-level program called “Cattle Handling and Care.”

  • Beef referendum scheduled for Nov. 20

    By Gary Carter, County extension

    agent for agriculture

  • Beef Check-off Referendum scheduled for Nov. 20

    On Nov. 20, Kentucky will hold a Beef Check-off Referendum. Each county will vote at their local extension office. The Harrison County Extension Office will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. to receive your vote. Your votes will then be forwarded to Frankfort for Harrison County.
    The following is a fact sheet answering any questions or concerns you may have regarding the check-off referendum. If you have additional questions, feel free to call the Extension Office at 859-234-5510 or the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association at 859-278-0899.

  • Harrison County Young Farmers fall kick-off

    Harrison County Young Farmers will begin their year by having a dinner and meeting at the home of David and Joyce Mullen at 6 p.m. on Oct. 27.
    Anyone interested in becoming a member come and join us. Any questions feel free to call Joyce Mullen at 859-983-8683 or Debbie Prows at 859-298-4827.