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Farming

  • 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.

  • Investing in Rural America essential to job creation and business growth

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA is accepting applications for loans and grants to create jobs and spur economic development. Funding is provided through the Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant (REDLG) program.

  • 4-H News

    March 2 - Harrison County 4-H Shooting Sports Coaches, 6 p.m., Harrison County Extension Office
    March 8    - 4-H Shooting Sports Club meeting, 6 p.m., Harrison County Extension Office
    March 9 - 4-H Saddle N Spur Club, 6:30 p.m., Harrison County Extension Center
    March 3-28 - 4-H School Club meetings
    March 21-25 - Spring Break
    March 30-April 2 - 4-H Shooting Sports Camp
    TBA - Harrison County 4-H Council Executive meeting, Harrison County Extension Office
    TBA - 4-H Demonstrations and Speech activities

  • Tucker recognized in Pathfinder report

    Paul Lynn Tucker, Sadieville, has been recognized nationally by the American Angus Association® for having three registered Angus cows included in the Association’s 2011 Pathfinder® Report.
    Only 2,099 of the nearly 30,000 American Angus Association members are represented in this year’s report, according to Bill Bowman, chief operating officer and director of performance programs of the Association with headquarters in Saint Joseph, Missouri.

  • NAP application closing dates for crops fast approaching

    The deadlines to file an application for natural disaster protection under the Noninsured Assistance Program (NAP) are March 1 and March 15.
    The crops for the March 1 deadline are: Alfalfa, Clover, Grass and Mixed Grass intended for grazing, hay, or seed.

  • USDA releases status of 2010 counter-cyclical payments

  • Phase I sign-ups announced

    The Harrison County Phase I committee announces the 2011 program. The funds, which are tobacco settlement funds, will be available for anyone who owns a farm in our county.

  • Copes graduates from Conservation Planning course

    Kenny Copes of Cynthiana, soil conservation technician, Natural Resource Conservation Service in Lewis County, graduated recently from USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) Conservation Planning Course held during January in Cookeville, Tenn.  

  • Specialty seed catalogs offer variety

    I have learned to be discerning when it comes to catalog shopping.  
    I steer clear of outrageous or cheap deals. I prefer the specialty catalog where expertise reigns providing us with both a good product and the information to grow it well.  
    I shop locally as much as I can, but for some crops we must turn to the catalogs that are filling the mailbox this time of the year.  
    I pour over the pages looking for the odd, heirloom and favorite staple; and I order early because some rare finds are often limited in supply.