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Farming

  • Signature authority for spouses on FSA programs

    For Farm Service Agency (FSA) and Commodity Credit Corporation programs in which either has an interest, husbands and wives may sign most documents on behalf of each other. This option is automatically available unless a written request for exclusion is made to the county office by either spouse.
    These are exceptions to the rule, where spouses may not sign on behalf of each other for partnerships, joint ventures, corporations or other similar entities.
    Individual signatures are also required on certain Farm Loan Program and farm storage Facility Loan documents.

  • Cranberry bogs bring in the harvest

    Did you know that the cranberry used to be called the “craneberry?”   
    When the colonists first learned of this berry from their American Indian hosts in the New World, they thought the blooms of the native shrub looked liked the long neck and bill of the crane. Eventually, as language goes, it was shortened to cranberry.

  • Conservation loans available to farmers

    Mitchell W. Whittle, Farm Loan Chief with the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA), reminds farmers that the Agency will make and guarantee Conservation Loans (CL) to producers who want to promote conservation on their land as well as conserve the country’s natural resources.
    Many farmers who need and want to implement conservation measures on their land do not have the “up front” funds available to implement these practices.

  • The deer rut is on

    Just last week my own local paper, The Sentinel-News, had a cautionary article about deer and their movements this time of the year.
    It’s a dance that can cause injury to car, body, or store front in some cases. It seems there is a story at least once where a deer walks into a local business or busts into someone’s living room.  
    I am here, however, to remind you that your young trees are vulnerable too, love and hormones can make for some crazy behavior and the deer rut has begun.  

  • Sixty-three Kentucky counties designated as Primary Natural Disaster areas

    On Nov. 3, Secretary Vilsack declared 63 Kentucky counties as disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by drought that occurred from Aug. 1, 2010, and continuing. The counties are:

  • Asian lady beetles ready for home invasion

    It is that time of the year again: The attack of the lady beetles.  
    Usually they sneak their way into our homes before now, but the mild weather has kept them at bay. The chill is here so people are asking, “What do I do about all the lady bugs in my house?”  
    Well, the short answer is seal up the house well and get out the vacuum cleaner.

  • KOHS gets over $500,000 in Homeland Security grants

    The Kentucky Office of Homeland Security (KOHS) has awarded $578,100 in State Homeland Security Grants to Bluegrass Area Development District  for the purchase of interoperable communications, hazmat equipment, and mobile data computers.
    “Homeland Security grants are a vital component in helping keep the Commonwealth safe and secure,” Gov.  Steve Beshear said. “They provide funds that enable our first responders to have the latest and best tools needed in their critical missions.”

  • National 4-H Congress delegates focus on Issues Affecting Youths

    Through 4-H, young people not only have the opportunity to make a positive difference in their communities, but they can impact their state and nation by becoming a delegate to National 4-H Congress. The 2010 National 4-H Congress will take place Nov. 26-30 in Atlanta, Ga.  Harrison County will be well represented at the 2010 National 4-H Congress. Sarah Barton, daughter of Doug and Trudy Barton of Cynthiana, will be representing Kentucky along with 30 other 4-H’ers from across the state.

  • 4-H Events

    • Nov 4 - 4-H Knitting Project Organization for returning 4-H Knitters, 3:15 p.m, Harrison County Extension Office
    • Nov 8 - 4-H Project records due to the Extension Center
    • Nov. 8 - District 4 4-H Shooting Sports Committee, 6 p.m., Fayette County Extension Office
    • Nov. 9 - 4-H Shooting Sports Club Banquet, 6 p.m., Harrison County Extension Office
    • Nov 10 - Harrison County 4-H Saddle-N-Spur Horse Club meeting, 6:30 p.m., Harrison County Extension Office

  • Beef Cattle annual meeting is Monday

    The Harrison County Beef Cattle Association will hold the 2010 Annual Meeting on Monday, Nov. 8 at 6 p.m. Dinner will begin the meeting.
    The regular business meeting will be held along with the election of officers and board members. An entertaining program will follow showing the pictures from the Alaskan Tour this summer.
    The admission price to the annual meeting will be a canned good which will be donated to the food pantry. Bring these items so we can help the community during the holiday season.