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Farming

  • A gardener's Christmas poem

    Every couple of years I like to revisit my father’s favorite Christmas poem inspired by Clement Moore’s famous work ‘Night Before Christmas’.  
    The writer is unknown but he or she certainly was a gardener; and you may even get some last minute gift ideas from its verse.
    Fred Wiche, my father and the first Weekend Gardener, started writing this column years ago, imparting gardening advice and humor.  

  • Kentucky NRCS announces 2014 Farm Bill Program participation

    The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Kentucky is encouraging landowners, farmers and producers to visit their local NRCS office now to receive information and apply for conservation technical assistance and possible financial funding opportunities.

  • Applications for Conservation Stewardship Program due Jan. 17

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is opening the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) for new enrollments for federal fiscal year 2014. Now through Jan. 17, 2014, producers interested in participating in the program can submit applications to NRCS.

  • Fry’s project featured in KFB’s Science in Agriculture displays

    A Harrison County fourth grader, Trent Fry, was among the 12 students selected from across the state to display their agriculture science projects at this week’s Kentucky Farm Bureau annual meeting in Louisville.
    Fry is a student at Southside Elementary. He displayed his project, “Fertilizer: Friend or Foe,” to determine which kind of fertilizer best enhances a plant’s growth.
    Each winning project was awarded $75.00 and a certificate of recognition for their participation at the state level.

  • McKee named honorary member at KEAFCS awards luncheon

    The Kentucky Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences names Rep. Tom McKee as its 2013 Honorary Member. The honor was presented at the KEAFCS Awards Luncheon at the Embassy Suites in Lexington by Harrison County FCS agent Benita Peoples. He was nominated by Dr. Ann Vail, Director of the School of Human Environmental Sciences.

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  • Holiday spices have tropical roots

    Considering how the quest for exotic spice fueled exploration in the 15th century it is no wonder that our favorite holiday flavors herald from around the world.  
    From Southwest India to Southeast Asia we find cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and mace.
    True cinnamon comes from the bark of Cinnamomum zeylanicum, an evergreen tree native to Southwest India. This is the premium spice that is harvested just as new growth emerges from 2-year-old stems.  

  • Acreage reporting dates for 2014

    Kentucky USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director John W. McCauley announces that producers now have until Jan. 15, 2014, to report crops that have a Nov. 15, 2013, or Dec. 15, 2013, reporting deadline without paying a late-file fee. Crops under this waiver include wheat and native and improved grasses intended for grazing or haying. The Risk Management Agency (RMA) did not grant a waiver so producers need to consult their crop insurance agent for deadlines for insured crops.

  • Brambles ready for some pruning

    It’s time to clean up the bramble patch: In order to maintain healthy and productive blackberries and raspberries, we need to prune out the old to make room for the new.   
    Most brambles are biennial, which means they fruit on second-year growth.  
    Blackberries are easy to deal with, just remove the arching canes that fruited this year and trim up and trellis the new growth from this summer, which will bear next summer’s fruit. Repeat the same thing next year.

  • Resumption of 2013 crop commodity loan disbursements announced

    U.S Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Juan Garcia announces that the processing and disbursement of 2013 crop commodity loans has resumed.
    The commodity loan programs provide interim financing to producers for agricultural commodities stored after harvest and then sold throughout the year. Crop year 2013 commodity loan-making was suspended Oct. 1, 2013, to make changes necessary to accommodate the automatic funding reductions known as sequester. Sequestration is mandated by the Budget Control Act of 2011.