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Farming

  • Meats 101: Beef

    By Benita Peoples, Co. ext. agent
    Protein is an essential part of your daily diet. Meat is an excellent choice of protein. Come learn with us about the new cuts of beef, wet age vs. dry aged: prime, choice and select cuts of beef; grain fed; buying local meats; fat content of beef; and cooking methods based upon the cut of meat selected.

  • Thin vs. fat asparagus

    I was catching up on some magazine reading the other day and on two occasions I read the phrase “choose thin spears” and I got so frustrated.  
    These spring articles were about asparagus and I would like to go on the record that when it comes to homegrown asparagus (and even the wild growing in the fence rows) fat is good.
    The fat spears have always been tender from the garden so don’t let anyone fool you on the fresh from the garden variety. They are particularly well-suited for the charcoal grill.

  • Cool season, slow spring means setbacks in the garden

    I want to say spring has sprung, but it hasn’t.

     

  • Some azaleas thrive in full sun

    Did you know that azaleas and rhododendrons are essentially the same thing?  

    They are both members of the rhododendron genus; they have similar blooms and similar cultural requirements.  Some say the primary difference between the two is the number of pollen-bearing stamens: rhododendron have 10 or more per flower and azaleas have only five.  

  • Skunked Again

    From time to time I see a skunk meandering around the farm during the day, it’s unusual, however.  
    A few years back there was one that was sniffing about under some pines in the lower pasture and it was evident from its movements and from its  awareness  (or lack thereof) of its surroundings that this creature knew it had the advantage.  
    Their eyesight is poor so sneaking up on him to get a photograph was possible but it made me realize that startling a skunk is probably not a good idea.

  • Livestock farmers affected by severe weather urged to keep good records

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Juan M. Garcia, repeated his appeal to livestock producers affected by natural disasters such as the drought in the West and the unexpected winter storm in the upper Midwest to keep thorough records. This includes livestock and feed losses, and any additional expenses that are a result of losses to purchased forage or feed stuff.

  • NAP Deadline is March 15

    The USDA Farm Service Agency’s Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) provides financial assistance similar to crop insurance to eligible producers affected by natural disasters. The upcoming deadline to file an application for natural disaster protection under the NAP is March 15.

  • CARING FOR NEWBORN CALVES

    By Gary Carter, Co. ext. agent
    As calving time approaches the cow due to calve needs to be watched closely for any complications.

  • Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program deadline near

    The USDA Farm Service Agency’s Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) provides financial assistance similar to crop insurance to eligible producers affected by natural disasters.
    The upcoming deadlines to file an application for natural disaster protection under the NAP are March 1 and March 15.
    The crops for March 1 deadline are: Alfalfa, clover, grass, millet, mixfg, teff.

  • Council for Burley Tobacco accepting grant applications

    The Council for Burley Tobacco is now accepting grant applications for the 2014 spring funding cycle. Deadline for the spring application period is 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 6.
    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.