Lately it seems that everywhere I step in the yard, vegetable garden and perennial beds there is a toad under foot.
They manage to jump out of harm’s way (from a rapidly approaching foot or spade) just in the nick of time. When I notice healthy populations of a good insect, bug or amphibian, I like to think that they are flourishing because of the ecological balance of the farm.
Toads are an indicator species suggesting in their abundance that the environment is healthy; in their absence that it is not.
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Kentucky Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director John W. McCauley reminds agricultural producers that July 15, 2014, is the deadline to file an acreage report for spring seeded crops. Planted acres must be reported to FSA by July 15, 2014. The Agricultural Act of 2014 (2014 Farm Bill) requires producers on a farm to submit annual acreage reports on all cropland.
Organic processed products certified in the United States or Korea can now be labeled as organic in either country. This will allow American organic farmers, processors, and businesses greater access to Korea’s growing market for organic products. The arrangement between the two nations took effect July 1, 2014.
Karissa Lee Anderson of Cynthiana is one of 365 Eastern Kentucky University Dean’s Award recipients for the Spring 2014 semester.
Anderson is a senior Psychology major at EKU.
To earn the Dean’s Award, students must achieve Dean’s List honors at EKU for three semesters, not necessarily consecutive. A lapel pin is presented to students by the dean of their academic college.
April Barrett, a Cynthiana native, graduated from Maysville Community and Technical College Licking Valley Campus in May with an Associate in Science degree in Registered Nursing.
Barrett passed her nursing boards June 5 and became an official registered nurse. She is employed at UK Health Care as an RN in Lexington.
Barrett received her GED in 2008. She had wanted to be a nurse for a long time, but the goal seemed so difficult and far away. In the summer of 2011, she decided to attend MCTC/Licking Valley Campus.
The Harrison County Fair will sponsor a “Pride in our Community” parade on Friday, July 4, at 4 p.m.
Parade route: Begins at Flat Run Veterans Park; turning right onto Oddville (all vehicles stay in the right lane); left onto Church; right onto Pike; right onto Main; right onto Mill St.; left onto Walnut; right onto Oddville; end back at Flat Run Veterans Park.