• Farm Service Agency reminds producers of deadlines

    Kentucky USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director SED John W. McCauley reminds producers of two important Direct and Counter-Cyclical Program (DCP) deadlines this month.

    Producers who have either not yet enrolled in DCP or have not yet signed their DCP contracts must do so by close of business Monday, Sept. 16, 2013.  Contracts filed after this date will be elevated from the county office to the state office and will require State Committee action.

  • Maple Hill Manor to participate in National Alpaca Days

    On Sept. 28 and 29, alpaca breeders from across the United States and Canada will invite the public to come to their farm or ranch to meet their alpacas and learn more about these inquisitive, unique animals, the luxury fiber they produce and why the alpaca business is perfect for environmentally conscious individuals!  From 1 - 5 p.m, each day, Maple Hill Manor will welcome guests and their families to join them for many activities including farm tours, and attendance is free .


  • 4-H programs teach life skills

    Chances are if your young person has an interest, 4-H has a program that explores it. Not only does 4-H provide an opportunity for its members to try something they think they might enjoy, but 4-H’s programs are designed in a way that 4-H’ers will learn many valuable life skills in the process.

    With the start of the new school year, it’s time for local youth to join 4-H, the nation’s largest youth organization. 4-H offers experiential learning to youth ages 9 to 18. 

  • Record net farm income projected for U.S. agriculture in 2013

    This is some interesting information we wanted to share with you all from Dr. Will Snell, University of Kentucky College of AG, AG Economic Specialist.

  • Acute or atypical interstitial pneumonia in grazing cattle

    Each year especially during the dry weather, we have considerable death loss in our cattle due to a condition called “walking pneumonia”. Dr. Michelle Arnold, Large Ruminant Extension Veterinarian, University of Kentucky goes into a very good detailed discussion about this condition and with cattle prices today, it may be good to see what she has to assay.

  • Food for Kids Backback program needs your help

    For over 12 years, Washington County 4-H teens have led the way in organizing the local Food for Kids Backpack program. Together with local businesses and organizations providing donations, hundreds of youth have been impacted through the program.

  • Fall is a good time for planting woody plants

    Fall is a good time to plant trees and shrubs. The cool temperatures and adequate rainfall (most years) make for an ideal time for planting woody plants. In the spring, many times it is too wet and the soil too cool to get newly planted trees and shrubs off to a good start.  Many times gardeners are much too busy to plant in the early spring as well.

  • Plant grass seed now for a lush lawn next spring

    Many of you have been asking and now it is finally time to start renovating or reseeding your lawns. September is the best month to sow grass seed in Kentucky, however the last few years we have been so hot and dry that there was relatively no way to keep  enough water on it to get it to germinate and survive. This year is different. It’s cool and there is ample moisture in the soil to make it relatively easy to get a lawn established.

  • Rust disease is always a cause for concern

    This article is the latest tobacco update from Kenny Seabolt.

    Blue mold was found in east Tennessee. We still don’t have it in Kentucky, but we should be watching for it closely. I don’t think it is urgent for growers to treat for blue mold right now. Tobacco that has been topped and sprayed should be safe for the most part.

  • Sharpshooters’ results are in

    Last week I started off the 4-H News with information about the Kentucky State Fair. After writing the column today, I’ll be leaving to take the 4-H exhibits to enter for judging. Our 4-H members have worked hard on their projects and I am excited for them and can’t wait to see the results. Good luck to all 4-H and FFA members over the next two weeks as they participate in many activities at the Kentucky State Fair.