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Agriculture

  • 4-H youth organizations mold youth to become leaders

    In a small community like Washington County, it is gratifying to see young people grow up and then provide leadership roles within the community. Washington County is lucky to have numerous youth organizations and programs that provide leadership training opportunities for youth.

  • Kentucky Ag Council announces strategic plan for 2013-18

    Media, political leaders and representatives from Kentucky Agriculture Council member organizations met in Frankfort on Tuesday for the unveiling of the 2013-2018 Strategic Plan for Kentucky Agriculture and presentation to Governor Steve Beshear. The plan was developed by the Task Force on the Future of Agriculture through formal meetings and public forums. A series of Goals and Actions were developed that responded to key themes and issues. These formed the Core Strategies around which the new plan was finalized:

  • Time for grass seeding

    I have been getting a lot of questions about sowing grass seed, so I thought I should let everyone know what the ideal lawn sowing times are and what should be done. Beginning mid to late February through the first of April is the second best time to sow grass. Generally, September is the best time but with the extreme heat and drought last year most turf grasses didn’t get off to a good start.

  • “Take a Break for Health” this month with 4-H

    “Take a Break for Health” is the theme for February’s Kentucky 4-H Health Month.  Families can work together to help live a healthier lifestyle not only in February but for 2013! There are several core areas that you can consider planning family activities around: physical activity, safety, healthy eating and personal development.

  • GAP training to sell tobacco

    Tobacco GAP training:
    In case you haven’t heard, selling tobacco this year will require a GAP Certificate. GAP stands for Good Agricultural Practices and is being required by all tobacco companies. Some of the companies have been doing this for a few years but this winter the companies met and decided that everyone purchasing tobacco would require this certificate. There have been and will be many meetings across the State offering this opportunity to producers.

  • Ideal time for frost seeding is now

    Frost seeding:

  • Women's self-defense offered

    Are you getting ready to head out to college? Do you find yourself leaving an office building after dark? Do you feel uneasy taking a walk alone? The 4-H Teen Club is sponsoring a women’s self-defense class that will take place over two nights.  The dates are Monday, Feb. 25 and Monday, Mar. 4 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Four Dragons Mixed Martial Arts Academy located between IGA and Fred’s. The cost can be paid at the door.

  • Farm plates partly support 4-H, other ag organizations

    Farming was certainly brought to the forefront this past Sunday for millions to see with the Super Bowl ad featuring Paul Harvey’s voice over and photos of farms and farm families. It was good knowing that many, who may forget where their food comes from, would see and hear this great reminder.

  • A good time to prune?

    Now is a good time to survey your landscape and decide what needs pruning. Remember, that not all plants need pruning nor do they all need pruning in late winter.

    There are several reasons to prune landscape plants, such as to maintain and reduce size, to remove undesirable growth, to remove dead or damaged branches, and to rejuvenate older plants to produce more vigorous foliage, flowers and fruits. In some cases, pruning is necessary to prevent damage to life and property.

  • USDA: Hay cupboards are bare

    All hay stored on U.S. farms on Dec. 1 totaled 76.5 million tons, according to a USDA Crop Production report issued last Friday. That’s down 16 percent compared to the year-earlier figure and the lowest Dec. 1 stocks level since 1957. Also in the report, USDA noted that hay disappearance from May 1 to Dec. 1, 2012, totaled 64.7 million tons compared to 62.7 million tons for the same period in 2011.