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Agriculture

  • Extension office offers classes

    It is that time again! Spring is at least in view and the Wheelbarrow Series has been scheduled. The list of classes this year have been expanded and there are day and night classes again.

    The list is as follows:
    Thursday Feb. 21  at  6 p.m. - Simple Greenhouse Plans and Starting Seeds At Home

  • From fiscal cliff to farm bill: what it all really means

    If you all are like me and got really tired of all the fiscal cliff and farm bill talk, you may need some clarification on what actually happened. Will Snell, University of  Kentucky College of Agriculture, Economic Specialist, has put together his thoughts and I wanted to share them with you. He is one of the few economists I can understand.

  • 4-H grows communication skills

    A communications program is a long-standing tradition in all 4-H programs. As part of a communication program, 4-H members deliver a speech at an event, give a banquet address, lead a community service project, demonstrate skills associated with project work or show a younger member how to do a project-related task.

    Participation in talk meets and demonstration contests helps a 4-Her master communications skills and become more independent.

  • 4-H chili supper set for Feb. 28

    Even though everyone is still wearing their winter coats and summer may seem like a long way off, it’s not too early to begin thinking about fun activities that the warm weather will bring. When planning your activities for summer break, don’t forget to add 4-H summer camp to the list.

  • USDA/FSA to provide loans for small-scale farmers

    We received the following information from USDA/FSA Fact Sheet and wanted to share it with you all.

    Microloans overview

  • 4-H: Young Riders accepting new members, forestry winners from St. D, NWES named
  • USDA issues final rule for animal disease traceability

    The following article is from Dr. Michelle Arnold, Large Ruminant Extension Veterinarian, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture. I thought it was a very good article and wanted to share it with you all.

  • Chemical de-icing materials can damage plants

    We haven’t had to worry about this yet, but I thought it would be a good time to discuss it before it is needed. If you like to put salt and de-icer on your sidewalks, drives and steps, you must take care not to damage valuable landscape plants. Generally, physical removal of ice and snow is better for the landscape as long as you don’t pile it on your plants. However, many people aren’t physically able to shovel snow and ice. In this case chemicals are needed to keep walkways safe.

  • Renovating hay and pasture fields

    If you have a less-than-productive grass pasture or hayfield, following a few simple renovation techniques could increase the field’s productivity. Some things you can do include planting a legume such as red clover, controlling pests and adding lime and fertilizer. Be aware though, some techniques require you to start as early as the middle of February.
    Adding legumes to pasture and hayfields has several benefits including higher yields, improved quality, nitrogen fixation and more summer growth.

  • 4-H clubs get the new year started

    Several Washington County 4-H clubs kick off the new year with meetings next week. The 4-H Sharpshooters will meet on Monday, Jan. 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the extension office. The 4-H Spurs and Furs will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the extension office and the 4-H Food Stars will meet on the Wednesday, Jan. 16, from 3:30-5 p.m. at the extension office.