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Agriculture

  • Disaster program a possibility for some farmers

    Livestock Losses:
    We had a really bad winter on livestock and lost a lot of cattle.  The FSA office is taking applications for these weather-related losses.  

    People are beginning to hear about this opportunity, and I thought it would be good to have a little bit about the programs in this column.

    Livestock disaster program enrollment opened on April 15, 2014.

    These disaster programs are authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill as permanent programs and provide retroactive authority to cover losses that occurred on or after Oct. 1, 2011.

  • 4-H news: Noise control an important tool

    The days are growing longer, the temperatures are rising and it’s time for   4-H members to finalize their registration for summer camp. Washington County 4-H will be camping June 24 - 28 at Lake Cumberland 4-H Camp.  

    Applications are available from the extension office and the deadline to pre-register is June 2.

    The cost for camp is $170 and partial scholarships are available for those that qualify. Call the extension office at 336-7741 for questions about 4-H Camp.

  • Results from WC's 4-H youth fair

    The Washington County 4-H members competed in the 4-H Youth Fair on April 25 and 26. The class champions will now advance to the KY State Fair in August.  Results are listed in this week’s news.

  • Forage recovery from the winter of 2013/14

    We all know that it was a long cold winter in Kentucky and pastures and hay fields were slow to get started. Some of the slow start was caused by winter injury, but mostly we have just had a late spring. Below are some observations from our UK variety tests.

    Annual ryegrass is the cool-season grass that had the most winterkill.

  • 4-H announces Meet Talk winners

    The top speakers from across the county, in our Washington County 4-H County-wide Talk Meet held on April 29, at St. Catharine College, competed for the opportunity to advance to the District 5 competition scheduled for May 10 in Elizabethtown.

    In the 9-year-old division, winning champion was Emma Smith with her speech, “The One and Only.”

    Reserve champion was Leah Russell with her speech “My Daddy Daughter Dance.”
    Receiving blue ribbons were Kyla Yankey and Kaelyn Adams.

  • A look at the burley market

    Burley, like most of our agricultural enterprises, is produced in a global marketplace.

    Higher global grain prices in recent years have not only encouraged Kentucky and U.S. farmers to raise more grain but also corn and soybean producers around the globe.

    As a result of increasing global supplies, grain prices have predictably declined from the record levels we experienced in 2012.

    The global burley market has a similar story.

  • New food labels proposed

    By Cabrina Buckman

    Imagine that you are strolling through the aisles of the grocery store.  

    How do you determine the healthiest choices for you and your family?

    If you are accustomed to turning the package over to read the food label, I have some interesting information reported by Janet Mullins, UK Extension Specialist for food and nutrition.

    Twenty years ago, the food label welcomed a new addition, the “Nutrition Facts Panel.”

  • 4-H news

    Saturday, April 26, will be a fun day for Washington County residents with three local events set for that day. I hope many will stop by the 4-H Youth Fair at the Washington County Extension Office on Saturday from 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.  

    At 1:30 p.m., we will draw for door prizes and all 4-H members should pick up any exhibits they have entered.

    There will also be the invitational rabbit and poultry skillathon with participants from counties across the state competing.  

  • Springfield Green Festival is this Saturday

    Some of you may not have heard, but I, along with New Pioneers For A Sustainable Future, have been working for a couple months planning the first ever Springfield Green Festival.

    This Saturday, April 26, 2014, at the Farmers Market at the Depot from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. you can get your fill of all things green.  

  • Try going some heirlooms

    Heirloom plants are vintage varieties preserved by passing down seed through generations.

    Generally, 50 to 100 years old, heirlooms are always open-pollinated and usually breed true to type. Their benefit is that they are sustainable.

    You can save seeds from year to year indefinitely. They were selected for flavor and quality as well as ease of growth.