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Agriculture

  • Feed costs impact meat industry


    The price of corn is expected to average about $5/bu. for the 2010-11 crop year, about $1.50/bu. over last year’s price. Over 40 percent of the corn crop is expected to go to food and industrial uses (sweeteners and ethanol), about 15 percent will be exported and the rest (a little less than 40 percent) will be used as livestock feed. As more corn is used in ethanol, less is available for use in the livestock sector, and that has long run consequences.

  • Remember safety during holidays


    Once Thanksgiving is over, families get in the holiday spirit with decorating their homes, baking special foods and joining in holiday observances.
    There are many special holidays and events during December including Christmas, Hanukkah, St. Nicholas Day, Las Posadas, Kwanzaa, and New Year’s Day.  No matter what December holiday your family observes, there are many activities that family and friends can do together.  

  • It's time to prune your roses

     

    It is alright to go ahead and cut your roses back and cover the bud union to protect it from winter’s chill.  We have had enough cold weather now that roses have finally started down the road to dormancy for their annual long winter nap.
    When cutting your roses back, there is one very important thing to keep in mind, such as what kind of roses do you have.  There are different pruning requirements for different rose types.

  • Give back during holidays; Young Riders compete

    The holiday season is a time for giving thanks and giving back.  Now is the perfect time of year to teach children the importance of community service and nurture the spirit of giving. Many youth groups including 4-H, Boy and Girl Scouts, school clubs and church youth groups conduct community service projects, but it’s important to also do community service as a family.

    Start by choosing a charity in your own community.  Then talk to the youth about the kinds of charities they would like to support.

  • Be thankful, and join us on Facebook!

    It is the season for thankfulness, but I often wonder why we need a season or holiday to remind us about all the good things we have.  We have so much more in this country than most of the rest of the world but yet we need to be reminded of it on a yearly basis.
     

  • Time to inventory, purchase hay


    This article is from Tom Keene, U.K. Hay Marketing Specialist and a  native of Springfield.  I thought he had some really good information.
    Due to dry conditions, the majority of Kentucky livestock producers are already into their winter feeding programs which some began as early as September. Producers need to inventory their hay supplies now to ensure they have enough to last through the winter.

  • It's time to fertilize landscapes

  • 4-H'ers to attend conference; workshop to be held

    National 4-H Congress is the capstone event of 4-H, the United States Department of Agriculture’s youth development program. For 87 years, youth from the United States and its territories have participated in this youth leadership development conference. The Congress offers youth, ages 14-19, a quality, educational, and cross-cultural experience that exceeds what any state independently provides. It is designed to address the needs and issues of youth while helping to develop capable, competent, and caring citizens.

  • Remember farmers this Thanksgiving

    By Richie Farmer
    Agriculture Commissioner

    This season is known for the fall harvest, bountiful meals, and the many other blessings for which we all owe a debt of thanks. When you gather with family and friends around that crowded Thanksgiving table, keep in mind that the fruits (and vegetables, and meats, and bread) of that annual feast wouldn’t be possible without the labor of tens of thousands of farm families across the Commonwealth.

  • Science shows beef production is Earth friendly

    Recent studies from the scientific community have complimentary findings toward beef production with regard to its environmental impact.
    Washington State University animal scientist Jude Capper says, “Comparing the environmental impact of the US beef industry in 1977 to 2007, improvements in nutrition, management, growth rate and
    slaughter weights, have significantly reduced the environmental impact of modern beef production and improved its sustainability.”