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Agriculture

  • 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.”

  • Country ham project is a 4-H tradition

    Washington County 4-H continues to accept membership for the current 4-H year that runs Sept. 1, 2010 through Aug. 31, 2011.  There are many ongoing and new opportunities for Washington County youth ages 9-18.  Some 4-H projects can include Cloverbud participation that runs ages 5-8, but doesn’t involve competition.

  • Fertilizing your lawn in November

    Fertilizing your lawn is a good way to maintain a healthy turf.  You should fertilize every year.  Fertilizing your lawn helps maintain a uniform, dense, green, turf and reduces weed problems.  The good effects of fertilizing can be lost if you fertilize at the wrong time.  Low maintenance turf requires one application of fertilization in late October or anytime in November for most grass types.

  • Rural communities face challenges

  • 4-H Young Riders receive awards

  • Aflatoxins showing up in corn

    Aflatoxins are showing up in occasional lots of harvested corn from this season’s crop. Aflatoxins metabolites of the fungus Aspergillus flavus, are potent toxins and carcinogens in animals, and may also be human carcinogens. Aflatoxins are probably the most well-known mycotoxins, because they have long been regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration.