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Agriculture

  • How freezing affects forages

    All of us haven’t experienced a freeze yet this fall, but we soon will.  So we will discuss how a freeze can cause hazards for using some forage.

  • Teen Leadership members learn about health services

    On Oct. 11, the Teen Leadership Washington County class of 2011 had the unique and exciting opportunity to learn about health services within the county. For us, it was a hands-on learning experience, not just another day in the classroom.

  • Nitrate poisoning is a concern

    The dry weather in many areas of Kentucky has increased concerns about nitrate poisoning in livestock consuming warm season grasses as pasture, crop residue, hay, silage, or baleage. Warm season annual forages (corn, sorghum-sudangrass, millet, etc…) have the highest potential for nitrate poisoning.

  • Tips to keep pumpkins looking their best

    Pumpkins are a symbol of fall, halloween, and harvest in general.  Whether you buy or grow your pumpkins there are careful harvest and handling procedures to help them last throughout the decorating season or deep into winter for hearty dishes.eeee

    Pumpkins should be harvested as soon as they are ripe and show a good orange color. Although ripe pumpkins can be left in the field for a period of time and tolerate light frost, heavy frost can cause damage. Do not try to harvest when the fruit and vines are wet since this can lead to the development of fruit rot.

  • 4-H: Learning by doing

    October 3-9 is National 4-H Week.  

    4-H is one of the largest youth development programs in America with more than 6.5 million young people, ages 9-19, and 540,000 youth and adult volunteers.  

  • Celebrate agritourism month

    When many of Kentucky’s early agritourism entrepreneurs began opening up their farms to visitors, there wasn’t a name for the experience they provided the public. “When we began entertaining people on the farm with hay rides and other activities in the early 80’s we didn’t call it agritourism,” said Bill Jackson, owner of Jackson’s Orchard in Warren County.

  • 'Meat Your Neighbor' farm tour to showcase farming process

    The Kentucky Livestock Coalition is excited to announce the “Meat Your Neighbor” Farm Tour beginning in Shelby County. The tour is designed to showcase the complete process from farm to plate. Farmers and industry professionals will be available throughout the duration of the event to answer any questions.

  • Agriculture is bright spot in recovery

    This article is from Craig Infanger, University of Kentucky ag economics specialist.  I thought it was an interesting article and would like to share it with you all.

    The U.S. economy is struggling to recover from the longest, deepest recession since World War II. Economic growth has been positive for four quarters, but housing foreclosures continue unabated, the FDIC has closed 118 banks this year, the unemployment rate remains stubbornly above 9 percent, and UK graduates are facing the toughest job market in memory.

  • Teen Leadership group learns about agriculture

    Teen Leadership Washington County held one of its monthly meetings this past Friday, Sept. 24, led by Roberta Hunt and the new community education director,  Dawn Pettus.  The special host this month was Rick Greenwell, the county agriculture extension agent.  To start the day, the group met at the local extension office for breakfast and a brief explanation of some ag facts and an overall agenda for the day.

  • 4-H Sharpshooters receive awards; show support

    The Washington County 4-H Sharpshooters had a successful weekend on Sept. 18–19 at the Kentucky 4-H Shooting Sports Competition.  Saturday’s event was held at the Bluegrass Sportsman Club outside of Wilmore, Ky., and included .22 rifle, archery, pistol, BB and air rifle and air pistol events.  Sunday’s trap competition was held at the Kentucky Wildlife Management Center outside of Berea. Washington County won a total of 36 trophies in the 22 rifle and archery divisions with several top ten scores in trap, pistol, rifle and archery.