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Agriculture

  • Cows not to blame for climate change

    This is an interesting article we received this week, and I would like to share with you.

    Despite oft-repeated claims by sources ranging from the United Nations to music star Paul McCartney, it is simply not true that consuming less meat and dairy products will help stop climate change.  

    UC Davis associate professor and air quality specialist Frank Mitolehner says that McCartney and the chair of the U.N.’s Intergovernmental   Panel on Climate Change ignored science when they launched a European campaign called “Less Meat = Less Heat.”

  • Specialty crop grants to be awarded

    Funding is available for projects that enhance the competitiveness of Kentucky’s specialty crop industries, Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer has announced.

    The Kentucky Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for up to $75,000 for specialty crop projects. Grants will be awarded through a competitive process.

    Specialty crops are defined as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruit, horticulture and nursery crops, including floriculture.

  • Emerald Ash Borer traps being installed

    Those who live or travel in Kentucky this summer probably will see purple prisms hanging at least 10 feet above the ground in ash trees. These prisms are traps for the Emerald Ash Borer, a destructive insect that was found in Kentucky during the summer of 2009.

  • Preventing bloat in grazing cattle

    We have had a lot of people to contact us regarding cattle dying and bloat.  Here is an article from Dr. Jeff Lehmkuhler, Dr. Roy Burris, Dr. Michelle Bilderback and Dr. Ray Smith, all University of Kentucky College of Agriculture Specialists.

  • Elusive April showers could impact horticultural crops

    I was going to write an article this week about how dry it is, especially for April.

  • HSUS has people fooled

    Recently California and Kentucky have been in the news concerning the HSUS and animal welfare.  Many of you have heard about it or read about it, and if you haven’t, here are some interesting facts we all should be aware of. Credit for the article goes to Kentucky Farm Bureau and they have allowed us to share it with you.

  • 4-H talent show winners announced

    The annual 4-H Talent Show was held on Friday, April 16, at the Springfield Opera House.   Each act was outstanding and the top acts from Friday night will now advance to the district event scheduled for Saturday, May 15, in Elizabethtown.  In the senior vocal category, winning champion was Rose Clements who performed “Sandra Dee.”  Winning reserve champion was Mary Kutter singing “Valentine.” Receiving blue ribbons were Bob Grider who sang “Close Every Door” and Brittany Wells and Tyler Adams who sang “Sissy’s Song.”

  • Springtime decisions impact dairy profit for the next year

    Kentucky’s spring weather sometimes makes harvesting quality forages a challenge. Spring rains can delay harvest, and since most producers rely on forages for their dairy cows’ nutritional needs, the key is to make the most of Kentucky’s unpredictable weather.

  • Weigh Down winners announced

    “Weigh Down Washington County 2010” began on Jan. 5 and had its last regular meeting on March 2.  Once again, this winter was a challenge with a lot of cold, snowy weather, especially on meeting days.  Many members missed class due to bad roads and miserable weather conditions.  Missing class is not good when you are at home hungry and can’t get away from tempting food.

  • Shop smart at your farmers market

    Farmers markets are flourishing.  According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, more than 5,000 exist today.  Chances are, one is located in your neck of the woods.

    Many of Kentucky’s popular “homegrown” offerings become available this month as markets around the state open for the 2010 season.  An hour perusing the stalls at your local market is a fun way to spend a morning, and the bonus is flavorful food straight from the garden to the table.

    Here are a few tips to help you get the most from your trip to the market.