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Agriculture

  • 4-H fashion revue held

    “Going Pink”  was the theme of the Washington/Marion County 4-H Fashion Revue held on April 27 at the Washington County Extension Office.  Nine 4-H members from each county participated in the show that highlighted the sewing projects they completed this year.  Each 4-Her is now qualified to participate in the Lincoln Trail 4-H Rally Day scheduled for Saturday, May 15 at the Elizabethtown Christian Academy.  Participating from Washington County were Danielle Wilkerson, Amanda DeWitt , Makayla Lanham  ,Abbigail Gullett ,  Jenny Begley,&nbsp

  • Growing tasty tomatoes in your garden

    Before I write about tomato growing, I want to remind everyone that the Tuesday, May 11, Wheelbarrow Class on growing great annuals from seed still has a few openings for anyone that would like to attend.  Call the Washington County Extension Office at 859-336-7741.  If you haven’t attended any classes, the cost is $10, if you have already attended some classes the cost is $5.   Each person attending will receive at least 15 packages of flower seeds.

  • 4-H Youth Fair results announced

    The annual 4-H Youth Fair was held on April 23 and 24 at the extension office.  The overall class champions in each class are now qualified for the Kentucky State Fair in August.  Other projects such as horticulture, food preservation, crops and all natural sciences will qualify in late summer for the Kentucky State Fair.  Summer classes dealing with science, technology and agriculture will be announced soon and will be open to all youth of 4-H age in Washington County.

  • 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.”