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Agriculture

  • Poster contest deadline is Feb. 19

    Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer has announced that the deadline for submitting entries to the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Poster and Essay Contest has been extended to Feb. 19.

    “Many Kentucky students have been out of school for extended periods of time because of the winter weather,” Commissioner Farmer said.

     “Extending the deadline will give more children the opportunity to participate in this year’s contest.”

  • Tips for managing diseases of tobacco transplants

    The float-bed system is a convenient and efficient way to produce tobacco transplants.  One drawback to this method is the potential for significant disease development. Large numbers of plants packed into a small, water-filled area create conditions in which many diseases thrive. 

  • Test old seeds before buying new ones

    Every good gardener has noticed that seed catalogs are continually showing up in their mailboxes and seed and garden hardware are in full display at garden centers and department stores.  Many of you are like me, you have seeds left from last year and an eye for more plants than your garden can hold.  Don’t buy new seeds just yet.  There is a good chance that your old seeds will still germinate even if they were stored in the cupboard.  Most vegetable and flower seeds are still viable after several years.

  • Discussing clover role, hay and horses

    CLOVERS IN KENTUCKY

    During the forage program at the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association Annual Convention, Don Sorrell, KFGC, President had the opportunity to talk about the “role of clover” down on the farm. To address this subject he surveyed Kentucky’s agriculture agents. The following is a summary of the results of that survey.

    • 34 percent of Kentucky’s farmers seed clover as a hay crop and 42 percent seed clover in their pasture fields.

  • Sign up for 4-H conference; enter essay contest

    The Kentucky 4-H Summit is the only event 4-H puts on that is just for middle school youth.  It is a fun-filled three-day conference held at the Kentucky Leadership Center in Jabez, Ky.

  • Kentucky Proud produces jobs, economic activity

    A lot of people ask me, "What is Kentucky Proud?" What is its purpose? What does it mean that a product is “Kentucky Proud?” What has Kentucky Proud done for Kentucky agriculture and Kentucky’s economy?"

  • Relax and enjoy your sewing!

    This week we begin a new monthly sewing article which will include some fun facts about sewing related ideas that often come our way.

    Firstly, let us introduce ourselves. We are a couple of youngish middle-aged birds who have been certified from the University of Kentucky for over four years in sewing construction. That’s  actually eight years of intensive training between the two of us, and we have some great techniques to pass on. Our names are THIS and THAT. Confused already?

  • Beekeeping workshops to be offered

    The Kentucky Department of Agriculture, the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service and Kentucky State University are teaming up to offer beekeeping schools throughout the state.

    Whether you are a veteran beekeeper or a beginner eager to get started, these day-long educational workshops, held on Saturdays, offer sessions on everything from where to buy equipment to tips on harvesting your first batch of honey.

  • KFBM completes Beef Enterprise Analysis

    The Kentucky Farm Business Management Program (KFBM) recently completed the 2008 Beef Enterprise Analysis.  This study focused on two beef cattle enterprises, those in which calves are sold at weaning (calves sold) and those in which calves are retained for at least 45 days after weaning (calves backgrounded).  There were 8 farms in the calves sold group and 10 in the calves backgrounded group.  Although these results can not be extrapolated across all Kentucky beef operations, it is our belief that they accurately portray the beef operations on the KFBM program.

  • Remember winter weather safety for seniors

    Winter weather emergencies can be difficult for many older Kentuckians. Senior citizens should consider safety concerns, including falling, hypothermia and frost bite, before venturing out in bad weather.

     Many seniors have medical conditions that require treatment. They may run low on medicine or have no way to get to their family doctor. In the event of a medical emergency, call 911 first. Some pharmacies may deliver medications, even in bad weather. Call your pharmacist or physician with questions about medications.