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Agriculture

  • 4-H'ers attend conference

    Eight Washington County 4-H high school members attended the State 4-H Issues Conference Nov.

  • Scientists reflect on no-till wheat research

    No-till wheat research at the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture has come a long way since a drill dropped seeds in the first test plot more than 25 years ago at UK’s Research and Education Center in Princeton.

    In the fall of 1983, many producers and industry professionals widely viewed no-till wheat as a risky endeavor. Over the years, it has provided many benefits to growers and the environment and catapulted UK to a national leader in the field.

  • Have you thanked a farmer today?

    In recognition of the 22 million Americans who work on farms or in farm-related jobs,  including over 150,000 here in Kentucky, Gov. Steve Beshear has issued a proclamation declaring today “Thank a Farmer” day in Kentucky.

  • Leaf collection winners announced

    Over the next several weeks, the results of the 4-H Forestry Leaf Collection project will be announced.  This week, the results from North Washington Elementary School are included along with the photos of the students with the top collections.

  • Pondering thankfulness

    Last week I watched “Grey’s Anatomy,” a show many of you probably watched or have heard of, I am sure.  Anyway, in last week’s episode, it was Thanksgiving, and they were sitting around and decided to tell what they were unthankful for instead of what they were thankful for.  This got me to thinking about what I wasn’t thankful for, too.  I have thought about this for a few days and I am having trouble coming up with anything.  It is easy to say you aren’t thankful for the frosty morning or the task you have to do at work, but that isn

  • How to safely thaw, roast a turkey

    Whether you have 4 days or 12 hours, you can safely thaw your frozen turkey without rising bacteria growth.  Thawing your turkey in the refrigerator is the preferred method for safety reasons, but you can also thaw it in cold water.  The thing to remember about both methods is that they keep your turkey cold while thawing – the key to preventing excessive bacterial growth.

    And, no matter which method you select, cook the turkey promptly after thawing.

    Thawing In The Refrigerator:

  • 4-H members to attend conference

    4-H members, parents and volunteer leaders recite the 4-H pledge at club meetings.  But like any pledge or song that is memorized, we often forget to think about the actual words and what they mean.  

  • Giving thanks to Kentucky's farmers

    At this special time of year, my family and I like to pause to give thanks for our many blessings. This season is known for the fall harvest and bountiful meals with friends and family, so it is especially appropriate to give thanks for Kentucky’s farmers. Kentucky’s farmers – and those throughout America – produce the food and fiber we all depend on. Thanks to their skill, ingenuity and hard work, we are blessed with the safest, most abundant and most affordable food supply in the world.

  • Awards given to 4-H members

    The country ham project is just one of the many character building and educational programs 4-H offers that don’t require youth or their families to own considerable amounts of acreage or livestock or have a background in agriculture.

    Kentucky has a rich tradition in producing quality country ham. Similar to horse racing, some people consider country ham to be one of the standard symbols of the state. Kentucky ranks second in the nation in country ham production.

  • Wait to cover strawberry plants

    One of the last gardening chores before winter is putting the strawberry plants to bed for winter. Strawberry plants have already set flower buds for spring and they need to be protected to ensure those buds don’t freeze during winter’s annual frigid cruelty. A fully dormant strawberry plant can protect its flower buds down to about 15 degrees below zero, however other factors like wind chill, length of the cold spell, and freeze can affect if the flower buds can actually withstand temperatures down to 15 below.