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Agriculture

  • 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.

  • Forage testing is a must for this year's hay crop; weather damages corn

    While driving the highways of Kentucky this fall, the need for testing this year’s hay has become painfully apparent. While driving I see rows and rows of round hay bales stored outside, with green grass growing on top of the bales. This is due primarily to two factors. First, the hay was made at a very mature stage and had a tremendous amount of viable seed in the seed heads of the hay when baled. This seed ensures that the hay was way past an optimal nutrient value when it was harvested thus reducing quality dramatically.

  • Wait to prune roses

    After the frosts and freezes I have gotten numerous calls on roses particularly knockout roses and when to cut them back.  You wouldn’t believe how many people have knockouts that have overgrown their bounds this year. This means one thing, we had a good year!

  • 4-H Teen Club to request support for program

    Over the next several weeks, the 4-H Teen Club will be making their annual request for community support of the Food for Kids Backpack program.  Last year, many generous individuals and groups supported the program, and over 130 local students received backpack food on a weekly basis.  

  • Sign up for energy stimulus incentives

    The Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy announces that American Reinvestment and Recovery Act funds are available to Washington County farmers on approved energy efficiency cost-share items.

    Washington County is one of 49 counties that will not have held or completed a sign-up period for the County Agricultural Investment Program (CAIP) prior to Nov.15, 2009.  Therefore, farmers in Washington County may apply directly to the Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy (GOAP) for these energy stimulus incentives.