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Agriculture

  • Become a 4-H leader; conference to be held

    If you enjoy working with young people, volunteering as a 4-H club leader may be an exciting and fulfilling experience for you. In 4-H, caring, enthusiastic adults are always needed to assist young people in achieving their goals.

    Club leaders can positively impact a 4-H’ers life. It is very rewarding for them to watch young people build self-confidence and self-worth and develop new interests as they accomplish goals in various projects and activities.

  • Take a trip to the farm

    Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer encourages all Kentuckians to check out one of the Commonwealth’s more than 300 farm destinations during Kentucky Agritourism Month in September.

    “A trip to the farm gives people a chance to treat their families to clean, wholesome fun,” Commissioner Farmer said. “It enables people to revisit Kentucky’s agricultural roots. And it helps farmers make a living.”

  • Plant pansies, mums

    Now that fall will be officially here next week (even though it has felt like fall for the last six weeks) it’s time to start planting fall flowers such as pansies, mums, and ornamental cabbage and kale.  My favorite fall flower is pansy mainly because it is one of those tough little plants that will actually give you flowers periodically in winter as well as next spring.  Pansies are not perennials as they hate hot weather but do reliably overwinter in Kentucky to give us two seasons of bloom.  Or three if you count the few flowers that pop up in winter.

  • Referendums to be conducted

    The 2009 Goat and Sheep Referendums will be conducted on Oct. 1, 2009 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Voting will be in person by secret ballot and absentee will be allowed before Oct. 1, 2009.

    County Extension Offices are designated as official voting locations.  The following is a sample of how the ballot will read:

  • It's time to sow, reseed your lawn

    Many of you have been asking, and now it is finally time to start renovating or reseeding your lawns.  September is the best month to sow grass seed in Kentucky, however, the last few years we have been so hot and dry that there was relatively no way to keep  enough water on it to get it to germinate and survive.  This year is different; it’s cool and there is ample moisture in the soil to make it relatively easy to get a lawn established.

  • Goats greening up Bluegrass Station landfill

    Stories of large corporations and cities using goats to graze green spaces are cropping up all over the country. Now Bluegrass Station in Fayette County is partnering with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture and area goat producers to green up some landfill sites.

    Bluegrass Station maintains more than 50 acres of decades-old, capped landfills at the rural location. Mowing the turf and keeping fences clear of vegetation is a laborious task that can cost between $45 and $55 per acre.

  • Animal disposition causes problems

    I wanted to share an interesting set of information with you all from Dr. Roy Burris from Princeton.  Animal disposition is something livestock producers talk about often.  Some of the funniest stories that we tell each other are about that subject.  Unfortunately, animal disposition causes some of the most painful problems we have, and those are not funny.  

    Dr. Roy Burris, Beef Extension Specialist, University of Kentucky

  • Volunteer to be a 4-H leader

    If you enjoy working with young people, volunteering as a 4-H club leader may be an exciting and fulfilling experience for you. In 4-H, caring, enthusiastic adults are always needed to assist young people in achieving their goals.

    Club leaders can positively impact a 4-H’ers life. It is very rewarding for them to watch young people build self-confidence and self-worth and develop new interests as they accomplish goals in various projects and activities.

  • Barn Quilt Committee paints more quilts

    The Barn Quilt Committee has painted two additional quilts that have been installed on barns in the county.  One quilt, the “Double Arrow,” is on a barn belonging to Hamilton and Elaine Simms.  This quilt can be seen from Hwy. 555.  The other quilt, the “Lone Star,” is at the Riggs farm on Lincoln Park Road.  They are both beautiful and worth a drive to check them out.

  • It's not too early to gear up for winter

    Over the years you have probably listened to many talks and presentations, read numerous articles, and discussed in some detail with your friends, neighbors, and fellow forage/livestock producers how you would really like to get ahead of the eight-ball when it comes to feeding your livestock during the winter temperatures, muddy conditions, how early it gets dark..there is not enough time in the day to get done what you would like to accomplish.  Well, now is the time for you to plan your winter feeding strategy to make life a lot easier this winter.  Listed below are several thin