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Agriculture

  • 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

  • 4-H Sharpshooters compete at Adair County

    The first days of the Kentucky State Fair were successful for Washington County 4-H members.  I have seen many Washington County families and individuals enjoying the fair and visiting Cloverville to see the completed 4-H projects and the many 4-H events going on during the fair.  This week will involve 4-H members showing cattle and local 4-H members presenting and performing on Thursday which will be District 5 Day in Cloverville.  Watch in a few weeks for all of the 4-H results from the Kentucky State Fair.  Hope to see more of you this week at the fair!

  • Ky. Forage and Grassland Council Field Day is Sept. 3

    The Kentucky Forage and Grassland Council Field Day will be held on Thursday, Sept. 3, from 4:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.  I will be going myself if anyone is interested in carpooling, please contact me. 

    Listed below is the agenda.

    1. 11 acres if Eastern Gamagrass Interseeded with Red Clover and Pasja Forage Turnips for Summer Grazing.  –Dr. Glen Aiken, USDA Agricultural Research Service Animal Scientist.

    2. Alfalfa/Orchardgrass Hay Production and Management - Dr. Garry Lacefield, Extension Forage Specialist.

  • Get involved with 4-H

    A new school year is here, and it’s a great time to get involved with 4-H, the nation’s largest youth organization. 4-H offers experiential learning to youth ages 9 to 18 on a variety of topics. With broad subjects ranging from insects to technology to sewing, youth can find a topic that interests them. By participating in 4-H, youth develop many essential life skills including responsibility, leadership and self esteem.