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Agriculture

  • Plant disease resistant cultivars

    Do you have problems with fire blight, black spot, powdery mildew, Fusarium wilt, early blight, and late blight?  If this is the case, plant disease resistant varieties this year!

  • Census reveals tobacco changes

    We received the following information from Kenny Burdine  and Will Snell at University of  Kentucky and we thought we should share it with you all.  I thought it was very interesting.

    Census Data Reveal Significant and a Few Surprising Changes in Kentucky’s Tobacco Industry:

  • Become a host family; Remember upcoming events

    As Kentucky celebrates 100 years of 4-H, it is interesting to many to learn of how the 4-H program has gone global. 4-H and related programs exist in over 80 countries around the world.  These programs operate independently as there is no international 4-H organization.  However, through international exchanges, global education programs and communications, they share a common bond in 4-H.

  • Conference to showcase achievements

    Due to budget cuts at the Kentucky Department of AG, they will not have chemical for this year’s spray season. The chemical of course is 24D-A. Washington County has been participating with the Department of AG’s program for many years. With the last two years’ droughts, thistles will probably be a worse problem since they are very opportunistic. The Department of AG will however spray thistles as a custom service if farmers would like to contract with them. You can let us know if you are interested.  

    SAVE THE DATEee

  • Starting seeds at home

    Now is the time to start seedlings such as broccoli and cabbage to be planted in the vegetable garden in late March. There are several techniques and rules that should be followed when starting seedlings so we will discuss a few of them now as a reminder.

    One rule of thumb to keep in mind when starting seedlings is that generally it takes six weeks for a seed to grow into a transplant ready for the garden.

    Ten things to keep in mind when starting seedlings are as follows:

  • 4-H kicks off celebration

    Kentucky 4-H officially kicked off their Centennial Celebration last Saturday with a birthday bash at the Hyatt Regency in Lexington.  Fans in town for the UK/Tennessee game that entered through the Hyatt lobby saw a lot more green than orange on Saturday.

  • Adult sewing session is March 11

    In Washington County we are very fortunate to have a certified volunteer in the Kentucky Master Clothing Volunteer Program. Our volunteer is Marion Mulligan who received her certification in 2006. Rita Yates from Washington County is in the process of being certified in the program.

  • Be involved in 4-H livestock program

    There are many 4-H projects that young people have enjoyed in the Kentucky 4-H program over the past 100 years.  Some of the most popular over those years have been livestock or animal projects.  These programs not only introduce many youth to animals, but more importantly they help youth learn many life skills through their participation and help them to develop positive character traits to become the leaders of tomorrow.

  • Dorrin and Ruth Ross Scholarship deadline is March 15

    For the 13th year, Washington County college-bound youth who are currently 4-H members or FFA members or were a member their Sr. year in high school (within last 5 years), have the opportunity to apply for the Dorrin and Ruth Ross Scholarship.  The scholarship was originally established in 1991 to enable 4-H and FFA members to pursue higher education through full or part-time attendance at any public or nonprofit independent college or university in the United States.  Scholarships are awarded to defray the cost of tuition and books.

  • Suggestions for replacing ice storm-damaged trees

    I was told by someone (who will remain nameless) that I have told you all what not to do plenty and I need to tell you what to do or plant in this case.  Alright, before I do that I just want to say to everyone out there, stop topping trees!!!!  You are ruining them and making them even more dangerous and likely to fail in the future at an unsuspecting time!