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Agriculture

  • Uncover your roses and strawberries

    This week I have several things I wanted to let everyone know about, as well as some gardening chores that should or should not be done now.  It is time to uncover roses and strawberries but you should keep your mulch or covering material handy especially for the strawberries in case we have a late spring freeze.  After pulling the covering off of the roses you should incorporate a ½ cup or so of 10-10-10 around each bush to give them a little extra boost for their spring flush.  After about four weeks give them another dose to keep them fed.  It takes a lot of en

  • 4-H celebrates special day

    Saturday, March 21 was a special day for Washington County 4-H as several hundred people attended the Centennial Celebration for Kentucky 4-H at the River of Life Community Church.

  • March 20 proclaimed as Agriculture Day

    Gov. Steve Beshear has proclaimed Friday, March 20, the first day of spring, as Agriculture Day in Kentucky.

    “Kentucky’s rural heritage and traditional values are embodied in the hard work of Kentucky farm families,” said Gov. Beshear. “I urge all Kentuckians to support agriculture and join me as we salute this important industry,” stated Gov. Beshear.

  • Rye grass causes confusion

    Perennial rye grass, annual rye grass, Italian rye grass, and even cereal rye.  It’s enough to confuse anyone.

    Interest in rye grass has increased in our area in recent years.  But there is much confusion because there are many different types of rye grass.

  • Attend Centennial Celebration this weekend

    “Come back to the County Fair“ on Saturday, March 21, as Washington County celebrates Kentucky 4-H’s 100th Anniversary with a Centennial Celebration at the River of Life Community Church from 10 to 2 p.m.  The public is invited to attend the celebration with all activities and food priced at 25 cents.  Horse rides, a petting zoo, shooting gallery, children’s games, cotton candy, popcorn, hot dogs and birthday cake will all be part of the day designed to include the entire family. The doors will open at 10 a.m. with the opening ceremony at 10:15 a.m.

  • Start your spring vegetable garden now

    Now that the economy has slid into decline and money is tighter it seems it’s time for us to get back to the basics.

  • Reduce your pasture expenses

    Reducing pasture expenses can help your bottom line.  But don’t try to starve a profit from pastures or livestock.  Sometimes you need to invest.  This spring, invest in legumes.

    Spring-like weather in February should get you looking forward to next growing season. I’ sure one thing you won’t look forward to, though, is paying for nitrogen fertilizer on your pastures.

  • Tap, bottled water both have benefits

    Water is a vital part of our lives; so it’s no surprise that it is also a big business.  The big debate is whether tap or bottled water is better for you.  The short answer is each has benefits.

    However, sales of bottled water have tripled over the last 10 years. Some believe this is due to marketing ploys; it’s hard to tell if it really is better for you than just plain tap water.  In fact, 25 percent of bottled water is taken directly from the same reservoirs where we get our tap water.

  • AFC approves agriculture loans for projects

    The Kentucky Agricultural Finance Corporation (KAFC), chaired by Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer, approved $356,044 in agricultural loans for projects across the Commonwealth during their Board Meeting on Friday, March 6 in Frankfort.

    At the March meeting applicants from the following counties were approved for the Agricultural Infrastructure Loan Program (AILP), the Beginning Farmer Loan Program (BFLP), or the Large/Food Animal Veterinary Loan Program (LAVLP).

    Adair County (AILP)

    Hancock County (BFLP)

    Logan County (AILP)

  • Producers may request assistance

    Agriculture producers who suffered damage as a result of the January 2009 Ice Storm may request cost-share assistance from USDA to rehabilitate damaged Farmlands. The Emergency Conservation Program (ECP), provides cost-share assistance when disaster damage is so severe that recovery without Federal Assistance is unlikely. Requests for assistance will be accepted at the local FSA Service Center  from Feb. 10 to April 12, 2009.