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Agriculture

  • Best houseplant is sansevieria

     I haven’t had a lot of news articles lately mainly because it’s winter and I don’t have a lot to say, but recently I had a question that made me think.  Which is the best houseplant?  Obviously that is up to debate because most people have their favorites.  There are people that love African violets, those that love cactus, and those that just love anything tropical looking, but I sat down one day to ponder just which is the one best houseplant.  To decide,  I had to take into consideration which have the most insect problems, which is picky,

  • Deadline to sign up for CDP is Feb. 27

    The USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Teresa Lasseter announced that the sign-up period for the 2005-07 Crop Disaster Program (CDP) will end Feb. 27, 2009. Sign-up for Quality losses under CDP began June 23, 2008, and Sign-up for Quantity losses began Oct. 15, 2007.

  • Payments to be issued to holders, producers

    USDA Farm Service Agency announced it will begin issuing more than $162 million in Tobacco Transition Payment Program (TTPP) payments to quota holders and producers in Kentucky. Payments from 2009 and subsequent year payments will be made every Jan. 15.

  • Help local 4-H celebrate centennial event March 21

    Last week the information on the State 4-H Centennial Kickoff Bash was announced in the 4-H news for being February 21 at the Hyatt Regency in Lexington.  This week, I would like to announce the Washington County 4-H Centennial event will take place on Saturday, March 21 at the River of Life Church in Springfield.  The theme for the day will be “Come Home to Celebrate 100 years of 4-H at the County Fair.”  The celebration will run from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and will feature both outdoor and indoor events similar to those you would find at county fairs.  

  • Control lice in beef cattle: tobacco expo is Jan. 21

    If cattle seem to be scratching excessively against trees, posts, and feeders, to the point of rubbing off large patches of hair or creating raw sores, lice may be the reason.  The species of biting and sucking lice that infest cattle are most numerous and active during the winter and can spread easily through the herd as cattle bunch in response to cold temperatures.  Confirm that lice are the reason for the scratching by examining some animals in the herd.  Part the animal’s hair in spots where lice are likely to occur and look for lice eggs (nits) attached to hairs.&

  • Eligible producers should sign up for MILC program

    The 2008 Farm Bill reauthorized the Milk Income Loss Contact Program (MILC). USDA issues MILC payments on an operation-by-operation basis. Beginning with Fiscal Year 2009 marketings, which started Oct. 1, 2008, the Farm Bill made changes to the provisions for payment eligibility to add an adjusted gross income (AGI) limit. If the individual or entity has annual non-farm AGI for the relevant base period greater than $500,000, the individual or entity is not eligible for MILC benefits.

  • DCP program sign-ups continue until June 1

    Jeffery S. Hall, FSA State Executive Director, reminded farmers that enrollment for the 2009 Direct and Counter-cyclical Payment (DCP) Program for farms with base acres began on Dec. 22 both online and at local FSA Service Centers. Sign-up will continue until June 1, 2009. The June 1 deadline is mandatory for all participants. USDA will not accept any late-filed applications.

  • Celebrate 4-H's centennial throughout 2009

    Kentucky 4-H has impacted the lives of thousands of youths since its inception. As it reaches its 100th anniversary, current and former 4-H’ers will be celebrating the organization’s past, relishing in its present and anxiously anticipating its future. You can help 4-H celebrate this milestone by showing your support for the organization throughout 2009.

  • Fertilizing forage crops in 2009

    Forage producers around the world have struggled over the last year with high fertilizer prices. I’ve had many tell me, “I can’t afford to fertilize my hay or pastures this year. I’ll go broke.” While there is some truth to this statement, in the long term, you will definitely “go broke” if your forage crops don’t have the necessary nutrients for sustained growth. I don’t claim to be a soil science expert, but I would like to provide some basic principles on how to manage the nutrient inputs and outputs on your farm.

  • Cattlemen convention is Jan. 8-10

    The 2009 KCA Convention will be held Jan. 8-10, 2009 in Lexington. The program, “Working Together. Growing Together,” will provide KCA members the opportunity to learn and meet other producers from across the state.

    “The Convention allows all producers to visit the trade show with over 70 booths, get the latest Economic Outlook, and mingle with other producers, all in one place,” said Don Pemberton, KCA Convention Chairman.