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Agriculture

  • 4-H'ers to take trips; register for workshop

    One of the mainstays of 4-H over the past 100 years is the teaching of life skills through project work. Each year 4-H members have the opportunity to complete a project which can range from a woodworking, electric, foods and sewing to various livestock projects and shooting sports. Washington County members who completed a project this year have the opportunity to go on the annual awards trip which this year will be on Saturday, Nov. 22 to Louisville Glassworks and the Spaghetti Factory. Registration is due by Thursday, Nov. 20, noon and the cost is $6 plus lunch.

  • SURE provides benefits for farm revenue losses

    Supplemental Revenue Assistant Payments (SURE) provides benefits for farm revenue losses due to natural disaster. It is the 2008 Farm Bill’s successor to the prior Ad Hoc Crop Disaster Programs, also known as the CDP or Crop Disaster Programs. Unlike the prior USDA Programs, SURE is legislated through 2011.

    SURE payments are available to producers on farms that:

    • are located in a county covered by a qualifying natural disaster declaration (USDA Secretarial Declarations only) or a contiguous county or

  • Project empowers farm women
  • Help Kentucky's hungry this holiday season

    There are so many things happening around the holidays that we often times get carried away and overwhelmed with our own world and forget about those in need. Unfortunately, some families and individuals in Kentucky do not know where their next meal is coming from, much less Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. Since the holidays are a time of giving, those of us that can, should take time from our busy lives to share our blessings with Kentuckians in need this holiday season.

  • Now is the time to winterize strawberry plants

    Perhaps the last garden chore of the season is tucking in the strawberry planting for winter. Strawberry plants have already set their buds for next spring’s flowers and the crop can be lost unless you protect them from harsh winter conditions. A fully dormant strawberry plant’s flower buds can be damaged at temperatures below 15 deg. F.

    In addition to flower bud damage, the alternate freezing and thawing of the soil that commonly occurs in winter and early spring can cause plant roots to break and the plants to be heaved right out of the ground.

  • 4-H Clubs meet; Quilting workshop to be held

    Two 4-H Project Clubs have been busy recognizing their members for outstanding achievements for the 2008 project year.

    Last week, the picture of the 4-H Sharpshooters ran in The Springfield Sun and this week, the 4-H Young Riders picture will be included.

  • Local youths win big at ARBA convention

    The American Rabbit Breeders Association held its annual convention in Louisville from Oct. 26 – 30. This year’s convention had approximately 24,000 rabbits shown from all over the United States, Japan, and Canada.

    Emily Cermola showed two of her Jersey Wooly rabbits. There were a total of 374 Jersey Wooly rabbits entered with 61 exhibitors. Emily placed third with her self-junior doe Southland’s Pink and seventh with her broken-senior doe Southland’s Rachel

  • National Farm Safety and Health Week is Sept. 21-27

    Kentucky Farm Bureau and the National Safety Council are joining forces to recognize the importance of safe farming practices in conjunction with National Farm Safety and Health Week.

    That observance, now in its 65th year, is set for September 21-27 nationwide, under the theme “Farm Safety---Protect YOUr Investment.”

    The theme, according to Kentucky Farm Bureau President Marshall Coyle, underscores the value of safety and wellness of farmers and farming families.

  • Spurs and Furs results announced

    Here are the results of the Washington County Spurs and furs 4-H Fair show held at the National Guard Armory recently.

    Open Rabbit Show

    French Angora

    Jr. Buck, 1st – Lisa Zesiger; 2nd – Lisa Zesiger

    Jr. Buck, 1st – Lisa Zesiger

    Sr. Buck, 1st – Lisa Zesiger

    Sr. Doe, 1st – Lisa Zesiger; 2nd – Lisa Zesiger

    Best of Breed – Lisa Zesiger – Sr. Doe

    Best Opposite Sex – Lisa Zesiger – Sr. Buck

    American Chincilla

  • Consider grain storage in volatile market

    The price of corn has plummeted since it peaked this summer at around $7 a bushel. The price decline is due to the anticipation of the second largest corn crop in history, lower energy prices and the financial markets, said Cory Walters, UK agricultural economist.

    With harvest coming to a close, producers are trying to determine whether it would be beneficial to them to store their crop until prices rebound, but no one is sure when and if that will happen. On Oct. 27, December corn futures were selling at around $3.80, and March futures were near $4.