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Agriculture

  • Gardening classes begin in March; register early

    The new 2009 Spring Wheelbarrow Series gardening classes are set to start in March. This year I have tried to put together an array of topics to have something that most gardeners will be interested in. Like last year the series will run in the spring with classes coming every two weeks from March through June with all but one class meeting at the Washington County Extension Office.

  • Biofuels continue to be hot topic

    Crop residues have value

    Biofuels continue to be a hot topic in many grain crop producers’ circles with some of the most recent discussions surrounding the use of crop residues, such as corn stover, to produce ethanol. As Kentucky farmers begin to explore this new form of alternative energy, they need to be aware of the value of their crop residue, according to a soil scientist in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture.

  • 4-H Centennial Kickoff Bash is Feb. 21

    The State 4-H Centennial Kickoff Bash is set for Saturday, Feb. 21 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Lexington. All past and current 4-Her’s, volunteers and community leaders are invited to the kickoff event for the year-long celebration.

  • Stetson is Washington County Hall of Fame recipient

    Today’s 4-H Centennial update includes information on the Washington County State 4-H Hall of Fame recipient. Congratulations to Ruby Stetson who was selected to be the State 4-H Hall of Fame representative for Washington County.  I had a chance to visit with Mrs. Stetson last week and found out why she was so instrumental to the Washington County 4-H program from 1961-1972.

  • Mail poster, essay contest entries by Feb. 20

    Agriculture Commis-sioner Richie Farmer invites Kentucky school children to show why “I Am Kentucky Proud” in the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s annual Poster and Essay Contest.

    “The Kentucky Proud movement is sweeping the Commonwealth,” Commissioner Farmer said. “This contest will help our children learn what Kentucky Proud is and how it helps consumers find healthy, great-tasting food while also helping Kentucky farmers make a living.”

  • 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.&