• Storage is key to keeping seeds

    The seed catalogues are piling up, and I am like a kid in a candy store.  Every year in January I pine away for spring while perusing the seed catalogs and generally make an order or two thinking that I will have time in the spring to get everything planted (I never do) so as with most gardeners I have a lot of leftover seed from years gone by.  Many of you are like me and want to use the best seed possible but that may not always be “new” seed. 

  • Sign up for SURE program

    USDA Farm Service Agency State Executive Director John W. McCauley announced the sign-up period for the 2009 crop year Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) program begins on Jan. 10, 2011. SURE is one of five disaster programs USDA Farm Service Agency offers that provides assistance to farmers and ranchers who have suffered losses due to natural disasters.

  • 4-H forestry ribbons awarded

    Over the next two weeks, results from the 4-H forestry program will be announced.  This year the achievements by the participants have been tremendous, with youth having strong scores and more being recognized for outstanding leaf collections.  

  • Plan now for upcoming 4-H programs

    With the passing of the Winter Solstice, each day becomes a little longer.  Although it is still quite a few days until spring, 4-H members interested in livestock projects must be planning now for their participation.

  • Reflecting on the agricultural economy

    U.S. agriculture rebounded quickly from the effects of the commodity market ‘crash’ in 2008 and the serious global recession in 2009. USDA is projecting U.S. net farm income to be up 24 percent this year. Most of the increase in farm income is coming from improved market conditions for beef cattle, dairy, poultry, and recent surges in corn and soybean prices. The balance sheet for ag is strong, despite the weak macro economy.  

  • 4-H members attend conference

    Each year, approximately 32 Kentucky high school 4-H members are selected to attend National 4-H Congress.  Until about eight years ago, the conference was held each year in Chicago and now the annual conference is held in Atlanta.  
    To be selected, 4-H members have to be in high school, complete a level of the Kentucky 4-H Honors program and go through an interview process.  

  • Poinsettia demand hits peak this time of year

    Many people who dream of a white Christmas also like to bring a little of the tropics into their homes, by decorating with poinsettias.
    The irony is sun-loving, warm-weather preferring poinsettias can easily be damaged by the temperatures that accompany a white Christmas, said Rebecca Schnelle, state extension specialist for floriculture and greenhouse crops in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture.

  • Local family honored by Kentucky Farm Bureau


    A Washington County couple has placed third in the Kentucky Farm Bureau’s Outstanding Young Farm Family contest. The announcement came  last week at KFB’s 91st annual meeting.  

  • Feed costs expected to increase

    We have had several questions about the future of feed costs and meat production so we thought would share this article from Dr. Lee Meyer, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture.

  • Hold the salt! Be careful when applying de-icer

    With the recent cold and snowy weather, it is time to discuss protecting landscapes from unintentional harm.  If you like to put salt and deicer on your sidewalks, drives, and steps, you must take care not to damage valuable landscape plants.  Generally, physical removal of ice and snow is better for the landscape as long as you don’t pile it on your plants.  However, many people aren’t physically able to shovel snow and ice.  In this case, chemicals are needed to keep walkways safe.