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Agriculture

  • Ag development funds applications begin June 15

    The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board, chaired by Gov. Steve Beshear, recently awarded $350,020 in Henry County Agricultural Development Funds for a County Agricultural Investment Program, also known as CAIP.
    The Henry County Cattlemen’s Association submitted a proposal to the Henry County Agricultural Development Council and the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board to provide cost-share incentives to area farmers within the CAIP.

  • Fischer to attend future ag leaders conference

    Summer vacation may be only beginning for most students, but for 95 high school juniors the emphasis on education continues.
    These students, from 62 counties across the state, including Henry, have accepted invitations to attend Kentucky Farm Bureau’s (KFB) 30th annual Institute for Future Agricultural Leaders (IFAL), held in two locations this month.
    Representing Henry County will be Joseph Fischer at the University of Kentucky event.

  • Shop at your Henry County Farmers' Market

    Summer is prime time for shopping at your local farmers’ market.
    From early May to late October, the farmers’ market is a great place to find fresh fruits and vegetables, and shopping locally is a great way to ensure that you are buying the highest quality produce and food products while supporting your community.
    Shopping seasonally at your local farmers’ market will provide you with the opportunity to cook fruits and vegetables that are at their peak, leaving your recipes bursting with flavor.

  • Berry center holds sustainable ag conference

    On May 20, the Berry Center brought college instructors from a variety of disciplines from all over Kentucky to New Castle to participate in a discussion about sustainable agriculture and education. Called “A Sustainable Agriculture Degree Program Convening,” it featured a discussion with author and farmer Wendell Berry about what farmers need to farm and how colleges can help them achieve their goals.

  • Try this sweet recipe for a fresh summer snack

    What delicious Kentucky Proud fruit is the most popular crowd favorite?
    From late April to July, fresh strawberries certainly could be the most delightful winner.
    And we should be seeing some at our Henry County Farmers Market in the coming weeks.  
    Kentucky strawberries always deliver satisfying flavor — whether it’s found in scrumptious strawberry pie, luscious strawberry preserves, or a yummy fresh berry snack.
    Not only do they have mouth-watering appeal, but strawberries provide great healthy benefits.

  • Safe canning practices will keep everyone healthy

    Gardens are beginning to bear the fruits of our labor.
    Soon, it will be time to start thinking about preserving some of the excess produce for winter months.
    Safety is of utmost importance for those of us who will be preserving food, because — let’s face it — no one wants to get sick from poorly processed food.
    Bacteria, molds and yeast can grow quickly on fresh foods, and fruits and vegetables contain oxygen and enzymes that can cause food to spoil.

  • Henry County 4-H advances in Culinary Challenge

    By Cathy Toole

  • Dairy farmer talks cow health and milk quality with the Eminence Rotary Club

    Susan Coleman is similar in many ways to the members of the Eminence Rotary Club she spoke with on May 4 – working to provide a quality product to customers, according to a news release from the Southeast United Dairy Industrial Association. But unlike the typical local business, Coleman’s most important asset is her cows and her product is milk.
    The Coleman family owns and operates their family dairy farm outside of Eminence.  
    The family milks 60 cows twice a day.
    They also raise corn and alfalfa hay on the 142-acre farm.  

  • Interest in industrial hemp is growing, Comer reports

    Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer recently joined farmers and industry leaders to lay out an ambitious agenda of industrial hemp research projects and economic development initiatives in Kentucky in 2015.
    “We’re here today to brand Kentucky as a leader in industrial hemp production,” Comer said in a celebration at G.F. Vaughan Tobacco Warehouse #23 in Lexington. “We want to make Kentucky synonymous with hemp like Idaho with potatoes. … Hemp equals jobs and economic development.”

  • Check to see if your first-aid kit is up-to-date

    We noticed the other day that our office first-aid kit needed re-stocking after some band aids that had been in there for about 10 years wouldn’t stick!  
    So, when we received the following information from UK Health Care it seemed a good time to share with everyone.  
    We all should have a well-stocked first-aid kit at home, in the car and in the workplace.
    You may also want to stock a portable kit (a box or small bag) that can be taken to the site of an emergency.