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Agriculture

  • Drivers: be aware of farm equipment

    With the coming of planting season, we see an increased amount of farm equipment sharing our roads and highways.  The following was written by my counterpart in Gallatin County, David Hull, and appeared in their paper a couple of weeks back.  The message is appropriate for us, too.

  • Kentucky 4-H Teen Conference, June 11-14

    With summer just around the corner, it’s time for Kentucky 4-H teens to register for the 2012 Kentucky 4-H Teen Conference.
    The conference will be June 11-14 at the University of Kentucky, and is open to all 4-H’ers who have completed the ninth grade through the age of 18.
    During the conference, 4-H members have the opportunity to experience dorm life in UK residence halls, attend educational and recreational workshops and meet new friends from across the state. 

  • Please join us at the Farmers Market

    Farmers markets provide a chance for us to get high-quality, fresh foods and support the farmers in their community. Selling at the markets gives farmers a chance to tell others about their operation and agriculture in general.

  • Students plan windowsill gardens

    Fourth and fifth graders across the county planted windowsill gardens this month during 4-H school clubs.

    Each class begins by completing a seed identification activity that requires them to draw a picture of the seed and list them by name and variety.

    The seeds that were used for the garden include: pumpkin, green bean, corn, cilantro, zinnia and tomato.

    Students received a sectioned tray with each of the seed names already labeled and filled with moistened peat pellets. 

  • Poor is a matter of perspective

    Long ago, in a land far away, a father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the rural countryside with the purpose of motivating his son to work hard by showing him how poor people can be. They spent a couple of days and nights helping with the daily activities of a poor family.  Sharing meals at night with the family, they learned a little about the rhythm of life on the farm.

    On their return home from the trip, the father asked the son, “How was the trip?”

    “It was great, Dad.”

  • Host families needed for exchange program

    This summer, 15 young people from Japan and an adult chaperone will come to Kentucky to learn about American families and culture. A great way for you and your child to take part in this international experience is by becoming a host family for one of these students.

    Not only do 4-H host families get to enjoy helping the Japanese 4-H’er learn about American families and culture, but they also learn about Japanese culture, customs and history. Many times, lifetime bonds are created.

  • Tips for spring calvers

    • Continue to feed cows that have calved on an adequate nutritional plan to rebreed. Increase their feed after calving. Don’t let them lose body condition.  
    • Purchase replacement bulls at least 30 days prior to the start of the breeding season.  Have herd bulls evaluated for breeding soundness (10-20 percent of bulls are questionable or unsatisfactory breeders).  
    • Start breeding heifers one heat cycle before cows so that they have extra time to recover from calving next year.  

  • Diabetes Education Day is Saturday

    Plan now to attend the Diabetes Education Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 21, at the Warrior Activity Center located at 297 West Broadway in Eminence. You can attend sessions all day or part of the day!  And you will come away discovering self-management tips to decrease the complications of diabetes.

  • Start planning your estate today

    Have you ever asked yourself the “what if” questions? What if something should happen to me today? What if something should happen to my spouse or business partner? What if I have an accident that leaves me incapacitated?

    No one likes to think about these questions. But the answers are very important to your surviving family members. Taking the time to answer those questions can provide peace of mind. It also can mean that your wishes for asset distribution following death will be followed.

  • Beef finishing workshop set for May 1

    The Cooperative Extension Service is finalizing plans to hold a forage based beef finishing workshop at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 1, at the Shelby County Extension Office.  The information packed session will include lunch. Please hold the entire day for the session.

    With more and more emphasis on locally grown food in our region, it fits that locally finished beef demand will increase.  This workshop focuses on type and breeds of beef, forage quality and animal nutrition, age of animal, taste, marketing strategies, and many other factors.