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Agriculture

  • 4-H Communications Event & Variety Show

    The annual 4-H Communications Event and Variety Show was held on Tuesday, March 20.

  • Forages reaching critical maturity ages

    After an extremely warm winter, many forage grasses and small grains used for forages are quickly nearing the stages where they need to be cut to maintain optimum feed quality, according to Ray Smith, extension forage specialist in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture. Depending on the area of the state, the forages are two to three weeks ahead of schedule.

  • USDA announces CRP signup

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture will conduct a four-week Conservation Reserve Program general signup, which begins March 12 and ends April 6.

    CRP is a voluntary program available to agricultural producers to help them use environmentally sensitive land for conservation benefits. In return, USDA provides participants with rental payments and cost-share assistance.

  • Got memories? UK has a study for you

    Do you have memories that you want to share with family and friends but don’t know how?  Do you want to preserve your stories or the stories of someone you love?   Are you interested in keeping your memory active?  If you answer yes to these questions, then the research study on memory banking could be for you!

  • Mild winter has effect on country hams

    A mild winter this year has been a nail-biter at times for the approximately 700 4-H’ers and numerous adult volunteers involved in the country ham project, but no problems of spoilage are anticipated with the hams.

  • Pasture evaluation: Wait and see, or spray now?

    With the relatively mild winter, it’s not just the cool season grasses we see growing in our pastures and hay fields – our cool-season weeds are growing very nicely, too.  Evaluation of our pastures now can give us help in planning our attack on any developing weed problems.  Typically, plants such as musk thistle, poison hemlock, buttercups, purple deadnettle, common chickweed and various mustard species can be found.

  • Register now for 4-H summer camp

    Henry County youth will be heading to Lake Cumberland 4-H Camp on Tuesday morning, July 10.  

    We will be returning Friday afternoon on July 13.

    The theme for this year’s camp is Camp Madagascar.  Campers will enjoy participating in the following classes:  swimming, canoeing, fishing, low ropes, high ropes, archery, rifle, crafts, nature, caving and much, much more.  In the evening there will be field games, talent shows, skits, line dancing, and, of course, Sally Down the Alley, a 4-H camping tradition.

  • Rabbit and poultry processing training on April 11

    There will be a mobile processing unit training at 9 a.m. April 11 at the Kentucky State University Research Farm located at 1525 Mills Lane in Frankfort. This is a day-long training, with the morning session in a classroom. The afternoon session is a  hands-on training of both rabbit and poultry.

    The cost of the training is $75 for certification for the first two years and $50 annually after that. Lunch will be included during the training.

  • Think twice before using instant tax refund

    Instead of waiting for tax refunds from the Internal Revenue Service, nearly 10 million consumers, many from low- to moderate-income families, borrow against part or all of their expected tax refunds. These refund loans are heavily marketed by paid tax preparers and immediately put cash into the consumer’s hands, making it seem to be a quick and “painless” way to get cash.

    The quick cash comes at a price, however.

  • Deadline to sign up for shooting sports camp is Feb. 24

    The 2012 4-H State Shooting Sports Camp will be held at the Lake Cumberland 4-H Camp from April 4-7.

    This is a statewide camp open to all youth in fourth through eighth grades.  

    Certified instructors have been recruited to present classes and range work.

    Each camper will learn responsible, safe use of firearms and how to shoot in the six disciplines of the program:  rifle, trap, archery, black powder, hunter challenge and pistol.