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Agriculture

  • Tough winter on cow herds and producers

    Near the end of most winters, diagnosticians at the veterinary labs, veterinarians, and producers see a few aged beef cows in poor body condition and a rumen full of forage material (hay) just ‘run out of gas’ with a belly full of hay and green grass just around the corner. However, this winter, they have seen these ‘malnutrition’ cases on a much more frequent basis, at a much earlier date, and have seen younger cows affected.

  • What to do to salvage your fruit crops

    Late last week, we saw apples at silver tip and peaches at the swollen bud stage. So, if you haven’t done so yet, it is time to get the dormant oil and fixed copper spray on apples and pears for San Jose scale, aphid, mite and fire blight control. It is a little too late to control peach leaf curl on peaches with fixed copper since the buds have begun to swell, but an oil spray is recommended for San Jose scale and mite control if it hasn’t been applied.

  • Helping for 100 years to navigate change

    While change isn’t easy for some people, it’s inevitable in some circumstances. Throughout the history of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service, countless agents have worked to help Kentuckians learn about and embrace important changes. This year will mark the anniversary of the passage of the Smith-Lever Act, which formally established the national Cooperative Extension Service system. The UK Cooperative Extension Service is celebrating ways that extension has helped clients change their lives for the better.

  • Turners Station farm joins angus association

    McAlister Farms, Turners Station, is a new member of the American Angus Association, reports Bryce Schumann, CEO of the national breed organization headquartered in Saint Joseph, Mo.

    The American Angus Association, with nearly 24,000 active adult and junior members, is the largest beef breed association in the world. Its computerized records include detailed information on more than 17 million registered Angus.

  • A local agriculture event update

     

    The Henry County Cattleman’s Association will be meeting 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 24, at the Henry County Extension Office. The program will include discussion of livestock marketing, Veterinarian’s Report, FFA and 4-H Youth Report, FSA Update, Phase I (CAIP) Update, and an update on the proposal to provide a local butchery and meat processing facility in the region.

    The meeting will again feature a sponsored beef supper. Please contact the Henry County Extension Office at 845-2811 by Friday to reserve your spot.

    TOBACCO GAP

  • Events and classes you don’t want to miss

    Tuesday evenings at the extension office are busy times as master clothing volunteer Alice Newman teaches Adult Sewing. You may want to learn to sew or you may have a project that you started on and are not sure how to finish it. Class runs from 7 until 9 p.m. on Tuesday evenings and you can just stop by or give Alice a call if you need more information (845-4287).

    April 22: Quick Sewing Repairs Leader Training-everyone is welcome. This program will be taught at the extension office at 10:30 a.m.

    April 23: Book Club at 1:30 at the extension office.

  • Programs provide networking in the industry

    Almost all our agriculture enterprises are encompassed in research, teaching and education programs at one of Kentucky’s two land grant institutions. While UK has the majority of the enterprises and the extension service, KSU has been working with some of the more ‘non-traditional’ types of farming, including goats, pawpaws and aquaculture. They have also had an award winning method of showing, demonstrating and teaching through the decade old ‘Third Thursday Thing.’

  • National FFA Week teaches leadership to students

    Jakob Beckley

    Leadership Committee Chairman

    Each year, FFA chapters around the country celebrate National FFA Week. The weeklong tradition began in 1947 when the National FFA Board of Directors designated the week of George Washington’s birthday as National FFA Week in recognition of his legacy as an agriculturist and farmer. The first National FFA Week was held in 1948. Today, FFA Week always runs Saturday to Saturday and encompasses Feb. 22, Washington’s birthday.

  • What to consider when re-entering the work force
  • Century old pruning practices remain relevant

    Last week, all Kentucky Extension agents and specialists attended a training conference in Lexington. We were treated to a good history of the first 100 years of the Extension Service, and challenged to continue ‘making a difference’ in peoples’ lives through relevant research-based information in the century ahead.