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Agriculture

  • Distilleries officially have a new home

    The Shelbyville City Council finished with its amendments and approval of changes to the zoning text amendment, which will allow distilleries on 25-acre properties zoned Agricultural within the city limits.

    Thursday, council members approved a second reading of amendments to ordinance relating to non-domestic animals, including an addition of a line to include that any preexisting fences in place on agricultural property prior to the rezoning of adjacent property would be exempt from the 100-foot setback requirement.

  • Scholarship winners

    Shelby County Cattlemen’s Association president Irvin Kupper (second left) presents John McKinney, Tyler Goodlett and Matthew Young with $2,500 scholarships at the Cattlemen’s annual picnic in July.

  • Poor pollination can hold back corn crop

    Small stalks, small ears, poor kernel development… does this describe your corn crop this year? Or maybe the raccoons absconded with the crop!

    If this sounds like you there may be several factors at work. Drought at the wrong time can stunt your corn crop and cold damage can stunt corn. If you put your crop out early you could see a little stunting from a late spring cold snap. And poor drainage and poor soil fertility, especially nitrogen, can stunt the crop as well.

  • Ag report: July 18, 2014

    Tobacco funds restored

    Although a tobacco settlement arbitration that was not in Kentucky’s favor could have led to deep cuts to Kentucky Agricultural Development Funds, a new agreement with tobacco manufacturers will restore almost all of those monies, according to agricultural and state officials.

  • Hummingbirds in your backyard

    Birdwatchers, gardeners and backyard enthusiasts are busy filling their red plastic feeders with sugar water as summer approaches in hopes of attracting a large selection of the swift, speedy, allusive hummingbird.

    The species include the smallest bird in the world – the bee hummingbird – and they can fly up to 30 miles per hour. When diving, their wings can flap 200 times per second, and they can travel at over 60 miles per hour.

    Hummingbirds hover, fly sideways, backwards and have even been known to go upside-down.

  • Ag report: Dec. 27, 2013

    Industrial Hemp Commission

    to review position on Monday

    The state Industrial Hemp Commission, of which Shelby County resident and state Sen. Paul Hornback (R-Shelbyville) is a member, is gathering Monday to review its position about trying to earn federal approval to make industrial hemp legal.

    The group will review its communication with the Department of Justice and hear reports from the office of Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky).

  • Ag report: Nov. 15, 2013

    Farm-City Week includes

    celebration in Shelby

    Kentucky Farm Bureau joins agricultural organizations across the country to celebrate National Farm-City Week on Nov. 22-28.

    This week has been set aside annually since 1955 to support educational programming that builds interdependence between rural and urban citizens.

  • Ag report: Nov. 8, 2013

    McCoun, Witt nominated for FSA county committee

    The USDA Farm Service in Shelby County is in the process of electing its county committee for the coming year.

    The election, which began Monday, will continue through Dec. 2 at the FSA office on Breighton Boulevard in Shelbyville.

    County committee members serve as links between producers and the USDA and help deliver FSA programs at the local levels. Committees operate under specific guidelines to maintain federal law.

  • Ag report: Nov. 1, 2013

    Master Gardeners to clean up

    botanical garden on Saturday

     

    Volunteers are welcome as the Shelby County Master Gardeners will put the McClure Botanical Gardens to bed for the winter with a worship from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

    The group will add mulch, do some pruning and eliminate weeds in the garden, which is at the front of Clear Creek Park on Burks Branch Road.

  • Ag report: Oct. 25, 2013

    White Ridge Dairy honored in youth livestock competition

    A Shelby County dairy farm was honored Saturday among the state’s top youth livestock exhibitors during the leading youth livestock exhibitors were honored for their efforts during the 2013 show season at the 10th annual Kentucky Proud Points Luncheon in Frankfort.

    White Ridge Dairy in Waddy, owned by the White family, was noted as the top breeder among dairy farms.