• Ag report: Feb. 1, 2013

    Simpsonville’s Trumbo received soybean association’s top honor

    Simpsonville farmer Jack Trumbo has been awarded the highest honor of the Kentucky Soybean Association – the Distinguished Service Award – as one of two he received at the organization’s recent commodities conference.

    Trumbo also received a watch as a symbol of appreciation for his years of service as he retired from the soybean promotion board.

  • Ag report: Jan. 23, 2013

    New programs announced to help vets get into farming

    Agriculture Commissioner James Comer launched two new programs to help Kentucky military veterans find jobs in agriculture and sell their farm products.

  • WICHE: Are some offers too good to be true?

    This time of the year subtle warnings come from professionals reminding the consumer to be skeptical of mail order catalogues or advertisements that claim “new horticultural breakthroughs,” otherwise outrages claims or mass quantities of things for bargain basement prices. There are legitimate “horticultural breakthroughs,” but usually different terminology is used, and you’ll find them at your local stores.

  • Ag report: Jan. 18, 2013

    Comer rallies support

    for Hornback’s hemp bill


    Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer this week praised Senate Bill 50 filed by state Sen. Paul Hornback (R-Shelbyville), the chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, that introduces legislation to legalize industrial hemp.

  • The foals are starting to drop in Shelby County

    An expectant hush lies over the barren winter landscape as foaling season prepares to kick into full gear in Shelby County.  

    A few foals are beginning to emerge to greet the world around the county, and so far, few problems have surfaced, those in the equine industry say.

    “The mares have started to foal; we had one last night [Tuesday], a gorgeous filly,” said Linda Bennett of Equine Services in Simpsonville.

  • WICHE: Quality care means garden equipment lasts longer

    We had our Scag mower serviced a few weeks back. She had suffered from some sort of oil leak all summer and looked a little weary and unkempt, so I felt a bit negligent when I dropped her off.

    Taking care of your lawn-and-garden equipment was something that was pounded into my world view of farm responsibilities when I was growing up. Plus, I am well aware that if you don’t take care of your stuff- it means it doesn’t work when you need it!

  • Ag report: Jan. 11, 2013

    Webinar will discuss strategies for improving pastures, hay

    A special Webinar program at the Shelby County Extension Office, conducted by two experts from the University of Kentucky, will help participants learn more about using and restoring pasture lands.

    The program, at 7 p.m. Jan. 28, will feature Garry Lacefield, UK Extension forage specialist, who will speak on preparing better pastures, and Jeff Lehmkuhler, UK Extension beef cattle specialist, who will address strategies for stretching hay supplies.

  • WICHE: Keep African violets in bloom all winter

    African violets are often purchased in a blooming state. Then many of us wonder why they never bloom again. What have we done, or not done, to turn these dainty flowering plants into something that can only be appreciated for its fuzzy foliage?

  • Ag report: Jan. 4, 2013

    USDA seeks applications

    for wildlife initiative


    Natural Resources Conservation Service in Kentucky is currently accepting applications for Environmental Quality Incentive Program Wildlife Initiative, a voluntary program available to landowners to improve wildlife habitat on private property.

  • Milk prices good for all but farmers

    A potential hefty price rise for milk will is not on the horizon, at least not anytime soon, dairy officials say.

    “I don’t see much change; prices may even go down a little bit,” said Maury Cox, executive director of the Kentucky Dairy Development Council. 

    The average gallon of milk costs about $3, according to the USDA. But there had been a fear of prices as high as $7 per gallon because of issues related to farm bill that was tied into the “Fiscal Cliff” in Washington.