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Agriculture

  • Ag report: Feb. 15, 2013

    USDA still seeking claims of Hispanic, women discrimination

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack issued a statement to remind Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers who allege discrimination by the USDA in past decades that there are 45 days remaining in the filing period closing March 25.

    There was a public hearing about this issue at Simpsonville late last year.

  • WICHE: St. Valentine and your roses

    I suspect most of you have no idea about the person and the saintly episode that is commemorated each Feb. 14 by friends, family and, most importantly, lovers. In fact, there are several versions of how the most romantic saint became a commercial success.

    One story about St. Valentine has its origins in third century Rome, where the Emperor Claudius II outlawed marriage for young single men because he valued them more as young warriors. A priest by the name of Valentine defied the law and continued to marry in secret the young soldiers who were in love.

  • Shelby vet Kimbrough honored by cattlemen’s group

    It may have only just started, but already 2013 has been a huge year for retired Shelbyville veterinarian Dr. Jack Kimbrough.

    Following a lifetime of service to the farming community, he has been inducted into both the Shelby County Agricultural Hall of Fame and the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association Hall of Fame.

    The KCA induction took place in Lexington during January, at the association’s annual convention, where Kimbrough was one of five people honored.

  • Ag report: Feb. 8, 2013

    Mandatory tobacco training is March 5 at extension office

    The Shelby County Extension Office has set a tobacco production GAP training program for March 5 at the office on Frankfort Road. The session will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    Starting this year, tobacco companies are requiring that all producers participate in this training annually. GAP stands for Good Agricultural Practices.

    The extension office incorporates this training into its tobacco production update session.

  • WICHE: Don’t forget your root cellar, freezer or pantry

    Perhaps this can be a reminder of the payoff of “putting up” the garden in spring, summer and fall: We have extended our homegrown eating pleasure into the winter months with some basic preservation methods.

    If you froze, dried, canned or otherwise preserved fresh fruits and vegetables in 2012, do not forget about them (or horde them for some unreasonable time).

    First, open the freezer and assess what’s there.

    Blanched Romano beans with some ice crystals forming inside the freezer bag? Plan a stew for dinner.

  • Farms don’t freeze in winter

    The chill factor may be near zero this morning, the ground frozen hard and animals gathered up in an effort to feed off each other’s heat, but that doesn’t mean work stands still on Shelby County’s farms.

    The type of work being done by farmers on frigid winter days may depend on the type of farm being operated, but there is still more than enough to keep everyone busy.

  • WICHE: Learn how to describe plants, insects

    In a time when we all seek advice from experts, it is not only important to know what plants you have but also to understand the nomenclature of symptoms caused by insect and disease problems.

    “I’ve got this thing on my whatcha-ma-call-it” won’t get you very far with a Google search or in person. We need to know how to describe the “things” that we find on our plant material so a proper diagnosis and treatment can follow.

  • 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.