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Agriculture

  • Application period begins for CAIP funding program

    Agriculture producers in Shelby County can apply for the annual CAIP program from the Kentucky Agriculture Development Fund, starting Wednesday and continuing for two weeks until Oct. 17.

    Shelby County has been awarded more than $300,000 through the fund to provide farmers with incentives to allow them to improve and diversity their production practices.

  • Ag Report: Sept. 28, 2012

    State’s burley crop shows signs of being strong

    Kentucky's 2012 tobacco crop, very much in doubt only a month ago, suddenly has burley farmers smiling again, thanks to recent rains.

  • WICHE: Cool nights and short days initiate bloom

    There are many things that come together to allow plants to thrive. When it comes to plants native to our area, we are not required to go to great extremes to provide the ideal environment. An ideal environment, however, means a great many different things depending on what kind of plant you are.

  • Ag Report: Sept. 21, 2012

    Regional beef field day set for Ballardsville farm

    The University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service has scheduled at Regional Beef Field Day for Oct. 1 at TNT Farms, which is located at 5831 KY 53 in Ballardsville.

    The program, which will be 4:30 p.m.-7 p.m., will include discussions and tours on a variety of topics that affect beef producers.

  • WICHE: Some pears ripen after the harvest

    Old farm sites that are long vacant often have remnants of a once thriving agricultural model that fed the whole family. Among the farm smorgasbord was the small home orchard, and among the orchards the Kieffer pear still stands if nothing else does.

    The Kieffer pear has been around for a long time, and it seems we have forgotten how to treat it as an eating pear.

  • Shelby County winners at Kentucky State Fair: Sept. 14, 2012

    4H Horse Show

     

    Western Pleasure Walk/Jog

    7 Skidrow Leaguer, Virginia Riggsby, Shelbyville

     

    Western Pleasure Horse

    13 Good Miss Maggie, Colton Fagan, Simpsonville

     

    Western Pleasure Horse II

    3 Got The Shine, Kelsey Cox, Shelbyville

     

    Western Horsemanship Walk/Jog

  • Ag Report: Sept. 14, 2012

    Gardeners gather Saturday

    to clean up McClure Gardens

    Saturday is clean-up day at the McClure Gardens on Burks Branch Road.

    Gardeners, would-be gardeners, volunteers and the just-plain-curious are invited to attend a Put the Garden to Bed party at 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the McClure Gardens, which are near the entrance to Clear Creek Park in Shelbyville.

  • WICHE: Perennial Plant of the Year 2012 for the shade

    For some gardeners, the tactile experience of maintaining the garden is not really what they’re after. I love the whole process, but I realize that most people just want things to look good without too much fuss.

    As our farm grows on the 4-legged and 2-legged side of things, I am noticing some perennial plant neglect. So I do need to do some rearranging so that the mixed borders get easier to care for, not more difficult. Therein lies the mission of the Perennial Plant Association’s “Plant of the Year” program.

  • Ag Report: Sept. 7, 2012

    Emergency grazing program extended in Shelby County

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a 2-month extension for emergency grazing on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres, freeing up forage and feed for ranchers as they look to recover from this challenging time. This includes land owners in Shelby County.

  • Ag Report: Sept. 7, 2012

    Emergency grazing program extended in Shelby County

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a 2-month extension for emergency grazing on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres, freeing up forage and feed for ranchers as they look to recover from this challenging time. This includes land owners in Shelby County.