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Agriculture

  • Ag report: April 11, 2014

    USDA’s announces sign-ups for

    disaster assistance programs

    U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency Administrator Juan M. Garcia announced this week that farmers and ranchers can sign-up for disaster assistance programs beginning Tuesday.

  • Cool season has slowed spring

    I want to say spring has sprung, but it hasn’t.

    I have 160 Freedom Ranger chicks coming in the mail next week and lambs hitting the ground – don’t worry, that’s shepherd talk for lambs being born. I want warm not just for the new 2-legged and 4-legged arrivals but also for my potatoes, onions and kale. I need warm before I can even think of putting a tomato, bean or cucumber out in the garden.

  • Ag report: April 4, 2014

    USDA Sets Date for Soybean Request for Referendum

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture offer soybean producers the opportunity to request a referendum on the Soybean Promotion and Research Order, as authorized under the Soybean Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Act.

  • Some azaleas thrive in full sun

    Did you know that azaleas and rhododendrons are essentially the same thing?

    They are both members of the rhododendron genus; they have similar blooms and similar cultural requirements.  Some say the primary difference between the two is the number of pollen-bearing stamens – rhododendron have 10 or more per flower and azaleas have only five. 

  • Ag report: March 28, 2014

    Shelby County Farmers’ Market seeking booth applications

    The Shelby County Farmers’ Market is accepting applications to participate in the 2014 market season.

    The program, which opens April 26, runs every Saturday morning until October at the Shelby County Fairgrounds. It features fresh vegetables and homemade goods, such as soaps and candles and crafts.

    Applications will be accepted through the end of March. To apply or for more information, contact Cindy Burket at 502-633-7484.

     

  • As weather dries, it’s time to start potatoes

    Spring break from teaching at UofL falls conveniently during the week of St. Patrick’s Day, which is also my target date for planting onions and potatoes. I typically manage a mid-March planting, but the condition of the soil has held me up a bit this year. I will not start digging until the soil dries out and is considered workable.

  • Ag report: March 21, 2014

    Shelby County Farmers’ Market seeking applications for season

    The Shelby County Farmers’ Market is accepting applications to participate in the 2014 market season.

    The program, which opens April 26, runs every Saturday morning until October at the Shelby County Fairgrounds. It features fresh vegetables and homemade goods, such as soaps and candles and crafts.

    Applications will be accepted through the end of March. To apply or for more information, contact Cindy Burket at 502-633-7484.

     

  • Ag Report: March 14, 2014

    Shelby County Farmers’ Market seeking applications for season

    The Shelby County Farmers Market is accepting applications to participate in the 2014 market season.

    The program, which opens April 26, runs every Saturday morning until October at the Shelby County Fairgrounds. It features fresh vegetables and homemade goods, such as soaps and candles and crafts.

    Applications will be accepted through the end of March. To apply or for more information, contact Cindy Burket at 502-633-7484.

  • We have been skunked again

    From time to time I see a skunk meandering around the farm during the day. It’s unusual, however. A few years back there was one that was sniffing about under some pines in the lower pasture, and it was evident from its movements and from its awareness (or lack thereof) of its surroundings that this creature knew it had the advantage.

    A skunk’s eyesight is poor, so sneaking up on him to get a photograph was possible, but it made me realize that startling a skunk is probably not a good idea.

  • Ag report: March 7, 2014

    Shelby farmer Poole wins $2,500 donation for FFA

    Shelby County farmer Ronald Poole has directed $2,500 to the Shelby County High School FFA to increase student participation in the FFA chapter.

    The donation, funded by America’s Farmers Grow Communities, will allow the students to take more field trips, participate in field day events at universities, and attend national and local FFA conventions.