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Agriculture

  • Family opens artisan cheese business in Shelby County

    Say cheese, Shelby County.

    But you better be specific.

    HomeTown Farm and Creamery is up and running on Vigo Road, and it's such a family business that not only do Mom and Dad and sons all put in work but even their cows are family

    "They all have names, and each one has its own personality," said Tracy Curtsinger, who with her husband, Mark, and sons, Travis and Brandon, have created one of Shelby County's newest agribusinesses.

  • Ag Report: Jan. 27, 2012

    Issues with dams, river locks

    could hurt soybean markets

     

    Industry officials fear that river conditions could be hurting soybean farmers’ ability to market their crops.

    With soy being a large commodity in Shelby County, producers already may be aware of the issue raised this week by the United Soybean Board, which said in a report that the deteriorating condition of the U.S. lock and dam system could bring  “severe economic distress.”

  • WICHE: Tulipomania and the need for some chilling time

    Spring bulbs popping up everywhere as temperatures roller-coaster from the teens to the 60s has left many scratching their heads. There is not much we can do to fool Mother Nature, so we must be patient and hope that we have a decent display come March.

    I have some foliage that has turned to mush, but the bulb and bloom is still safe beneath the soil surface; the bulb will send up fresh foliage in due time.

    The real issue with the crazy weather is that our bulbs need sufficient dormancy and chilling time in the ground in order to bloom well.

  • Ag Report: Jan. 20, 2012

    St. Matthews, Meade, Woodford

    rated state’s top farmers’ markets

    The St. Matthews Farmers’ Market, located in the heart of St Matthews at Beargrass Christian Church, 4100 Shelbyville Road, was named the Urban Market winner of the Ag Credit AgGenius Awards for the Kentucky Farmers’ Market of the Year Contest 2011at the 2012 Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference and Trade Show in Lexington last week.

  • WICHE: Winter perennials have summer-like foliage

    Most people would say that there is not much going on in the garden during the winter months. I beg to differ.

    There are dozens of plants out there doing something interesting. Some are just showing their pretty bark or their sculptural quality bare of leaves.

    Others are just beginning to emerge and will be blooming soon. And others just have some crazy quality that allows their foliage to look as fresh and clean as a spring garden despite the fact it is winter in Kentuckiana.

  • WICHE: How to read your tea leaves

    We visited friends in Boulder, Colo., during the Christmas holidays and had an opportunity to visit the Celestial Seasonings Tea Company that is headquartered there. In fact, this one factory produces all of the company’s tea sold worldwide.

  • Shelby woman up for top equestrian

    Jannie Giles’ career in the horse industry has featured success with a variety of breeds and disciplines, and that diversity has helped earn her a nomination as “Equestrian of the Year” for 2011 by the United States Equestrian Federation.

    Giles, who operates Black Horse Manor in Pleasureville, is one of eight nominees for the USEF honor, which will be announced Saturday during the annual Pegasus Awards event at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza in Cincinnati.

  • Shelby's horse population is about to grow

    Horse breeders see the flip of the calendar to January as the unofficial start of the foaling season, so it won’t be long before young equine babies start dotting the landscapes of Shelby County farms.

    Since most breeds celebrate a universal birthday on Jan. 1, many owners of performance horses aim to have a foal born as early in the year as possible to allow for maximum physical development.

    Though not all owners shoot for early-year births, January nevertheless remains the traditional kick-off of the foaling season, and this year is no different.

  • Ag Report: Jan. 6, 2012

    USDA launches online tool

    to improve producers’ efforts

    Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan, along with leaders from food and agriculture organizations, introduced recently a free online tool to help U.S. producers of all sizes achieve good agricultural practices harmonized standards and certification, helping to further expand economic opportunities for American agriculture.

  • WICHE: Binomial system names plant species

    Most of us are not fluent in Latin so distinguishing between an Aesculus parvifloraand an Aesculus paviamaytake some extra effort. Throw hybrids and cultivars into the mix and our plant choices may increase with our confusion.

    Categorizing plants is both scientifically and commercially important. Swedish naturalist Carl Von Linne (who Latinized his own name and is more commonly recognized as Carl Linnaeus) developed a system of botanical nomenclature 250 years ago in order to keep the many plant species straight.