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Agriculture

  • 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.

  • Simpsonville horse up for top honors

    SIMPSONVILLE– A few years ago,  on a fairly concealed farm off Webb Road in Simpsonville, a young colt was learning the how to compete in the graceful arenas of the American Saddlebreds.

    No one could predict his invincible 5-gaited run. No one knew he would become a World’s Champion of Champions. And certainly no one envisioned his rise this month to an even more elite circle in the equine world.

  • Ag Report: Dec. 30, 2011

    UK, KSU launch program­

    to train beginning farmers

    The University of Kentucky and Kentucky State University is launching a comprehensive beginning farmer effort beginning Jan. 20, targeting those individuals who have 10 years or less farming experience.

  • WICHE: Reflecting on a new year in the garden and on the farm

    Hope you don’t mind that I take this opportunity to reflect a little. Another year is gone. I remember my elders marveling over this and how quickly time goes by, and I get it now.

    I have learned some this year, but I don’t necessarily feel smarter; I have aged some but don’t necessarily feel older; and I have made new friends that have taught me that there is always potential that has made me excited about the rest of my life.

  • Ag report: Dec. 23, 2011

    Producers have deadline

    for conservation service

    USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service announced that the ranking period cut-off date for the Conservation Stewardship Program is Jan. 13.

    Producers interested in CSP should submit applications at the USDA Service Center on Howard Drive in Shelbyville by the deadline so that their applications can be considered during the first ranking period of 2012.

  • WICHE: Holiday greenery has meaning

    Holiday greenery has a history that goes well beyond the Victorian Christmas tree we gather around today. Most of the holiday greenery we use to decorate dates back to the pagan holidays of the Romans and Northern Europeans. when certain plants where chosen for their symbolic powers of restoration and protection.

    In celebration of the Winter Solstice. the Romans celebrated Saturnalia, during which they would decorate homes and temples, feast and revel in honor of their god Saturn.

  • Ag Report: Dec. 16, 2011

    Southern States holding its

    local annual meeting today

    Southern States Cooperative will review its operations at its local annual meeting today at the facility on 623 South 7th St. in Shelbyville. Events will begin at 11 a.m., with membership day activities and follow with the business meeting at 1 p.m.

    Management will report on local and company-wide operations, as well as projected budget results for next year. Local elections will be held.

  • WICHE: Mistletoe evident in tree tops

    I like the winter landscape because I can see past the green canvas of summer into neighboring fields, where horses graze and a pet cow that is almost as old as me slumbers.

    I can see mistletoe everywhere, too, driving down the interstate, walking in the park, sitting at a traffic light. It is there if you look into the canopies of trees devoid of their leafy-ness. We are obviously not the first to notice round globs of greenery nestled in tree tops.