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Agriculture

  • Ag report: Feb. 28, 2014

    Farm Bureau volunteers have briefing in Washington

    Some 185 Kentucky Farm Bureau volunteer leaders spent this week in Washington for a series of strategic discussions with Kentucky’s Congressional Delegation to examine issues facing agriculture in the commonwealth.

  • WICHE: Orchard care starts now

    As summer fruit begins to ripen, or should I say rot, the calls start coming in. Home orchardists in Kentuckiana are at wits end as they watch their apples, peaches and pears do little more than fall from the tree in a spotted, bruised or petrified state.

  • WICHE: Snow pack leaves evidence of wildlife

    The other day, 4:30 p.m., after shedding my city boots for my country boots I head back out the door with my egg basket and a jug off water. Our two livestock guardian, dogs by my side, and I head back to the barn.

    In the blink of an eye Baxter and Finca take off in full defense mode towards our hens and the barn. Baxter takes the front and Finca takes the back. And, to my bewilderment, a beautiful coyote is flushed from beyond and the dogs follow pursuit. Wiley coyote hits the frozen lake, and the dogs circle.

  • Ag report: Feb. 21, 2014

    Farm Bureau volunteers

    to be briefed in Washington

    Some 185 Kentucky Farm Bureau volunteer leaders are heading to the nation’s capitol next week for a series of strategic discussions with Kentucky’s Congressional Delegation to examine issues facing agriculture in the commonwealth.

  • WICHE: Ice-laden branches need attention

    The 2009 January ice storm knocked down limbs, electricity and phone service across Kentucky. The damage to trees was astounding, to say the least.

    Last week’s icy “situation” brought back the memory of those dread-filled days as we slowly tackled the clean-up effort at the farm. This year’s ice is not nearly as bad as 2009, but it sure left a mess in its wake. If you are among those with heavy damage assess the situation with an eye towards safety, first, and foremost.

  • Ag report: Feb. 14, 2014

    Farm Machinery Show

    could generate $22 million

    The National Farm Machinery Show was expected to draw more than 300,000 visitors to Louisville's Kentucky Exposition Center this week, generating an economic impact of nearly $22 million, show officials say.

    Billed as America’s largest indoor farm show, it will feature around 860 exhibitors and use nearly every square inch of the fairgrounds’ 1.2 million square feet of space in eight connected halls.

  • Weather slows Shelby's farmers but can’t stop them

    As winter storms continue to blanket the area in snow and ice and temperatures drop into the single – and sometimes lower – digits, many farmers in Shelby County are trying to use their time wisely.

    There are plans to be set for when warmer weather hits and this season’s crops need to be planted, there are tractors and combines and bailers to repair, and budgets need to be examined before it’s time to order seeds.

  • Ag report: Feb. 7, 2014

    National farming conference

    set for Lexington this fall

    Experts from throughout the nation will meet in Lexington in October for the first nationwide conference focused on farming, land use, and food policy. Agriculture Commissioner James Comer joined former Gov. and First Lady Brereton and Libby Jones, officials of American Farmland Trust, and Lexington Mayor Jim Gray to announce this national event.

    The Farmland, Food and Livable Community Conference is scheduled for Oct. 20-22 at the Hilton Lexington Downtown.

  • WICHE: USDA hardiness zones are hot and cold

    The USDA Hardiness Zone Map has long been a guideline for cold hardiness of plants. About every 10 years it is revised in order to provide a bit more detail in our changing climate. The most recent map was revised in January of 2013 and is based on temperature information from 1976 through 2005.

    Climate researchers collected temperatures from more than 4,600 weather stations across the United States. They take the average coldest temperature of a location to come up with an “average annual extreme temperature” to determine an area’s hardiness zone.

  • Ag report: Jan 31, 2014

    New program to track GAP training, practices

    GAP Connections, a nonprofit aiming to create awareness and cultivate positive environmental and social impact through good agricultural practices in the tobacco industry, has announced the launch of a new Web site and online Grower ID system to provide a resource for tobacco farmers and other interested parties to learn about the organization’s initiatives, as well as a way for farmers to sign up for the Grower ID System.