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Agriculture

  • Thompson & Nash's Moffett still cultivating a farm business

    For Bill Moffett, current owner of the Thompson & Nash Feed Store at the intersection of 6th and Henry Clay streets in Selbyville, the news that Southern States cut its retail sales operation leaves him with mixed emotions.

    On the one hand, Moffett said he hopes that one fewer competitor would bring more business to his own store. But on the other, he has a personal link to the Shelbyville Southern States store.

  • Business Q&A: Bobby Foree

    Bobby Foree is a seventh-generation family farmer and a lawyer who owns land in Shelby County and lives in Henry County. He graduated from the University of Kentucky with a bachelor’s degree in animal science and earned a master’s degree in agriculture education. He also earned a law degree from UK. He farms beef cattle. His wife is the former Jean Kaye LeCompte of Shelby County. They have two children. He spoke with Brad Bowman of Landmark News Service.

     

  • No-till approach becoming the norm for farmers

    It’s that time of year again, when farmers are out in their fields planting their crops.

    And for most crop farmers – tobacco being the exception – a method known as “no-till planting” is used increasingly.

    Instead of “digging up” the ground to plant the coming year’s seed, planting machines make a narrow initial slice in the ground, drop the seed in and then close the slice up again.

  • Shelby woman wants to be a voice in agriculture

    A Shelbyville woman is one of 16 people around the state who is very interested in making a difference in her community when it comes to agriculture.

    Amanda Gajdzik, who with her husband, Matt, owns Mulberry Orchard near Bagdad, recently returned from Washington D.C., as part of a Kentucky Farm Bureau leadership class.

  • Statewide equine survey reveals horses are billion dollar industry

    The first part of Phase 1 of the annual statewide equine survey is out, and the results are of particular importance to the horse industry, officials say, as the study found that the total of all equine-related sales and income for equine operations in 2011 was about $1.1 billion.

    That total came from sales of all equines, estimated to be $521.1 million, and $491 million in income from services provided, including both breeding and non-breeding services such as training, lessons, boarding, farrier, transportation, purses, incentives, etc.

  • Shelby vineyard harvests grapes for sale

    Shelby County’s return to its wine-making roots was in full vintage on Saturday, when Vegh-Davis Vineyard called in a few friends to help gather about 4.5 acres of traminette grapes at a converted farm on Hempridge Road.

  • Shelby's new ag agent not new to field

    Corinne Kephart may be new to the field of county agriculture agent, but she is hardly new in the field.

    You could say, in fact, that Kephart, who was named in April to replace Brett Reese as the oracle for farming in Shelby County, has been out thereall her life, having most recently served as the horticulture agent at the Shelby County Extension office and before that as 4-H agent.

  • Reichert is new horticulture extension agent

    A familiar name and face has a new role in the Shelby County agricultural scene.

    Walt Reichert, former editor of The Sentinel-Newsand faculty member of Jefferson Community & Technical College’s Shelby County campus, is the new horticulture technician at the University of Kentucky’s Shelby County Extension Office. He replaces Corinne Kephart, who recently moved from that job to be the agriculture agent.

  • Distilleries officially have a new home

    The Shelbyville City Council finished with its amendments and approval of changes to the zoning text amendment, which will allow distilleries on 25-acre properties zoned Agricultural within the city limits.

    Thursday, council members approved a second reading of amendments to ordinance relating to non-domestic animals, including an addition of a line to include that any preexisting fences in place on agricultural property prior to the rezoning of adjacent property would be exempt from the 100-foot setback requirement.

  • Hummingbirds in your backyard

    Birdwatchers, gardeners and backyard enthusiasts are busy filling their red plastic feeders with sugar water as summer approaches in hopes of attracting a large selection of the swift, speedy, allusive hummingbird.

    The species include the smallest bird in the world – the bee hummingbird – and they can fly up to 30 miles per hour. When diving, their wings can flap 200 times per second, and they can travel at over 60 miles per hour.

    Hummingbirds hover, fly sideways, backwards and have even been known to go upside-down.