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Agriculture

  • Ending the love affair with the pear tree

    By Kristopher Fante

    February is a month known for love. It’s when Valentine’s Day comes and we all take part in the festivities of showing our love affair with our family, friends or significant other. Most of us had our bad relationships over the years and gladly left those in the past, but the one we can’t seem to part with is the love affair with the Callery pear tree. Most of us know this tree as the Bradford pear tree, Cleveland select, or other hybrid names; all of which are native to China.

  • GOOD EARTH: Food insecurity a global as well as local issue
  • How safe is our food?

    Several years ago, I got a crash course in food safety courtesy of some homemade peanut butter consumed on the street of a Central African town. Little did I know that the peanut butter was likely contaminated by aflatoxin from a fungus that is often found in poorly dried peanuts. This poison has a terrible effect on the body, and thankfully, I only felt like I was dying.

    Food safety and food security are two buzzwords you often hear bantered around, but there is often confusion about what they mean.

    By Chris Coulter

  • Winter is time to plan out your garden

    January is in full swing and most days are too cold or wet to be outside working in the backyard, so take this treasured downtime to plan out a new landscape bed, restructure any tired looking beds or maybe even redesign your entire yard.

    Landscape design can be a bit intimidating, but it’s not as difficult as you may think.

  • Local dogs taking part in Animal Planet's Puppy Bowl

    From shelter pets to stars, two area puppies have been selected to appear on Animal Planet’s annual Super Bowl spoof — The Puppy Bowl.

    “We’ve had two puppies selected every year,” said Heather Nelson, vice president of Barktown Rescue where the local puppies were selected from. This is the third time Barktown has been contacted by the show. Nelson said the Boston-based rescue is the only Kentucky rescue featured in this year’s program.

  • BACKYARD GARDENER: Putting your landscape to bed for winter

    As the gardening season has come to an end, now is the time to put your garden and all of your tools to bed. It’s time to batten down the hatches and prepare for the frigid cold temps and the nasty snow and ice. As the Game of Thrones motto goes, “winter is coming,” and you need to prepare for the attack.

  • Blooming gifts may require special care
  • >> NELSON COUNTY FARM BUREAU RECEIVES KFB AWARDS

    Nelson County Farm Bureau was recognized during the 97th Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) annual meeting in Louisville for its outstanding membership and program achievement in 2016. The award honors county Farm Bureau offices who meet the company’s profitability requirements and whose insurance policy growth meets or exceeds its annual growth goal.

  • Five great gifts for the gardeners on your list

    By Chris Coulter, Agriculture Columnist

    Like it or not, gift giving has somehow become a very big part of what was once the celebration of Christ’s birth. Of course, we all like to receive gifts, and if you are going to receive a gift, you might as well get what you want. If you are a gardener, you might want to leave this list around for the last-minute shopper in your house. I asked myself, what five items do I use the most in my farming endeavors?

  • Want some winter interest? Plant with berries

    December has ushered in some seasonal weather with daytime temperatures hovering in the 40s. For us this is perfect winter weather to work in. Brisk, but not too cold, it can be invigorating for animals and people alike. The sheep and the big dogs seem to prefer it, in fact. The playful frolicking is proof. The clear, blue sky on a chilly winter day can be even more beautiful with a little winter plant interest.

    We all say we want winter interest, but sometimes we forget about it once spring rolls around and we get excited about a new season.