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Agriculture

  • Salt River members may go solar

    Salt River Electric’s co-op members will have an opportunity, starting this fall, to help save the environment and maybe, eventually, save a little green.

    Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives broke ground this month on a 60-acre solar farm in Clark County.

  • Choosing the best vegetable varieties

    By Chris Coulter

    Agriculture Columnist

    If variety is the spice of life, then plant varieties are the spice of the garden. One of the biggest decisions that the gardener makes every year is what varieties of vegetables to plant. If you’ve ever flipped through a seed catalog, you’ll soon realize that the choices can be a little overwhelming. There are literally hundreds of varieties of vegetables, and breeders release new ones every year.

  • BACKYARD GARDENER: Properly mulching a tree has many benefits

    The task of mulching a tree would seem to be a short and simple chore without much thought being put into it. After all, isn’t just grabbing a few bags of mulch and throwing it down all that needs to be done? Some may think so, but if taken too lightly, you could be damaging and possibly killing your tree.

  • Applications being accepted for Farm to Fork program

    Community organizations are invited to apply to host Kentucky Proud dinners now through the fall of 2017.

    The Kentucky Proud Farm to Fork Program will provide funding to qualifying applicants for dinners that showcase local food products. The program will also promote local agritourism businesses and provide educational background on locally produced agricultural food and products.

  • The hunt for great food gets easier with Buy Local

    Kentucky Proud has unveiled Buy Local, a new program intended to encourage restaurants and other food service businesses to purchase locally produced food products, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles has announced.

  • Nothing compares to the restorative powers of the great outdoors

    I am feeling optimistic about our springtime weather and am as anxious as anyone to move some of my houseplants outdoors: my gardenia looks terrible in the dining room and the jasmine downstairs seems to stare into space dreaming of better days; those days are coming, just be slow about the transition from indoors to out.

  • Bowman receives Kentucky Pork Producers Outstanding Service Award

    Ron Bowman is the recipient of the 2017 Kentucky Pork Producers Outstanding Service Award.

    Bowman retired in January from his long held position as the University of Kentucky Extension Agent for Agriculture in Nelson County.

    Bowman first became involved with the KPPA board in the 1980s as a representative from the Kentucky Association of County Agriculture Agents, the professional association for ag agents. For over 25 years he has served as the representative to the KPPA and helped facilitate cooperation between pork producers and the extension service.

  • Richardson joins American Angus Association

    Chris Richardson, of Cox’s Creek, is a new member of the American Angus Association, reports Allen Moczygemba, CEO of the national breed organization headquartered in St. Joseph, Mo.

    The American Angus Association, with more than 25,000 active adult and junior members, is the largest beef breed association in the world. Its computerized records include detailed information on over 18 million registered Angus.

  • 016 Master Conservationist Award announced

    The Nelson County Conservation District named Justin Hahn its Master Conservationist. This award honors those farm owners who have applied and maintained 90 percent of all government and voluntary conservation practices on their farm.

    Justin was born and brought up in Chaplin. He has spent his entire life in Chaplin, farming alongside his father. He is married to Augusta, and they have one son, Anthony Raylan.

  • Miller named 2016 Outstanding Cooperator Award winner

    The Nelson County Conservation District named Jacob Miller its 2016 Outstanding Cooperator. Each year, the district recognizes farmers who are taking the initiative to implement sound, innovative and cost-effective conservation techniques.

    Jacob has been in the cattle business for 30 years, starting at the age of 10, when his father purchased his first registered cattle. Growing up, he was always involved in 4-H and FFA activities, including showing livestock and livestock judging contests on a local and national levels. This increased his love for the cattle industry.