• Create your own backyard wildlife garden

  • Egg hatching helps kids learn about life

    Bardstown Primary School second graders have been learning about life with a hands-on embryology project. For the past few weeks, the students in Allen Best’s class have observed eggs in an incubator and have used lights to watch how the embryos develop.

    By Wednesday night, several of the eggs had hatched and the students came to school surprised to find fuzzy chicks in their place.

    “It’s one day they’ll never forget,” Best said.

  • Quarles speaks to FFA students

    The cafeteria at Nelson County High School was packed Thursday night with FFA members, parents and special guests gathered together for an end of the year banquet.

    The event included recognition of members in various competitions and accomplishments, and the exiting of FFA officers. Among the guests, which included district officials and state legislators, Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles shared a message with the room.

    “It is an honor to be back in Nelson County,” Quarles said. “This is a great agricultural county.”

  • 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.