• 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.

  • GOOD EARTH: Dealing with the ups and downs of spring weather

    Ah, spring. Rain waters the earth and new life blossoms with hope for future harvests. Our gardening dreams are coming to fruition as seedlings emerge from the soil and our young plants are gently transplanted into their place. Then a late frost or a hailstorm comes and kills them all. Welcome to a typical Kentucky spring.

  • 1,295 students participate in Soil Conservation Art and Writing Contest

    The theme of this year’s competition was “Backyard Adventures Exploring the Trees in Your Hometown.” Plaques, ribbons, T-shirts, certificates and cash were presented to the school winners and finalists in the art and writing contest.

  • BACKYARD GARDENER: The scoop on mulch

    So you’re at the local garden center or big box store in search for some mulch for your landscape. You see endless amounts of colors, types and sizes. You ask yourself, “What do I choose?” Do you go with what color you think is best, the cheapest, or maybe the easiest to apply? All of those are good questions to ask yourself. After all, you want the best product for the least amount of money and the one that is the least amount of work, or do you?

  • Starting vegetable transplants from seed is best, if done right

    By Chris Coulter

    Agriculture Columnist

    Recently it was related to me that someone was overheard in a garden center asking about tomato plants. Don’t be that person. Although a nice bonus, the 80-degree weather in February does not mean it is time to transplant tomatoes. However, it is the perfect time to be starting your own tomatoes and other summer crops from seed.

  • 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.