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Agriculture

  • Farm Bureau recognized for outstanding membership and program achievement

    The Nelson County Farm Bureau was recognized for outstanding membership and program achievement during the recent 92nd annual Kentucky Farm Bureau meeting in Louisville. The recognition and awards program was held on Dec. 2, 2011.

  • Farm Bureau receives Women’s Gold Star Award of Excellence

    Recognized for the achievements of its women’s program this year, Nelson County Farm Bureau received the 2011 Gold Star Award of Excellence during Kentucky Farm Bureau’s annual meeting in Louisville. The award honors county Women’s Committees for active participation in leadership development programs, agricultural promotion, educational initiatives and numerous other aspects of support to the local Farm Bureau.

  • Mistletoe evident in treetops

    I like the winter landscape because I can see past the green canvas of summer into neighboring fields where horses graze and a pet cow that is almost as old as me slumbers. I can see mistletoe everywhere, too, driving down the interstate, walking in the park, sitting at a traffic light.  It is there if you look into the canopies of trees devoid of their leafiness. We are obviously not the first to notice round globs of greenery nestled in treetops.

  • African violets bloom indoors for year-round beauty

    One of a few sure things in my life is that I can keep my African violets in bloom year round! Many complain that after the first flush of blooms fades the only thing left is a year’s worth of fuzzy foliage.  Well, with a little attention you can keep your African violet cycling in and out of bloom all year round. African violets are easier to grow than many think if you create a favorable growing environment

  • Pick poinsettias at their peak

    I seriously cannot believe it is almost December. It is time to start decorating for the holidays which includes the poinsettia.  The poinsettia has been a fixture in American homes as a holiday decoration for as long as most of us can remember. I think it is fair to say that it is considered the ‘official’ Christmas flower. In fact, according to the U.S. Census Bureau more than 75 million plants were sold last holiday season. 

  • New county extension agent starts service here

    The Nelson County Cooperative Extension Service recently welcomed Dayna Parrett as the Cooperative Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences.

  • Checklist for preparing for winter: Part II

    Several years ago I made the mistake of leaving the water pump in the barn instead of storing it in the basement. Well, I found out why Daddy always stored it in the basement during the cold days of winter. When I got the pump out to do some irrigation the following summer the primer tank had split right open. A little bit of moisture was left in the tank and it froze. The tank is made of cast iron so imagine what a little moisture might do to your favorite terracotta pot.

  • Lutz named Farm Bureau Farmer of the Year

    William Lutz was named the 2011 Farmer of the Year at the Nelson County Farm Bureau annual meeting Oct. 4.

    Lutz grew up in Spencer County and graduated from Taylorsville High School in 1958. He has farmed most of his life except for three years of service in the U.S. Army, one of which was served in Korea. He also worked two years at General Electric.

  • Photo: Goat show winner
  • Local youths win at banquet

    Jonathan and Brandon Darby attended the annual Kentucky Proud Youth Top 10 Livestock Points Banquet.

    Jonathan received $500 scholarship, third overall goat exhibitor, had No. 4 and No. 5 top market goats in state, fifth in goat showmanship, fifth in skill-a-thon, fourth in livestock judging and received fourth Senior Star award. For his scholarship he received a wooden plaque with his name, a certificate from Richie Farmer and a check.