• Rust diseases travel between host plants

    Last year our serviceberry was afflicted with a whimsical looking disease; the beautiful blue berries that appear in the summer looked like something from a Dr. Seuss book. In a good year the cedar wax wings usually flock in and eat the berries as they ripen, not so last year. The strange, white tubular protrusions in which the berries were covered not only looked funny but they kept the birds away, too. 

  • Conservation district names 2012 Outstanding Cooperator

    The Nelson County Conservation District named Andy Bishop as 2012 Outstanding Cooperator. Each year, the district recognizes farmers who are taking the initiative to implement sound, innovative and cost effective conservation techniques.

    The Bishop Family Farm, also known as Fairfield Farms, began in 2010 with the purchase of the Elder Place in Fairfield. Andy and his wife, Meagan, have two children; Clara Belle and Jake.

  • Brushing up on plant and soil terminology

    With spring just around the corner, with my brain a little mushy from a long cold winter, I thought it was time to brush up on garden nomenclature. I have long been convinced of the value of understanding more about plants than the mere fact that they need sun, soil and water. The more we learn about what plants need and how to determine if they are getting it, the more we will enjoy gardening.

  • Are you ready to plant potatoes?

    I managed to get through the whole season eating only our store of potatoes from the garden only because of the generous offerings of sweet potatoes from two other gardeners. I love it when I can go from harvest to planting and still have a few potatoes left in storage. Home-grown potatoes, even the old ones in their slightly shriveled state, are far superior than the kind that come in a plastic bag. I am really ready to get my hands in the soil and planting potatoes is just the thing to get the season rolling.

  • Board approves lease for Kentucky Kingdom

    Approval of a new lease agreement recently by the Kentucky State Fair Board moves the reopening of Kentucky Kingdom to as early as spring 2014. The investors, Kentucky Kingdom LLLP, now must secure the final private loans – worth $25 million - before the park can open.

    The investors have agreed to initially invest $45 million in the park, which has been closed since 2009.

  • Cool season weeds waiting in the wings
  • Nelson County FFA member spotlights
  • All About FFA



    At Nelson County High School not only do agricultural education classes give students the opportunity to become members of FFA, but they also give them a sound agriculture education.

  • Governor given five-year strategic plan for agriculture

    Kentucky Press News Service


    Gov. Steve Beshear recently joined the Kentucky Agriculture Council to unveil its five-year strategic plan for agriculture —Connecting: Strategies to Better Kentucky’s Agricultural Economy and Rural Communities (2013-2018) — at a ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda.