• Nelson County student attends Institute for Future Agricultural Leaders

    Nelson County high school junior Garrett Hall recently returned home from Kentucky Farm Bureau’s Institute for Future Agricultural Leaders (IFAL). Hall and 45 other high school students from around the state attended the five-day summer leadership conference, held June 17-21 at the University of Kentucky.

    An identical IFAL conference was also held June 10-14 at Murray State University for an additional 46 students.

  • Resolving mulch washout can be a DIY project

    By Kristpher Fante

    Backyard Gardener columnist

  • Nelson County once had hundreds of dairy farms. Now there are three.

    Bobby Lutz grew up on his parents’ dairy farm, and since 1975, he has owned and operated his own dairy farm on Fairfield Road, with the help of his son and grandson.

    Now they’re wondering how long their way of life will last.

    “It’s all we’ve ever done,” Lutz said.

    Unless they can find a buyer for their milk closer to home, though, they may have to do something else.

  • Watershed Watch

    Water quality and water source protection are not only important, they are one of the many topics about which the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth are focused on educating the public.

    Recently, Nazareth was the host of a training workshop aimed at teaching volunteers how to test local water quality throughout the year.

  • Landmark Cattle Company joins membership of American Angus Association

    Landmark Cattle Company, 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 more than 18 million registered Angus.

  • Garden inspirations from the past
  • Spring tour shows off Bardstown gardens

    Loretta Traw’s garden is full of both native and non-native plants and scattered Japanese pagoda decorations, offering visitors beautiful floral displays at every bend.

    “We’ve been working on this for 20-25 years,” Traw said. “It’s always changing.”

  • Groups offering free film screening of Farmers For America

    A public screening of the documentary, Farmers for America, and a panel discussion made up of local agriculture producers will be held Tuesday, June 26 at 6 p.m. at The Historic State Theater, 209 W. Dixie Ave., in Elizabethtown. This event is free and open to the public.

    Central Kentucky Community Foundation and Hardin County Farm Bureau are pairing up to sponsor a screening of the film. Narrated by Mike Rowe, actor and host of Dirty Jobs, the film was created to celebrate, inspire and support young farmers.

  • Many differences between potted and B&B trees

    By Kristopher Fante

    Have you ever been browsing your local garden center and you’ve noticed trees being grown in pots and others grown as B&B — balled and burlapped — and you asked yourself, what’s the difference?

    You might think the only distinction is price and immediately grab the container-grown tree. However, you should evaluate your options first.

    When selecting a tree to take home and plant in your yard, it helps to know the pros and cons of both B&B and pot grown trees.

    How they are grown

  • Loose horse causes crash

    A horse running loose on Louisville Road was struck and killed early Sunday morning, injuring two drivers in the process. The accident occurred around 5 a.m. in the 11000 block, according to a press release from the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office.

    Patrick Briney, of Bardstown, was traveling south when he struck the horse, knocking it into the other lane of travel and killing it. Charles Shively, of Lebanon, was traveling north and did not see the dead horse in the roadway in time to avoid striking it. The impact caused Shively’s vehicle to overturn.