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Agriculture

  • Students promote agriculture license plates

    This month, Kentucky farmers have the option of making a $10 donation when they purchase or renew their license plate. This simple act can go a long way according to area program officials, as the donations from the tags benefit 4-H, FFA and Kentucky Proud programs.

  • Start your seeds indoors

    I have my orders placed for onion sets and seed potatoes, along with some of my favorite summer crops that will be directly seeded in the garden once the temperatures really warm. I can barely stand the wait!

    I have just seeded out several trays of early season vegetables that like a cool start to the season. Kale, broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts are just beginning to push through the light potting mix.

  • Injured hawk released on Deatsville Road after months of recovery

    It was a beautiful sight Monday afternoon for Melissa Stewart to watch a sharp-shinned hawk take off from her hands.

    “That was a good release,” Stewart, facilities manager for Raptor Rehab, said.

    The hawk had been healing at Raptor Rehabilitation of Kentucky in Louisville since December, when it was picked up from a home on Deatsville Road.

    Marcia Hinton said she had just returned home from church one December night when she noticed the small, injured bird up against her porch.

    “He had a bad wing,” Hinton said.

  • Early spring bloomers

    True of most springs in Kentuckiana, one day is sunny and warm, the next cloudy and cold. It’s an anxious time of the year for most gardeners as we watch the sun coax open a little patch of crocus or catch sight of an old landscape filled with waves of blooming white snow drops.

    Must we wait for the forsythia to bloom as we pray for warmth? No, there are plenty of other early bloomers to keep us content until spring truly arrives.

  • Set some goals for the garden

    Ten years ago, Andy I and set to the task of building a potager-style vegetable garden. It has largely been a success. Last year sort of swamped us, however. So, with a few months of winter’s rest behind us, we are ready to start planning a recovery of sorts.

  • City chickens cross code

    Nick Kipper is crying fowl.

    He claims it wasn’t his birds that flew the coop and were seen around town, but a code enforcement officer who was looking for those strays found his flock instead, and left a notice that he had to get rid of them.

    Kipper said Monday he will comply with the order, but he will try and change the ordinance.

  • The sentiment behind Valentine

    I suspect most of you have no idea about the person and the saintly episode that is commemorated each Feb. 14 by friends, family and most importantly, lovers. In fact, there are several versions of how the most romantic saint became a commercial success.

  • Applications for KFB scholarships available now

    The holiday season may have come to a close, but Kentucky Farm Bureau has one more gift to give to a select number of high school seniors across the state — college scholarships. Later this spring, the KFB Education Foundation will award college scholarships ranging from $400 to $4,000 to 87 high school seniors pursuing a four-year degree.

  • Pottinger elected to Soybean Association Board

    Quint Pottinger of Nelson County was elected by his fellow farmers to represent them on the Kentucky Soybean Association Board of Directors at the recent Kentucky Commodity Conference. Pottinger is a member of the newly formed Lincoln Trail Area, which consists of Grayson, Breckenridge, Meade, Hardin, LaRue, Nelson, Washington and Marion counties. He replaces Ryan Bivens of LaRue County, who served the maximum of three three-year terms as an area director.

  • Amending soil for garden prep

    The rules on amending soil have changed over the years. Part of the change relates to the fact that good soil is hard to come by in new developments, where enormous earth-moving equipment is used to level trees and land. This equipment not only removes valuable topsoil, it also compacts the subsoil and kills much of the living organisms that make up a healthy soil system. The less we disturb the soil, the better. But for many, the reality is bleak, so some sort of amendment is necessary to improve tilth, drainage and nutrition for our plants.