• The hunt for great food gets easier with Buy Local

    Kentucky Proud has unveiled Buy Local, a new program intended to encourage restaurants and other food service businesses to purchase locally produced food products, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles has announced.

  • Nothing compares to the restorative powers of the great outdoors

    I am feeling optimistic about our springtime weather and am as anxious as anyone to move some of my houseplants outdoors: my gardenia looks terrible in the dining room and the jasmine downstairs seems to stare into space dreaming of better days; those days are coming, just be slow about the transition from indoors to out.

  • Bowman receives Kentucky Pork Producers Outstanding Service Award

    Ron Bowman is the recipient of the 2017 Kentucky Pork Producers Outstanding Service Award.

    Bowman retired in January from his long held position as the University of Kentucky Extension Agent for Agriculture in Nelson County.

    Bowman first became involved with the KPPA board in the 1980s as a representative from the Kentucky Association of County Agriculture Agents, the professional association for ag agents. For over 25 years he has served as the representative to the KPPA and helped facilitate cooperation between pork producers and the extension service.

  • Richardson joins American Angus Association

    Chris Richardson, of 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 over 18 million registered Angus.

  • 016 Master Conservationist Award announced

    The Nelson County Conservation District named Justin Hahn its Master Conservationist. This award honors those farm owners who have applied and maintained 90 percent of all government and voluntary conservation practices on their farm.

    Justin was born and brought up in Chaplin. He has spent his entire life in Chaplin, farming alongside his father. He is married to Augusta, and they have one son, Anthony Raylan.

  • 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.