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Agriculture

  • Free pesticide safety training for farm workers

    Frank Collins of KY Farmworker Programs is now providing Free Pesticide Safety Training. Collins has been certified by EPA to conduct this training for farm workers.

     

    What is this training?

  • Spring weed control starts this week

  • Farmer’s wife works to set food facts straight

    True or false: Foods produced through traditional and organic methods are nutritionally equivalent?

    According to Howardstown farm wife and CommonGround spokesperson Ashley Reding, the answer is “True.”

    “From high fructose corn syrup to ‘corporate’ farms to free range chickens to antibiotics and hormones, there are a number of misconceptions surrounding modern agriculture,” said Reding, who with her husband and his parents, operate Homestead Family Farms.

  • Blue Grass Livestock Marketing Group offers assistance to farmers in need

    Blue Grass Livestock Marketing Group has stepped up to offer several forms of assistance to producers after last week’s deadly tornados across the state.

    Owners have already offered to donate $5,000 to the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Foundation (KCF) Disaster Relief Fund that is being set up to address the needs of cattlemen in rebuilding fences and facilities following the storms of last week.

  • Spring peepers welcome us back

    Absolutely nothing says spring more than the distant chorus of spring peepers.  There is a wooded stream just off Conner Station that is home to a cacophonous band of peepers all competing for as many females as they can.  On a warm March evening, especially after a shower, spring peepers remind me of how glorious rural life can be.  Just by listening a whole other world can be imagined.

  • Pending industrial hemp legislation could go to pot

    Two bills in state legislation for the legalization of industrial hemp could offer a transition crop for farmers in Nelson County.  Central Kentucky was the largest producer of hemp during World War II for rope production, but state officials say it isn’t legislation but law enforcement that will decide hemp’s future in the state or Nelson County.

     Hemp has been looked at as alternative energy source in the past, according to Nelson County Extension Agent, Ron Bowman.

  • Start some indoor plants while you wait for spring

    I am plotting and planning and placing orders for onion sets and seed potatoes and summer crops that will be directly seeded in the garden once the temperatures really warm ... I can barely stand the wait! I have two trays of seedlings that I started about two weeks ago and have begun another round of kale, broccoli and Brussels sprouts in three more trays.

  • March 1 starts new fishing license

    This coming year presents some new opportunities to catch rainbow trout, blue catfish, redear sunfish, also known as shellcrackers and white crappie.

    Black crappie now dominate the population in Taylorsville Lake, and a good spawn last year should lead to good fishing for blacks in the coming years. Also, three years of white crappie stockings should lead to great fishing this spring.

  • Conservation contest winners to be named Feb. 23

  • Witch hazels already in bloom

     Gardeners get anxious this time of the year. Warm one day, cold the next, the sun coaxes open a little patch of crocus by the path or we catch sight of an old landscape filled with waves of blooming white snow drops. This year the show is sure to come early and the forsythia are not the first to bloom, despite this oft cited sign of spring! There are other early bloomers to keep us occupied until spring truly arrives.