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Agriculture

  • Local youth recognized at Kentucky Proud banquet

    Jonathan Darby, Brandon Darby and Bradley Piles were recognized at the Kentucky Proud Annual Livestock Banquet in Frankfort Oct. 23. 

    Individuals are rewarded based on the Kentucky Proud Point System for participation and results at Kentucky District Shows, Kentucky Livestock Expos and the Kentucky State Fair.

    Jonathan Darby had the No. 2 and No. 5 Market Goat, was fifth in Showmanship, ninth in Senior Skill-a-Thon, ninth in Senior Star Award and was the No. 2 overall goat exhibitor in the state.

  • Local Farm Bureau wins Gold Star Award

    Recognized for the achievements of its women’s program this year, Nelson County Farm Bureau received the 2010 Gold Star Award of Excellence during Kentucky Farm Bureau’s annual meeting in Louisville.

    With more than 500,000 member families statewide, Kentucky Farm Bureau is the state’s largest farm organization. Approximately 1,300 members attended the 91st annual meeting, Dec. 1-4, to recognize this year’s achievements and adopt policy for 2011.

  • All drought declarations ended

    The Office of the State Climatologist and the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, in coordination with the Kentucky Drought Mitigation Team (KDMT), are lifting all drought declarations across the entire Commonwealth. This includes the 50 counties under a Level 2 drought declaration and the 43 counties under a Level 1 drought declaration.

  • Time for sharing Fred’s favorite Christmas poem

    Every couple of years I like to revisit my father’s favorite Christmas poem inspired by Clement Moore’s famous work ‘Night Before Christmas.’ The writer is unknown but he or she certainly was a gardener; and you may even get some last minute gift ideas from its verse.

  • Just a few of my favorite things for gift giving, receiving

    No matter what you celebrate during December it likely involves some sort of gift giving. Manufacturers have made certain that our options are unlimited when it comes to giving to the gardener, but some gifts are more useful than others! Don’t waste your money on the cute but useless or the useful but cheap. Consider, instead, some of these items that are favorites among my serious gardening friends.

  • Outstanding youth win district awards

    Nelson County Farm Bureau contest winners represented the county well at the 5th District Farm Bureau youth contests Nov. 6 in Spencer County.  Eleven counties comprise the 5th District vying for the title of Kentucky Farm Bureau Female Outstanding Youth, Male Outstanding Youth and Variety Showcase Winners.  

  • Milk on trial: Class-action suit against Dean, others involves local dairies

    The news that Dean Foods delivered to the approximately 27 dairy farmers and their families gathered at the Bardstown-Nelson County Civic Center Dec. 2 was both a relief and a disappointment for many local dairies: Prices for milk in 2011 were expected to average 30 cents higher than in 2010, reported Brent Bunce, Dean Foods director of business development-producer relations.

  • NCHS FFA chapter competes at national convention

    For the 83rd time, FFA members from throughout the nation gathered for their national convention this October. Among the 54,942 attendees was the local Nelson County FFA chapter, being represented by the Agricultural Issues team and through participation in the National Agriscience Fair.

  • 4-H has Livestock Youth Investment Sale

    The 2009-2010 livestock program came to a close this year with a Livestock Youth Investment Sale. Club members selected their project and raised them to market weight. Goats, swine and beef cattle were auctioned to provide funds to youth who participated in the 4-H or FFA livestock programs. Youth will invest these funds in a variety of ways. Some will be saving for college, while others will be investing in an animal for the next program year. More than 80 sponsors contributed to the sale of 14 market animals.

  • Exotic spices add ‘seasoning’ for many holiday traditions and seasonal foods

    Considering how the quest for exotic spice fueled exploration around the world in the 15th century it is no wonder that our favorite holiday flavors herald from around the world. From Southwest India to Southeast Asia we find cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and mace.