• COLUMN: Properly managing stormwater on farms important

    We often hear a lot about managing storm water in urban settings, but we may not think about how it impacts farms. During a rain event, clean rainwater can mix with mud, manure and other contaminants and become wastewater.
    To manage storm water on your farm you have to divert rainwater from production areas to keep it clean and to reduce the volume of wastewater. To stay in compliance with the Clean Water Act, agricultural operations must manage wastewater in a way that creates no discharge to surface water resources.

  • COLUMN: Tips for picking out that perfect Christmas tree

    Picking out the perfect Christmas tree was something that I used to take very serious: all the cleaning and moving of furniture and packing of boxes and light-stringing and unstringing required a tree worth the effort. I have scaled back in recent years but still see the fun in finding a tree that fits your space and holds precious ornaments with style.

  • COLUMN: Fruit and Vegetable Conference set for Jan. 7-8

    The 2013 Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference and Trade Show will have something of interest for all fruit and vegetable producers. This year’s event convenes at 8 a.m. Jan. 7 at Lexington’s Embassy Suites Hotel and concludes around 5 p.m. Jan. 8.
    Preconference activities on Jan. 6 include a Winemaking Techniques Workshop from 1- 5:30 p.m. in Seay Auditorium on the University of Kentucky campus; a reception and the Kentucky Farmers’ Market Association annual meeting; and a fruit round table discussion from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the hotel.

  • Hornback appointed chair of Senate Ag Committee

    The Leadership of the Senate Majority has appointed Senator Paul Hornback (R-Shelbyville) Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee. As chairman of a committee, Sen. Hornback will decide in what order bills are considered and who will be invited to speak on behalf of issues in front of the committee.

  • Spencer County Farm Bureau receives 2012 Women’s Gold Star Award of Excellence

    Recognized for the achievements of its women’s program this year, Spencer County Farm Bureau received the 2012 Gold Star Award of Excellence during Kentucky Farm Bureau’s annual meeting in Louisville. The award honors county Women’s Committees for active participation in leadership development programs, agricultural promotion, educational initiatives and numerous other aspects of support to the local Farm Bureau.

  • PHOTO: Spencer County Farm Bureau recognized

    The Spencer County Farm Bureau was recognized for outstanding membership and program achievement during the recent 93rd Kentucky Farm Bureau annual meeting in Louisville.  Here, Scott Williams, center, accepts the award from David S. Beck, right, Kentucky Farm Bureau executive vice president, and John Sparrow, vice president, agency support and marketing of Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance Companies, during a Dec. 7 recognition and awards program.

  • COLUMN: Helpful tips, information about poinsettias

    Each year, I like to pass along the following tips and information about the most popular plant of the holiday season, the poinsettia.
    Traditional red and green colors are well represented in the flowers available for the holidays. Poinsettias, the most popular and spectacular holiday flowers, can combine both these colors.

  • COLUMN: Take the time to compost, as it will pay off in the future

    Today, most gardeners do understand the process of composting organic matter and the value of adding this material to their gardens. However, there are still many who don’t do it because they think it is hard to get started.
    Well, fall garden clean-up, leaf raking and a little kitchen debris may be all you need to get a healthy compost pile started this season. Mother Nature will provide the material if you provide the management.

  • COLUMN: UK specialists reach out to farmers worldwide

    Specialists with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture regularly help Kentucky farmers find solutions to production problems, but their influence goes way beyond the Bluegrass. A UK entomologist and horticulturist recently worked with the United States Agency for International Development through Winrock International to carry out two humanitarian missions.

  • Local students participate in North American International Livestock Expo Market Lamb Show

    Congratulations to Sydney Warren, Courtney Jeffiers, and Darilyn Browning for participating in their first North American Junior Market Lamb Show this year.