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Agriculture

  • COLUMN: Cold-weather horse nutrition

    Winter is officially here. Consider yourselves lucky that your horses don’t have to deal with temperatures that consistently dip into the negative digits. However, do you consider your horse’s nutritional needs and how they change even with mild Kentucky winters? Here are some ideas to consider when feeding your horses this winter.

  • COLUMN: A gardener’s 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.

  • PHOTO: Spencer County Farm Bureau recognized during annual meeting

    The Spencer County Farm Bureau was recognized for outstanding membership and program achievement during the recent 94th Kentucky Farm Bureau annual meeting in Louisville. Here, John Crenshaw, center, accepts the award from David S. Beck, right, Kentucky Farm Bureau executive vice president, and Brad Smith, executive vice president of Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance Companies, during a Dec. 6 recognition and awards program.

  • COLUMN: Controlling pests on indoor plants

    Have you noticed a sticky substance on the floor beneath your ficus or philodendron? Are there little scabs on the underside of the leaves of your orchid? Maybe you have noticed that your plants just look a little lackluster.
    Well, we can blame some of the plant puniness on being a tropical houseplant indoors in Kentuckiana during the winter.

  • COLUMN: Fruit and Vegetable Conference set for Jan. 6-7

    The 2014 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. 6 at Lexington’s Embassy Suites Hotel and concludes around 5 p.m. Jan. 7.
    Preconference activities on Jan. 5 include tree fruit and small fruit roundtable discussions.

  • Column: Deer runt or coyote?

    It’s 3 a.m. and Finca the Great Pyrenees is barking in earnest outside our bedroom window. When you have livestock guardian dogs you learn quickly when a bark really means something. In my sleepy stupor, I am thinking it is deer, but I got up to investigate to be certain it wasn’t anything more menacing to our ewes and lambs. I neglected to grab my glasses off of the nightstand so ultimately the raucous remains a mystery.

  • Light brothers exhibit dairy goats at livestock show

    Logan and Adam Light exhibited their dairy goats during the North American International Livestock Show held in Louisville, Nov. 8-17.   Overall they had an outstanding showing during the highly competitive classes by exhibiting in the top four in showmanship and the breed classes.  The Light’s also showed at the Kentucky State Fair in August.

  • COLUMN: Kentucky 2013 farm cash receipts could approach, exceed $6 billion

    Kentucky agricultural cash receipts could approach or possibly exceed, $6 billion in 2013, boosted by exceptionally strong equine, poultry and cattle markets, according to agricultural economists from the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.

  • PHOTO: Schubert owner of winning heifer calf at Livestock Expo

    APS Forever Lady Kameo won reserve senior heifer calf champion at the 2013 North American International Livestock Exposition Super Point Roll of Victory (ROV) Angus Show, Nov. 18-19 in Louisville. Anne Patton Schubert, Taylorsville, owns the winning heifer.

  • COLUMN: Holiday spices have tropical roots

    Considering how the quest for exotic spice fueled exploration 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.