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Agriculture

  • PHOTO: Truck raffle to help FFA Dairy Team fund trip

    Members of the National Winning Spencer County FFA Dairy team pose for a picture with the 2012 Dodge truck to be given away May 15. Raffle tickets can be purchased from any FFA member for $5. Proceeds will help the dairy team to participate in the International Contest in Edinburgh, Scotland, on June 20. Team members are Susan Mann, Joseph Snider, Austin Jaggers and Tevin Shouse.

  • SOS! Registration now underway for annual Sharing Ourselves classes

    Registration is underway for the Spencer County Cooperative Extension Service’s 2012 Sharing Ourselves — SOS — classes.
    For additional information about the courses offered, registration fees and dates, visit http://ces.ca.uky.edu/spencer.
    Class offerings address numerous subjects, including gardening, crafts, children’s activities, tractor driving safety and more.
    Some classes are already full and registration will not be considered complete until the registration fee has been paid.

  • COLUMN: Spring weed control starts this week

    I think I have finally figured out the perfect machine for controlling those pesky spring weeds — sheep. Well, I know it is not for everyone (and I know it cannot last much longer for me) but our pregnant herd of Katahdin ewes are let loose from their pasture in the afternoon to graze freely within the secure fencing of the entire property for a few hours.

  • ONLINE-ONLY COLUMN: 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.

  • COLUMN: One acre at a time: Seminar covers value found in woodlands

    Stocks, bonds, IRAs and real estate are fairly common investment options for people wanting to build a nest egg. Nearly half of Kentucky’s real estate is covered in woodlands, however, and those woodlands are often overlooked as a valuable source of income. The seminar, One Acre at a Time, will address how a woodland investment can bring increased dividends by making the right forest management decisions.

  • COLUMN: They’ve got skills...

    Twelve members of the Spencer County 4-H Livestock Club attended the State Skill-a-thon in Madisonville on Feb. 17. This was the largest contest ever, with more contestants and teams. We had several members attending this year for the very first time.
    Casey Montgomery participated in the contest as a Cloverbud and had very impressive scores as a Cloverbud. Next year, she will be able to compete as a Clover, and we are very excited about this.

  • PHOTO: Abramson recognizes FFA enterpreneur winner

    Shane Greenwell, the state FFA entrepreneur winner, was recognized last week at the Governor’s Mansion by Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson.

  • PHOTO: FFA dairy judges receive state recognition

    Spencer County High School FFA’s national winning FFA Dairy Judging Team was recognized last week at the Governor’s Mansion by Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson. The team will represent the National FFA in the Scotish Highland International Contest in June in Edinburgh, Scotland. The team is presently selling raffle tickets for a new 2012 Dodge Truck to help finance the trip. The drawing is May 15. To purchase tickets, go by the local schools during normal hours.

  • REMINDER: Farm truck tags include $10 voluntary donation to state programs

    Residents who will soon be renewing license plates for their farm trucks will notice a $10 voluntary donation on the renewal, according to a news release from Spencer County Clerk Lynn Hesselbrock’s office.
    The $10 donation will be split among the Kentucky FFA Foundation, the Kentucky 4-H Foundation and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s “Kentucky Proud Program.”
    “All are very worthy organizations which work to keep the Kentucky agricultural community and business strong,” the news release said.

  • COLUMN: Planting time is almost here, so start some indoors while you wait

    I am plotting and planning and placing order 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.