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Agriculture

  • COLUMN: Mistletoe evident in tree tops

    I like the winter landscape because I can see past the green canvas of summer into neighboring fields where horses graze and a pet cow that is almost as old as me slumbers. I can see mistletoe everywhere, too, driving down the interstate, walking in the park, sitting at a traffic light. It is there if you look into the canopies of trees devoid of their leafy-ness. We are obviously not the first to notice round globs of greenery nestled in tree tops.

  • COLUMN: Next year’s home garden starts now

    You may be delighted to put gardening behind you for the season, but fall is the time to manage and prevent disease in next year’s garden. Summer crops may still be standing, even after being killed by heavy frosts and cold temperatures. At this time, you can take preemptive measures to help ensure a successful and bountiful garden next season.

  • PHOTO: Farm Bureau award

    The Spencer County Farm Bureau was recognized for outstanding membership and program achievement during the recent 92nd Kentucky Farm Bureau annual meeting in Louisville.  In this photo, Scott Williams, center, accepts the award from David S. Beck, right, Kentucky Farm Bureau executive vice president, and Bradley R. Smith, left, executive vice president of Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance Companies, during the Dec. 2 recognition and awards program.

  • COLUMN: African violets bloom indoors year round

    One of a few sure things in my life is that I can keep my African violets in bloom year round. Many complain that after the first flush of blooms fades, the only thing left is a year’s worth of fuzzy foliage. Well, with a little attention you can keep your African violet cycling in and out of bloom all year round. African violets are easier to grow than many think, if you create a favorable growing environment

  • COLUMN: Tips for your 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.

  • PHOTO: FFA Members receive American Degrees

    At the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, two Spencer County FFA members received the highest degree awarded by the organization.

  • PHOTO: FFA Competes at State Land Judging Contest

    The Spencer County FFA recently competed in the state FFA land judging career development event at the Kentucky FFA Leadership Camp in Hardinsburg.

  • COLUMN: Picking poinsettias at their peak

    I seriously cannot believe it is almost December. It is time to start decorating for the holidays, which includes the poinsettia. The poinsettia has been a fixture in American homes as a holiday decoration for as long as most of us can remember. I think it is fair to say that it is considered the “official” Christmas flower. In fact the U.S. Census Bureau says that over 75 million plants were sold last holiday season.

  • PHOTO: 4-H claims Octoberfest parade prize

    The Spencer County 4-H Trailblazers took home first place in the 2011 Spencer County Octoberfest parade float contest. Spencer County 4-H Extension Agent Mollie Tichenor said club leaders Shannon and Danny Bishop, parent volunteers, and members made the 4-H Trailblazers float possible.  The club has received the honor two years in a row, Tichenor said.

  • COLUMN: Tips for enjoying a real Christmas tree this holiday

    Many of you may have already started or will start decorating your homes for the holiday season since Thanksgiving is upon us. I thought it would be nice to give you some tips on how to maintain a fresh Christmas tree.   These are some tips that I have passed on to you for a few years now.
    Memories of Christmases past are often wrapped in the scent of a freshly cut pine tree.  It’s the aroma that welcomes you when you walk in the door at the end of a long winter’s day or mingles with the scent of coffee to wake you on a chilly morning.