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Agriculture

  • 4-H Spencer County Fair Results

    4-H CROPS PROJECT

    Alfalfa Hay ½ bale from Current Year
    Courtney Jeffiers, Blue & Champion, Grand Champion Crops
    Brayden Morrow, Blue
    Matthew Jeffiers, Blue

    Mixed Hay ½ bale from Current Year
    Matthew Jeffiers, Blue & Champion, Reserve Grand Crops
    Courtney Jeffiers , Blue

    4-H OPEN HORTICULTURE
    (not eligible to move on to State Fair)

    Head of Cabbage
    Darilyn Browning, Blue & Champion

  • COLUMN: Spencer County youth participate in state 4-H livestock judging

    The State 4-H Livestock Judging Contest was held on June 21 at the Madison County Fairgrounds in Richmond.

  • COLUMN: Kentucky does have beneficial snakes

    Many people fear snakes, but despite the fright they can cause, the majority of snakes are beneficial. Of the 33 varieties of snakes in Kentucky, only four are venomous (Northern copperhead, Western cottonmouth [water moccasin], timber rattlesnake, and pygmy rattlesnake).
    Most snakes you encounter around your home are harmless. If you are scared of them, try to remember that they are useful—they keep the rodent population in check by eating mice, rats, chipmunks and even toads, insects and other pests.

  • COLUMN: Striped cucumber beetle spreads virus in local gardens

    I continue to stand by my belief that my best defense in the garden is me. In the morning, I go out and inspect my garden and smash insects and pick off diseased foliage, careful not to spread it to other plants by my own hand. I watch for the beginning of any abnormality and nip it in the bud. However, sometimes things slide by undetected, plus it is hard to determine bacterial brown spot from mosaic if you are not sure what you are looking for.

  • USDA seeks applications for grants to improve rural housing

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced July 25 that applications are being accepted for grants to eligible applicants to help low- and very-low-income rural residents repair their homes.
    “These funds help limited-income rural homeowners improve their living conditions,” Vilsack said. “The costs associated with maintaining a home are a challenge for many rural homeowners and the funding we are announcing will be used by awardees to help low and very-low-income residents in rural areas maintain and repair their homes.”

  • COLUMN: 4-H state communications day a success for local students

    The 2012 State Communications Day was held on Saturday, July 9th at the University of Kentucky Campus in Lexington.  I am so proud to say that everyone from Spencer County did an outstanding job!
    - Junior General Demonstration:  Blue Ribbon - Apryl Wood demonstrated Zeus’ Family Tree.
    - Senior Presentation Software Demonstration:  2nd Place and Blue Ribbon - Darilyn Browning demonstrated How to Make a Soy Candle.
    - Senior Team Demonstration:  Red Ribbon- Haley Tucker and Karlee Payton demonstrated Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Brownies.

  • COLUMN: Strawberries a versatile, delicious fruit

    The strawberry was first cultivated in the 14th century after a French spy collected a berry from Chile and presented it to France’s King Charles V who than planted in the Louvre’s Royal Garden.
    By the 17th century this Chilean strawberry was crossed with some found in the Virginia colonies, which gave way to the large-fruiting varieties we enjoy today. But don’t be fooled, large does not always mean flavorful.

  • COLUMN: Praying Mantids: Alien invaders or beneficial insects?

    One afternoon last week while I was out walking my dog, I was inspecting some wave petunias and marigolds that my family had planted in a large pot next to our garage.  I was making sure that they had plenty of moisture and that there weren’t any bugs eating on them.  Moisture was fine and didn’t see any bugs so I began to “deadhead” the flowers or pulling off the old blooms.  

  • PHOTO: Local students have fun at 4-H camp

    Several Spencer County 4-H members attended 4-H camp July 4-8. Pictured you will see all of the campers, teens, camp staff, and most of the adults that attended Lake Cumberland 4-H Camp with Spencer County. A great week was had by all, according to 4-H Extension Agent Mollie Tichenor. Anyone interestsed in attending 4-H camp in 2012 should contact the Extension Office next spring for additional information.

  • 4-H, FFA hog enthusiasts gather for fair show

    The Spencer County Fair 4-H and FFA Hog Show was this past Saturday, July 16.  A good time was had by all with Warren Beeler from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture judging.