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Agriculture

  • USDA announces changes to CRP to assist producers impacted by drought conditions

    John W. McCauley, FSA State Executive Director, reminds Kentucky farmers that the Farm Service Agency (FSA) is modifying its Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) policies to help those affected by sustained drought conditions. Throughout this year of extreme weather, USDA has supported and delivered assistance to farmers, ranchers, and rural communities across the country.

  • Fair open entry results

    CLOTHING, NEEDLEWORK, CRAFTS, & CERAMICS

    Clothing Article, Other
    Paula Zolta, Blue 1st

    Crocheted Afghan
    Shirley Thomas, Blue 1st & Katherine Thomas Award
    Tracy O’Grady, Red     2nd

    Crocheted Baby Article
    Shirley Thomas , Blue 1st
    Tracy O’Grady, Red     2nd

    Knitted Article
    Tracy O’Grady, Blue     1st

    Counted Cross Stitch Picture

  • COLUMN: Sawflies: a species-specific pest

    One of the very first insects that I identified as a young gardener was the pine sawfly. We had planted over a hundred white pine seedlings over 30 years ago, and after a decade or so, we started to lose a couple each year to one problem or another.
    I was charged with inspection duty. Looking for and plucking bagworms; collecting beetles in jars for identification at the County Extension Service; or closely noting the color, legs and chewing habits of the various caterpillars I encountered.

  • COLUMN: Farm woodlands: A hidden treasure
  • COLUMN: Uneven corn due to spotty pollination

    Corn has been a staple food for centuries. It was first cultivated by Indian peoples in Central America. In fact, the adoption of agriculture and the art of cultivating gave way to the grand cities of the Aztec and Mayans. What would the world be without corn and potatoes, both of which were first cultivated in Central America?

  • 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.”