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Today's Features

  • The USDA Farm Service Agency announced the sign-up deadline for the Conservation Reserve Program has been extended to April 13.
    After the CRP general sign-up ends on April 13, FSA will evaluate offers based on cost and the Environmental Benefits Index. The EBI takes into consideration variables such as wildlife habitat, water quality protection, soil erosion reduction, air quality protection and other enduring benefits. Accepted offers will become effective Oct. 1.

  •  U.S Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency Administrator Bruce Nelson announced last week that the February payment rate for the Milk Income Loss Contract program. The February MILC payment rate is $0.3895043 per hundredweight. This is the first time there has been a payment for MILC since April 2010.

  • Predictions for this season include a high incidence of both fire blight and cedar apple rust.  The signs of fire blight (scorched-looking foliage and stem tips) are rather boring compared to the freaky looking appendages that “ripen” with cedar-apple rust.  Get ready to start seeing large, orange gelatinous spore horns hanging from cedars like they are decorated with Japanese lanterns.  They strike awe and dread from me because they are fabulous looking creations of nature but they also forewarn a rust problem in the orchard for next year.  

  • Kelly Samples’ screams rang out through the Spencer County Middle School auditorium on the morning of April 2.

  • Easter reminds us of the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, how he ascended up to Heaven and how he is coming again and receiving us so that we will go up to Heaven with him.

  • I have never particularly been a yard person, but since we moved into our new house, I just want a good looking lawn.  So over the past two years I have worked pretty hard at keeping the grass green and the weeds down.  A little water and fertilizer works for the grass, but sadly it also works for the weeds!

  • Stacey Babb’s son, Alex, is 5 years old. When he was about 6 months old, she was diagnosed with a brain tumor and went through surgery, radiation and chemotherapy.

    While the cancer seemed to be gone, her medical bills were overwhelming. She was unable to work and her husband, Tim, had to work from home to care for her and her son.

  • Courtesy of the Kentucky Press News Service

  • By JIM MILLER

  • How much? How many? What am I talking about, anyway?
    Well, it’s not (a) how much money is enough, or (b) how many malted-milk balls you can consume, but how many kids is enough? And, how is it that some parents are satisfied with one and others have as many as the Duggar famiIy in the very popular and enjoyable TV program, “19 And Counting”? That’s right, they have 19 children and we, the viewers, do not have any idea how many there will be when they stop “counting.”