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    On a stage set to celebrate the Commonwealth’s deep agricultural roots, Kentucky Farm Bureau’s (KFB) 52nd annual Country Ham Breakfast & Auction concluded tlast week with a show-stealing $400,000 bid for the Kentucky State Fair’s Grand Champion Ham.

  • Anne Patton Schubert, Taylorsville, Kentucky, has been elected as a delegate to the 132nd Annual American Angus Association Convention of Delegates, Nov. 5 at the Overland Park Convention Center in Overland Park, Kansas, reports Richard Wilson, Interim CEO of the American Angus Association.

  • Summer’s heat and dry weather can take a toll on your flower garden, but with a little extra care, it is possible to bring it back to life for a few more weeks of vibrant color and texture.

    With both annuals and perennials, making sure they get plenty of water is always important, but even more so in late summer. Annuals, in particular, will start to decline without an adequate supply of water to keep the ground moist.

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    It’s that time of the summer–tomato season! For those of us who love this fruit–yes, it is a fruit–it makes summer meals so easy, refreshing and tasty.

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    The dishwasher is an unsung hero of many a kitchen. When a dishwasher is working properly, it can make fast clean-up of scores of dishes, silverware and glasses.

    As handy as dishwashers can be, sometimes they seem to lose their cleaning power. While inadequate cleaning may indicate the time has come to replace the dishwasher, many times all the appliance needs is a little maintenance and TLC.

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    Dear Savvy Senior,

    What can I do to stop the perpetual prerecorded robocalls I keep getting? I’m signed up with the National Do Not Call Registry, but it seems like I still get three or four robo telemarketing calls a day offering lower credit card interest rates, medical alert devices and more.

    Fed Up Senior

    Dear Fed Up,

  • My neighboring vendor at the Belknap Farmers’ Market, Janet Haggerty, shared some little cherry tomatoes with me last week that came from a stray seedling: the little tomatoes where a dull yellow and about the size of a gooseberry. They were fantastic.

  • Farm Service Agency Administrator Val Dolcini today encouraged producers to examine the available U.S. Department of Agriculture crop risk protection options, including federal crop insurance and Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) coverage, before the sales deadline for fall crops.

  • The Spencer County Conservation District is accepting requests for cost share funding under the Kentucky Soil Erosion and Water Quality Cost Share Program.

    Among the 18 practices eligible under the State Cost Share Program are Agricultural Waste Utilization, Ag Waste Control Facilities, Stream Crossings, Heavy Use Area Protection, Winter Feeding Areas, Pasture and Hayland Erosion Control and Rotational Grazing System Establishment.

  • The Farm Service Agency recently announced that the Farm Storage Facility Loan (FSFL) program, which provides low-interest financing to producers to build or upgrade storage facilities, will now include dairy, flowers and meats as eligible commodities.

    “For 15 years, this program has provided affordable financing, allowing American farmers and ranchers to construct or expand storage on the farm,” said Dolcini. “By adding eligible commodities, these low-interest loans will help even more family farmers and ranchers to expand on-site storage.”

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    The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) recently announced that Tamara Leigh Humphrey of Taylorsville, has been selected to become a member. The Society recognizes top scholars who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, scholarship and community commitment. Humphrey is a student at Spencer County High School.

  • Forty-three Gatton Academy students, including Joshua Baunach, a senior from Taylorsville, have returned home following a 23-day study abroad program to London and Harlaxton College in Grantham, England.

    Accompanying the students on the trip were Professor Walker Rutledge, WKU Department of English, and Dr. Julia Roberts, Beth Hawke, Zack Ryle and Danetra Hodge of the Gatton Academy.

  • Amid some controversy and opposition, the Spencer County High School Site-Based Decision Making Council Monday evening gave approval for the formation of a student club that will focus on promoting diversity within the school.

  • Eight students from Spencer County have been named Senator Jeff Green Scholars by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA). To earn this honor, a student must have a 4.0 grade point average each year of high school and at least a 28 composite on the ACT.

    These students have also earned $2,500 a year in Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES) awards. If they keep their grades up in college, they will have $10,000 to use toward a four-year degree.

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    Whenever we pass the middle of August, my thoughts always turn to the Kentucky State Fair. As a child growing up on a farm, during the end of August was always a busy time because we raised tobacco and that was time to harvest it and hang it in the barns. I didn’t go to the fair much during my childhood years, but the couple of times I was able to go, it certainly was an experience I won’t forget.

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    Ample rainfall and the current mild temperatures means we can get some fall planting done sooner than later. Sure, we plant trees all year round as long as we can get the shovel in the ground, but normally planting at this time results in a little stress due to high heat and lots of water hauling.

  • The Kentucky Country Ham Breakfast & Auction, a large-scale celebration of the Commonwealth’s deep agricultural roots, returns for its 52nd year as the official kickoff to Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) Day at the Kentucky State Fair. This ticketed event begins at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 27, in the South Wing of the Kentucky Exposition Center and is concluded by a live charitable auction of the state fair’s 2015 Grand Champion Country Ham.

  • The period from late summer into early fall in Kentucky is the best time to establish the common cool-season grasses such as orchardgrass, tall fescue, timothy and bluegrass for pasture or hay. These four grasses make up 95 percent of pasture acreage.

    Many years of research have shown this time frame is the best opportunity for successful establishment. Mother Nature has a hand in this because seed produced in late spring remains dormant until late summer and then early fall rainfall provides the moisture necessary for the seed to germinate.

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    Local 4-H members Sydney Warren and Case Montgomery fared well July 25 at the Kentucky Junior Livestock Expo at Western Kentucky University Ag Expo Center in Bowling Green.

  • I am planting a fall garden for sure this year. The current one is a flop so it is time to start over! The challenge with a fall garden is getting seed and seedlings to germinate and grow during the heat of the end of summer. If temperatures moderate we have a better chance at success. Planting beds are ready since the potatoes have been harvested (and the rotten onions removed) All the debris has been removed and the soil has been prepared with additional compost (remember that every chance you have to add compost do so because it will improve your soil thus improving the crop).