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    Colton Todd, Ethan Thompson, Luke Jeffiers, Emily Truax, Valerie Pucko, and Lily Cook all participated in the 4-H Teen Summit at the Kentucky Leadership Center March 16th -18th.  

    They all took full advantage of the leadership classes that were offered. Liz Walker is on State Teen Council, was a group leader, and directed leadership classes.

    The 4-H Teen Summit provides young people with essential leadership skills that can help them mature into successful, community minded adults.  

  • I am feeling optimistic about our springtime weather and am as anxious as anyone to move some of my houseplants outdoors: my gardenia looks terrible in the dining room and the jasmine downstairs seems to stare into space dreaming of better days. Those days are coming, but just are slow about the transition from indoors to out.  

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    Make your voice heard about animal cruelty!

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    Horticulture enthusiasts, rejoice! It’s time to start planting the seeds of this summer’s garden. Tempted to start your own? Don’t worry: being a beginner doesn’t mean that you can’t do excellent work. Here are ten tips to help any gardening novice grow like a pro.

  • Got the time and the desire to learn something new? There are several people in the community offering their time and knowledge to teach fellow Spencer Countians on subjects ranging from art and crafts to cooking to lawn care.

    The Spencer County Cooperative Extension Service is once again offering classes through their S.O.S. Program. S.O.S. stands for Sharing Our Selves, with the understanding that virtually everyone has a skill, interest or hobby to share.

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    When Tom Scanlan and Debra Green met, Tom had 30 acres of farmland off of the Salt River, and Debra thought he should do something with it.

    Tom agreed. The pair discussed several options. They wanted to grow a unique crop that they and others would love.

    Finally, they settled on growing organic heirloom garlic.

    Five years ago, Salt River Garlic started with thirteen pounds of garlic. Now, they grow between three and five hundred pounds, around 25,000 plants. Each year, they grow roughly thirty different varieties.

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    Nathan Lawson of Big Springs Beef and Lawson Farms considers himself blessed to be a farmer and to share it with past and future generations.

    Lawson Farms started twelve years ago with thirty-two beef cattle that the family raised for their own consumption. They also grew corn, soybeans, alfalfa, wheat, and tobacco on their 800-acre farm. Then they started selling beef to friends, and Big Springs Beef grew from there.

    Now they have 140 cattle. This year, they decided to stop growing tobacco and to focus on raising beef.

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  • Mulch has become a landscape staple, almost to a fault when it is over applied, smothering roots and girdling trunks.  When done properly is can help to suppress weeds, retain moisture and moderate temperature.  These things can be achieved using a variety of materials but which type of mulch suits your needs best?

  • I do not worry about perfection in our lawn around the house.  It largely blends in to the pastures where we graze sheep and poultry.  However, we do need to spot seed from time to time to recover heavy use areas and around bale feeders.

  • Wildfires recently consumed about 1 million acres across the plains of Kansas, Okla­homa, Texas and portions of Col­or­ado.

    At least seven lives have been lost, several firefighters injured, thousands of head of livestock destroyed and as many ranchers have lost homes and livelihood.

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  • Spring break from teaching at U of L falls conveniently during the week of St. Patrick’s Day; which is also my target date for planting onions and potatoes.  I typically manage a mid-March planting, but the condition of the soil is my primary concern.  I will not start digging until the soil dries out and is considered workable.

  • Don’t let the maintenance of your tractor go by the wayside when you get busy. There’s a tendency to put maintenance on the back burner as spring and summer field activities get into full swing. Often when we do think about maintenance, it is the implement we think about, and we ignore the tractor.