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  • Jones selected for LEAD class

    Curtis Jones, manager of Coleman Crest Dairy in Marion County, has been selected to participate in the Kentucky Farm Bureau Leadership Enhancement for Agricultural Development program.
    Jones joins 15 other Kentuckians for LEAD’s two-year, intensive learning experience - a program that KFB created to prepare future agricultural leaders for tomorrow’s challenges.

  • Small ruminant grazing conference Jan. 15 in E-town

    By Aimee Nielson
    UK Department of Agriculture

    Small ruminant production is on the rise in Kentucky, as farmers realize the potential of raising sheep and goats in the commonwealth.

  • Hold the salt!

    With the recent cold and snowy weather it is time to discuss protecting landscapes from unintentional harm. If you like to put salt and deicer on your sidewalks, drives and steps, you must take care not to damage valuable landscape plants. Generally physical removal of ice and snow is better for the landscape as long as you don’t pile it on your plants.
    However, many people aren’t physically able to shovel snow and ice. In this case chemicals are needed to keep walkways safe.

  • Here are a few of my favorite things

    No matter what you celebrate during the month of December it likely involves some sort of gift giving.   Manufacturers have made certain that our options are unlimited when it comes to giving to the gardener, but some gifts are more useful than others!
    Don’t waste your money on the cute but useless or the useful but cheap.  Consider, instead, some of these items that are favorites among my serious gardening friends.
    Hand pruners and a good garden spade were #1 and #2 when I took a sampling from my most accomplished gardening friends.

  • Conference adds innovation contest

    By Aimee Nielson
    UK College of Agriculture

    The 2011 Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference and Trade Show will have something for anyone interested in fruit and vegetable production.
    This year’s event convenes Jan. 3 in Lexington at Embassy Suites Hotel, and concludes around 5 p.m. Jan. 4.

  • Maintain your weight through the holidays

    Wouldn’t it be nice to start your New Year’s diet by losing 10 pounds you already have, not with the 10 extra pounds that you picked up from the holidays?
    For most people, holiday eating starts around Thanksgiving and ends sometime after the New Year.
    We end up not only splurging on the three holidays, but for the entire months of November, December and part of January.  That can be a lot of extra calories
    Here are some tips to help you keep those pounds away:
    • Have a plan.

  • Jones selected for state Farm Bureau LEAD class

    Curtis Jones, manager of Coleman Crest Dairy in Marion County, has been selected to participate in the Kentucky Farm Bureau Leadership Enhancement for Agricultural Development program.
    Jones joins 15 other Kentuckians for LEAD’s two-year, intensive learning experience.

  • Take care of live Christmas tree

    This is painful for me to admit but I don’t have a “real” Christmas tree at my house.  I hate fake trees and do so love the smell of fresh cut greenery during the holiday season but I just haven’t brought myself to spend the money and time cleaning up the mess of a live tree.  Every year I tell myself that this is the year but the hustle and bustle of the season always pushes the “real” tree idea out of my mind.  

  • Holiday spices come from tropical plants

    Considering how the quest for exotic spice fueled exploration around the world in the 15th century it is no wonder that our favorite holiday flavors herald from around the world.  From Southwest India to Southeast Asia we find cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and mace.

  • EQUIP, WHIP application deadlines are Jan. 28

    Each fiscal year, the Natural Resources Conservation Service sets ranking period dates for applications taken for USDA Farm Bill programs.  Although ranking dates may vary from program to program, landowners may sign-up at any time for all conservation programs.
    The next ranking cut-off date is January 28, 2011 and will include applications for both the Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program and the Environmental Quality Incentives Program.