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  • Sign up for grassland program

    Natural Resources Conservation Service in Kentucky is accepting applications for the Grassland Reserve Program (GRP). Although GRP applications are continually accepted, the application ranking cutoff date for 2011 is March 31.  Applications received after March 31, 2011 will be deferred until the next ranking cycle.
    The Grassland Reserve Program is a voluntary program offering landowners and operators the opportunity to protect grazing uses and related conservation values by conserving and restoring grassland resources.  

  • Get free trees with membership

    Residents of Kentucky can receive 10 free flowering trees by joining the Arbor Day Foundation.
    By becoming a member of the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation, you will receive two white flowering dogwoods, two flowering crabapples, two Washington hawthorns, two American redbuds and two goldenraintrees.
    “These beautiful trees will give your home in Kentucky lovely flowers with pink, yellow and white colors,” said John Rosenow, chief executive and founder of the Arbor Day Foundation.

  • Experience the 50s with Coca-Cola recipes



  • Conservation District cost share program is announced

    The Marion County Conservation District will be accepting requests for cost share funding under the Kentucky Soil Erosion and Water Quality Cost Share and Environmental Stewardship Program beginning Feb. 1, and extending through Feb. 28.           
    The Kentucky Soil Erosion and Water Quality Cost Share Program along with the Environmental Stewardship Program are created to help agricultural operations protect the soil and water resources of Kentucky.  

  • Controll insects on indoor plants



  • Sign up for gardening classes


  • Dairy meetings are scheduled

    The Kentucky Dairy Development Council and Alltech announce this year’s “Winter Cover All Dairy Series,” the meetings are set to run through Feb. 24 from 10 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.
    Registration will begin at 10 a.m. with milk, doughnuts and coffee. The presentations will start at 10:30 a.m.  Lunch will be provided at all of the meetings.
    The meetings and contact persons include:
    • Jan. 28, Russell County Extension Office; Sam Finney, (859) 516-1966
    • Feb. 8, Metcalfe County Extension Office; Sam Finney, 859-516-1966

  • Corn silage variety trials can aid in 2011 planting decisions

    By Carol L. Spence and Laura Skillman
    UK Department of Agriculture

    The results of the 2010 University of Kentucky Corn Silage Variety Trials are out. Farmers can use the report’s unbiased data on yield and quality to help plan for their 2011 corn silage crops.

  • Late summer drought, winter salt hurt broadleaf evergreens



  • Quilt contest is for kids

    The Marion County Extension Homemakers Association in conjunction with the Kentucky Bluegrass Music kickoff are sponsoring a Creative Kentucky Quilt Block Contest - for kids.
    The quilt block must be created by the youth entering the contest and on flat paper; no 3D designs (use markers, crayons, paint, glue/tape colored papers, etc).
    Make the block no larger than 8.5-inch by 8.5-inch paper (it can be smaller, but must be a square); use the entire paper.