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  • Winter wheat meeting is Jan. 11 in Hopkinsville

    By Katie Pratt

     Wheat prices around $7 a bushel have enticed new producers and those who haven’t grown wheat in a few years to plant a crop.
    In addition, some producers have increased their acreage this year to take full advantage of the favorable prices. Specialists with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture will offer producers advice during the 2011 Winter Wheat Meeting to help ensure they have a successful growing season.

  • Good book should tell a story while teaching

     

  • Fred’s favorite Christmas poem

    Every couple of years I like to revisit my father’s favorite Christmas poem inspired by Clement Moore’s famous work ‘Night Before Christmas’.  The writer is unknown but he or she certainly was a gardener; and you may even get some last minute gift ideas from its verse.

  • 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.