April 20, 2014

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Kentucky is moving forward to restore hemp production to the commonwealth Print E-mail

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, left, answers questions from the news media in his Frankfort office following Thursday’s meeting of the Kentucky Industrial Hemp Commission. (Kentucky Department of Agriculture photo)

The Kentucky Industrial Hemp Commission on Thursday directed Kentucky Department of Agriculture staff to begin writing regulations governing industrial hemp production in the commonwealth and voted to serve notice to the federal government that Kentucky is moving forward.

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Loans for socially disadvantaged persons Print E-mail

USDA Farm Service Agency reserves funds each year to make loans to socially disadvantaged applicants to buy and operate family-size farms. A socially disadvantaged farmer is one of a group whose members have been subjected to racial, ethnic, or gender prejudice because of their identity as members of the group without regard to their individual qualities. For the purposes of this program, socially disadvantaged groups have been defined as women, Blacks or African Americans, American Indians or Alaskan Natives, Hispanics, Asians, and Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders.

Types of Loans

• Operating loans may be used for various short and intermediate type credit needs, such as the purchase of livestock and equipment and annual operating expenses.

• Farm ownership loans may be used for the purchase and/or improvement of farmland and buildings.

Who May Borrow

Individuals, partnerships, joint operations, corporations, limited liability companies, and cooperatives primarily and directly engaged in family-size farming operations may apply. A family size operation is considered to be one that a family can operate and manage itself.

Terms and Interest Rates

Repayment terms for direct operating loans depend on the collateral securing the loan and usually run from one to seven years. Repayment terms on direct ownership loans are up to 40 years. Guaranteed loan terms (made through commercial lenders, i.e. bank) are set by the lender.

Interest Rates

Current interest rates are:

• Operating Loans: 1.875 %
• Farm Ownership Loans: 4.000 %
• Emergency Loans: 2.875 %

How to Get a Loan

Applications for all FSA direct loan programs are made through the local FSA County office. Guaranteed loan applications are processed by the participating lender. For information on participating lenders, contact the local FSA County office.

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Pendleton Co. Conservation District Cover Crop-Share Print E-mail

The Pendleton Country Conservation District is sponsoring the local cost share program for Pendleton County Landowners, to help with the cost of cover crop wheat and/or rye cover crop seed.

It’s time to think about cover crops! In recent years there has been a decline in the use of cover crops, since crops such as tobacco, silage corn, or even vegetable gardens are harvested late in the season.  However, without the winter cover, the soil is left to the mercy of wind, snow, water and ice.  Remember also to be in compliance with your FSA (Food Security Act) Conservation Plan, you must sow your cover crop by the end of November.  USDA recommends a rate of 90 pounds per acre.  Cover crop is a vital component to your farming operations.

Cover crops benefit both the foil and the subsequent nitrogen, recycle nutrients, provide grazing, reduce compaction, suppress weeds and pests, utilize excess soil moisture and improve water infiltration.

This is the seventh (7) year that the Conservation  District has set aside money to fund this program. After you have finished sowing all your cover crop, bring your receipt to the district office and fill out a short application.  The district will pay 50% of the total cost of the cover crop wheat/rye seed that you used, up to maximum of $100 per landowner.

The receipt from the seed dealer must be made out to you with the amount of and kind of seed you purchased along with the total price.

The Conservation Board meets on the third Tuesday evening of each month and will approve the applications received.  A check will be mailed to you.  One application per landowner will be accepted and only one check will be issued.

The program is now underway and will end on December 31, 2013 or when the allotted funds have been depleted.  Again this is for Pendleton County Landowners only!

Bring your receipt to our office at 814 US 27 South, Falmouth, Monday thru Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For information call 859-654-3376 ext. 3.

All programs by Pendleton County Conservation District is provided on a non-discriminatory basis.

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Ways to help your friends who are dealing with cancer Print E-mail

A cancer diagnosis is a life altering event for those diagnosed as well as for their friends and family. Unfortunately, cancer occurs far too often. The National Cancer Institute Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results program estimated that in 2009, more than 12.5 million Americans were living with a cancer diagnosis. Breast and prostate cancers were the two most common types.

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Preparing equipment for 2013 corn crop Print E-mail

What a difference a year makes. Compare Kentucky’s drought damaged corn crop last year with the 2013 crop that is on track to be record-setting and wetter than average.  To prepare, you should ready your handling equipment, dryers and storage bins well before harvest to minimize problems that can create unexpected delays.

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4-H Day of service focuses on military members Print E-mail

4-H values service. By making a positive impact in their communities, 4-H’ers learn valuable leadership and citizenship skills that will help them become engaged and active adult community members. In October, 4-H’ers from Kentucky, Tennessee, Florida and Virginia will participate in a 4-H Day of Service and give back to their local communities.

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4-H'ers can build a million Print E-mail

All of us want our children to grow up to be financially secure adults. Teaching young people early about basic money management can help your young person have a good financial foundation, and 4-H is here to help.

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Safely store and dispose of prescription medication Print E-mail

Most of us will take a prescription medication at some point in our lives. It’s important to remember that medicine a doctor prescribes you is only intended for your use.

Here are some tips for safely storing medication:

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Calculating hay supply Print E-mail

The arrival of fall is an important time for livestock producers to assess their winter hay supplies. Kentucky forage and livestock producers made a lot of hay this September, and for much of the state, hay supplies should be adequate for winter feeding. However, in areas of Western Kentucky that experienced a longer, more extensive drought, some producers may have supply issues.

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4-H Country ham auction Print E-mail

In our efforts to congratulate the 4-H country ham participants for a successful year of curing, cleaning and presenting their hams at the KY State Fair, we are rewarding them with a dinner and auction similar to the livestock show and sale at the county fair. We hope that you can take part in our third annual ham auction on Friday, September 13 at 6 p.m. located at the Extension Office.

This is a 4-H project and I would encourage you to be generous in any donations made towards supporting the youth and the hard work that went towards preparing the hams. Please keep in mind that you will not only be bidding to support the youth, but you would also be receiving the ham if you are the highest bidder!

So what are you waiting for? Call 859-654-3395 to RSVP your spot for the auction and let us know that you are coming. With a winning bid, your Thanksgiving or Christmas ham could already be taken care of!

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