August 20, 2014

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USDA NRCS in Kentucky Announces 2014 Farm Bill Program participation Print E-mail

The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Kentucky is encouraging landowners, farmers and producers to visit their local NRCS office now to receive information and apply for conservation technical assistance and possible financial funding opportunities.

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4-H promotes environmental stewardship Print E-mail

We are dependent on earth’s natural resources. Everything from the air we breathe, to the water we drink, to the soil we use for food production are vital to our existence. Good stewardship is critical to ensuring these resources are protected for the next generation.

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Farm to School Programs growing across Kentucky Print E-mail

Farm to school programs are a great way to get local foods into the tummies of some school children who otherwise wouldn’t have access to them. These programs help children learn where their food comes from while providing them with important nutrients. They also are beneficial to local producers who now have another outlet to sell their products and, as a result, can help stimulate local economies.

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Cold-weather horse nutrition Print E-mail

Winter is officially here. Consider yourselves lucky that your horses don’t have to deal with temperatures that consistently dip into the negative digits. However, do you consider your horse’s nutritional needs and how they change even with mild Kentucky winters?  Here are some ideas to consider when feeding your horses this winter.

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Applications for Conservation Stewardship Program due soon Print E-mail

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is opening the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) for new enrollments for federal fiscal year 2014.  Now through January 17, 2014, producers interested in participating in the program can submit applications to NRCS.

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Cover Crop Seed Cost Share Program ending on Dec. 31 Print E-mail

The Pendleton County Conservation District Cover Crop Seed Cost Share Program will end on December 31, 2013.

The Conservation District will pay 50% of the total cost of cover crop wheat or rye seed, with a maximum of $100 per landowner.

Bring your dated receipt made out to you to our office and fill out a short application, that's all you have to do. The Board of Supervisors meet on the third Tuesday evening of each month and when they approve your application, a check will be mailed to you.

Cover crops benefit both the soil and the subsequent nitrogen, recycle nutrients, provides grazing, reduces compaction, suppress weeds and pests, utilize excess soil moisture and improves water infiltration. Remember, to be in compliance with your FSA (Food Security Act) Conservation Plan, you must sow a cover crop.
Remember, December 31 is the last day that you can bring in your receipt and apply for this cost share program.

Our office is located in the USDA Service Center at 814 U.S. 27 South, Falmouth, KY 41040.

All programs by the Pendleton Conservation District is provided on a nondiscriminatory basis.

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Exercise for the non-athlete Print E-mail

The winter months bring fewer hours of daylight, colder temperatures and more wet weather. Couch potato syndrome is on the rise which means getting the proper amount of physical activity may require creative thinking, especially for children not involved in school sports programs.

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Bring holiday cheer to the elderly Print E-mail

The holidays are supposed to be a time of joy, but for some older adults, especially those living alone or in long-term care, holidays can be met with stress, confusion and feelings of sadness and loneliness, often intensified because holidays can be further reminders of the loss of loved ones, health and even independence.

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Next year's home garden starts now Print E-mail

You may be delighted to put gardening behind you for the season, but fall is the time to manage and prevent disease in next year’s garden. Summer crops may still be standing, even after being killed by heavy frosts and cold temperatures. At this time, you can take preemptive measures to help ensure a successful and bountiful garden next season.

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Comer seeks clarification of federal hemp position Print E-mail

Kentucky farmers should be permitted to grow industrial hemp under existing federal and state law, Agriculture Commissioner James Comer and other Kentucky leaders wrote in a letter to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration seeking clarification of the agency’s position on industrial hemp.

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