September 2, 2014

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Poinsettias for the holidays Print E-mail

Traditional red and green colors are well represented in the flowers available for the holidays. Poinsettias, the most popular and spectacular holiday flowers, can combine both these colors.

Why Kentucky needs a farm bill Print E-mail

By: John W. McCauley, Farm Service Agency & Thomas G. Fern, Rural Development

This fall, Congress has an important opportunity to create jobs and grow the economy by passing a long-term, comprehensive Food, Farm and Jobs Bill. The Farm Bill impacts every American, every day by providing a wide range of programs that strengthen our nation.

Homegrown by Heroes goes national: Kentucky brand will help veterans across the United States Print E-mail

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer announces that Kentucky’s Homegrown by Heroes program will be expanded to the national level. Photo by: Kentucky Department of Agriculture.

A Kentucky initiative to identify farm products produced by veterans will become a national brand, Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer announced on Veterans Day at the Frazier History Museum in Louisville.

The Ky. Agriculture Water Quality Act Print E-mail

The Agriculture Water Quality Act was passed by the Kentucky Legislature in 1994. It states that landowners with 10 or more acres in agricultural production must develop a water quality plan. If you farm 10 or more acres or plan to harvest trees on 10 or more acres in Kentucky, then you are required by state law to implement an agriculture water quality plan.

4-H and civic engagement go together Print E-mail

The skills taught throughout 4-H prepare youth for opportunities for community involvement, with the idea that good leaders naturally give back to their community in a variety of meaningful ways.

Navigating the holidays as a caregiver Print E-mail

Caregiving can be stressful, and these stresses can be exacerbated around the holidays as you are faced with added responsibilities and obligations. Whether this is your first holiday season as a caregiver or you have been providing care for years, you can do several things to make the holidays easier on you, the person you’re caring for and your extended family and friends by following the recommendations below.

Fox Run announces contest to promote new online education program Print E-mail

Fox Run Produce and Education Center, a sustainable farm located in Falmouth, Kentucky, will be offering online courses starting in 2014. Online classes covering topics in self-sufficiency, livestock care, alternative energy/green building, organic gardening, and natural living will be offered. We are having a contest to give away 14 free classes - one per each class offered! The contest will run from November 1, 2014 to December 30, 2014.

Entry is located at

To see our class list -

Ame Vanorio, owner/operator, says this is a “natural extension” for the farm. Ame has been teaching onsite classes, community education programs and presenting at national conferences about sustainability for over 20 years. “Online classes are a way to bring people together who are otherwise unable to attend. Our uncertain economy is such that people feel a real need to be more self-sufficient and independent. Our classes help people do that in a supportive, positive atmosphere.”

At Fox Run Produce and Education Center we strive to maintain harmony with our environment in all things we do and are completely off grid. We use sustainable organic farming methods, treating our land like a living organism and raising livestock naturally. Education is the cornerstone of our business. As well as offering classes we host interns, offer weekend intensives, and work with local high schools and colleges to promote agricultural and environmental programs.

For more information please contact: Ame Vanorio, Fox Run Produce and Education Center by calling 859-242-1037, emailing or visit the website at


USDA Farm Service Agency increases Guaranteed Loan Limit Print E-mail

John W. McCauley, State Executive Director for Kentucky’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), announced that the loan limit for the Guaranteed Loan Program increased to $1,355,000 on Oct. 1. The limit is adjusted annually based on the “Prices Paid to Farmers Index”, compiled by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

“Raising the guaranteed loan limit will allow FSA to better meet the financial needs of producers across the Commonwealth,” said McCauley.

FSA guaranteed loans allow lenders to provide agricultural credit to farmers who do not meet the lender's normal underwriting criteria. Farmers and ranchers apply for a guaranteed loan through a commercial lender, and the lender arranges for the guarantee. FSA can guarantee up to 95 percent of the loss of principal and interest on a loan. Guaranteed loans can be used for both farm ownership and operating purposes.

Producers should contact their local FSA Service Center with questions about farm loans or by visiting


Benefits of winter a pasture Print E-mail

Providing good winter pasture benefits your horses by giving them a superior source of nutrients. It also can save you money on the winter feed bill by extending the grazing season.

Horses on pasture get exercise, are exposed to sunshine and generally are healthier than those kept in stalls.

Help the 4-H'ers celebrate America Recycles Day Print E-mail

In 4-H, youth can learn to appreciate and become better stewards of their environment through various projects that explore the beauty and importance of our natural world. One of the great ways that you can help improve the environment, regardless of your age, is to recycle and reuse items you would normally discard. Nov. 15 is America Recycles Day and is a great opportunity to introduce young people to these important concepts.


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