July 29, 2014

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Dead livestock removal for Pendleton Co. landowners Print E-mail

The Pendleton County Conservation District continues the Dead Livestock Removal Program for the 15th year as a service to the landowners/producers of Pendleton County.
However, the rules and regulations have changed so be aware of the changes and prepare to abide by them! The new rules are: there will be a limit of five (5) total head "this includes mixed or all one species) to the same name/address without any questions. After that the Pendleton County Animal Control person will be asked to check for neglect or natural causes of death. If natural causes there can be an additional two (2) pickups for a total of seven in one fiscal year. This fiscal year will be July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014. Any natural disaster will be reviewed by the Conservation District Board of Supervisors.

When you have a dead animal (cow, horse, hog or sheep) contact the Harmon Dead Livestock Pickup Service at 859-567-2111 within 24 hours, give them good directions to your pickup (a paved or hard surface for easy loading). Also give them a phone number where you can be reached. Harmon's Dead Livestock will bill the Conservative District for the full amount charged, no out of pocket cost to you!

This service is made possible through a grant from the Kentucky Division of Conservation State Cost Share Environmental Grant and a budgeted item of the Pendleton County Conservation District. The Pendleton County Fiscal Court supports this program and encourages landowner/producers of Pendleton County (only) to use this program.

Kentucky law regulates the proper disposal methods for dead livestock. Disposing of dead animals properly can also help control coyote and other predator problems. Leaving carcasses in pastures or open pits not only encourages coyotes to associate livestock with food, but also causes coyotes and other predators to congregate near farms and homes.

Water quality plans concerns can also be properly addressed using approved methods of disposal. This will help ensure the protection of surface and ground water in Pendleton County.

For more information please call the Pendleton County Conservation District at 859-654-3376, ext. 3 or stop by our office at 814 US 27 South, Falmouth.

All programs and services are offered on a non-discriminating basis.


Help college students find the right financial track Print E-mail

Summer is quickly fading. Soon, thousands of Kentucky’s students will return to college campuses. A young person’s college years are some of the most important years for establishing a plan for future financial success. These can also be some of the most financially challenging years, with many students managing their finances for the first time and the rising costs of higher education putting many students and their parents in debt.

Help livestock beat the heat this summer Print E-mail

Humans aren't the only ones that suffer from the heat of summer. Farm animals feel the heat, too. With summer temperatures already upon us, it’s time to think about ways to know when your livestock may be in danger from the heat and what to do to reduce their plight.

The University of Kentucky Agricultural Weather Center provides warnings of the potential danger to livestock. Livestock become uncomfortable when the heat index reaches about 90 degrees. The heat index is a combination of air temperature and humidity and is used to describe how it feels outside.

What is Kentucky 4-H? Print E-mail

4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. Kentucky's 4-H Youth Development program has more than 225,400 members, ages nine through 19.

This program creates opportunities and supportive environments to help (County Name) youth become productive citizens who serve as catalysts for positive changes that meet the needs of a diverse and changing society.

Youth can choose from about 100 projects and related educational activities.  Through these experiences, 4-Hers master a number of skills that will benefit them throughout their lives; interact with diverse groups of youth and teenage and adult volunteers through Kentucky and beyond its boundaries; become self-starting, independent-thinking citizens who make significant contributions to their communities by doing and by example; and develop into capable, competent and caring citizens.

4-H programming is developed by county Extension agents and state specialists with Cooperative Extension in cooperation with councils, volunteers, community organizations and local and state governments.  Our county 4-H program is administered at the state level by Cooperative Extension, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture and Kentucky State University.

More than 24,000 adult and teenage volunteers work with a corps of Extension professionals to provide leadership for Kentucky's 4-H Youth Development program. Volunteers fill diverse roles ranging from coordinating specific activities and events to serving as leaders of community-based 4-H programs.  Through their involvement in planning, carrying out and evaluating 4-H programs, volunteers have multiplied the efforts of Extension professionals many times over.

For more information on becoming a 4-H member or volunteering, contact the Pendleton County Cooperative Extension Service office.


USDA announces results for the 45th Conservation Reserve Program sign-up Print E-mail

Offers received for 1.9 million acres

John W. McCauley, USDA Kentucky Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director, today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will accept 1.7 million acres offered under the 45th  Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general sign-up. The Department received nearly 28,000 offers on more than 1.9 million acres of land, demonstrating CRP’s continuing appeal as one of our nation’s most successful voluntary programs for soil, water, and wildlife conservation. Under Vilsack’s leadership, USDA has enrolled nearly 12 million acres in new CRP contracts since 2009. Currently, there are more than 26.9 million acres enrolled on 700,000 contracts.

CRP is a voluntary program that allows eligible landowners to receive annual rental payments and cost-share assistance to establish long-term, resource-conserving covers on eligible farmland throughout the duration of their 10 to 15 year contracts.

Under CRP, farmers and ranchers plant grasses and trees in fields and along streams or rivers. The plantings prevent soil and nutrients from washing into waterways, reduce soil erosion that may otherwise contribute to poor air and water quality, and provide valuable habitat for wildlife. In 2012, CRP helped to reduce nitrogen and phosphorous losses from farm fields by 605 million pounds and 121 million pounds respectively. CRP has restored more than two million acres of wetlands and associated buffers and reduces soil erosion by more than 300 million tons per year. CRP also provides $2.0 billion annually to landowners—dollars that make their way into local economies, supporting small businesses and creating jobs.

In addition, CRP sequesters more carbon dioxide than any other conservation program in the country, and also reduces both fuel and fertilizer use.  Yearly, CRP results in carbon sequestration equal to taking almost 10 million cars off the road.

USDA selected offers for enrollment based on an Environmental Benefits Index (EBI) comprised of five environmental factors plus cost. The five environmental factors are: (1) wildlife enhancement, (2) water quality, (3) soil erosion, (4) enduring benefits, and (5) air quality.


Donations of $20,000 for farms to Food Banks Print E-mail

Farm Credit Mid-America Donates $20,000 for Farms to Food Banks.

More than 750,000 people in Kentucky do not always know where they will find their next meal, according to Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger-relief organization.

To aid in the effort to alleviate at least some of that hunger, Farm Credit Mid-America has awarded a $20,000 grant to the Kentucky Association of Food Banks in support of the Farms to Food Banks program. Farm Credit Mid-America is an agriculture lending cooperative serving farmers, agribusinesses and rural residents throughout Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee.

2013 Livestock Fair Results Print E-mail
Reduce grocery costs Print E-mail

You have probably heard that the cost of food is expected to rise next year. You can do several things to reduce your current grocery expenses and hopefully prepare yourself for the expected price increase.

One of the easiest things to do is to plan ahead. That includes making a meal plan for the week and making a shopping list based on the ingredients you need to fulfill your plan. Check weekly store sale ads and product coupons in the newspaper and online to find the best prices for the items you need. However, don’t buy something you don’t have plans for just because it’s on sale. Make sure sale items ring up with the correct price at checkout.

Using social media wisely Print E-mail

Social media are very much a part of our culture, and many young people and adults regularly use the sites to connect with their friends and family. When used appropriately, social media can be very positive. When misused, there can be serious consequences for a family. Instances of cyberbullying and sexting have increased with the popularity of social media. In some cases, thieves have used social media accounts to find their next victims.

Respiratory protection in agriculture Print E-mail

It is important for farmers to use respiratory protection to safeguard their lungs against dusts in the coming weeks and months as they harvest crops, clean out grain bins, open silos, and strip tobacco among other seasonal farming activities.

A disposable toxic dust respirator will filter out fine dust particles that can deeply penetrate the lungs. It is needed for protection from potentially harmful dusts in confinement hog or poultry housing, grain dust and mold from grain, hay or silage. Agricultural workers should use a toxic dust respirator anytime they will be exposed to dusty operations or activities.


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