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Buying from Farmers’ Markets is good for the local economy and one way to preserve agriculture in rural communities. Farmers’ market purchases keep local money in our community. With an established, local market to sell their products, new growers have a viable entry into agriculture and an …

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March: Be sure to make a donation to support 4-H, FFA and Kentucky Proud when renewing ag tags!

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As people continue to try to rebuild their homes, farms and lives after multiple tornadoes devastated parts of Kentucky, we need to remember that those affected will continue to need help and support for some time to come.

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Women make up nearly 40% of the agricultural producers in Kentucky. The number of ladies who own and operate farms and agribusinesses continues to increase each year. The importance of their contributions to a vibrant agricultural economy are tremendous.

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Feb. 1-28: Register for Nuisance Weed Spraying Program Contact Simpson County Extension Office

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If you think spring is the best time to take soil samples, you might want to rethink that. Fall is actually the optimum time to take soil samples for fertility analyses.

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The Franklin-Simpson Farmers' Market raised an estimated $7,000 at the third annual Hometown Harvest Dinner, serving local meats and produce to their first sold out crowd Friday, July 27 at the Franklin First United Methodist Church.

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The Franklin-Simpson Farmers' Market's third annual Hometown Harvest Dinner is bringing a wide selection of local meats and produce to the First United Methodist Church's CLC beginning at 5 p.m. Friday, July 27.

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Friends, families and farmers came together for this year's Simpson County Conservation Banquet, a night of awards, updates and home cooking held 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 6 at Jim Roberts Community Park.

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Cherries. They are beautiful. They are cheery little morsels that are sweet, but also tart. Have you ever thought about how a handful of cherries per day could be a dose of medicine that you are missing out on? As Hippocrates said: "Let food by thy medicine and let medicine by thy food."

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The world's population has been growing by roughly 1 billion people every decade since 1980 and is predicted to reach 9.6 billion by 2050. Farmers have been able to produce enough food to this point for the 7 billion people currently living on the planet, but with diminishing arable land the…

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The Lucky Spurs Horse Club met Tuesday, Nov. 10 at the Simpson County Extension Office. Nine members were present and two joined by phone. We elected officers for the 2015-2016 4-H year. The new officers are: President, Eli Cushenberry; Vice President, Jacob Fleming; Secretary, Jenna Roberts…

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LEXINGTON — Sometimes, to teach someone to swim, you have to jump in the water yourself. The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment recently took the plunge into wholesale sales and GAP certification, and Kentucky growers could start swimming in the wholesale mar…

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WASHINGTON - U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency Administrator Val Dolcini announced that FSA has begun accepting applications from foresters and farmers seeking financial assistance to harvest and deliver biomass to generate clean energy.

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FRANKFORT - The calendar said June 1, but the cold northeast wind, chilly rain and leaden skies seemed more like a bad day on the opening weekend of the April Keeneland meet.

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Kentucky Department of Agriculture staff and Kentucky commodity group leaders recently met with David Knopf, regional manager for USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. NASS collects all manner of statistical data for Kentucky and U.S. agriculture – numbers and sizes of farms, aver…

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Food. It is good stuff, right? We buy it; sometimes we grow it; we cook it up at home; we eat it out at restaurants; we grab it and eat in our cars while traveling; food is present at most social events; we love it and we hate it; we take it for granted; we complain about how much it costs; …

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When you donate a part of your state tax refund to the Farms to Food Banks Trust Fund, you're helping Kentuckians in unfortunate circumstances — some of them your friends and neighbors — gain access to fresh, nutritious, local foods. You're also helping Kentucky farmers make a living. It's g…

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The State Agricultural Development Board approved $58,713 in Simpson County Agricultual Development Funds for a County Agricultural Investment Program (CAIP). The County Agricultural Investment Program is designed to provide farmers with incentives to allow them to improve and to diversify t…

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LEXINGTON — The tobacco buyout celebrated its 10-year anniversary this past year. Of course, that means tobacco buyout checks are history, and the remaining tobacco growers face a market without any safety net measures to protect against market volatility.

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Don Halcomb of Adairville, Ky., recently won first place in the No-Till/Strip-Till Irrigated division of the 2014 National Corn Growers' Association's (NCGA) Corn Yield Contest in Kentucky. Halcomb won with Pioneer® brand hybrid P2089AM™, which yielded 345 bushels per acre.

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FRANKFORT — Agriculture Commissioner James Comer reminds Kentucky students that they have until Jan. 27 to submit entries to the Kentucky Department of Agriculture's 2015 Poster and Essay Contest. The theme is "Kentucky Agriculture: Growing the Next Generation of Farmers."

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AUSTIN, Texas — According to the 2012 Census of Agriculture, total organic product sales by farms and ranches in the U.S. have continued to show substantial growth over the last few years, increasing by 83 percent since 2007. To learn more about the trends of organic agriculture in the Unite…

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PHOENIX — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Jan. 14 announced that 115 high-impact projects across all 50 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico will receive more than $370 million in Federal funding as part of the new USDA Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). In addition…

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The Kentucky Department of Agriculture kept the Kentucky Proud program growing, helped Kentucky students gain greater access to local foods, and helped restore industrial hemp production to the Commonwealth in 2014. We plan to build on those achievements in 2015 and look for more ways to str…

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The Simpson County Winter Extension Tobacco Meeting, sponsored by the Eastern Dark Fired Growers Association, is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 20 at the Blewitt-Bradley Building directly behind the Electric Plant Board. The Electric Plant Board is located at 309 N. High St.

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If you have an interest in gardening and like to talk to others about gardening, then you could be an excellent candidate to become a Kentucky Master Gardener. Beginning in February, the Allen and Simpson County Extension Services will offer the Master Gardener training program, sponsored by…

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FRANKFORT — The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board awarded a grant for $3.49 million to the Kentucky Department of Agriculture for the Kentucky Proud farm marketing program for 2015 and 2016 in the board's December meeting.

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James Comer, who has served as the Agriculture Commissioner of Kentucky since 2012, paid a visit to Franklin last week and discussed the role of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture as well as a variety of agricultural programs here in Simpson County.

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FRANKFORT - Catalogs, emails and commercials touting must-have gifts this holiday season fill our mailboxes, flood our inboxes and splash across our television screens as the biggest shopping weekend of the year approaches.

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You shop for Kentucky Proud gifts for the holidays because you want to give special gifts made right here in Kentucky. You want to show your pride in your Kentucky home. And you like the idea of helping Kentucky family farmers and small business operators make a living.

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For more than 30 years, Kentucky farmers have supported the beef industry through a per-head checkoff program. When it began in 1976, the checkoff was 10 cents per head. The passage of the 1985 Farm Bill replaced with state program with a Federal Beef Checkoff program of $1 per head when a b…

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BOWLING GREEN — Weston and Larie Vernon have good memories of picking out a live tree at Christmas as children and have carried that tradition with them since starting their own family. Now they want to extend the opportunity for memory-making to others with a Christmas tree farm on their property.

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CRP provides incentives to producers who utilize conservation methods on environmentally-sensitive lands. For example, farmers are monetarily compensated for establishing long-term vegetative species, such as approved grasses or trees (known as "covers") to control soil erosion, improve wate…