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LIZ MAPLES | May 18, 2004
When Kathleen and Ron Pemberton are gone, they want to make sure that their son, Morgan, has a home. They hope local farmers will pitch in to make sure that their son and other disabled children with aging parents will always have a place to stay. The Pembertons are members of the Special People's Advocacy Network. The group hopes to build eight to 10 homes for children of aging parents, who have taken care of their disabled children all of their lives but won't always be able.
BRENDA S. EDWARDS | December 2, 2004
LIBERTY - Two Casey County cattle producers are circulating a petition to keep the county's Phase I Tobacco Settlement Funds available to farmers and away from the county's new exposition center. Frank McAninch and James Young want other farmers to go on record by signing the petition. Currently, over $300,000 a year goes to farmers under cost-share programs set up by the state board to increase net farm income. This is in accord with state House Bill 611, which makes a portion of the state's total tobacco settlement funds available to individual counties.
Sun Staff Report | December 8, 2010
The American Soybean Association and Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business, are pleased to announce Mike Brookshire of Winchester, has been named a 2011 ASA/DuPont Young Leader. He was chosen to represent Kentucky in a leadership development program involving participants from 22 states and Canada. Brookshire raises soybeans, corn, wheat and tobacco in Central Kentucky with a significant cow-calf and feeder calf operation. Stock Farm, Inc., which is managed by Brookshire, is located in Winchester.
Fred Petke | March 18, 2008
State agriculture officials unveiled their plan to distribute $8 million in drought aid to Kentucky's farmers Monday, but local officials don't believe there's enough to make a real difference.Clark County will receive $99,852.22 from the new Kentucky Agricultural Relief Effort program, designed to provide financial relief to farmers dealing with the effects from last year's early freezes and drought. Clark County is 30th on the list, but the money won't go very far or arrive quickly, said Frank Hicks, Clark County's extension agent for agriculture and natural resources.
BRENDA S. EDWARDS | February 15, 2005
LIBERTY - James Young is on a mission to help Casey County farmers. A rancher, Young raises cattle and horses at his farm on Loop Road, and he wants the Phase 1 tobacco settlement funds to go directly to individual farmers and not the Central Kentucky Ag/Expo Center. He has been to Casey Ag Council meetings to express his views and has written to state legislators and to senators and congressmen in Washington, D.C., in an attempt to increase net income for farmers who have lost money from tobacco.
DAVID BROCK | March 29, 2009
While the January ice storm's toll on property in towns across the area was great, the agricultural community has been faced with unique problems. Now, as municipalities line up to receive reimbursements from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency is assisting farmers with their own massive cleanup effort. Farmers can get reimbursed for 75 percent of their bills for debris cleanup and fence repair so long as the cost of the components, such as wire for fences or labor to clear debris, does not exceed the state's established average price.
Dan Grigson | November 6, 2008
Tight feed supplies mean cattle producers will have to be careful managers this winter to keep their animals in good condition to ensure healthy calves and rebreeding in the spring. I have some real concern for our cattle producers in that late winter is probably going to be an ugly time for us. It's probably going to cost us 30 percent more to winter cattle this year than it normally does. If producers do not meet the nutritional needs of their cows, it will not only affect the 2009 calf crop but also the 2010 crop, because many of the cows in poor condition will not rebreed.
LIZ MAPLES | July 28, 2006
Legend has it that horse pulling began with boasts between neighboring farmers. Proud of their horses, one would bet the other that his horse was the strongest. People would stand on barn doors and the horse that could pull the most people the farthest would win the prestige of the community. With a setting-sun backdrop, neighbors gathered at the Mercer County Fair Thursday to continue this tradition at a horse pull. Pairs of Belgium draft horses dragged a wooden sled loaded with concrete blocks.
JERRY LITTLE | September 7, 2005
With 2005 being a year of good livestock prices and tobacco payments, farmers need to be planning now to address income tax issues they will be facing. Cash receipts for agricultural products are expected to increase 5 percent this year due to continued strength in commodity prices and higher volumes. Demand for beef continues to be strong, leading to good markets for producers. Overall, about all the commodities are having a good year. Many grain farmers defer sales from one year's crop into the next, so many farmers may have sold some of the 2004 crop that year but waited until early 2005 to sell the remainder, capturing high prices.
October 26, 2007
The harvest season is a busy time of year for farmers. With good weather and daylight hours always at a premium, it can be tempting to bypass some basic safety procedures. However, taking that extra step can be a real lifesaver. Due to the stress and fatigue involved with harvesting crops, the season is a peak time for agricultural ? related injuries and death. In order to help prevent this type of tragedy, safety should be a top priority for everyone on the farm. One of the most important steps is preparation.
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