• Study shows cost changes in post-buyout era

    In the midst of a turbulent outlook for the Kentucky farm economy, tobacco growers, as well as a few tobacco companies, have been inquiring about current burley tobacco production costs and returns. Unlike grains, where input parameters (excluding land rent) are fairly consistent across farming operations, many tobacco budget parameters (labor hours, H-2A vs. domestic labor wages, big vs. small bale, yields, fully depreciated vs. relatively new equipment/infrastructure, contract vs. auction sales) do vary considerably among growers.

  • Revisionist history a bad look for council

    Column as I see ’em …
    Two things bothered me during Monday’s site based council meeting at the high school, and neither of them involved pajama pants.
    The first, and by far the most egregious, was when I saw the site based decision making council walk out of an office en masse before the meeting, an obvious clue that it had a meeting before it’s official meeting, which is patently illegal.

  • State budget work is on-going

    This week, our democracy is mourning the loss of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Scalia, who was a strong conservative jurist appointed by President Reagan, was found dead at age 79. Justice Scalia’s death was a profound blow for conservative values, and a deeply sad day in our nation’s history. His passing and the loss felt by it highlights the need to elect conservative-minded people to public office, on every level of government.

  • You want to grow, but how much?

    Let’s celebrate! It’s almost the end of February, spring is less than a month away and life is grand.
    Sure there’s plenty of strife and political rancor in the world, but there’s plenty of good too. Science is actually making astounding breakthroughs in medical research, fossil fuel reduction and agronomy. Now, if we could only grow money. Oh wait, we can.

  • Remembering our past pre-smart phones, digital age

    Oh, the things we forget we had to do in a different technological age.
    Over the weekend, I helped my mother-in-law add a phone number to her cell phone’s contact list. I seriously felt primitive.

  • Cabbage is healthy, easy option

    Cabbage is versatile, flavorful, a good value and good for you. It’s easy to grow, tolerates the cold and keeps well. There are at least 100 different types of cabbage grown throughout the world, but the most common types in the United States are the green, red and savoy varieties.

  • Housing for small poultry flocks

    Raising small poultry flocks on the farm or in the backyard has become very popular. The most important things to remember when choosing the type of housing are provisions for adequate shelter from weather, adequate ventilation and also protection from predators.
    You should choose housing that is easy to build from readily available materials. Housing should also have a low maintenance cost and support the changing needs of your flock.

  • What truly makes America great is faith, hope

    We are going to make America great again!
    As you know that is the campaign slogan of one of our leading Republican candidates.

  • Pajama pants puts us back in spotlight

    Column as I see ’em …
    I had a feeling that the high school site based council’s decision to allow students to wear pajama pants to school would rattle a few cages and draw what most would consider negative attention to Anderson County.
    Not since poor old Harvey Westmoreland was forced to eat his own beard following a barnyard dustup over a lawnmower in 2010 has Anderson County been the focus of such widespread attention.

  • Time to check your gardening supplies

    All things considered, it’s been a pretty easy winter. We go from snow to rain to 60 degrees in a matter of days. I’ll take that. It does give me pause though, wondering if spring is going to be just as wacky as winter.
    Next nice weekend, I’m going to rig up some side supports in order to make a hoop house over my raised beds. Hoop houses come in all sizes and basically you rig up a way to create a plastic sheeting ceiling to cover your soil. Grit Magazine even has a blueprint for a retractable hoop house.