• Bill showing legislators’ retirement perks stalls in House

    This week in Frankfort, your elected House Republicans worked hard to promote something we all should value, transparency in government.
    Our caucus attempted to bring the first reading on Senate Bill 45. It would require public disclosure of all retirement benefits for all current and past legislators. SB 45 passed the Senate earlier this session by a margin of 38-0, with all members voting. Unfortunately, the bill did not enjoy the same success in the House and we have not had an opportunity to have discussion on the floor.

  • ‘Adulting’ is much harder than I previously thought

    I grow weary of adulting.
    Adulting (verb) describes acting like an adult or engaging in activities usually associated with adulthood — often responsible or boring tasks.
    I think being adult means always getting ready for something and cleaning up messes you didn’t make.
    During the work week, I am constantly getting the kids ready, dinner ready, lunches ready, myself ready.

  • When it comes to potatoes, eyes have it

    Happy March. I’m pretty sure our weather will continue its roller coaster trend. The Old Farmer’s Almanac calls for snow this week, as well as during the days between the 9th and the 23rd, with a little rain mixed in for good measure. If mud were a commodity we’d all be rich.

  • 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.