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Columns

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Work on pension plans, budget continues

    The past week has been a flurry of activity in Frankfort, with the ceremonial signing of the first pro-life bill in 12 years, legislation dealing with economic development, and continued work on the budget and pension reform.
    On Thursday, Gov. Bevin held a ceremonial signing for SB 4, the informed consent bill, at the statewide “Rally for Life” held in the capitol rotunda. I am proud to stand for life at all stages, and our whole caucus will continue to fight for those who cannot fight for themselves.