• Elk Creek wins silver medal at international competition

    Elk Creek Vineyards of Owenton won two medals at the Indy International Wine Competition Aug. 3-5 in West Lafayette, Ind.
    Eleven Kentucky wineries earned medals, and two won gold.
    “Kentucky is being recognized as a major producer of quality wines,” Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer said. “Congratulations to all the Kentucky wineries that competed at this prestigious event. These wineries and others are raising the bar for fine Kentucky wine.”
    Elk Creek earned silver medals for its Vidal Blanc and Pinot Grigio wines.

  • Cost-share applications will be available soon

    Owen County farmers will soon be able to pick up applications for the new Phase I cost-share program.
    The program applications will be available for pick-up at the extension office Monday. The deadline for completing the applications and turning them in is Sept. 9.

  • Farm Services News By Claudia Baney

    Producers are reminded of upcoming application deadlines for the Noninsured Assistance Program.  
    NAP is designed to reduce financial losses that occur when natural disasters cause a catastrophic loss of production for an eligible crop by providing coverage equivalent to catastrophic insurance. For eligibility information, contact the Owenton Farm Service Office.  

    Upcoming NAP application deadlines
    Sept. 1 — Christmas trees, crustaceans, finfish, flowers, ginseng, grass-sod

  • Help available from heat-wave losses

    Livestock producers who incur eligible livestock death losses due to the recent extreme temperatures and other adverse weather events may be eligible for the USDA Farm Service Agency’s Livestock Indemnity Program.
    LIP provides assistance to livestock owners and contract growers who experience livestock death losses in excess of normal mortality due to natural disasters.

  • Owenton Livestock Market Report: July 27, 2011

    July 27, 2011
    This week: 273 • Last week: 281 • Last year: 369
    Slaughter cows and slaughter bulls weak on light supplies. Feeder cattle steady on limited test. Continued extremely hot weather with heat indexes over 105, restricting movement of livestock across the state.

  • Owenton Livestock Market Report: July 27, 2011

    This week: 281 • Last week: 293
    Last year: 499

    Compared to the previous sale: slaughter cows steady to $2 higher; slaughter bulls $3-$4 lower; feeder steers and heifers mostly $4 to $8 lower on calves; and over 600 lb. steady to $2 higher. Heat indexes of over 105 reduces demand for calves, especially fleshy offerings.

  • Kemper joins Tisch Real Estate

    Peggie Tisch-Rollins, owner/broker of Tisch Real Estate is pleased to announce that Melissa Kemper rejoined the company as managing broker.
    Kemper has had a successful career in real estate since 2004 and has weathered the storm of the slow market.

  • Nominations for county-committee election now being accepted

    Acreage reports are required for many Farm Service Agency programs. Acreage reports are needed to maintain eligibility for the Noninsured Crop Assistance Program and the Conservation Reserve Program.
     The final date to report all crops, except small grains and certain NAP crops, is July 15.

  • Owenton Livestock Report

    June 8, 2011
    This week: 384
    Last year: 618

    Compared to the previous sale: No comparison due to holiday. Record temperatures curtailing livestock movement coupled with hay harvesting in full swing.
    Slaughter cows were 5 percent of the supply; slaughter bulls 1 percent; replacement cows 2 percent; and feeders 90 percent. The feeder supply included 35-percent steers, 42-percent heifers and 10-percent feeder bulls. Forty-nine percent of the supply weighed over 600 lb.
    Slaughter Cows Breaker 75-80%: 1,000-1,160 lb. $75-77; 1,255-1,505 lb. $72-77; 1,365-1,550 lb. $80-83.

  • Farm Service News with Claudia Baney: Deadline to sign up for 2011 corn, sorghum, soybean, and wheat base payments

    Sign up for the 2011 Direct and Counter-cyclical Program for producers with corn, sorghum, soybean, and wheat bases by June 1.
    Producers are encouraged to visit the Farm Service Center to complete their 2011 DCP contract.
    USDA computes DCP Program payments using base acres and payment yields established for each farm. Eligible producers receive direct payments at rates established by statute regardless of market prices.