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Raised Gardens Project Students

 

Raised Garden Project in Webster County Kentucky Brings the Community Together

The students at all four Webster County schools now have raised gardens.  Students are putting their math skills to work, learning about agriculture, nutrition, and so much more.

July 2014

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Jonathan and Jessica Gaskins and Family

Waste Management for a Growing Herd of Dairy Cows

With a growing herd of dairy cows, manure management is a challenge.  NRCS helped the Gaskins develop a nutrient management plan through EQIP.  See how their newly constructed manure stack pad is helping their operation.

July 2014

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Kim Muer - 4C's Farm

Kentucky Cattle Rancher 4C's Her Dreams

Kim Muer and her family moved from south Florida to Burkesville, Kentucky a decade ago.  She now runs the 4C's - Cedar Creek Cattle Company in Cumberland County.  Read about her business and how NRCS has helped with the manure management on her farm.

July 2014

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Mike Andrews talks to Jailer about seasonal high tunnel

Kentucky Jail Practices Sustainable Agriculture

The Hopkins County Jail’s gardening program produces food for the 461 bed facility and still has enough to share with the community. Find out how NRCS is helping them increase the quantity and improve the quality of the food they produce.

June 2014

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Seasonal High Tunnel at UK Research Farm  

 Farming after retirement is proving to be a great way to be self sustaining for this Kentucky landowner.  See how the Seasonal High Tunnel is helping his operation. 

 

June 2014

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Jerry & Joel Smith

Energy Audit Recommendations Result in Visible Improvements for this Kentucky Farmer

May 2014

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rainwater catchment tank

University of Kentucky Conducts High Tunnel Demonstration through USDA’s Conservation Innovation Grants Program 

May 2014

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Mark Walden with Grow Appalachia

Food Security Project in Appalachia Gets Reinforcements from USDA’s StrikeForce Initiative

April 2014

With the USDA StrikeForce Initiative and programs like EQIP, NRCS is partnering with Grow Appalachia to reach even more people in communities where persistent poverty keeps fresh food off the dinner table. 

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Shadowen Family

Better Quality Beef Starts with Improving the Quality of the Land

April 2014

Jake and Jondra Shadowen bought their farm in Benton, Kentucky when they married and wasted no time getting started on making improvements.  Now CSP is helping them grow their operation.

 

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Webster Family on their farm in Pendleton County

USDA Helps Kentucky Farmer Restore Land after Returning from 20 Years of Military Service

March 2014

Restoring the family farm after serving in the military is a challenge but with the help of USDA, the Webster Family is enjoying spending their free time investing in their land.

 

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Larry King Veteran Farmer

Investing in Veterans through the Family Farm

March 2014

Larry left the family farm to serve in the United States Air Force but now he's back and using the land to help other veterans get a fresh start on the farm.

 

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Brad Steverson feeding cattle.

Farming Through the Winter Freeze

February 2014

Believe it or not, many people think farmers get to take some time off during the winter, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.  For livestock farmers like Brad Steverson, winter months bring significant challenges.  When the weather turns cold, food, water and shelter for his 80 head of Angus cattle are his main concerns.

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AJ Shaw and his cousin Mark Putman - Deer Season 2014

Wetland Restoration Makes Hunting Even Better at Ducks and Bucks Outfitters

February 2014

Mark Putman and his cousin AJ Shaw had a great hunting season this year thanks to the newly restored wetland. 

 

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Billboard - Garrard County

Dedication on the Local Level Leads to Success for Water Quality

January 2014

When the Lincoln County Conservation District started a project nearly ten years ago in the Hanging Fork Watershed – they had no idea that the project would still be going strong today with $460,000 in grant funding to encourage local residents to get involved with improving water quality.

 

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Estes Family from Rock View Farm

Rock View Farm Brings Fresh Produce to Caldwell County

January 2014

Tony Estes grew up working on his grandfather’s farm in Daviess County Kentucky and it was during this time that he developed the love of farming. He and his family now run the Rock View Farm and thanks to their new seasonal high tunnel they have expanded their operation.

 

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JR Boulden

Kentucky Farmer Wins National Award

December 2013

The National Organization of Professional Black Natural Resources Conservation Service Employees (NOPBNRCSE) held their 2013 Outreach and Agricultural Education Expo in Atlanta, Georgia, December6th-8th. Kentucky's own J.R. Boulden was honored for his conservation efforts.

 

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Copes sign near the American Chestnut Seed Lot

How One Couple's Passion for the American Chestnut Tree Inspired Them to Act

October 2013

James Cope said he got his strong love of the land from his mother who told him, "Once you get a piece of land, don't ever let it go." He and his wife are part of the American Chestnut research project.

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