• GAP certification important for tobacco growers

    With improved prices and demand from tobacco companies, burley tobacco production is making a slight rebound in Hardin County.

    With many growers increasing acreage, changing the companies with which they contracted, and some growing the crop again for the first time in several years, many producers this year will encounter some changes. One of these changes includes the requirement or strong recommendation of GAP certification for all contracted growers.

  • Greenbrier closure to result in 60 local jobs lost

    A policy change for an Oregon-based company is expected to result in the loss of about 60 local jobs.

    The Greenbrier Companies Inc., a provider of equipment and services to the railway industry, announced Thursday that the company has reached an agreement to sell all of the equipment used at its reconditioned wheelset rollerbearing operations facility on Peterson Drive in Elizabethtown.

  • Focus on Finance: Do it yourself or call a professional?

    Question: What items in my life should I do myself and when should I call a professional?

  • Altec purchases property for expansion

    Altec Industries Inc. has obtained land from the Elizabethtown-Hardin County Industrial Foundation for an expansion at its Elizabethtown facility, according to a property transfer. The amount of the transaction was listed at $150,000.

    Rick Games, president of the EIF, said the company is in the process of boosting its capacity and primarily is expanding its existing facility. Games said he has been told the land purchased likely will be used for vehicle storage.

  • Renovating high-traffic areas

    We hear several questions each spring from producers about how best to fix “high-traffic” areas in pastures that have been severely damaged between late fall and early spring. High traffic areas such as feeding areas, sacrifice lots, alleyways, gateways and waterers often are bare and muddy this time of year. To slow and reduce soil erosion, compaction, forage damage and weed problems, and as a benefit to animal health, these areas need to be renovated promptly.

  • Starting over in the job market

    Question: I recently was laid off after 20-plus years at my job. I am nervous about looking for a new job and starting over. Any tips on where/how to start?

    Answer: The economic crisis in the United States has led to record job losses and layoffs that have affected nearly every industry. While it may not seem like it right now, this crossroads in your life is an opportunity to evaluate your financial future and perhaps pursue a different career path you may not have otherwise considered.

  • Recognizing important stages in winter wheat

    Spring is just around the corner and the longer days and warmer weather soon will have the winter wheat crop breaking dormancy, allowing rapid growth. This late winter period is an important one for wheat growers, and decisions made during this time could determine the success of the crop.

    To be considered an adequate stand, wheat now should have 70 to 100 tillers per square foot. A field at the lower end of that range would need a low rate of nitrogen applied at Feeke’s 3, which typically occurs toward the end of February.

  • Chamber offers social media, marketing training

    The Hardin County Chamber of Commerce is accepting registration for a Social Media Boot Camp, its second offering in the continuing Business at Breakfast series. The chamber also is launching a Lunch and Learn series with a repeat of its Marketing Your Business program. 

    Both programs are designed to help develop members’ skills and knowledge to make their businesses more successful.

  • Business blooms: Florists rush to meet Valentine’s Day demand

    Florist Beth White ordered more than 2,000 red roses to meet the demand she expected for the most popular flower she sells on her store’s busiest day of the year.

    Florists were in a flurry Wednesday to meet with last-minute customers and make final arrangements before Valentine’s Day.

    The holiday means doing in one day the amount of business she typically has in a month, said White, owner of E’town Florist on Westport Road in Elizabethtown.

  • Time to consider frost seeding

    It’s the time of year forage producers really get to thinking about reseeding pastures and hay fields.

    Last summer’s drought took a toll on stands of legumes and grasses in some fields, so producers are wondering what’s really going to be there this spring. Frost seeding is a good option to get clovers back into pastures and hay fields, and based on the calls we’re getting here recently, many producers are considering using this option, but have questions — especially on the recommended timing.