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11WEST KY NEWS HThursday, August 6, 2020
by Tom Miller, Extension Agent for Ag and Natural Resources
Unsolicited gifts of seeds could pose a danger
Recently, the Ken- tucky Department of Agriculture was notified of several Ken- tucky residents receiv- ing unsolicited seed packets through the mail. The packets ap- pear to have originated in China. The types of seeds are unknown and may pose a threat to Kentucky agriculture and the environment through the introduc-
tion of invasive plants or diseases.
Anyone who receives an unsolicited package of seeds should not plant them or throw them away. Instead, they should immediate- ly contact the Kentucky Department of Agricul- ture for instructions.
“The purpose of these seed shipments is unclear at this time, but we need to get the
message out that it’s important that people not plant them,” said Ric Bessin, extension entomologist in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. “These packets could potentially contain invasive species or plant diseases, so do not throw them in the trash either. Instead, seal them tightly and
send them to the U.S. Department of Agricul- ture’s office in North- ern Kentucky.”
Residents of other states have received the seed packets as well. The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, APHIS, is working closely with the De- partment of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection, other federal agencies and state departments of agriculture to inves- tigate the situation.
“At this point in time, we don’t have enough information to know if this is a hoax, a prank, an internet scam, or an act of agricultural
bio-terrorism,” Ken- tucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said in a press release issued by his office. “I want to reit- erate; do not plant the seeds. We don’t know what they are, and we cannot risk any harm whatsoever to agricul- tural production in the United States. We have the safest, most abun- dant food supply in the world, and we need to keep it that way.”
Individuals who have received the suspicious packages should put them in an airtight bag and ship them and the packaging in which they arrived to the USDA APHIS division
of Plant Protection Quarantine at US- DA-APHIS PPQ, P.O. Box 475, Hebron, Ken- tucky 41048. Include this form.
People can contact the Kentucky Depart- ment of Agriculture at 502-573-0282 or email email@example.com.
Programs of the Ken- tucky Cooperative Ex- tension Service serve all people regardless of race, age, sex, color, religion, disability or national origin. For additional information, contact the Ballard County Extension Office, 110 Broadway, LaCenter, 665-9118.
Ever since I can re- member deer hunting, I have dreaded July and August. Not because deer season is not here yet but because it will soon be. And if I am going to be ready for the cooler mornings of September and the colder days of October and November, I have to force myself into the heat of summer in order to shoot my bow, put out my cameras, and hang tree stands. For the past several weeks the temperatures around here have been scorching with humid- ity hovering around insanity. I mow my grass thirty minutes before dark and weed eat the next morning at daylight. Every other hour is sweltering. If I do have to work out- side during the day, I usually do so in short increments in order to keep from dying of heat
stroke! Have I made my point? Yet, I know if I am going to be able to make an accurate shot, I need to be shooting my bow every day no matter what weather I’m faced with. I’ll do it but I don’t have to like it.
It really is amazing to me that just about ev- erything in life points to one unchangeable principle – you hardly every reap in the same season as you sow. In fact, the term itself has been hijacked from the farmer. He knows, like none other, that truth. I imagine it has given him not only wisdom in other areas but patience in them as well. It also has given him a deep awareness of the uncontrollable period between those two seasons where he neither reaps nor sows, but simply trusts. This is the longest season. It
is the one that seems to have the most inactiv- ity. It is definitely the one that moves the work of reaping from the hand to the heart, and from an aching back to a bended knee. The lesson to be learned in the principle of reaping and sowing is not only that we need to be careful as to what we sow but it is to remember that none of our work or our har- vest, or our successes, can come without a sea- son where God waters the seeds we have plant- ed. It is and always has been His way of saying that our life’s work is a partnership with Him and that sometimes our job is to put our hand on the plow of trust and let God do the work only He can do.
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FRANKFORT, Ky. – Ag- riculture Commission- er Dr. Ryan Quarles has joined a Trump Ad- ministration task force focused on regulatory reform at every level of government. The Initia- tive on Regulatory In- novation includes more than 200 state and local leaders who advocate for deregulation and smarter regulation.
“I am honored to be asked by the Trump Administration to join the President’s Initiative on Regu- latory Innovation,” Commissioner Quarles said. “Our farmers and small business
owners know all too well how burdensome regulations can affect their bottom line and make their jobs more difficult. We need to make sure we are doing everything in our power to make their jobs easier and expand economic opportunity for American workers. I am grateful to the Administration for including me in these efforts to improve lives for all. ”
The Initiative on Regulatory Innovation is chaired by Vice Pres- ident Mike Pence and has three goals:
• to cut regulations
and costs; • advance occupation-
al licensing reform; and
• better align local, state, and federal regu- lations.
Since being elected to office in 2015, Com- missioner Quarles has directed employees at the Kentucky Depart- ment of Agriculture to examine existing regulations and statues to eliminate out-of-date or unnecessary regu- lations. Those efforts include modernizing Kentucky’s regulations applicable to motor fuels, pesticides, and livestock health.
“As I begin my second term at the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, we plan to re-focus our efforts on clearing red tape and making it easier for Kentuckians to get the trainings they need for high-paying jobs,”
Commissioner Quarles said. “I’m strong be- liever in education, and there are many certifi- cations and trainings available for Kentuck- ians to pursue their own American dream. As part of my work through this Initiative,
I hope to learn how other state and local leaders have increased economic opportunities in their communities and bring the best ideas to Kentucky.”
Quarles joins Trump/Pence Regulatory Innovation Initiative
INVITATION TO BID BALLARD COUNTY FISCAL COURT
BALLARD COUNTY AMBULANCE
THE BALLARD COUNTY FISCAL COURT IS ACCEPTING BIDS ON THE FOLLOWING ITEM(S): ONE (1) NEW AMBULANCE TRUCK:
THE TRUCK DRIVETRAIN MUST BE 4X2, CHASSIS MUST BE NEW WITH A REMOUNTED BOX OR DEMO, TYPE 3, KKK-A-1822/GSA
STANDARD, E450/G4500 AND A GASOLINE ENGINE.
PERSONS WANTING TO BID CAN REQUEST MORE INFORMATION OR SPEC SHEET, IF NEEDED, AT THE BALLARD CO. JUDGE/EXEC- UTIVE OFFICE AT 437 OHIO STREET IN WICKLIFFE ON REGULAR
BUSINESS DAYS MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY AT 8:30 A.M. TILL 3:30 P.M.
BIDS SHALL BE SEALED, MARKED ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE ENVELOPE “AMBULANCE TRUCK” AND DELIVERED TO THE
BALLARD COUNTY JUDGE/EX. OFFICE AT 437 OHIO STREET OR MAILED TO PO BOX 276 WICKLIFFE, KY, BY AUGUST 18 th , 2020
AT THE 9:00 A.M. FISCAL COURT MEETING.
THE BALLARD COUNTY FISCAL COURT RESERVES THE RIGHT TO REJECT ANY AND ALL BIDS. BALLARD COUNTY FISCAL COURT IS
AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.
INVITATION TO BID BALLARD COUNTY AMBULANCE DEPARTMENT
BALLARD COUNTY FISCAL COURT IS ACCEPTING BIDS FOR THE FOLLOWING:
2000 FORD AMBULANCE TRUCK LAST FOUR VIN NUMBER ENDING 4340
TO VIEW THE VEHICLE PLEASE CALL 270-665-5000 TO SET UP AN APPOINTMENT SELLING “AS IS”
BID ENVELOPE TO BE MARKED “SEALED BID” AND DELIVERED OR MAILED TO THE OFFICE OF THE
BALLARD COUNTY JUDGE/EXECUTIVE OFFICE P.O. BOX 276, WICKLIFFE, KY 42087
BIDS ARE DUE AND WILL BE OPENED DURING FISCAL COURT TUESDAY AUGUST 18th, 2020 AT 9:00 A.M.
BALLARD COUNTY FISCAL COURT RESERVES THE RIGHT TO REJECT ANY AND ALL BIDS.
BALLARD COUNTY FISCAL COURT IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.
Administration has been granted by the Ballard District Court on
the following estate:
Name of Estate: Betty Burnett
Name/Address of Fiduciary: Sharon Houston 360 Clinton Way
Paducah, KY 42001 Date of Appointment:
7/7/2020 Name/Address of Attorney:
Eric Straub PO Box 995
Paducah, KY 42002-0995
Persons having a claim against the estate must present verified
claims to the fiduciary at the address shown no later than:
Holly Dunker, Clerk Ballard District Court
Administration has been granted by the Ballard District Court o