By Amanda Sears
MADISON COUNTY —
For over 70 years, Madison County has been celebrating the relationship between farmers and urban dwellers.
This year’s Farm City Banquet will be held 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, at the Madison County Cooperative Extension Office on Duncannon Lane in Richmond.
This event is sponsored by the Richmond Chamber of Commerce, the Berea Chamber of Commerce, Madison County Conservation District, Richmond Kiwanis Club, Berea Kiwanis, Madison County Farm Bureau, Baldwin Ruritan Club, Blue Grass Energy, Ag Credit, Madison County Beef Cattle Association, and the Madison County Extension Homemakers.
Dr. Tammy Horn from the University of Kentucky will be this year’s speaker. She will be speaking on the importance of bees to agriculture.
In addition to the featured speaker, there will also a nice meal prepared by Uptown Catering. Several awards will also be presented by sponsoring organizations, and city, county, and state officials will be recognized.
Tickets are on sale until Oct. 30 and may be purchased ($10 each) at several locations: chambers of commerce in Richmond and Berea; Madison County Conservation District Office; All Madison County Farm Bureau locations; and Madison County Extension Center.
Ticket sales will stop at 200, so get your ticket early! (Tickets will not be sold at the door.)
Barklice on Tree Trunks
“Herds” of winged or wingless barklice can be found on tree trunks and main branches of ornamentals during early fall. These soft-bodied insects have long antennae and a dark body, sometimes banded body. Groups of them may be found under gray webbing that they produce (See illustration).
Barklice have chewing mouthparts that are used to feed on fungi, algae, dead plant tissue, and other debris. Barklice occur in groups that have a herd instinct. They tend to stay in a cohesive unit that will disperse if you move a finger toward them. When you take it away they will move back together.
Barklice are not a problem but tend to be associated with excessive shade and mold growth or sap flow from wounds.
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