Agriculture

Agriculture
8:28 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Workshop to Focus on "Connecting Farms to Local Markets"

National Corvette Museum, the site for the "Connecting Farms to Local Markets" Workshop
WKU Public Radio

Direct marketing to consumers has become an increasingly important part of many farm operations in Kentucky. Roadside stands, local farmer's markets, and the development of value-added products have helped to boost farm income. On Friday September 14th, a workshop will be held at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green to discuss opportunities for expanding such marketing activity along Interstate 65.

Agriculture
3:00 am
Mon September 10, 2012

In Debate Over Hemp, a Question about State vs. Federal Drug Laws

Recent calls by high-ranking Kentucky officeholders to legalize industrial hemp have put the spotlight on the crop and what it might mean for Bluegrass State farmers. Both U.S. Senator Rand Paul and Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer say they want to see federal and state law changed to allow farmers to grow hemp legally.

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Agriculture
9:45 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Hardin, Larue, and Monroe Counties Added to Kentucky Disaster Declaration

The excessive heat and drought in Kentucky this summer have drawn natural disaster area designations for seven counties. Surrounding counties are also affected as well as two counties each in Indiana and Tennessee.

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Agriculture
1:44 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Rain Comes Too Late for Many Crops, but Could Help Next Year's Harvest

Corn in a Warren County farm, near Richpond
Kevin Willis

While the recent rain in our listening area is certainly a welcome sight for farmers, it comes too late to save the crops that have already been devastated by the drought. Still, WKU agriculture professor Todd Willian says the rainfall could help crops that are harvested later in the year, like soybeans.

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Agriculture
1:34 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Japan May Lift Some Restrictions on Beef Imports

Kentucky beef cattle
WKU Public Radio

In a move that could be good news for beef producers in Kentucky and surrounding states, leaders in Japan are reportedly interested in relaxing some  restrictions on U.S. beef imports. 

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Agriculture
7:55 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Kentucky Program Aims to Help Children Grow Gardens

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture usually deals with bigger farmers but has joined with the Governor's Office of Agricultural Policy to work with some younger potential growers. First lady Jane Beshear and Agriculture Commissioner James Comer have launched a program to show young people how they can plant their own gardens and grow food, even on a patio.

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Agriculture
12:09 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Long Dormant Kentucky Hemp Commission Will Be Revived

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer says he is restarting the long-dormant Kentucky Industrial Hemp Commission. The General Assembly created the commission ten years ago to look into hemp's potential in the commonwealth, but it has never met.

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Agriculture
8:24 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Dozens More Kentucky Counties Added to Primary Drought Area

The ongoing drought in Kentucky largely destroyed this year's corn crop.
Kevin Willis

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear's office says another 68 counties have been declared primary disaster areas due to damage from drought. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack issued the declaration, which also qualifies 22 contiguous counties for assistance.

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Agriculture
12:59 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Sen. Paul, Agriculture Commissioner Want Industrial Hemp Legalized

Two of Kentucky’s highest profile Republicans are teaming up to rally for industrial hemp. U.S. Senator Rand Paul and Agriculture Commissioner James Comer will hold a news conference on Thursday to double down on their support for the crop, which can be used for textiles or oil.

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Agriculture
11:25 am
Thu August 9, 2012

Tobacco Crops Holding on Despite Dry, Hot Summer

For burley tobacco farmers in Kentucky and Tennessee, an average crop being forecast is a big relief.  A few weeks ago, the crop was on the brink of ruin from extreme heat and drought. 

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