Agriculture

Agriculture
7:55 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Bad Weather is Forcing Kentucky Livestock Producers to Make Tough Decisions on Sales

Buyers and sellers take part in a recent livestock auction in Barren County.
Kevin Willis

The drought that has impacted so many parts of region is also presenting major challenges to livestock producers. The lack of corn crop this year has led to higher feed prices for cattle, and that is forcing livestock producers into a difficult decision: do they sell their cattle now at a loss, or hold on to those animals in hopes of getting better prices down the road?

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Agriculture
10:43 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Future of State Fuel Lab in Kentucky In Question

A task force is set to begin reviewing whether a state fuel lab built under former Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer can be saved. The bi-partisan panel has its first meeting scheduled on Tuesday at the Kentucky Department of Agriculture offices in Frankfort.

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Agriculture
7:56 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Regional Corn Crop Has Been Decimated by Drought, Impacting Commodity and Food Prices

Warren County farmer Mark Chapman displays a rare healthy ear of corn against two underdeveloped ears.

The brutal weather this summer throughout the Kentucky, Indiana, and Tennessee region is leading to dire consequences for farmers and consumers. Some corn farmers in southern and western Kentucky have had almost all of their crop wiped out this season. That has many agriculture experts predicting both short and long term effects on commodity and food prices throughout the region.

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Agriculture
12:02 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Investigation Will Look at Richie Farmer's Tenure as Head of Kentucky Agriculture Dept

Former Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer

The state Personnel Board has voted to investigate multiple merit system and employee abuses that allegedly took place in the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. The alleged abuses took place under then Commissioner Richie Farmer, and were detailed earlier this year in a scathing audit of the department.

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Markets for Pork Products
6:12 am
Thu July 5, 2012

Pork Exports to Mexico on the Rise, Benefiting Kentucky

Pork on the grill
U.S. Meat Export Federation

Per capita pork consumption in Mexico currently runs considerably lower than in the United States. However, pork producers in Kentucky and other states are investing in programs designed to help boost pork exports to that country.

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Agriculture
10:18 am
Tue July 3, 2012

Ongoing Heat Bad News for Commonwealth's Corn Crop

Kentucky's corn crop took a sharp turn for the worse during last week's record-breaking heat, and nearly half the crop is in poor condition as a drought lingers in some key producing areas.

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Impact of Drought
6:37 am
Thu June 28, 2012

State Climatologist Says Kentucky Conditions are Some of the Worst in Years

Dr. Stuart Foster of WKU checks the conditions of a field.
Tommy Newton WKU University Relations

State Climatologist Dr. Stuart Foster of the Kentucky Climate Center at WKU has been checking the dry conditions in several parts of Kentucky. He says the drought this year is somewhat similar to one that occurred in 2007, but it could eventually be compared to worse droughts if the dry weather continues.

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Agriculture
6:35 am
Tue June 26, 2012

Hot, Dry Weather Taking a Toll on Kentucky Pastures

round hay bales
UK Cooperative Extension Service

As temperatures this week head into the triple digit range, pastures in the state are suffering. University of Kentucky Extension Forage Specialist, Dr. Garry Lacefield, says farmers are faced with a tough situation.

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Dry Conditions
9:03 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Hot Weather to Continue

Corn crop suffering from lack of moisture

The National Weather Service says heat will build across Kentucky this week, climaxing in triple-digit readings on Friday. Meteorologists say temperature readings that day could reach 103 degrees in Owensboro. The forecast is leading to more worries for farmers.

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Agriculture
10:14 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Drought Concerns Increase in Western Kentucky

University of Kentucky College of Agriculture

Farmers in some portions of western Kentucky could be facing a tough year if dry weather continues. Officials say the drought has been upgraded from "severe" to "extreme" in some areas.

Henderson County Extension Agent Mike Smith told the Henderson Gleaner that farmers could see losses of up to 40 percent in fields. Smith says that means the crop producers might make enough to cover expenses, but will make little or no profit.

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