Agriculture

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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Agriculture
3:05 pm
Sun June 17, 2012

Company Promotes Sorghum for Ethanol Production

National Sweet Sorghum Producers and Processors Association

                A firm based in Mt. Sterling, Kentucky is hoping more farmers raise sorghum to use in ethanol fuels production in the future. Southeast Biofuels has completed the first phase of a project that resulted in a million gallons of ethanol being produced from two thousand acres of sweet sorghum. It’s a plant that’s similar in appearance to corn, that can grow in a variety of soil types.

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Agriculture
2:24 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Three Sentenced in Eastern Livestock Case

Kentucky beef cattle

Three former executives of a failed livestock firm based in  New Albany, Indiana have been sentenced for their roles in swindling Kentucky farmers. Authorities say farmers should receive restitution as part of the sentences.

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Agriculture
1:55 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Counties Along Green River, Lake Cumberland Especially Hard Hit by Drought

What a difference a year makes. Last year was the wettest on record across Kentucky going back to 1895. Many areas of the commonwealth that experienced widespread flooding last year are now in drought.

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