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Agriculture

  • Grain bin safety costs a little, saves a lot

    By Linda Geist

    University of Missouri Extension Service

    COLUMBIA, Mo. – It costs less than $500 to make it safer to enter farm grain bins, according to a University of Missouri Extension rural safety and health specialist.

    “You can’t afford not to follow safe procedures,” said Karen Funken­busch, as the harvest season approaches. While $500 might sound like a lot, the savings are priceless, she said.

  • Plant bee-friendly flowers, trees

    By Katie Pratt
    UK Agricultural Communications

    A University of Kentucky entomology student has developed a list of bee-friendly trees and shrubs for the Ohio Valley region. The list can help homeowners who have a desire to participate in bee conservation efforts find the right plants for their yards.

  • May is prime honeybee swarming season

    How many times has someone spotted a swarm of honeybees and not known what to do, or worse yet, called an exterminator?

    While honeybees are responsible for every third bite of food we eat and contribute $15 billion to American agriculture each year, their numbers are declining precipitously. They are battling a combination of diseases, parasites, pesticides and malnutrition.

    May is prime swarm season and it’s a special privilege to witness swarming honeybees.

  • Caneyville farmer discusses farm to table program
  • UK economic study snaps bigger picture of agriculture’s impact

    A new University of Kentucky study has found agriculture’s total impact on Kentucky’s economy equaled $45.6 billion in 2013, an 8.3 percent increase over 2007’s figures.

    The Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky study was authored by researcher Shaheer Burney and associate professor Alison Davis of the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment’s Department of Agricultural Economics. They examined three aspects of agricultural activity: on-farm production, processing and agricultural inputs.

  • USDA seeks comments on new conservation stewardship rule

     WASHINGTON –As the U.S. Department of Agriculture's rapid implementation of the 2014 Farm Bill continues, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced proposed changes to the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), one of USDA's largest conservation programs for working agricultural lands.

  • Kentucky Beef Checkoff vote slated for Nov. 20

    For more than 30 years, Kentucky farmers have supported the beef industry through a per-head checkoff program.
    When it began in 1976, the checkoff was 10 cents per head. The passage of the 1985 Farm Bill replaced the state program with a Federal Beef Checkoff program of $1 per head when a beef animal is sold during its lifetime. Half of the money comes back to Kentucky to support state beef promotion through the Kentucky Beef Council.

  • Fat Cat Crop Rents may be nearing an end

    Once we add in crop insurance and ARC payments we can estimate overall profitability in western and central Kentucky. I’m going to assume a 75 percent revenue guarantee for this purpose, average yields, and a 50-50 rotation of corn and soybeans.

  • Farm Bill allows early termination for certain CRP contracts

    Lexington — USDA Kentucky Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, John W. McCauley reminds producers that as of Aug. 6, producers with acres under contract through the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) can apply for early contract termination, as required by the 2014 Farm Bill.  The deadline to request early CRP contract termination is Jan. 30, 2015.

  • Cattlemen’s Association requests referendum on proposed $1 assessment

    FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association has asked the Kentucky State Board of Agriculture for approval to conduct a statewide referendum of Kentucky beef cattle producers on a proposed state assessment of $1 per head of cattle marketed in the state.
    The request is on the agenda for the board’s meeting Aug. 21 in Louisville. If the board approves the request, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture will be required by state law to conduct the referendum.