• 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Bin-busting corn crop predicted for US

    Corn production and yields are shaping up to be records in 2014, according to the latest forecast from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in its World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report released Tuesday.
    The report pegged U.S. corn production at a record 356.43 million tons (14 billion bushels), with yields projected at 10.5 tons per hectare (167 bushels per acre), the highest ever, compared with 9.9 tons per hectare (157 bushels per acre) last year.

  • Farmers to check records for preparation of new programs

    Farmers should start receiving notices updating them on their current base acres, yields and 2009-2012 planting history. The written updates are an important part of preparing agricultural producers for the new safety net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill.
    Later this summer, farmers and ranchers will have an opportunity to update their crop yield information and reallocate base acres.

  • USDA extends emergency assistance deadlines for livestock, honeybees and fish

    WASHINGTON — U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Juan M. Garcia announced July 31 that enrollment deadline for the 2012 and 2013 Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) has been extended to Aug. 15. Originally, program sign-up was scheduled to end Aug. 1.

  • Monthly Cattlemen’s meeting showcases hay wrapping

    Grayson County Cattlemen’s Association met July 10 at the Centre on Main with Wright’s Implement and Anderson Group as sponsors of the meeting with a meal.

    Demonstrations of a new Anderson NWX660 wrapper were conducted along with displays of John Deere mowers and tractors and an extended cab Gator. Cattlemen’s meetings are 7 p.m. every second Thursday at the Extension Office on Commerce Drive.