farming http://wkms.org en The Shift from Farmer's Wife to Farmer: Women Are Now Running The Business http://wkms.org/post/shift-farmers-wife-farmer-women-are-now-running-business <p>Women have helped on farms for generations, but now they’re beginning to take ownership of their duties, calling themselves farmers instead of just farmers’ wives. The US Department of Agriculture has found a steady increase of women farmers in the 2000s, which plateaued in the agency’s latest 5-year report.</p><p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 20:40:14 +0000 Whitney Jones 41223 at http://wkms.org The Shift from Farmer's Wife to Farmer: Women Are Now Running The Business For Many, Farming Is A Labor Of Love, Not A Living http://wkms.org/post/many-farming-labor-love-not-living Every five years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture carries out a census of farmers: who they are, and what they are doing on their farms.<p>The agency just released the <a href="http://www.agcensus.usda.gov/">latest one</a>, and it's a feast for all ag geeks. And here's the very first, most basic piece of new information: There are 2,109,303 farmers in this country.<p>But look a little closer at that number, and you can see that it's not quite what it seems. Most of those farmers are not actually making a living by farming.<p>Bill Miller is a typical example. Wed, 07 May 2014 20:50:52 +0000 Dan Charles 40408 at http://wkms.org For Many, Farming Is A Labor Of Love, Not A Living LBL Releases Farming Prospectuses, Bids Open Through May 13 http://wkms.org/post/lbl-releases-farming-prospectuses-bids-open-through-may-13 <p>Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area is accepting bids for farming crops and hay as part of open lands management.</p><p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 17:31:00 +0000 John Null 39582 at http://wkms.org LBL Releases Farming Prospectuses, Bids Open Through May 13 Young Farmers Break The Bank Before They Get To The Field http://wkms.org/post/young-farmers-break-bank-they-get-field As the average age of the American farmer has crept up to 60, fewer young people are filling in the ranks behind them. That's prompted some to ask if young people even want to farm anymore.<p>The quick answer is yes, just not in the same numbers as they used to. Wed, 21 Aug 2013 07:05:00 +0000 Luke Runyon 34172 at http://wkms.org Young Farmers Break The Bank Before They Get To The Field How The Senate Farm Bill Would Change Subsidies http://wkms.org/post/how-senate-farm-bill-would-change-subsidies The Senate voted Monday to approve its version of the farm bill, a massive spending measure that covers everything from food stamps to crop insurance and sets the nation's farm policy for the next five years.<p>The centerpiece of that policy is an expanded crop insurance program, designed to protect farmers from losses, that some say amounts to a highly subsidized gift to agribusiness. That debate is set to continue as the House plans to take up its version of the bill this month.<p>For farmer Scott Neufeld, crop insurance is an integral part of his family's business. Tue, 11 Jun 2013 14:01:03 +0000 Tamara Keith 31956 at http://wkms.org How The Senate Farm Bill Would Change Subsidies Local Writer Shares 'Passions of the Black Patch' http://wkms.org/post/local-writer-shares-passions-black-patch <p>Kate Lochte speaks with western Kentucky native and author Bobbie Smith Bryant on <em>Sounds Good</em>. Bryant was born in the Black Patch of Calloway County and shares her family's heritage in a new book titled, "Passions of the Black Patch: Cooking and Quilting&nbsp;in Western Kentucky." Black Patch is the region in western Kentucky and northwestern Tennessee where a specific type of tobacco, which has distinctly dark leaves, is grown.</p><p>Learn more at <a href="http://bobbiesmithbryant.com/">bobbiesmithbryant.com</a>.</p><p> Fri, 03 May 2013 21:22:55 +0000 Kate Lochte 31395 at http://wkms.org Local Writer Shares 'Passions of the Black Patch' Kentucky Beekeepers Studying Hive Loss http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-beekeepers-studying-hive-loss <p>Beekeepers from across the Commonwealth are still looking for some way to stop the loss of their hives.&nbsp; The Kentucky State Beekeepers Association stages its spring meeting in Richmond this weekend.&nbsp; The nation’s agriculture industry is coping with a massive die-off of the essential insect.&nbsp; Besides honey production, bees are essential to the pollination of some crops.&nbsp; Currently, association Vice President Jim Coss says they’re scrutinizing farm chemicals.</p><p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 16:24:16 +0000 Stu Johnson (KPR) 30865 at http://wkms.org Kentucky Beekeepers Studying Hive Loss The Morning Cram [seed wars edition] http://wkms.org/post/morning-cram-seed-wars-edition <p></p><p><strong>From NPR: </strong>An Indiana farmer looking for cheap soybean seeds for a second, smaller harvest has been taken to the Supreme Court by the largest seed company, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/02/18/171896311/farmers-fight-with-monsanto-reaches-the-supreme-court">Monsanto</a>. 75-year-old Vernon Hugh Bowman signed a contract with the seed giant to not save and replant any of his harvest.</p><p>Monsanto wants to be his sole provider, but their seeds are “Roundup Ready” and more expensive, especially for a small second planting. Bowman bought a motley of seeds from his neighbors for his second harvest thinking Monsanto wouldn’t care. Boy, was he wrong. Mon, 18 Feb 2013 14:55:00 +0000 Whitney Jones 28191 at http://wkms.org The Morning Cram [seed wars edition] Farmers Use Radishes to Enrich Soil http://wkms.org/post/farmers-use-radishes-enrich-soil <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Many of farmer Jim Kelly’s fields in Murray are bright green with winter wheat even after several frosts. But tromp around some of his other crop fields and you’ll find the withering leaves of radishes. And he’s just going to keep letting them rot.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">These things are in the process of dying. See, some of them already have," he said.</em></p><p>Kelly’s crop usually consists of tobacco, wheat, soybeans, corn and hay. But this year he’s adding radishes to his rotation in his soybean fields as a cover crop. The pale yellow vegetable looks a lot like a carrot and digs down breaking up the soil. Kelly won’t harvest the radishes. They grow until the first hard freeze then begin to die.</p><p> Sat, 19 Jan 2013 17:30:00 +0000 Whitney Jones 26975 at http://wkms.org Farmers Use Radishes to Enrich Soil Snowfall Not Expected to Fix Drought Damage http://wkms.org/post/snowfall-not-expected-fix-drought-damage <p></p><p>Although western Kentucky has already seen its first snow storm of the season, experts say much more will have to fall to ease farmers’ pain from the past summer’s drought. The Dec. 26 snow storm dropped up to 7 inches of snow in Kentucky and up to a foot in some places in Illinois. But climatologists say it would take at least 8 feet of snow to return the soil to its pre-drought condition in time for spring planting. The average snowfall for Paducah is 10 inches, so the large amount of snowfall isn’t likely to happen. Thu, 03 Jan 2013 13:54:00 +0000 Whitney Jones & The Associated Press 26343 at http://wkms.org Snowfall Not Expected to Fix Drought Damage