farmers http://wkms.org en 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 Downtown Saturday Market Opens This Month in Murray http://wkms.org/post/downtown-saturday-market-opens-month-murray <p>Murray's Downtown Saturday Market on the court square opens for the season May 17, featuring dozens of vendors selling locally grown vegetables, meats, bread, hand-made soaps, crafts and more. Erin Carrico, Autumn Denton and Mark Welch join Kate Lochte on Sounds Good for a preview of what's to come to this year's market.</p><p> Mon, 05 May 2014 18:24:29 +0000 Kate Lochte 40338 at http://wkms.org Downtown Saturday Market Opens This Month in Murray Farm Bill Expires, Milk Prices Could Double Next Year http://wkms.org/post/farm-bill-expires-milk-prices-could-double-next-year <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">News of the partial government shutdown has overshadowed the October first expiration of the Farm Bill, which sets the nation&rsquo;s policies on farming and nutrition.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Calloway County Dairy farmer Jim Stahler said he believes most Kentucky farmers continue their daily operations. He said if one aspect of the Farm Bill is not addressed before the end of the year it will affect people&rsquo;s pocketbooks more than farmers&rsquo; operations. Thu, 10 Oct 2013 21:27:39 +0000 Whitney Jones 35617 at http://wkms.org Farm Bill Expires, Milk Prices Could Double Next Year The Morning Cram [busy bee edition] http://wkms.org/post/morning-cram-busy-bee-edition <p></p><p><strong>From NPR: </strong>Many fruit and nut farmers rely on <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/03/01/173167125/wild-bees-are-good-for-crops-but-crops-are-bad-for-bees">honeybee hives</a> to pollinate and continue growing their crop, but the honeybees just can’t do the work by themselves anymore. They need the help of other wild bees to get the job done. Those other bees, though, are disappearing, and it’s puzzling scientists. Fri, 01 Mar 2013 15:07:00 +0000 Whitney Jones 28743 at http://wkms.org The Morning Cram [busy bee edition] Sorghum Making Comeback to Rivers Region http://wkms.org/post/sorghum-making-comeback-rivers-region-0 <p><a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wkms/files/201302/2-6-Finished-Sorghum-Feature.mp3" style="font: 15px/22px Georgia, Times, serif; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; word-spacing: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: normal; orphans: 2; widows: 2; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;"><u>Click here to download the Mp3</u></a><span style="font: 15px/22px Georgia, Times, serif; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; word-spacing: 0px; float: none; display: inline !important; white-space: normal; orphans: 2; widows: 2; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;">.</span></p><p style="font: 15px/22px Georgia, Times, serif; margin: 0px 0px 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; word-spacing: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: normal; orphans: 2; widows: 2; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;">When most people think of sorghum they think of sorghum molasses, a contemporary of modern day maple syrup. But recent breakthroughs are changing sorghum’s role as a pancake sweetener.</p><p style="font: 15px/22px Georgia, Times, serif; margin: 0px 0px 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; word-spacing: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: normal; orphans: 2; widows: 2; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;">Calloway County Farmer Trip Furches leans forward in his office chair as he explains why last year was the first time he planted energy sorghum and sweet sorghum.</p><p> Fri, 08 Feb 2013 22:00:19 +0000 John Walker 27852 at http://wkms.org Sorghum Making Comeback to Rivers Region Late Rains Save Most TN Crops http://wkms.org/post/late-rains-save-most-tn-crops <p></p><p>Tennessee farmers may be lamenting losses to the corn harvest resulting from this summer’s drought, but midsummer rains have saved most of their other crops. Cotton is expected to bring in some of the best per-acre yields. Farmer Willis Jepson says soybeans made 55 bushels per acre. That’s 15 more than usual. But his farm still lost $500,000&nbsp; in corn. Mon, 26 Nov 2012 13:51:37 +0000 Whitney Jones & The Associated Press 24892 at http://wkms.org Late Rains Save Most TN Crops Afternoon Round-Up 8/9/12 http://wkms.org/post/afternoon-round-8912 <p><strong>Today on NPR:</strong> The U.S. government has been tightening the screws on <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/08/08/158441566/tax-evaders-beware-moneys-getting-harder-to-hide">Americans who hide money</a> in offshore accounts, putting pressure on overseas banks, and joining forces with European and Japanese regulators.</p><p> Thu, 09 Aug 2012 20:24:29 +0000 Rose Krzton-Presson 20515 at http://wkms.org Afternoon Round-Up 8/9/12 Aid for MO Farmers http://wkms.org/post/aid-mo-farmers <p><a href="http://governor.mo.gov/newsroom/2012/Emergency_cost_share_program_has_approved_more_than_3_700_water_projects">Missouri&rsquo;s emergency cost-share program</a> has approved over 3,700 farmer applications for urgent relief during this summer&rsquo;s drought. Governor Jay Nixon established the program to provide water after declaring Missouri in a State of Emergency. The aid totals close to 19 million dollars and covers 90 percent of emergency water projects on farms. Individual farmers will have to pay the remaining 10 percent for their project.</p> Thu, 09 Aug 2012 17:25:09 +0000 Rose Krzton-Presson 20499 at http://wkms.org Ky. State Fair Entries Expected to Show Signs of Drought http://wkms.org/post/ky-state-fair-entries-expected-show-signs-drought <p>The summer drought is expected to have an impact on many of the Kentucky State Fair&rsquo;s agricultural entries. Kentucky&rsquo;s suffered a hot, dry summer, and farmers in the western half of the state are bearing the brunt of the disaster. The stress has already shown up on fair entries in other drought-stricken areas of the country, with smaller ears of corn and other vegetables and fewer head of livestock on display. Mon, 06 Aug 2012 19:47:47 +0000 Angela Hatton 20307 at http://wkms.org Ky. State Fair Entries Expected to Show Signs of Drought