agriculture

Rhonda Miller, WKYU

Migrant workers who come to Kentucky under the H2A visa program are a critical part of the agricultural workforce. The Bluegrass State ranks seventh among the 50 states for the number farm workers who come under this visa, according to the Office of Foreign Labor Certification. Phil and Jan Holliday's farm in Logan County has two workers from Mexico who have been coming for more than two decades, and they’re bringing the next generation.      

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University of Kentucky wine-making researchers say limited sales of their bottles could start by late fall. 

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Three of Kentucky’s top agriculture leaders recently offered ‘food for thought’ to 350 of the commonwealth’s top high school students. 

Nicole Erwin / Ohio Valley ReSource

The acres devoted to growing hops doubled in the U.S. in just the last five years and the trade group Hop Growers of America estimates that 95 percent of that market belongs to farmers along the West Coast. But the craft beer craze is changing the direction for hop farms by generating demand for more locally sourced ingredients, and Ohio Valley farmers like Wes Cole want in on the action.

Courtesy Rep. James Comer's Office

Republican Kentucky Congressman James Comer (1st Dist.) recently returned from a five-member congressional agricultural trade mission to Cuba. Comer said lifting the Cuban embargo on trade is a "no brainer" and plans on being a leader in Congressional efforts to do so. Matt Markgraf speaks with Comer about how the U.S. and Kentucky's first district could stand to gain from easing restrictions and expanding trade relations with the Caribbean island.

Sydni Anderson

 Trade uncertainty is a top concern for some Kentucky soybean industry representatives. Those sentiments were expressed at the 13th annual Soybean Promotion Day held at Murray State University on Tuesday.

Erica Peterson WFPL

With no changes to greenhouse gas emissions, people living across the United States can expect a marked increase in the intensity and frequency of extreme storms. That’s the conclusion of a study released earlier this month from the National Center for Atmospheric Research.  

via KY Center for Ag & Rural Development Facebook page

 Kentucky Center for Agriculture and Rural Development, or KCARD, is featuring two programs that could bring money to Kentucky farmers and agribusiness.

Laura Elizabeth Pohl/Bread for the World

Donald Trump’s successful campaign focused on illegal immigration and a pledge to deport millions of people. But those migrants are also a big part of the farm labor force making our food system work. Nicole Erwin of Ohio Valley ReSource reports on what an immigration clampdown could mean for agriculture.

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A Lexington-based trade consulting group is preparing for a business trip to Cuba in 2017.

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