agriculture

Environment
3:17 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Kentucky Agriculture Fares Better Than Predictions

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Kentucky’s agriculture industry is faring better than early predictions.  The agriculture industry, which includes crops, cattle and horses, earned more than $5 billion.  That figure is beyond Kentucky’s reach this year, but University of Kentucky Agriculture Economist Will Snell says many farmers should still do okay.

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Government
7:04 am
Fri October 19, 2012

US Ag Secretary Visits Tennessee

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U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack makes a Tennessee visit today to discuss the importance of passing comprehensive food, farm and jobs legislation. He will also talk about revitalizing small rural businesses and communities. Vilsack's stops include Cedar Hill and Clarksville. Officials say Tennessee farm income rose from $447 million in 2010 to almost $800 dollars in 2011.

Environment
10:50 am
Thu September 27, 2012

Fall Armyworms Invade Yards, Pastures

Thanks to this summer's historic drought fall armyworms have invaded and are destroying yards and pastures in McCracken County.

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Environment
9:47 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Midwest Grape Crop Looks Good Amid Drought

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While the US drought has been rough on our region’s corn and soybean crops, grape growers in the Four Rivers say their harvest will make up in quality what it lacks in quantity.  Winemakers throughout the area report their vineyards have proven resilient to the recent heat and dryness. 

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Environment
9:20 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Burley Crop Not Lost Due to Weather

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For burley tobacco farmers in Kentucky and Tennessee, an average crop being forecast is a big relief. A few weeks ago, the crop was on the brink of ruin from extreme heat and drought.Now, tobacco specialists say much of the burley has gone through a growth spurt, thanks to recent rains.Farmers are just beginning to harvest tobacco.University of Kentucky agricultural economist Will Snell says that with a decent curing season, this year's burley crop could fetch higher prices than a year ago.

Government
8:35 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Kentucky’s Hay Hotline Re-activated

KY Agriculture Commissioner James Comer
KY Department of Agriculture

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture has reactivated its hay hotline to help farmers find forage for their livestock.  Agriculture Commissioner James Comer says he restarted the hotline to connect farmers in need of forage to others willing to sell it.  The Department’s website also has online directories where producers can list hay for sale, and where farmers can search for available hay by county

Environment
2:47 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Ky. State Fair Entries Expected to Show Signs of Drought

Kentucky State Fair
Jessica Elliot about.com

The summer drought is expected to have an impact on many of the Kentucky State Fair’s agricultural entries. Kentucky’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.

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Environment
9:11 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Drought Conditions' Affect On Agriculture

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Kentucky agriculture is still reeling from a one-two punch of heat and dry conditions. And farmers are feeling the pain from the prospects of shrinking income and inflated expenses caused by weather-related setbacks. Corn fields are shriveled, especially here in western Kentucky where the dry spell has been worst. Poultry farmers are being hit with higher grain prices to feed birds. And pastures turned to stubble are forcing cattle producers to dip into hay reserves. State Agriculture Commissioner James Comer said it is a disaster affecting every segment of agriculture.

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Environment
4:35 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Comer Addresses Disaster Declaration

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Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer says the federal disaster declaration that has been issued for 26 counties in the Commonwealth will help farmers there recover from severe drought. 

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Environment
4:12 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Drought Hits Western Kentucky Crops Hardest

Western Kentucky’s corn and soybean crops have taken a turn for the worse. Statewide crop-reporting says one-fourth of the corn crop is in poor condition, and another third is fair. 

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