Department of Agriculture

"It's a good time for agriculture and an even better time to be at Murray State in agriculture," says the Hutson School of Agriculture Dean Tony Brannon. He joins Kate Lochte on Sounds Good to talk about another record year of enrollment, a new high profile crop approaching harvest and a fundraising gala for The Arboretum.

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Kentucky's Executive Branch Ethics Commission has approved an agreement with former two-term Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer to resolve administrative charges related to his management of the department. That agreement is part of an overall deal that will also resolve government corruption charges pending in state and federal court. 

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer will meet with local judge executives next Tuesday concerning this year’s increased mosquito levels.

Judge-executives from Calloway, Marshall, Lyon and Trigg counties sent a letter to the commissioner asking for aerial pesticide spraying. The commissioner responded by requesting an in-person meeting. 

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Another supporter has come out in favor of industrial hemp in Kentucky. The state’s largest business group, the Kentucky Chamber, announced today that it supports hemp as a crop for oil and fiber.

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Four more counties in the Jackson Purchase have been given the ‘exceptional drought’ status by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 

Nesler Takes Ag Department Post

Jun 11, 2012

Retiring 2nd District State Representative Fred Nesler has left the legislature earlier than expected to take an administrative post with Kentucky’s Department of Agriculture. 

Forest Service Payments

Feb 17, 2012

Projects to improve roads and forest trails in rural Kentucky counties are facing their last round of funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The agency announced Friday that more than $307 million will be distributed to states with national forest lands, marking the final payment under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act. Kentucky, which is home to Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area and the Daniel Boone National Forest, will get a final check for $1.8 million.