drought

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

www.en.wikipedia.com

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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Drought
9:00 am
Sun July 29, 2012

USDA Officials Visit Drought Stricken Region

Farmers around the Midwest are seeing their crops and livestock die in the midst of one of the most severe droughts in the region in years. The drought was recently upgraded in severity to “Exceptional Drought,” the highest level on the drought severity scale. United States Department of Agriculture officials are looking at ways to help out farmers. USDA Deputy Under Secretary Karis Gutter toured the region last week to meet with farmers. WKMS’s Shelly Baskin spoke with Gutter about what he learned.

Environment
10:00 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Drought Brings New Challenges to River Traffic

Captain Ehlman's ship docks at Paducah's riverfront to change crews.

Much of western Kentucky has been upgraded to “exceptional” drought status .This means crops are struggling, sport practices are being canceled, and bottled water sales are up. The effects reach past the shoreline, though, to our waterways. Regional lakes and rivers are below normal levels. Rose Krzton-Presson explores how a nearly 10 foot drop in the Ohio River has affected traffic for both the Four Rivers Region, and all of the southeastern United States.

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Afternoon Update
3:32 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Afternoon Round-Up 7/27/12

Hundreds of Native Americans are expected to gather Saturday at a former dairy farm in Goshen, Conn., to hold a sacred naming ceremony for what they hope is a rare white buffalo.
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Today on NPR: In Connecticut, the birth of what's thought to be a rare white bison is drawing Native Americans to a sacred ceremony.

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Environment
1:16 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Drought Good for Honey Farmers

While most farmers can expect reduced yields this year, beekeepers look forward to a bumper honey crop. Flowering plants produce thicker nectar when moisture is scarce, and that makes a bee’s job a little easier. 

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Environment
1:11 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

W. Ky. Reaches "Exceptional" Drought Status

www.wikipedia.com

The National Drought Mitigation Center has upgraded much of western Kentucky to “exceptional drought” status. Climatologist Brian Fuchs says exceptional drought, or D4, is the highest drought level. It’s characterized by widespread crop loss and water restrictions in some places.

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Environment
8:19 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Severe Drought State of Emergency Declared

www.wikipedia.com

Drought and high temperatures have led the U.S. Department of Agriculture to declare a state of emergency in our region.   

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Afternoon Update
3:13 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Afternoon Round-Up 7/24/12

Currently, Stanford offers online courses on subjects such as cryptography and human-computer interaction — all free, but without credit.
Fred Hsu wikimedia commons

Today on NPR: Now that Stanford, Harvard and other top American universities are offering free online courses, will students one day be able to get course credits and degrees online from these schools without having to pay for it? Stanford's president says his school "can see moving in that direction."

Jackson Purchase:

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