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4:13 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Why Farmers Aren't Cheering This Year's Monster Harvest

Sunlight streams into a corn storage building at a Michlig Grain storage facility in Sheffield, Illinois, U.S., on Oct. 31, 2014. The price of corn has been falling for months.
Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Originally published on Tue November 4, 2014 5:32 pm

U.S. farmers are bringing in what's expected to be a record-breaking harvest for both corn and soybeans. But for many farmers, that may be too much of a good thing.

Farmers will haul in 4 billion bushels of soybeans and 14.5 billion bushels of corn, according to USDA estimates. The problem? Demand can't keep up with that monster harvest. Corn and soybean prices have been falling for months. A bushel of corn is now worth under $4 — about half what it was two years ago.

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Environment
3:45 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Dawson Springs to Add Pedestrian-Friendly Trail

Credit City of Dawson Springs/Facebook

Kentuckians near Dawson Springs will soon have access to a pedestrian-friendly trail that connects the town to the Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park.

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Environment
12:18 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

USDA Launches Website to Help Landowners Manage Climate Change Risk

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 6:01 am

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has launched a new website designed to provide practical information to farmers, ranchers and landowners dealing with the effects of climate change across the country.

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Environment
4:35 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Circumstances and Extent of Honeywell Gas Leak in Dispute

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Following a uranium hexafluoride leak Sunday night at the Metropolis, Illinois Honeywell facility, United Steelworkers Local 7-669 officials allege the incident stems from equipment improperly installed by outside contractors, work they say was previously done in-house by their members.  

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Environment
7:22 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Radioactive Leak at Honeywell

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Honeywell’s Metropolis facility experienced a leak of the radioactive gas, Uranium Hexaflouride Sunday night around 7:35. Honeywell officials say the leak was caused by an equipment failure in the main production building.

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Environment
4:57 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Kentucky Noted as 'Most-Improved' in Annual Energy Efficiency Rankings

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 1:55 pm

An energy policy non-profit today released its annual ranking of states by energy efficiency programs.

Though Kentucky is still in the bottom half of the list, it was recognized as one of the “most-improved” states.

Indiana, on the other hand, fell the furthest and is currently ranked 40th out of 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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Environment
4:08 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Families Join Tree Frog & Friends at Nature Station 'Howl-O-Ween' Bash

Credit landbetweenthelakes.us

The season of Halloween may be just too frightening for some, so Land Between the Lakes' Woodlands Nature Station offers a family friendly activity this Saturday. The 20th Annual Howl-O-Ween is a kid-friendly, non-scary daytime event featuring Tree Frog and his Superheroes. Families take a guided walk through a forested trail, meeting costumed animal characters along the way, with singing and treats. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with Nature Station's Aviva Yasgur about the event.

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Environment
3:41 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Kentucky Biofuels Division Director Outlines Rewnewable Energy Plan

MSU Agriculture Dean Tony Brannon gives update on KDA Hemp Project at Bioenergy Day event
Credit Murray State University, Facebook

Murray State University hosts representatives from Frankfort and statewide agencies in the energy sector today for an observance of National Bioenergy Day (#bioenergyday) at the Equine Center. Sessions include conversations on energy strategies involving advanced biofuels, woody biomass and the first modern legal harvest of industrial hemp in Kentucky (today at Murray State).

The observance also includes the official lighting of Murray State's bio-burners and the announcement of a state wood energy grant. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte gets the details from Tim Hughes, Director of the Division of Biofuels of the Kentucky Department of Energy Development and Independence. 

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Environment
4:19 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

These Beetles are Making a New Kind of Sound

A beetle of the Hydrophilidae family, more specifically the Tropisternus genus.
Credit user Fredlyfish4, via Wikimedia Commons

At some point, many of us have taken time to just sit down and listen to the birds sing. Ornithologists and avid listeners can usually identify birds just by their calls. MSU Biology professor Michael Flinn and former grad student Nissa Rudh are trying to ID something a little different.

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Environment
10:20 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Study Shows Direct Connections Between Mountaintop Removal Dust Exposure and Lung Cancer

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 4:11 pm

A new epidemiological study adds to the growing body of scientific evidence that mountaintop removal coal mining is harmful to the health of nearby residents.

The study published last week in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Science and Technology used dust samples from homes near a mountaintop removal site in West Virginia, as well as a control site far from mining in the eastern part of the state.

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