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Farmers in far western Kentucky are hopeful for the rainy weather this 4th of July weekend. The National Weather Service in Paducah reports June was tied as the fifth driest on record with average highs near 90.

High Hopes For Hemp

Jun 27, 2016
Nicole Erwin, Ohio Valley ReSource

Farmers throughout the Ohio Valley want to revive a crop that was once a staple in the region: hemp. After a ban that lasted more than half a century, the 2014 Farm Bill allowed states to grow hemp in research programs. Growers and processors in Kentucky are aggressively putting that research program to work in hopes of winning a share of the booming market for hemp products. 

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

As the region reaches the peak summer season for crop acreage reporting, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is streamlining the process so farmers and ranchers can participate in crop insurance programs.

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A Kentucky program that increases the amount of produce in food banks is paying farmers more for their crops. The Kentucky Farms to Food Banks program wants to make sure farmers can cover the cost of growing, picking and getting their produce to food banks. 

John Null/WKMS

Over the weekend, five of the six candidates running to succeed retiring Congressman Ed Whitfield as the next Representative of Kentucky’s 1st Congressional District took part in a Kentucky Farm Bureau forum in Murray.


Kentucky Grain Insurance Fund Nears $5 Million

Mar 24, 2016
Kentucky Department of Agriculture

Kentucky's Grain Insurance Fund is at an all-time high. According to the state Department of Agriculture, the total stands at $4.8 million thanks to accrued interest and no payouts since October of 2000. 

At the Lee Valley consignment sale near Tekamah, Neb., dozens of used tractors, planters and other equipment were on the auction block for farmers trying to save a few extra dollars. It was a muddy day, with trucks and four-wheelers leaving deep black ruts — fitting conditions for an industry wallowing in bad news.

As an African-American, John Boyd Jr. might not be what Americans imagine when they think of a typical farmer. But Boyd has been farming his entire life, like his father, grandfather and great-grandfather before him. He grows wheat, corn and soybeans and has cattle at his southwestern Virginia farm.

Farm subsidies don't lack for critics. Free-market conservatives and welfare state-defending liberals alike have called for deep cuts in these payments to farmers. After all, farmers, as a group, are wealthier than the average American. Why should they get tens of billions of dollars each year in federal aid?

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

This holiday season, many families will decorate Christmas trees and front yards with dazzling electric lights, travel long-distance, maybe hundreds of miles to visit relatives, or turn up the central heat and do some online shopping for gifts. A lot has changed about how we celebrate and survive the winter months over the past 160 years. On Sounds Good, Matt Markgraf speaks with Land Between the Lakes Homeplace Lead Interpreter Cindy Earls about how farm families celebrated Christmas in 1850.

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