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.
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.
People in the United States throw out about 133 billion pounds of uneaten food each year, which is something the United States Department of Agriculture and Environmental Project Agency want to stem. The offices announced last week the nation’s first ever food waste reduction goal of 50 percent by 2030, cutting food waste to 66.5 billion pounds a year.