Kentucky Department of Agriculture

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. 

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The Kentucky Department of Agriculture is expecting a busier-than-usual mosquito spraying season.

While state officials have reported only a handful of infections, fears of the Zika virus have the department ramping up operations.

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. 

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A Murray local has been selected to head a division at the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.  

Ag Commissioner Ryan Quarles says Brent Burchett will head the Division of Value-Added Plant Production.  

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The Kentucky Department of Agriculture is establishing a new Commission on Hunger.

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles made the announcement Thursday at the state capitol during a rally against hunger.  

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The Kentucky Department of Agriculture has received a $291,564 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help strengthen the commonwealth’s specialty crops market.

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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.

To Save These Pigs, Ky. Farmer Says We Have To Eat Them

Jul 21, 2014

Robertson County has the smallest population of any county in the state of Kentucky, and it's the only one, word has it, without a stoplight.

So it's an unlikely place to find a campaign to keep the food system more genetically diverse. But that is exactly what's happening on a small farm owned by Travis Hood, called Hood's Heritage Hogs.

What Role Can Hemp Play in Kentucky's Future Ag Economy?

May 30, 2014
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It’s a cool, overcast afternoon at Gaining Grounds Farm, about 60 miles south of Lexington. About 90 people, many of them veterans, farmers, or a combination thereof, are seated under a makeshift tent, taking refuge from a light rain that’s drizzling Gaining Ground's undulating 425 acres.

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  The Kentucky Department of Agriculture is preparing to go to court to get 250 pounds of hemp seeds released to the state.  The seeds, imported from Italy, are being held at a UPS warehouse in Louisville.  The Drug Enforcement Administration argues a special permit is needed from the federal agency, despite language in the Farm Bill.                                               

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