Kentucky Department of Agriculture

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Kentucky Department of Agriculture has opened applications for Kentuckians looking to grow hemp as part of the state’s industrial hemp research pilot program in 2018. 

Courtesy of Kentucky Department of Agriculture

The Kentucky Hunger Initiative is distributing more than 150 donated freezers to food banks across the commonwealth.

Michasia Dowdy, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org, CC 3.0

  A pesticide to combat the sugarcane aphid has received emergency exemption status in hopes of protecting Kentucky’s sweet sorghum industry.  Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) Commissioner Ryan Quarles issued a crisis declaration to the EPA to rush approval of Sivanto Prime.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

The Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture is warning farmers of recent hay scams targeting buyers and sellers. 

Joseph Kelly, Murray KY

  Applicants for Kentucky’s Industrial Hemp Pilot Program will have the chance to appear before an appeals panel under a new process in a bill awaiting the Governor’s signature.

Whitney Jones, WKMS

Kentuckians interested in participating in the state’s industrial hemp research pilot program next year are invited to apply to the 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. 

Mr.Smith Chetanachan, 123rf Stock Photo

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. 

Kentucky Department of Agriculture

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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