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Farming

  • Kentucky producers have until Aug. 1 to submit FSA County Committee nominations

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting Executive Director for Kentucky, Robert W. Finch, reminds farmers and ranchers that they have until Aug. 1, 2017, to nominate eligible candidates to serve on local FSA county committees.
    County committees are made up of farmers and ranchers elected by other producers in their communities to guide the delivery of farm programs at the local level.

  • State ag department taking applications for 2017 Farm to Fork program

    Community organizations are invited to apply to host Kentucky Proud dinners now through the fall of 2017.
    The Kentucky Proud Farm to Fork Program will provide funding to qualifying applicants for dinners that showcase local food products. The program will also promote local agritourism businesses and provide educational background on locally produced agricultural food and products.

  • Smokeless tobacco proposal comment period extended

    Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles has announced that the comment period for a proposed federal regulation on smokeless tobacco products has been extended from April 10 to July 10.
    “This proposed rule would have a devastating economic impact on dark tobacco growers and businesses in Kentucky,” Quarles said. “If enacted, it would have the effect of banning the sale of smokeless tobacco in the United States. I urge anyone who has an interest to send your comments to Washington and let your voice be heard.”

  • Deadline for Leopold Conservation award nominations in Kentucky is April 1

    Kentucky farmers are reminded that applications for the 2017 Leopold Conservation Award in Kentucky are due by April 1.
    “The Leopold Conservation Award promotes an ethic of voluntary conservation and land stewardship,” Commissioner Quarles said. “It recognizes farmers who go the extra mile to care for their land so that it will care for them in return. We are proud to be a part of this important program.”

  • It’s CSA time! Produce basket applications have started

    Community Supported Agriculture gives the general public a way to connect with local farmers without the middleman, saving money, allowing opportunities to buy high quality, healthy, local fruits and vegetables that haven’t traveled several hundred miles to get here. This eliminate the fumes and toxins that can be absorbed by produce in transit.

  • County committee election results are in

    Sandra Palmer of Cynthiana was elected to represent LAA 2 and Ryan Ross of Berry will serve as the first alternate.
    Elected county committee members serve a three-year term and are responsible for making decisions on FSA disaster, conservation, commodity, and price support programs, as well as other important federal farm program issues.

  • The best practices for preventing grass tetany in cattle

    Jessica Barnes,
    Co. Extension Agent for Ag
    & Natural Resources

  • Vilsack releases statement on SNAP

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack releases  statement on the House Committee on Agriculture’s new report on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which contains the Committee’s findings from a series of hearings on the program:

  • FSA extends voting deadline for county committee elections

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Kentucky Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, John W. McCauley, announces that the deadline to submit ballots for the 2016 County Committee Elections has been extended to ensure farmers and ranchers have sufficient time to vote. Eligible voters now have until Dec. 13, 2016 to return ballots to their local FSA offices. Producers who have not received their ballot should pick one up at their local FSA office.

  • USDA announces applications available for CSP

    Starting in November, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will accept and process applications for enrollment in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), the nation’s largest conservation program. Applications will be made available in local service centers.