• On National FFA Week, join in reflecting on the importance of FFA in Kentucky

    By Ryan Quarles, Commissioner of Agriculture, Commonwealth
    of Kentucky
    This is National FFA Week, so I wanted to let Kentuckians know how important FFA is to me.
    Growing up on a farm in central Kentucky, where my family has lived and farmed for more than 200 years, I proudly wore the blue corduroy jacket as an active member of Scott County High School’s FFA chapter.

  • USDA sees strong demand for Conservation Reserve Program

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is reminding farmers and ranchers that the competitive sign-up deadline for its most popular voluntary conservation program, the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), is Feb. 26, 2016. This will be one of the most competitive general sign-up periods in history, in part due a statutory limit on the number of acres that can be enrolled in the program. The most competitive applications will be those that combine multiple conservation benefits, such as water quality and wildlife habitat.

  • Fat is not always a bad word

    By Jessica Barnes, County extension agent for agriculture & natural resources
    Is fat a bad word? Not necessarily. Simply put, fat is just the body’s storage form for energy. If an animal consumes more energy than it uses, their body will store the excess calories as fat - like money in the bank they can use in an energy shortage (think cows calving in late winter). Fat imparts flavor to food (like a T-bone steak) but it also adds calories. So managing fat can be a delicate issue in the cattle business.

  • McCauley is new member of American Angus Association

    Adam R.B. McCauley, Cynthiana, is a new junior member of the American Angus Association®, reports Allen Moczygemba, CEO of the national organization with headquarters in Saint Joseph, Mo.
    Junior members of the Association are eligible to register cattle in the American Angus Association, participate in programs conducted by the National Junior Angus Association and take part in Association-sponsored shows and other national and regional events.

  • KFB wins American Farm Bureau New Horizon award for helping farmers protect livestock from black vulture attacks

    The Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) won the 2016 American Farm Bureau New Horizon Award for its efforts in helping Kentucky farmers protect livestock from black vulture attacks.
    Livestock losses due to black vulture depredation has become a very serious issue in Kentucky as the cattle industry here has grown to be the largest of any state east of the Mississippi.

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  • Harrison County Farm Bureau receives 2015 Young Farmer Gold Star Award of Excellence

    Recognized for the achievements of its Young Farm Program this year, Harrison County Farm Bureau received the 2015 Gold Star Award of Excellence during Kentucky Farm Bureau’s annual meeting in Louisville. The award honors a county’s Young Farmer Committee for its active participation in Farm Bureau leadership development programs, state competitions, and educational or promotional initiatives.

  • Kentucky Agricultural Finance Corp. approves more than $1.8 million in loans

    The Kentucky Agricultural Finance Corp. (KAFC) approved $1,808,174 in 16 agricultural loans for projects in the Commonwealth at its board meeting today.
    Beginning Farmer Loan Program (BFLP)
    Beginning Farmer loans totaled $1,380,674 for 10 recipients in Calloway, Graves, Harrison, Lincoln, Marion, McLean, Mercer, and Washington counties.

  • USDA announces enrollment period for Safety Net Coverage in 2016

    U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini announces that producers who chose coverage from the safety net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill, known as the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs, can begin visiting FSA county offices starting Dec. 7, 2015, to sign contracts to enroll in coverage for 2016. The enrollment period will continue until Aug. 1, 2016.

  • December marks 30th anniversary of the nation’s most successful voluntary conservation program

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack reminds farmers and ranchers that the next general enrollment period for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) began Dec. 1, 2015, and ends on Feb. 26, 2016. December 2015 also marks the 30th anniversary of CRP, a federally funded program that assists agricultural producers with the cost of restoring, enhancing and protecting certain grasses, shrubs and trees to improve water quality, prevent soil erosion and reduce loss of wildlife habitat.