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  • January 01, 2010

Kentucky Farm Bureau president Mark Haney offers his view on some of the issues that farmers will face in 2010 like the state budget, animal care, and pending federal climate change legislation; and he’s fairly optimistic about the economic year ahead.

Listen: January 1, 2010, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • December 31, 2009

Kentucky’s grape production and wine making industry continues to grow and provide more opportunity for farmers and land owners here. UK horticulture specialist John Strang discusses that trend and a couple others.

Listen: December 31, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • December 30, 2009

A report on a few last minute strategies for farmers to deal with managing federal tax liability. Jerry Pierce, coordinator of UK’s Farm Business Management program offers a few tips and then has recommendations for tax planning in 2010.

Listen: December 30, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • December 29, 2009

A ‘year in review’ report on the ag sector with Ky Farm Bureau president Mark Haney of Pulaski County who says some producers struggled with wet weather impacts throughout 2009, but that was far better than the dry conditions of the last two years.

Listen: December 29, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • December 28, 2009

The selection process is now underway for participants in the Kentucky Proud program to become eligible to have their products featured at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. The games’ “ag liaison,” Angela Blank, provides details.

Listen: December 28, 2009,  mp3 @ 28.8K

  • December 25, 2009

Cravens Greenhouse operation in Clinton County was approved for a small but important Ag Development grant to install facilities to process sweet sorghum cane. Danny and Loretta Cravens feel the project will provide a sales opportunity for several farmers in the region and be well received by sorghum lovers.

Listen: December 25, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • December 24, 2009

January 4-5 in Lexington several fruit and vegetable associations and related groups will hold their annual meetings and a huge commodity conference. UK horticulture specialist John Strang discusses the conference and an “overall” good year for producers.

Listen: December 24, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • December 23, 2009

A report on the “Don’t Cap Our Future” campaign among Kentucky farmers who have objection to certain elements of pending federal legislation dealing with global warming.

Listen: December 23, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • December 22, 2009

A feature story on Kentucky’s Outstanding Young Farm Family, Aaron and Ashley Reding of Larue County. They have a fairly large grain operation with much of their corn being “niche marketed” to Kentucky’s bourbon industry.

Listen: December 22, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • December 21, 2009

A report on the projection for a big drop in Kentucky farm income for ’09 when compared with record growth of ’08. UK Ag Economist Craig Infanger says the world economic slump has trickled down to agriculture.

Listen: December 21, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • December 18, 2009

An update on the state’s sheep and goat production industries, and a suggestion for perhaps starting a new meal tradition with lamb or goat on the holiday dining table.

Listen: December 18, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • December 17, 2009

The UK College of Agriculture has done some consolidation at its facilities in eastern Kentucky in and around Breathitt County. David Ditsch, director of the newly named Center for Appalachian Resource Sustainability talks about those changes and hopes for the future.

Listen: December 17, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • December 16, 2009

An experiment to use goats to help cut costs in maintenance requirements at the Bluegrass Station (industrial park) has worked out well for both that facility and the farmers with whom they partnered for the project.

Listen: December 16, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • December 15, 2009

It isn’t pleasant to think about but during this holiday season the incidence of home burglaries does increase, but we can do something about that. Ky State Police Lieutenant, David Jude, has some burgler-busting tips for homeowners.

Listen: December 15, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • December 14, 2009

A report on year-end business maneuvers that farmers can employ to reduce tax liabilities. Jerry Pierce, state coordinator of UK’s Farm Business Management program offers some suggestions.

Listen: December 14, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • December 11, 2009

A report with a few safety tips on holiday decorating with Ricki Gardenhire with the Ky Public Protection Cabinet. Their focus this year is “T.L.C.” paying attention to safety efforts with the “tree, lighting, and candles.”

Listen: December 11, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • December 10, 2009

Grant County fair board member Tina Webster is featured in a report about the recent $35,000 ag development grant that they’ve received to improve their farmers’ market effort.

Listen: December 10, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • December 09, 2009

It’s called “Win with Wood” and it’s now been re-directed toward 4-H and FFA youngsters in the Eastern Kentucky region to acquaint them with job opportunities in the timber industry. Forest research specialist at UK’s Robinson Center in Breathitt County, Carroll Fackler, talks about this growing program for youth in that region.

Listen: December 9, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • December 08, 2009

It started slowly, very slowly, but interest in no-till wheat production is up to an estimated 75% of acreage planted in Ky. Dr. Lloyd Murdock, director of UK’s Princeton research center talks about the environmental and economic benefits of this trend.

Listen: December 8, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • December 07, 2009

A dairy product micro-processing seminar set for tomorrow in Elizabethtown is drawing significant interest among Ky dairymen. Maury Cox with the Ky Dairy Development Council explains that consumer interest and economic conditions in the dairy industry are both contributing factors.

Listen: December 7, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • December 04, 2009

A report on U-Cut Christmas Tree season which is in high gear over the next two weekends, and operators are hoping for good weather. Jim Fehr, a Clark County tree grower discusses the business and the great time that families have coming out to the farm to cut their trees.

Listen: December 4, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • December 03, 2009

Looking for some holiday gift ideas? How about a silk tie or a travel bag done up in the new “UK Plaid?” A feature story on how to discover those gift ideas and how that project has been a ‘real life’ educational experience for the students involved in developing it.

Listen: December 3, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • December 02, 2009

It’s been several years in the planning but UK’s new major in equine science and management is underway. The program’s associate director Dr. Bob Coleman says it’s attracting a good number of students and continues to grow.

Listen: December 2, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • December 01, 2009

A preview report of this week’s (Dec 2-5) Ky Farm Bureau annual meeting at the Galt House in Louisville. Organization CEO, David Beck, discusses the year that the organization has had, and talks about a few of the policy issues they’ll debate at the state convention.

Listen: December 1, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • November 30, 2009

The last of three feature stories with the top three finalists of Ky’s Outstanding Young Farm Family contest, Aaron Reding. The Reding’s make extensive use of GPS technology and feel that makes them better environmental stewards.

Listen: November 30, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • November 27, 2009

The Ky Association of Farmers Markets may be looking for a few more county farmers markets to experiment with mobile processing of debit cards at their locations. Additional sales seem to well make up for the added expense of this service.

Listen: November 27, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • November 26, 2009

A feature story with one of the home economists on duty today, Thanksgiving Day, at the Butterball turkey talk line. They’re on duty to help out turkey day cooks who may run into a jam preparing the big meal. (1 800 butterball or

Listen: November 26, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • November 25, 2009

A report on some of the hot farm issues as the Ky Farm Bureau prepares for its annual meeting, Dec 2-4. FB vice president John Hendricks of Clark County discusses a few of the items that voting delegates will debate at the annual convention.

Listen: November 25, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • November 24, 2009

What’s new in Kentucky agriculture? Sweet potatoes. They’re trying them out in Morgan and surrounding counties and the potential looks very good. Comments with Morgan County extension agent, Sarah Fannin.

Listen: November 24, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • November 23, 2009

Sometimes the package is as important as the product; at least that’s been the case with success of marketing milk in fast food restaurants. Eric McClain with the Southeast United Dairy Industry Association talks about their link with the fast food industry.

Listen: November 23, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • November 20, 2009

A feature report with one of the home economists with the Butterball Turkey Talkline. She discusses the proper technique for getting that frozen bird thawed; and it may take longer than you think. But don’t panic, you can call 800 butterball for help.

Listen: November 20, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • November 19, 2009

Chris and Misty Thorn of Almo, Kentucky have also made it into the finals of the Outstanding Young Farm Family Contest. Chris says he thinks part of the reason is their ability in the machine shop and in getting a big job done with very little outside help.

Listen: November 19, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • November 18, 2009

A report on a western Kentucky farmer who took a few low-cost items on his farm to help him develop a seed cart system to cut labor when loading up the seed boxes on grain planters. Comments from Fulton County farmer, Glenn Howell.

Listen: November 18, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • November 17, 2009

An update on the Kentucky Large/Food Animal Veterinary Incentive Program now underway to assist local vets and vet technicians with remaining student loan debt. Susie Tanner with Farm Bureau says it’s one small step to try and retain large animal vets. (deadline Dec 1, 09).

Listen: November 17, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • November 16, 2009

A feature story with Shane Wiseman who along with wife Stephanie are one of the top three finalists in the Outstanding Young Farm Family competition for 2009.

Listen: November 16, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • November 13, 2009

An update on the invasion of Kentucky by the Emerald Ash Borer which has the potential to devastate 10-15% of Kentucky’s trees. UK Entomologist Blake Newton has the latest data and a few suggestion for land owners with ash trees.

Llisten: November 13, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • November 12, 2009

Feldhaus continues his feature reports on participants in the Farmer Idea Exchange Competition. The focus of this report is Kenny Imel a roadside market operator in Greenup County.

Listen: November 12, 2009,  mp3 @ 28.8K

  • November 11, 2009

A report on progress underway with UK’s New Crop Opportunities Center. Coordinator Christy Cassidy is featured as they look into potential pathways for Ky farmers ‘after’ tobacco.

Listen: November 11, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • November 10, 2009

A feature story on a series of district dairy meetings hosted by the American Dairy Association of Ky. Comments with SUDIA’s Eric McClain who says their focus on sales efforts these days is aimed at partnerships with the fast food industry, and it’s working.

Listen: November 10, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • November 09, 2009

A preview report on the North American International Livestock Exposition underway in Louisville through November 20th. State fair board president and CEO, Harold Workman is featured.

Listen: November 9, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • November 06, 2009

A follow-up report on deer-automobile collision season. The Ky Division of Fish and Wildlife’s David Yancey offers tips on what to do if a deer auto mishap “happens” to you.

Listen: November 6, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • November 05, 2009

Use your head and keep a helmet on it, might be a fair characterization from state police authorities on the trends in fatalities resulting from All Terrain Vehicle accidents. State Police Lt. David Jude is featured giving third quarter statistics on motor vehicle Accidentals.

Listen: November 5, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • November 04, 2009

An update on the Ky Farmer’s Market Association pilot project to utilize EBT and debit cards at farmers markets. Preliminary indications are that the idea can draw enough added business to cover installation and monthly fees.

Listen: November 4, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • November 03, 2009

A feature story on a unique farm innovation, one of the entries in Kentucky Farm Bureau’s Farmer Idea Exchange competition: the ‘handy cattle caddy, developed by Lincoln County farmer, Alan Hubble.

Listen: November 3, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • November 02, 2009

A report on UK’s “Saddle Up Safely” program a new five-year campaign to call attention to reduce the number of injuries from horse riding accidents.

Listen: November 2, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • October 30, 2009

A report the Kentucky Women in Agriculture group which next week, Nov 4-6, will be hosting its 10th annual conference, this year moving west to Bowling Green. The group’s president, Jenny Inman, discusses the conference and the challenges of women and their families in making it in agriculture.

Listen: October 30, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • October 29, 2009

An update on the “UK Plaid” project undertaken by university students to develop a new product from concept to retail package. Scarlett Wesley assistant professor in the UK Department of Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles.

Listen: October 29, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • October 28, 2009

A feature story with Union County farmer Don Clements on development of his “Up and Over 4-wheeler Cattle Guard.” Clements is participating in this fall’s “farmer idea exchange competition.

Listen: October 28, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • October 27, 2009

Farm Bureau, the Ky Cattlemen’s Association and a host of partners are working on an incentive program to attract large/food animal veterinarians to the state. Farm Bureau President Mark Haney comments.

Listen: October 27, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • October 26, 2009

The number of auto-deer collisions will be taking its usual spike upward over the next month and a half. A report with Ky Fish and Wildlife Resources’ David Yancey on how to try and avoid car-deer collisions.

Listen: October 26, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • October 23, 2009

A report on the 10th annual Kentucky Grazing Conference in Princeton, which will focus on the tremendous cost savings that livestock producers can achieve with extended grazing of pastures versus the cost of feeding of stored feed supplies.

Listen: October 23, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • October 22, 2009

The states bee population is in good shape but this has been a down year in terms of honey production. A conversation with state apiarist, Phil Craft, on bee trends, and ever-increasing interest from newer bee keepers.

Listen: October 22, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • October 21, 2009

A feature story on the enrollment patters at the UK College of Agriculture. Dean, Scott Smith, discusses trends and patterns and progress despite the lean times in education budgeting.

Listen: October 21, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8

  • October 20, 2009

An update on the invasion of the Emerald Ash Borer into Kentucky. UK entomologist Lee Townsend discusses the rate of movement and how we can all deal with this serious threat to ash trees.

Listen: October 20, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • October 19, 2009

A story on Kentucky’s “Farmer of the Year,” Doug Langley of Shelby County as this week he’ll be at the Sunbelt Ag Expo representing the Bluegrass State in the Southeastern Farmer of the Year competition.

Listen: October 19, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • October 16, 2009

A feature story with Roger Thomas who heads up the Governor’s Office of Ag Policy, on their efforts to increase energy efficiencies on Kentucky farms. Thomas discusses the ag development cost share program that just recent got a $2 million federal boost.

Listen: October 16, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • October 15, 2009

The cost share program to help local county fairs invest in facility upgrades has made quite a difference in many counties. Mike Phillips, extension agent in Nicholas County talks about the economic stimulus that a cost share grant has had for their county.

Listen: October 15, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • October 14, 2009

The season for the digging and sale of the ginseng root is now underway in Kentucky. This wild growing plant is worth about $300 a pound this year. The Ky Ag Department’s Anna Lucio discusses the basic rules for harvest and sale.

Listen: October 14, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • October 13, 2009

A feature story on the ‘performance tested buck sale’ this Saturday in Franklin County which will provide a tremendous opportunity for meat goat producers to improve the genetics of their herds. Marketing specialist for the Ky Ag Dept, Tess Caudill, explains.

Listen: October 13, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • October 12, 2009

A story on the “right to farm” ordinance passed in Wayne County. Local farm leaders Jack Roberts and Dan Vickery say it’s designed to alert new neighbors moving into rural areas about farm practices, and to protect farmers as well.

Listen: October 12, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • October 09, 2009

Harvest season is probably the most likely time that farm equipment will have to be moved from farm to farm, and will be out on the road. UK farm safety specialist Mark Purschwitz offers some common sense practices to reduce the chances for car/farm equipment collisions on the roadway.

Listen: October 9, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • October 08, 2009

A report on the Ky Ag Department’s county fair grant program. Hardin County fair chairman Larry Jaggers says they received a $100,000 grant two years ago, and it’s had a major impact on their fair and has created potential for economic growth.

Listen: October 8, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • October 07, 2009

The Kentucky Beef Network (KBN) recently received a sizeable grant from the Ky Ag Development Board to continue that program effort. KBN’S Becky Bennett discusses the ongoing work of the effort and the impact that it is having at the local level.

Listen: October 7, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • October 06, 2009

There’s a new “farm-city” facility now open for business on the campus of Murray State University. Director of MSU’s School of Agriculture talks about the university’s new arboretum and its value as an educational resource for the region.

Listen: October 6, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • October 05, 2009

A story on the growing potential for bio-mass fuel production and expanded acreage for Kentucky farmers to produce the crops to convert to that fuel. Dr. Len Peters, Secretary of the Cabinet for Energy and Environment.

Listen: October 5, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • October 02, 2009

It’s fall festival season at Kentucky roadside farmers markets with plenty of exciting activities for visitors to experience. Comments from Mercer County farmer Glenn Devine, and Feldhaus provides some web sites with agri-tourism spots.

Listen: October 2, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • October 01, 2009

The state’s sweet sorghum crop is down a little (maybe 5%) but Montgomery County producer Danny Townsend says there will be plenty to go around. He comments on marketing trends in the industry and on his own efforts to remember and to demonstrate the “old ways” of sorghum production.

Listen: October 1, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • September 30, 2009

An update on $2 million in federal stimulus money headed to Kentucky which will be directed to the ag sector; half to help farmers increase energy use efficiencies, and the other to bolster new effort in bio-fuels development here.

Listen: September 30, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • September 29, 2009

A report on the current “comment period” on the federal Department of Labor’s proposals to, once again, revise the H2A guest worker program. Kentucky Farm Bureau president, Mark Haney comments on his concerns about the possible changes.

Listen: September 29, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • September 28, 2009

Kentucky sheep and goat producers will be voting this Thursday at local extension offices on the possibility of instituting a grower-funded ‘check off’ to be used for market promotion and research in their respective types of agriculture.

Listen: September 28, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • September 25, 2009

Next Wednesday, Sep 30, is the deadline for farmers to sign up for the Conservation Stewardship Program. Ky Assistant State Conservationist, Deena Wheby, with the Natural Resources Conservation Service offers a few details on the program and how it can impact the environment and pocket books.

Listen: September25, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • September 24, 2009

A feature story on Ky Farm Bureau’s ‘campaign management seminar’ designed to assist citizens who want to take the next step in the governmental process, and actually run for office. The farm group’s national affairs director Joe
Cain comments on the success of the program.

Listen: September 24, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • September 23, 2009

An update on Kentucky’s 2009 sweet sorghum crop with Montgomery County’s Danny Townsend, President of the Ky Sorghum Producers and Processors’ Association.

Listen: September 23, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • September 22, 2009

A special feature with McLean County dairyman Kelly Thurman discussing the incredibly low prices dairy farmers are receiving for their milk and how they’re trying to cope until prices improve.

Listen: September 22, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • September 21, 2009

A report on National Farm Safety and Health Week (Sep 20-26). The theme this year is “Rural Roadway Saftey…Alert, Aware, & Alive.” UK safety specialist Mark Purschwitz offers some tips on dealing with farm equipment being moved on
Ky highways this fall.

Listen: September 21, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • September 18, 2009

We’re right in the middle of the Kentucky freshwater prawn harvesting season which is a real opportunity for food lovers to get some super fresh product right at pond side. Ky Ag Dept aquaculture coordinator, Angela Caporelli, provides details.

Listen: September 18, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • September 17, 2009

The third and final installment of the Woodland Owners Short Course is set or Breckinridge County at the end of the month. UK forester Billy Thomas discusses some of the specific information available at the event that landowners can use to get value from their woodlands.

Listen: September 17, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • September 16, 2009

A special feature with Kentucky’s First Lady, Jane Beshear, who is on the teering committee for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games and the Kentucky Experience.”

Listen: September 16, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • September 15, 2009

A follow-up report on an agri-business/agri-tourism project that has grown into a nice little vacation or day trip destination in eastern Kentucky; it’s the Johnson County ‘Agri-tourism loop.’

Listen: September 15, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • September 14, 2009

A feature report on the tremendous impact of the timber industry on the state and a preview of the Ky Wood Expo coming up this weekend in London, KY.

Listen: September 14, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • September 11, 2009

Smaller, food-related businesses in Kentucky looking to expand markets internationally, are now eligible for federal cost share dollars to fund part of the expense of their expansion efforts. The Ky Ag Dept’s Kelly Ludwig is featured.

Listen: September 11, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • September 10, 2009

The Kentucky Ag Department has a brand new tractor rollover simulator device. KDA’s Dale Dobson says they do 112 demonstrations a year and reach over one million people with the message that the use of rollover protection systems and seatbelts with tractors, will save lives.

Listen: September 10, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • September 09, 2009

A feature report with the advisor to the Spencer County FFA chapter, Bland Baird. He talks about his son and another chapter member who have made it to the finals in the FFA Star Awards program (Oct 21-24).

Listen: September 9, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • September 08, 2009

The 2009 Kentucky Wood Expo is set for London, Ky on Sep 18 and 19. The Kentucky Forest Industries Association’s Melinda Sosby explains the show is targeted to that industry but the event will be fun for the casual visitor as well.

Listen: September 8, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • September 07, 2009

A special Labor Day report with the Mark Haney, President of Kentucky Farm Bureau the state’s largest general farm organization.

Listen: September 7, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • September 04, 2009

Labor Day Weekend is here; a great time for families across Kentucky to visit their favorite roadside market. Roadside operator, Mark Haney, of Pulaski County says for apple growers like himself, September and October will account for
70-80% of sales.

Listen: September 4, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • September 03, 2009

A report on a major forum (Sep 10)on carbon sequestration and other opportunities and challenges likely to be faced by agriculture as Congress moves forward towards a reduced carbon economy. Cam Metcalf, Executive Director of
the Ky Pollution Prevention Center is featured.

Listen: September 3, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • September 02, 2009

The deadline for Farm Bureau’s 2009 Farmer Idea Exchange is this Friday. Feldhaus features one of last year’s winner, Martin Thomas of Union County, discussing his automatic ‘wire re-winder.’

Listen: September 2, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • September 01, 2009

Several environmental issues are on the minds of farmers these days as Congress looks at climate chance legislation, and updating language in the Clean Water Act. Hardin County farmer, Larry Thomas comments.

Listen: September 1, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • August 31, 2009

Spencer County FFA’s Stephanie Mitchell is a finalist in the national FFA’s Star award in Agri-science. Local FFA chapter advisor, Darryl Matherly discusses some of Stephanie’s achievements and the significance of making the finals for this recognition.

Listen: August 31, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • August 28, 2009

Recent changes to the H2A guest worker program approved by the last administration, were, earlier this year, challenged by the incoming administration. Calloway County farmer, Mark Paschall, says farmers trying to go by the book in obtaining workers faced a “roller coaster ride” in knowing which rules to follow.

Listen: August 28, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • August 27, 2009

The “Becoming and Outdoors Woman” program of the Ky Division of Fish and Wildlife Resources is a huge hit. Coordinator Beth Minch explains what this weekend workshop entails and why it’s so popular.

Listen: August 27, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • August 26, 2009

A feature report with Eddie Warren of Madison County who’s innovation of a tractor assist, large round hay bale handler, earned for him a trip to the state and then the national Farmer Idea Exchange. The application period for that
contest is now open at local farm bureaus through Sep 4.

Listen: August 26, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • August 25, 2009

This Thursday is the Farm Bureau’s Country Ham Breakfast at the state fair. Coordinator, Jeff Harper, talks about what it takes to put one of these events together, and about the charity auction of the state fair grand champion ham.

Listen: August 25, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • August 24, 2009

There as beautiful as a picture post card, there as deadly as an avalanche; they are low-head dams. They’re very rarely built anymore, but there are plenty of them along Kentucky’s waterways. Ky Fish and Wildlife’s Lee McLellan explains.

Listen: August 24, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • August 21, 2009

Dealing with the problem of methamphetamine production is still a challenge for authorities. Ky State Police Sergeant, David Jude, discusses the problem for rural areas, particular the dangers of stumbling upon a current or
used, meth lab.

Listen: August 21, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • August 20, 2009

The Kentucky Ag Leadership Program is now accepting nominations for that prestigious series of leadership training workshops. UK Ag Economist Dr. Will Snell discusses the program and the tremendous opportunity that it offers.

Listen: August 20, 2009,  mp3 @ 28.8K

  • August 19, 2009

A feature report with Kentucky country ham producer, Leslie Scott, of Scott Hams in Greenville. Leslie is one of the founders of a cooperative program with 4-H helping youngsters learn leadership and responsibility through processing country hams.

Listen: August 19, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • August 18, 2009

The application period for Kentucky Farm Bureau’s ‘farmer idea exchange’ competition is now underway. Feldhaus has a feature with one of last year’s winners, Victor McElfresh of Bracken County.

Listen: August 18, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • August 17, 2009

There’s “big do’ins” scheduled for the Ky State Fair (Aug 20-30). Fair board president and CEO Harold Workman discusses the highlights and some of the challenges of managing the state’s largest Farm-Ciy event.

Listen: August 17, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • August 14, 2009

An update on Kentucky roadside farmer’s markets as they roll into late summer and into one of their busiest seasons of the year. Susie Boyd with Boyd’s Orchard in Woodford County comments on their expansion as an agri-tourism

Listen: August 14, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • August 13, 2009

Heather French Henry, former Miss America, will be at the Ky State Fair which opens in a week. She’ll be helping her husband, former Lt. Governor Steve Henry recruit visitors for free prostate cancer screenings. Mrs. Henry also talks
about the Farm Bureau connection with that opportunity.

Listen: August 13, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • August 12, 2009

Two Kentucky young people, both from Spencer County, are now in the running for “Star” status at the October national convention of FFA. Ky FFA’s State Advisor, Curt Lucas comments on the significance of these awards and the fact that our state has two of the 16 remaining finalists.

Listen: August 12, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • August 11, 2009

Despite a late start in planting, because of early season wet weather, the Ky melon crop looks good, and this year’s “canary” melons are looking better than ever. A feature report with Logan County producer grower Russell Poore.

Listen: August 11, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • August 10, 2009

Cutting health care costs and improving the system are a tall order but that’s what the Ky Farm Bureau’s Health Care Task Force is taking on. Task force Chair, John Hendricks, discusses the issues and a visit this week to Murray, Ky.

Listen: August 10, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • August 07, 2009

A follow-up report on the September 1 deadline for landowners with new or renovated farm ponds and how they might take advantage of Ky Fish and Wildlife Resources’ pond stocking program. Biologist Jeff Crosby is featured.

Listen: August 7, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • August 06, 2009

The Ky Agriculture Heritage Center is in the planning stages to become a showcase for the state’s past, present, and future of agriculture. Executive Director, Virginia Flanagan says design plans are also under way to make the center energy self sufficient through wind and solar power projects now being tested.

Listen: August 6, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • August 05, 2009

A feature report with one of Kentucky’s former Lt. Governors, Dr. Steve Henry who is founder and president of the Kentucky Prostate Cancer Coalition. He discusses that group’s partnership with Ky Farm Bureau to provide free
prostate cancer screenings at the state fair (Aug 20-30).

Listen: August 5, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • August 04, 2009

The state’s roadside farm markets are in the heart of their growing season. Feldhaus checks in with Trimble County market operator Jamie Bray Pyles who offers everything from harvest ripe peaches to hand dipped ice cream.

Listen: August 4, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • August 03, 2009

Kentucky is in the apex of county fair season across the state. The Ky Ag Department’s Steve Mobley works with many local leaders of these local events and discusses their economic and social impact on their communities.

Listen: August 3, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • July 31, 2009

An update report on cooperative plans between the Ky Prostate Cancer Coalition and Ky Farm Bureau to provide free screening for that disease at the Ky state fair. Farm group vice president, John Hendricks talks about the efforts of the bureau’s Health Care Task Force toward improving health care and cutting costs.

Listen: July 31, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • July 30, 2009

Landowners who are building new farm ponds or renovating old ones need to check out the Ky Fish and Wildlife Resource Division’s farm pond stocking program. Division biologist Jeff Crosby says it’s a good opportunity for land owners to enhance this local resource.

Listen: July 30, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • July 29, 2009

It’s smaller than a regular peach and flatter too, but I packs a whole bunch of punch in the taste department. Pulaski County roadside market operator Mark Haney says “donut” peaches are a big hit at his roadside market, and describes their development.

Listen: July 29, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • July 28, 2009

The first session of the state’s Woodland Owner Short Course was quite a hit earlier this summer in Grant County. The second of three sessions is coming up August 29 in Boyd County and UK forester Billy Thomas discusses this unique opportunity.

Listen: July 28, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • July 27, 2009

FFA, 4-H, FCCLA, and Farm Bureau are joining forces for some leadership training opportunities for these leaders of the state’s youth organizations. Farm Bureau’s Susie Tanner provides details.

Listen: July 27, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • July 24, 2009

In an effort to step up preventive health care and cut down on health care costs Ky Farm Bureau is joining forces with the Ky Prostate Cancer Coalition to provide free prostate cancer screenings at the Kentucky state fair. Farm Bureau
President, Mark Haney provides det ails.

Listen: July 24, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • July 23, 2009

A feature story on this Saturday’s KSU Aquaculture Field Day in Frankfort. KSU’s Dr. Bob Durborow comments on the evolving face of Kentucky aquaculture and some of the newer opportunities for farmers to consider.

Listen: July 23, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • July 22, 2009

It’s a Kentucky based feed company gone ‘international.” A feature report on Alltech, the named sponsor for the 2010 World Equestrian Games. Company spokesperson Billy Fry is featured.

Listen: July 22, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • July 21, 2009

“Coupons 101” is on the agenda as a presentation at this Thursday’s UK All Commodity Field Day in Princeton. Hancock County FCS agent Katie Englert will be hosting, and says, done right, coupons can save quite a bit of money on the weekly grocery bill.

Listen: July 21, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • July 20, 2009

A story on some of the agricultural issues on the minds of farmers as county Farm Bureaus begin the policy development process across Kentucky. The farm group’s public affairs director Laura Knoth is featured.

Listen: July 20, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • July 17, 2009

Is a peanut butter and jelly sandwich just as healthful as expensive “power bars?” That’s what Daviess County agent for Food and Consumer Science, Christy Ramey will discuss at her presentation next Thursday, July 23rd, a the UK All Commodity Field Day in Princeton. Feldhaus provides a preview.

Listen: July 17, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • July 16, 2009

A feature story on Chaney’s Dairy Barn in Warren County and the popularity of their bi-weekly promotion on Friday nights called “Ice Cream and a Mooooooovie.” Debra Chaney talks about the promotion and trends in general.

Listen: July 16, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • July 15, 2009

A story with Clark County’s John Hendricks who’s serving on the American Farm Bureau’s federal deficit task force. He makes the point that this problem impacts each one of us, and waiting to tackle it only makes it worse.

Listen: July 15, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • July 14, 2009

A report on the 10% variance level Ky now allows for agricultural crops as they come out of the field and head for the market. Shelby County farmer Jack Trumbo is featured, talking about the positive impact of the change.

Listen: July 14, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • July 13, 2009

Some 200 or more watershed dams were created 50 or so years ago in Kentucky. Steve Coleman, Director of the State Division of Conservation says that these structures are still sound, but because over the years new structures have been built down stream, these dams need to meet higher standards and get an upgrade.

Listen: July 13, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • July 10, 2009

A feature report with the immediate past president of the Ky Association of Conservation Districts, Kevin Jeffries of Oldham County, who points out these local resources are a real asset to urban communities as well as to folks on the farm.

Listen: July 10, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • July 09, 2009

A follow-up report on Monday’s feature on the possibility for northeastern Kentucky farmers to try switchgrass and Miscanthus to be palletized for use as an additional fuel by power plants to reduce emissions.

Listen: July 9, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • July 08, 2009

A story with state conservationist Steve Coleman on the upcoming annual meeting of the Ky Association of Conservation Districts (July 12-14). Coleman discusses the important role these groups play for all of us in protecting the environment.

Listen: July 8, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • July 07, 2009

The date has now been set (Oct 1) for referenda for sheep and goat producers to see if there is interest in both industries in creating a check-off whereby a producer supported fund is set up for product research and industry

Listen: July 7, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • July 06, 2009

Midwestern Biofuels in northeastern Kentucky which is seeking farmers to produce switch grass and Miscanthus, is now “on line” turning those grasses into cleaner burning bio-fuel pellets for power plants.

Listen: July 6, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • July 03, 2009

“Middle meats” will get a workout on this upcoming Independence Day weekend as Kentucky grocers and the beef industry are packaging up special deals with the better cuts of beef. Allison Smith with the Ky Beef Council comments.

Listen: July 3, 2009, 28.8K

  • July 02, 2009

Home gardening is making a big comeback in Kentucky. Leon Burton with Burton’s Nursery and Garden Center in Campbellsville says his sales of slips and seeds and plants are booming, as both young (brand new gardeners) and folks in their 70’s and 80’s are dusting off their green thumbs.

Listen: July 2, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • July 01, 2009

A preview report on UK’s All Commodity Field Day which should draw over 2,000 visitors to Princeton on July 23. Dr. Win Dunwell is this year’s field day coordinator and talks about some of the “non typical” attractions for farmers and
non-farmers alike.

Listen: July 1, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • June 30, 2009

A feature with Hart County roadside farm market operator Paul Dennison who has participated and is a firm believer in the value of the upcoming Farm Bureau “roadside farm market tour” set for July 28 – Aug 1.

Listen: June 30, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • June 29, 2009

From Sonic to Burger King, from Subway and Wendy’s to Pizza Hut, a report on how these fast food outlets are partnering with the dairy industry to utilize more dairy products and offer healthier menu choices.

Listen: June 29, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • June 26, 2009

Horse ownership continues to thrive in Kentucky and as a reaction to the UK Equine Initiative has instituted UK’s first All Equine Field Day for this weekend. Extension agronomist Tom Keene provides details.

Listen: June 26, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • June 25, 2009

Feldhaus winds up the third of a three-part series of reports on skin cancer prevention. Featured is Pulaski County dermatologist, Dr. Chris Frost who has practical suggestions to fight occurrence of the disease.

Listen: June 25, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • June 24, 2009

A reminder report on the Kentucky State Fair and the coming deadline to get entered in various blue ribbon competitions. Alice Hayse who heads up the entries department says interest is stronger than ever.

Listen: June 24, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • June 23, 2009

A feature report on the centennial celebration of 4-H in Kentucky featuring extension youth development specialist Stephanie Blevins.

Listen: June 23, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • June 22, 2009

A special report on the discovery and spread of the emerald ash borer in Kentucky and on efforts to track and fight it. Comments with UK entomologist Dr. Lee Townsend.

Listen: June 22, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • June 19, 2009

The state fair is weeks away but the deadlines for competing for those blue ribbons is coming up quickly. State Fair Entries Dept Director Alice Hayse says they’re expecting 40,000 entries for this year’s fair (Aug 20-30).

Listen: June 19, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • June 18, 2009

Part two of a three-part series of June Dairy Month reports; this with the Southeast Dairy Association’s Kathy Belcher on the dairy industry’s partnerships with the fast food industry and how that’s paying big dividends.

Listen: June 18, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • June 17, 2009

Kentucky dermatologist, Dr. Chris Frost, discusses steps that farmers and all of us can take to help cut sun exposure and our risks for developing skin cancer.

Listen: June 17, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • June 16, 2009

Kentucky sheep and goat producers will soon have the chance to vote in referenda, on whether or not they’d like to begin a “check off” using that revenue for research and promotion of their products.

Listen: June 16, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • June 15, 2009

A report with the Kentucky Farmer of the year. Shelby County’s Doug Langley discusses his operation and its growth, his utilization of migrant labor to keep his operation going, and he speculates on the future of agriculture in Kentucky.

Listen: June 15, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • June 12, 2009

As an occupation farming is one of the highest risks for skin cancer. Pulaski County dermatologist Dr. Chris Frost offers some important advice for all of us to consider as the summer sun heats up.

Listen: June 12, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • June 11, 2009

The Ky Association of Farmers’ Markets has begun a pilot project to utilize wireless debit card equipment at farmers’ markets to see if they can boost sales. The group’s Janet Eaton says the device will also work for federal food benefit
cards, and holds tremendous.

Listen: June 11, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • June 10, 2009

A follow-up report with the chair of Ky Farm Bureau’s state beef advisory committee, Hart County’s Fritz Giesecke, as the group hosts about 75 Kentucky producers on its annual beef tour to the Midwest to promote Ky feeder calves.

Listen: June 10, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • June 09, 2009

The Ky Association FFA is also holding its annual meeting this month. State advisor Matt Chaliff discusses this organizations growth and evolution over the years.

Listen: June 9, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • June 08, 2009

Membership in Kentucky’s 4-H program stands at about 200,000 as it holds its state teen conference this month. UK extension 4-H youth development specialist Mark Mains discusses the strengths and the adaptability of this 100-year-old youth leadership group.

Listen: June 8, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • June 05, 2009

Also with June Dairy Month in mind a report from the producer side with McLean County dairyman Kelly Thurman on how farmers are trying to cope with ‘below break-even’ milk prices they’re now receiving.

Listen: June 5, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • June 04, 2009

Woodland Owner Workshops are scheduled for later this summer in Boyd and Breckinridge Counties. Feldhaus has a report on the first in the series set for next weekend June 13th in Grant County.

Listen: June 4, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • June 03, 2009

A feature story about the Fort Harrod Beef Festival coming up this weekend in Mercer County. Local veterinarian and festival chairman Dr. LeMayne Ellis discusses the purpose of the event and talks about several program highlights.

Listen: June 3, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • June 02, 2009

A report on an educational field trip of sorts for Kentucky beef producers. Fritz Giesecke of Hart County serves as Farm Bureau’s chair of its state beef advisory committee and talks about their “beef tour” this month to Nebraska and South Dakota.

Listen: June 2, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • June 01, 2009

A June Dairy Month feature report with Kathy Belcher with the Southeast Dairy Association with a little history of the event, why it came to be and some interesting tidbits on chocolate milk and athletes.

Listen: June 1, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • May 29, 2009

“Free Fishing Weekend’ is coming up June 6/7 and Kentuckians can wet a line without having to buy a license. Marc Johnson with Ky Fish and Wildlife explains the rules and the fun that adults and kids can have on this special weekend.

Listen: May 29, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • May 28, 2009

Teachers across the state can participate in some free ‘professional development credit’ at eight regional teacher workshops being hosted by the Ky Farm Bureau in June. The farm group’s Scott Christmas says these workshops
have gotten rave reviews from educators who’ve attended.

Listen: May 28, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • May 27, 2009

Hay testing; it can set the bench mark for fair trading in cash hay sales, and for those feeding their hay it can help them cut costs as they formulate and purchase feed supplements for their herds.

Listen: May 27, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • May 26, 2009

A report on the 2009 county fair season which gets underway in a few days. The Ky Ag Department’s Stewart Gritton discusses the importance of these events to the local economy and for local folks to just have some good clean fun.

Listen: May 26, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • May 25, 2009

A feature story on this Memorial Day Weekend’s kick-off to grilling season and how to choose the best cut for just the right purpose. The Ky Beef Council’s Allison Smith comments.

Listen: May 25, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • May 22, 2009

This Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial ‘kick-off’ for grilling season and the Ky Beef Council’s Allison Smith has some ideas for backyard chefs and some tips on which cuts are suited for your grilling needs.

Listen: May 22, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • May 21, 2009

State Conservationist for NRCS in Kentucky, Tom Perrin, discusses the recent addition of $6.7 million in funding for the state to help continue to clear waterways of January ice storm debris and prevent flooding.

Listen: May 21, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • May 20, 2009

Kentucky will host one of seven USDA “listening sessions” on a National Animal Identification System (NAIS), this Friday at the Crown Plaza in Louisville. Farm Bureau’s Joe Cain provides details on this unique opportunity.

Listen: May 20, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • May 19, 2009

What’s the connection between llamas and donkeys and sheep? UK ruminant specialist Don Ely explains that, together, they help keep predators our of Kentucky sheep flocks. He also comments on Thursday’s (May 21) 40th annual Sheep Profit Day in Versailles.

Listen: May 19, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • May 18, 2009

An update on the health of Kentucky’s bees. State apiarist Phil Craft says problems from mite infestations to mysterious disease outbreaks have had their impact, but this 2009 ‘bee crop’ seems to be in fairly good shape.

Listen: May 18, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • May 15, 2009

A follow-up report on Ky Fish and Wildlife’s program to help landowners with stream bank erosion projects. The agency’s Andy Mowrey discusses a project in Pulaski County and how it and others can help farmers avoid erosion and retain their land.

Listen: May 15, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • May 14, 2009

Kentucky’s wheat crop looks like its going to be a dandy. UK’s Lloyd Murdock discusses hopes for the harvest and the trend in recent years toward no-till planting with a wide majority now using this soil conserving method.

Listen: May 14, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • May 13, 2009

The Ky Association FFA will be holding its 80th annual meeting in early June. Executive Director Matt Chaliff discusses trends in the youth group membership and changes in its programs.

Listen: May 13, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • May 12, 2009

A series of regional teacher workshops with an agricultural flavor is being made available by Kentucky Farm Bureau, June 11-23. The group’s Scott Christmas explains the purpose and how teachers can participate.

Listen: May 12, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • May 11, 2009

Soybean rust is a serious disease that in recent years has entered the southern U.S., but not yet caused any significant crop damage in Kentucky. State officials are keeping a close eye on the disease’s spread down south.

Listen: May 11, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • May 08, 2009

After the ’07 drought and a dry ’08 in many Kentucky counties last year, many farm ponds that went dry are being renovated, and part of that process may include a fish restocking program. Ky Fish and Wildlife’s Jeff Crosby explains
details of their restocking procedures.

Listen: May 8, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • May 07, 2009

A follow-up report on a national farm building preservation meeting coming to central Kentucky next week. This project may also hold potential for some farmers in getting help in preserving some of their distinctive farm buildings.

Listen: May 7, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • May 06, 2009

Switchgrass! Growing it as a feed for livestock or possibly as a feed stock for ethanol is on the minds of Washington County farmers. Local extension agent Rick Greenwell says their pilot project to give it a try it is now underway.

Listen: May 6, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • May 05, 2009

A story on the effort to examine the Breathitt Veterinary Medical Center and its animal diagnostic disease capabilities to service a growing livestock economy in Kentucky. Comments from the center’s Dr. Wade Northington.

Listen: May 5, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • May 04, 2009

A report on the state ag development board’s approval of a new program to use existing county ag development funding for a new county cost share program to deal with the issue of fallen livestock removal.

Listen: May 4, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • May 01, 2009

May is national beef month and Allison Smith with the Ky Beef Council has tips for buying and for cooking beef.

Listen: May 1, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • April 30, 2009

An update on the effort in Kentucky to help landowners save unique barns. Kentucky is also hosting a meeting of the National Barn Alliance in mid May.

Listen: April 30, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • April 29, 2009

A story on a program available to landowners to help cut stream bank erosion now available through the Ky Division of Fish and Wildlife Resources.

Listen: April 29, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • April 28, 2009

The ‘state vet,’ Dr. Robert Stout discusses the required procedures for farmers to deal with fallen livestock. A probable change in FDA rules for handling dead animals may reduce ‘pick-up’ services available to farmers.

Listen: April 28, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • April 27, 2009

A report on the highway hazards this spring as Kentucky farmers move equipment from farm to farm. Ky State Police Sergeant David Jude discusses the potential for danger and details reaction time dropping from 55mph to stopped.

Listen: April 27, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • April 24, 2009

A report on some questionable sales tactics and product claims on a number of farm input products being touted this spring. UK extension soils specialist Greg Schwab offers some advice and some cautions.

Listen: April 24, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • April 23, 2009

A follow-up report on farm feedback to the actions taken in the recent legislative session. Two positive actions taken were adjustments in the state’s grain elevator bankruptcy program and establishment of a state dairy commission.

Listen: April 23, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • April 22, 2009

A report on round two of the state regional finals of the “envirothon” competition underway this weekend at Morehead State University. The top tier of competitors moves on to the state finals in May, in Nancy, Ky.

Listen: April 22, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • April 21, 2009

A story on some initial farm reaction to developments in the recent regular session of the general assembly. Farm Bureau Public Affairs Director Laura Knoth comments on the revenue shortfall, the tobacco tax increase, weight variance on farm trucks and a change for the commercial movement of ‘cervids.’

Listen: April 21, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • April 20, 2009

A report with Rick Seimer of Seimer Milling in Hopkinsville and how a $3 million ag development loan they’ve received for a plant upgrade will affect the economy in that region.

Listen: April 20, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • April 17, 2009

A new “On-far Energy Efficiency and Production” investment area is now available to cost share with farmers on approved investments in cutting energy use. Roger Thomas with the Governor’s Office on Ag Policy provides details.

Listen: April 17, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • April 16, 2009

Kentucky roadside farm markets are getting into high gear as spring bedding plants are in high demand. Fairview, Ky’s David Weaver talks about trends with consumer buying at roadside market outlets.

Listen: April 16, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • April 15, 2009

A feature story about the eastern tent caterpillar which is a nuisance to Kentucky home owners but can be a real economic threat to the state’s horse industry. UK entomologist Lee Townsend offers suggestions for dealing with them.

Listen: April 15, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • April 14, 2009

A story on this weekend’s regional finals of the state’s “Envirothon” competition taking place at Pennyrile State Forest with the next contest in Morehead in about a week. Kim Richardson with Ky’s Conservation Service comments.

Listen: April 14, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • April 13, 2009

A report on some upcoming home-based micro-processing workshops in central and northern Kentucky. UK professor Sandra Bastin comments about the growing number of micro-processors now ‘adding value’ to their farm produce.

Listen: April 13, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • April 10, 2009

A report on the upcoming series of regional workshops designed for county ag development councils to bring them up to date with the latest program and policy changes approved by the state ag development. Roger Thomas, with the Governor’s Office on Ag Policy offers a preview.

Listen: April 10, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • April 09, 2009

A story on the Ky Beef Council’s “Meat Your Neighbor” tour set up for the media, restaurant operators, and dieticians. The council hopes to offer to these folks some insight into how beef producers operate day to day.

Listen: April 9, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • April 08, 2009

We’re right in the middle of the bedding plant sales season at various roadside markets across the state. A feature story with Larue County’s Scotty Lee on signs for a booming sales season and on other industry trends.

Listen: April 8, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • April 07, 2009

A visit Bill McCloskey with the Governor’s Office on Ag Policy discussing the growth of ‘participatory’ low interest loan programs available through that office.

Listen: April 7, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • April 06, 2009

A story on the effort to deal with health care coverage, costs, and accessibility issues. Comments from Farm Bureau Vice President John Hendricks on the group’s health issues task force meeting this week in Hazard, KY.

Listen: April 6, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • April 03, 2009

A report on the ongoing clean up underway on farms and in communities across the state where folks are still dealing with remnants of damage and debris from the January ice storm. Farm Bureau’s 1st District Area Program Director, David Davis, comments.

Listen: April 3, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • April 02, 2009

A story with Ky State Police Sergeant David Jude on the tragic number of deaths in the state from mishaps with all terrain vehicles. Jude discusses some of the hazards of ATV use and offers some riding tips.

Listen: April 2, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • April 01, 2009

This report has nothing to do with April Fool's Day but it takes a little bit of a different tack from our normal reports. Featured is a little bit of humor from Farm Bureau President Mark Haney and Ky Congressman Hal Rogers.

Listen: April 1, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • March 31, 2009

April 17 is the deadline for receipt of nominations for Kentucky Farmer of the Year. Farm Bureau's Jay McCants explains this contest is now four years old and is part of the Sun Belt Ag Expo's "Southeastern Farmer of the Year."

Listen: March 31, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • March 30, 2009

A story with the first applicant for Kentucky's new low interest loan Program to help deal with the shortage of veterinarians serving large animal producers. Dr. Melissa Lipps of Shelby County comments.

Listen: March 30, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • March 27, 2009

There's a major opportunity available for a limited number of Ky high school juniors; the Institute for Future Agricultural Leaders, which some compare to a "Governor's Scholars" program with an agricultural twist. Program coordinator, Susie Tanner discusses the program and its time line for candidates.

Listen: March 27, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • March 26, 2009

A follow-up report on development of Ky's new fuel testing laboratory which has passed its first examination on the quality of its test samples, with a discussion with Ky Ag Dept personnel on what that means to consumers.

Listen: March 26, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • March 25, 2009

Kentucky and the nation face a shortage in veterinarians to serve the livestock industry. Ky Farm Bureau Vice President John Hendricks comments on a new Ag Development low-interest loan program to help mitigate the situation.

Listen: March 25, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • March 24, 2009

Investing in county fair facilities is important for local communities and the Ky Ag Department's 'county fair cost share program' has selected six counties for upgrades this spring, with another round of applications open this fall. KDA's Stewart Gritton comments.

Listen: March 24, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • March 23, 2009

A feature report on an ag water quality field day coming up this week that will be held "underground." Darwin Newton a spokesperson for a joint USDA/Western Ky University animal waste study, provides details.

Listen: March 23, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • March 20, 2009

A feature story with Warren County dairy farmer Tim Westbrook who discusses some of the challenges facing that industry as we get into 2009.

Listen: March 20, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • March 19, 2009

Kentucky's new fuel testing lab is becoming operational and will be fully on line by mid-summer. Ky Ag Commissioner, Richie Farmer, is quite proud of the lab and feels the state legislature's support of it was a tremendous investment that will pay dividends from other states who will contract with Ky for their testing needs.

Llisten: March 19, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • March 18, 2009

A report with the state chief of NRCS, Tom Perrin, on a program their shop has underway to help farmers in their EQIP and WHIP programs conservation and wildlife) who sustained damage from the January ice storm.

Listen: March 18, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • March 17, 2009

Think it's too early for a visit to a roadside farmers market? Well some of them who provide bedding plants and items for the garden and ornamental plantings, are in full operation this month. Kara Keeton coordinates the Farm Bureau's Certified Roadside Market program and talks about the '09 season.

Listen: March 17, 2009, mp9 @ 28.8K

  • March 16, 2009

A follow-up feature story on this Saturday's 26th annual Fayette County Farm Bureau farm equipment consignment auction will feature some 1,300 items, and will draw hundreds of farmers to the Kentucky Horse Park. Coordinator Todd Clark provides details.

Listen: March 16, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • March 13, 2009

What's the best way to celebrate National Ag Week, well in Greenup County, local farm bureau vice president Kenny Imel explains, they're celebrating with soup beans, corn bread and sauerkraut; and a little ag education.

Listen: March 13, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • March 12, 2009

Kentucky's native hemlock trees are faced with the threat of a new and deadly pest, the wooly hemlock adelgid. UK entomologist Lynne Riescke-Kinney explains how the general public can pitch in and help fight the invader.

Listen: March 12, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • March 11, 2009

A follow-up report on the National Farm Machinery Show which this year achieved its second largest attendance ever. Show manager Harold Workman talks about the event's impact.

Listen: March 11, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • March 10, 2009

It started as a little project to help farmers sell unneeded farm equipment and help others pick some up some at a reasonable price. Fayette County's 26th annual Farm Equipment Consignment Auction is coming up March 21st at the Ky Horse Park. Coordinator, Todd Clark comments.

Listen: March 10, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • March 09, 2009

A feature story on some of the more interesting findings from the just released Ag Census for 2007. Chief statistician for the Ky Ag Statistics Service, Lee Brown, is featured.

Listen: March 9, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K 

  • March 06, 2009

Micro-processing workshops scheduled for this spring and fall around Kentucky could lead more produce growers here to begin "adding value" to their crops. Workshop planner Sandra Bastin says many more farmers at roadside markets are already boosting their profits with "value added' products to sell.

Listen: March 6, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • March 05, 2009

Kentucky used to have 200,000 acres of barley planted but these days that's now down to about 10,000. UK's Bill Bruening says some new research indicates some Kentucky producers may want to give this small grain a second look.

Listen: March 5, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • March 04, 2009

The Kentucky Farm Bureau Beef Expo is coming up this weekend. Farm group vice president John Hendricks says the show serves as a marketing tool for producers and can teach leadership to younger exhibitors.

Listen: March 4, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • March 03, 2009

A report on a FSA's Emergency Conservati0on Program for Ice Storm Damage. Acting FSA state director for Ky, Bob Finch, explains the program and its potential for farmers here.

Listen: March 3, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • March 02, 2009

Dairy farmers across the state are still digging out and cleaning up from this winter's ice storm damage and on top of that they're facing some fairly miserable prices. The Ky Ag Department’s Eunice Schlappi discusses the challenges.

Listen: March 2, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • February 27, 2009

Will lengthy ice cover impact Kentucky's forage base? Ray Smith, UK forage specialist offers a view about that and discusses some of the economic advantages for Ky farmers to be considering alfalfa as part of their operation.

Listen: February 27, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • February 26, 2009

Dealing with ice damaged forest land will be a concern for many land owners in coming weeks. UK forestry professor Jeff Stringer has a few suggestions on how to proceed wisely.

Listen: February 26, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • February 25, 2009

A report on a few more of the proposed changes for the state's Ag Development Program. Roger Thomas, Executive Director of the Governor's Office on Ag Policy says the comment period is open through Mar 20.

Listen: February 25, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • February 24, 2009

A story with Ky Farm Bureau President Mark Haney who is leading a group of some 200 farmers to Washington D.C. this week to discuss issues with the state's Congressional delegation.

Listen: February 24, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • February 23, 2009

Preserving a precious natural resource; our forest lands, is an ongoing challenge for the Ky Division of Forestry. Their information officer Lynn Brammer discusses some of the challenges, and some of the help available to woodland owners.

Listen: February 23, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • February 20, 2009

As a state, Kentucky has the highest farmer membership in the National Sweet Sorghum Producers and Processors Association. Its executive director Dr. Morris Bitzer discusses trends in the industry and a promotes a national conference in nearby Tennessee that he feels would benefit anyone who attends.

Listen: February 20, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • February 18, 2009

This is National Food Check-Out Week and in Kentucky it's being celebrated through a host of community activities, including a special one tomorrow with legislators in Frankfort. Ky Farm Bureau Women's Advisory Committee Chair, Frieda Heath of Graves County is featured.

Listen: February 19, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • February 17, 2009

A report on the 19th annual Ky Alfalfa Conference coming up this Thursday at the Cave City Convention Center. UK forage specialist Ray Smith explains why this crop is so important and that many more farmers could be taking advantage of its impressive economic performance.

Listen: February 17, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • February 16, 2009

A story on a Wolfe County Ag Development Committee member who recently received state recognition for her services. Comments with Phyllis Amyx on the progress their county is seeing as a result of this program.

Listen: February 16, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • February 13, 2009

The sixth round of ten annual payments for those taking the tobacco quota buy-out is now underway. While most producers made financial arrangements to opt for an 'up front' lump sum payment, some others chose the ten year plan. Feldhaus reports on an opportunity for those growers to do a lump sum arrangement for the remaining payments if they choose.

Listen: February 13, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • February 13, 2009

The sixth round of ten annual payments for those taking the tobacco quota buy-out is now underway. While most producers made financial arrangements to opt for an 'up front' lump sum payment, some others chose the ten year plan. Feldhaus reports on an opportunity for those growers to do a lump sum arrangement for the remaining payments if they choose.

Listen: February 13, 2008, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • February 12, 2009

The comment period for some proposed major changes in the state ag development process is now underway. Roger Thomas with the Governor's Office on Ag Policy discusses major elements of the adjustments being considered.

Listen: February 12, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • February 12, 2009

The comment period for some proposed major changes in the state ag development process is now underway. Roger Thomas with the Governor's Office on Ag Policy discusses major elements of the adjustments being considered.

Listen: February 12, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • February 11, 2009

It's still a niche market but agri-tourism continues to attract more and more Ky farmers willing to give this newer form of farm retailing a try. The Ky Ag Department's Stephen Yates discusses that growth trend and a major agri-tourism conference set for Feb 15-17 in Bowling Green.

Listen: February 11, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • February 10, 2009

Sharing a glimpse of farm life with city kids; that's what Greenup County Farm Bureau does each year with its "Great Ag Adventure." Local group vice president Kenny Imel will explain this successful concept this Thursday and Friday at the Ky Farm Bureau's County Presidents' Conference in Louisville.

Listen: February 10, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • February 09, 2009

With 300,000 visitors and a $20 million impact on the regional economy the National Farm Machinery Show is certainly welcome in Louisville for its Feb 11-14 run. Show coordinator Harold Workman says exhibit space is again "sold out."

Listen: February 9, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • February 06, 2009

A follow-up report on the continuing economic possibilities for Ky farmers to involve themselves with carbon credit trading as that program moves forward to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Listen: February 6, 2009, mp3 @28.8k

  • February 05, 2009

Kentucky is in relatively good shape as the EPA's new CAFO regulations go into effect later in the month. That's the view of Ky Farm Bureau public affairs director, Laura Knoth discusses the new rules and the existing state water quality plans already in place on many farms here.

Listen: February 5, 2009, mp3 @28.8k 

  • February 04, 2009

The latest ag census is due out today. In Kentucky, Lee Brown and the Ky Ag Statistics Service is responsible for the fact gathering and he comments on its importance to many areas of the general economy.

Listen: February 4, 2009, mp3 @28.8k

  • February 03, 2009

Is Kentucky's beef cattle industry ready to move 'big time' into grass fed finishing operations? The "Grazing America" conference this week in Lexington will provide producers with some timely information on the economic possibilities of these types of operations. UK's Lee Meyer comments.

Listen: February 3, 2009,mp3 @28.8K

  • February 02, 2009

A report on the Ky Dairy Development Council and its Young Dairy Producer Initiative for 2009. KDDC Executive Director, Maury Cox discusses some of the goals of the program and some of the progress they've made.

Listen: February 2, 2009, mp3 @28.8k

  • January 30, 2009

A feature report with Matt Ledford the state president of 4-H in Kentucky. He talks about some unique program opportunities to youngsters through the organization, and he touches on the point that it's not just a farm kid group anymore.

Listen: January 30, 2009, mp3 @28.8K

  • January 29, 2009

A report on the new EPA, concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) regulations which go into effect in late February. Ky Farm Bureau National Affairs Director Joe Cain provides details. 

Listen: January 29, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • January 28, 2009

An update on research now underway on a milk transport security system. Chris Thompson with UK Regulatory Service discusses major progress with this project to ensure food security in this important agribusiness sector.

Listen: January 28, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • January 27, 2009

Young farmers in general are holding their own because they're innovative, cutting edge, and they're staying engaged with the issues. Ky Farm Bureau Young Farmer Director Jay McCants offers some insight into that and a major gathering for young farmers this coming weekend.

Listen: January 27, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • January 26, 2009

A report on a series of "barn meetings" being hosted by the Ky Dairy Development Council and Alltech. Dairy consultant Denise Jones has a rundown for one of them in Campbellsville today, and for the remaining five in February.

Listen: January 26, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • January 23, 2009

Five or so years ago the dairy industry started test marketing milk in individual size, plastic, re-sealable containers. The innovation has been a major success and has led to milk promotion partnerships with fast food giants which continue to evolve. Eric McClain with the Southeast Dairy Association explains.

Listen: January 23, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • January 22, 2009

The carbon credit trading process is a bit complicated, but in a nutshell, Ky farmers who use no-till and other pro-active conservation approaches to farming can derive an economic benefit for doing so. Featured is Adam Andrews with the Ky Corn Growers Association.

Listen: January 22, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • January 21, 2009

A follow-up report on evaluating the state's Ag Development Program to use tobacco settlement funds to help reinvigorate Ky agriculture as tobacco income impacts far fewer Kentucky producers. GOAP’s Roger Thomas comments.

Listen: January 21, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • January 20, 2009

A feature story with a diverse Spencer County farmer who does most of the typical type of production that Ky farmers do, but who's been dabbling in pumpkin production and a unique approach to roadside retail marketing.

Listen: January 20, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • January 19, 2009

A report on some of the more important changes in the H2A guest worker program from the Dept of Labor. Ky Farm Bureau National Affairs Director Joe Cain says Kentucky ranks in the top 5 states in number of H2A workers hired.

Listen: January 19, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • January 16, 2009

The state has had tremendous success in focusing a portion of tobacco settlement funds on rebounding from the income loss after the tobacco program was ended. Roger Thomas with the Governor's Office on Ag Policy discusses the progress and the threat to the program from the state's budget shortfall.

Listen: January 16, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • January 15, 2009

Feldhaus discusses the year in review for Ky dairymen with Eric McClain with the Southeast Dairy Association. He looks at market prices and input costs and reviews the changes in today's approach to success with national milk marketing.

Listen: January 15, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • January 14, 2009

A follow-up report with Janet Eaton, coordinator of the KDA's Farmers' Markets program. She discusses the challenges and the significant sales opportunities these venues provide for Kentucky farmers interested in retail sales.

Listen: January 14, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • January 13, 2009

A story on the Governor's Office on Ag Policy (GOAP) annual meeting coming up this Thursday and Friday in Lexington. GOAP Executive Director Roger Thomas is featured speaking to the agency's challenges and successes.

Listen: January 13, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • January 12, 2009

A report on the 5th annual Soybean Promotion Day tomorrow (Jan 13) at Murray State University. Comments with MSU Ag School Dean, Dr. Tony Brannon who says this education event is a lot of fun for producers and a great way for students to network with the agri-business community.

Listen: January 12, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • January 09, 2009

Dr. Robert Stout the state veterinarian with the Ky Ag Dept discusses the discovery, control and ongoing process of dealing with CEM, contagious equine metritis. The equine disease was discovered on a central Ky quarter horse farm. He says the situation poses no threat to humans, has had no impact on thoroughbreds, and the system to contain the disease's spread is now in full operation.

Listen: January 9, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • January 08, 2009

Jim Harmon of Marion County was a winner at the state level in the Farm Bureau's farmer idea exchange. He's also been invited to display his "water gate" idea at the American Farm Bureau annual meeting. Harmon explains his concept.

Listen: January 8, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • January 07, 2009

Some 340 Kentuckians are headed to San Antonio this weekend to participate in next weeks' American Farm Bureau convention. Leading the bluegrass delegation is Ky Farm Bureau president Mark Haney who discusses some of the issued that delegates will debate as they set the group's policy course for '09.

Listen: January 7, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • January 06, 2009

An update on issues of importance to Kentucky's beef producers will be under discussion at the Kentucky Cattlemen's Association convention later this week.

Listen: January 6, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • January 05, 2009

Kentucky's fruit and vegetable growers are gathering for a major workshop in Lexington this week. UK horticulture specialist John Strang discusses some of the challenges they'll be facing in the 2009 season.

Listen: January 5, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • January 02, 2009

A good number of all terrain vehicles (ATV's) turned up under the Christmas tree a few days back. Ky State Police Captain Tim Lucas says part of that gift is the free rider training that comes with them. He urges every new rider to take that training and then take that training to heart.

Listen: January 2, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

  • January 01, 2009

The Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference and Trade Show is coming up Jan 5 and 6 in Lexington. UK horticulture specialist John Strang discusses the program and the current trends and challenges for successful production and marketing for various Kentucky growers.

Listen: January 1, 2009, mp3 @ 28.8K

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