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2010


  • December 31, 2010

After December’s abnormally low temperature spells weathercasters say we might get a little bit of a “thaw” in January. State Apiarist Phil Craft discusses the chance for beekeepers in Kentucky to add supplemental feed to their hives. He comments as well on the continuing growth in interest among beekeepers.

Listen: December 31, 2010, mp3

 
  • December 30, 2010

A feature story on an early Christmas gift for Garrard County; Peformance Feeds and Animal Health is locating a major distribution center there. Local economic development director, Nathan Mick, discusses the impact and the cooperative effort, local and state, in landing the firm.

Listen: December 30, 2010, mp3

 
  • December 29, 2010

A major horticulture conference involving four production groups’ annual meetings is on tap for next Monday and Tuesday in Lexington. UK hort specialist talks about the attitudes of producers these days and the potential for economic growth in this field.

Listen: December 29, 2010, mp3

 
  • December 28, 2010

A report on a few end-of-the-year maneuver that farmers and other small business owners can employ to help reduce their tax liability for the year. Farm Business specialist Jerry Pierce has several points for consideration.

Listen: December 28, 2010, mp3

 
  • December 27, 2010

A feature report on research work underway at UK to help producers improve prospects for poinsettia production. Researcher, Dr. Rebecca Schnelle also has tips for homeowners on extending the lives of their plants for many more weeks.

Listen: December 27, 2010, mp3

 
  • December 24, 2010

Feldhaus has a feature report with a Jefferson County farmer who is right now in the busy part of his growing season with everything from hanging baskets to Ky Limestone Bibb lettuce production. Truck farmer George Gagel is featured.

Listen: December 24, 2010, mp3

 
  • December 23, 2010

A major meeting of a variety of sectors of the Ky horticulture industry is set for Jan 3-4 in Lexington. UK hort specialist John Strang is helping coordinate the event and talks about how producers did this year and some of the growth areas they’re experiencing in this type of ag production.

Listen: December 23, 2010, mp3

 
  • December 22, 2010

A report today with Boston, KY farmer Larry Schenck who exhibited his “auger positioning hitch” innovation at Ky Farm Bureau’s Farmer Idea Exchange. For his effort, Schenck won expenses paid to Atlanta, Ga in January to exhibit in national competition at the American Farm Bureau’s annual meeting.

Listen: December 22, 2010, mp3

 
  • December 21, 2010

Feldhaus features another ag economist from the UK Ag Economic Outlook news conference as they examine the trends for 2010 and make projections for farm income and activities in 2011.

Listen: December 21, 2010, mp3

 
  • December 20, 2010

An update on one of the final steps in bringing on a new custom livestock processing facility in Grayson County to serve farmers and retail customers in surrounding counties. Comments with Bill McCloskey with the Governor’s Office Of Ag Policy.

Listen: December 20, 2010, mp3

 
  • December 17, 2010

A feature with State Police Lt., David Jude, discussing additional actions that homeowners can take to thwart home invasions and burglaries during the holiday season. He says good outside lighting and a little imagination can go a long way.

Listen: December 17, 2010, mp3

 
  • December 16, 2010

After a couple of years hiatus the UK Master Grazer Program has been ramping up. Program coordinator, Adam Probst, says the classes and programs are as popular as ever, and he talked about their projected economic impact on Ky agriculture.

Listen: December 16, 2010, mp3

 
  • December 15, 2010

A feature with former Ky Farm Bureau president, Sam Moore of Butler County, who talks about two epic changes in Ky agriculture during his tenure. Moore was honored with the groups Outstanding Service award at its recent annual meeting.

Listen: December 15, 2010, mp3

 
  • December 14, 2010

An in-depth report on projections for significantly improved farm income for 2010 and for 2011. Comments with UK ag economist Dr. Craig Infanger, who talks about some of the reasons for the improved picture.

Listen: December 14, 2010, mp3

 
  • December 13, 2010

A feature story on a popular holiday gift in rural areas; all terrain vehicles. UK safety specialist Mark Purschwitz, says along with the vehicle, gift of a safety helmet and riding lessons should be a part of that.

Listen: December 13, 2010, mp3

 
  • December 10, 2010

An update with some safety suggestions for Kentucky families who use wood heat to keep their homes warm. UK safety specialist, Mark Purschwitz, offers tips on wood stove placement and cautions about burning anything other than clean, dry wood in those stoves.

Listen: December 10, 2010, mp3

 
  • December 09, 2010

While most of us don’t view December as a time for planting activities, that’s exactly what’s going on in the greenhouse and nursery business these days. Comments with Bullitt County’s Tony Thomas who is in the middle of plant pansies for spring sales.

Listen: December 9, 2010, mp3

 
  • December 08, 2010

A story on an Estill County veterinarian, Dr. L.W. Beckley on his involvement with a state low interest loan program to help large animal vets expand their businesses. Beckley landed an $80,000 loan with which he’s going to open a practice in the community of Ravenna.

Listen: December 8, 2010, mp3

 
  • December 07, 2010

With this summer’s drought behind us livestock experts say it’s especially important for farmers to inventory their hay stocks, and if needed, make arrangements now to buy needed feed for the winter. UK’s Tom Keene shares a few ideas.

Listen: December 7, 2010, mp3

 
  • December 06, 2010

A feature story on keeping the ‘Grinch’ out of your Christmas. State Police Lt. David Jude discusses the increased incidence of burglaries and home break-ins during the holiday season and on actions homeowners can take to avoid becoming a victim.

Listen: December 6, 2010, mp3

 
  • December 03, 2010

For many Kentuckians utilization of a ‘wood heat system’ is how they keep toasty in the winter time. But UK safety specialist Mark Purschwitz reminds us that this particular heat source has a few special challenges that home owners need to keep in mind.

Listen: December 3, 2010, mp3

 
  • December 02, 2010

You might think that the farmer roadside market season has long been over; but, if so, you’re wrong. Country Corner Greenhouse in Bullitt County has its Poinsettia Extravaganza this coming weekend, one of its top three weekends of the year for roadside market income production.

Listen: December 2, 2010, mp3

 
  • December 01, 2010

A preview on the business side of things at this week’s annual meeting of Ky Farm Bureau with the groups executive vice president, David Beck. Among the speakers this week will be Kiplinger Agriculture Letter, editor, Ed Maixner, and on the political side: U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell, 6th district Congressman Ben Chandler, and Ky Ag Commissioner Richie Farmer.

Listen: December 1, 2010, mp3

 
  • November 30, 2010

Feldhaus finishes up the three-part series on the finalists in the Outstanding Young Farm Family competition. Michael and Nora McCain of Washington County, farm  primarily on rented land in four different counties.

Listen: November 30, 2010, mp3

 
  • November 29, 2010

A report with Ky Farm Bureau President Mark Haney on some of the issues to be dealt with by voting delegates at that organization’s annual meeting this week in Louisville at the Galt House (Dec 1-4, 10).

Listen: November 29, 2010, mp3

 
  • November 26, 2010

A feature report with Calloway County’s Chris Thorn. He and wife Misty are also one of the top three finalist couples in that Outstanding Young Farm Family contest. Chris discusses their operation and some of its features.

Listen: November 26, 2010, mp3

 
  • November 25, 2010

It’s Thanksgiving Day!!!! What happens if the bird burns?? Fear not, the home economists of the Butterball Turkey Talkline are standing by; yes, even on Thanksgiving Day. If you need help, try 1 800 butterball.

Listen: November 25, 2010, mp3

 
  • November 24, 2010

An update on the registration period for newer Ky veterinarians to look into an incentive program to help them, financially, in reducing their vet school debt. Farm Bureau’s Susie Tanner explains the program with its Dec 1 sign-up deadline.

Listen: November 24, 2010, mp3

 
  • November 23, 2010

A story with Steven Bach of Bath County. He and wife Richelle are one of the top three finalists in Ky Farm Bureau’s Outstanding Young Farm Family Competition; the winner to be announced Dec 3.

Listen: November 23, 2010, mp3

 
  • November 22, 2010

A report on advancement of an agri-business expansion in Garrard County that will have impact on hundreds of Ky farmers in the region. Bill McCloskey with the Governor’s Office on Ag Policy has details.

Listen: November 22, 2010, mp3
 

 
  • November 19, 2010

Don’t look now but Thanksgiving Day is just a week away, and families who’ve purchased frozen birds may want to start the thawing process today. That’s just one tip from a guest home economist, Carol Miller, with the Butterball Turkey Talkline

Listen: November 19, 2010, mp3

 
  • November 18, 2010

State FFA Advisor Curt Lucas has won some national recognition from an adult education association. Lucas credits the entire FFA and vocation education system in Ky for that honor, and discusses strong growth patterns for the group.

Listen: November 18, 2010, mp3

 
  • November 17, 2010

Ag bio meeting.

Listen: November 17, 2010, mp3

 
  • November 16, 2010

Marion County farmer Curtis Jones is being recognized for an innovation he created on his farm; the “planter row marker leveler.” He explains how it works, why it’s important, and how it saves money at planting time.

Listen: November 16, 2010, mp3

 
  • November 15, 2010

The drought in Kentucky has deepened again. UK Ag Meteorologist Tom Priddy discusses how much rain it will take to recharge the ag production system. He says that the La Nina weather system currently in place ‘could’ help relieve the drought this winter.

Listen: November 15, 2010, mp3

 
  • November 12, 2010

An update on the current sign-up now underway for the KySmartStart class designed for new or beginning farmers to get into that business with a little more ease and potential for success. UK Ag Economist Lee Meyer expects the next crop of participants to double in number.

Listen: November 12, 2010, mp3

 
  • November 11, 2010

A story with Boston, Ky farmer, Larry Schenck, who’s developed the “Auger Positioning Hitch,” which allows for much quicker repositioning of grain augers, and that saves time and grain drying expense. Schenck is a state winner of Farm Bureau’s Farmer Idea Exchange.

Listen: November 11, 2010, mp3

 
  • November 10, 2010

A feature report on Kentucky’s Mesonet, a unique environmental information gathering system that can be accessed on line, rendering near real-time weather data in individual counties. State Climatologist, Dr. Stuart Foster, explains the system.

Listen: November 10, 2010, mp3

 
  • November 09, 2010

An update on some of the Kentucky accomplishments and honors at the recent National FFA convention. Featured is Ky FFA State Advisor Curt Lucas who is quite proud of how Kentucky FFA members represented the state.

Listen: November 9, 2010, mp3

 
  • November 08, 2010

report on the North American International Livestock Exposition now underway at the Ky Expo Center in Louisville. Fair Board CEO Harold Workman discusses the scope of the show and some of the impacts it has on Kentucky.

Listen: November 8, 2010, mp3

 
  • November 05, 2010

Keeping the family farm ‘in the family’ is the goal of two workshops next week in Bowling Green and Henderson on ‘family farm succession.’ UK ag economist Lee Meyer says sometimes using assets of the family farm for one generation and having working capital for the next, can be tricky to work through.

Listen: November 5, 2010, mp3

 
  • November 04, 2010

A major educational workshop for agritourism operators is being held at Ky State University, Nov 9, in Frankfort. Scott County roadside market operator Jenny Evans comments on the positive impact these kinds of seminars can have, and discusses some Ky roadside market trends.

Listen: November 4, 2010, mp3

 
  • November 03, 2010

From H2A labor wages to House Bill 44, Kentucky farmers have a long list of issue concerns for Congress and the state general assembly. Farm Bureau Vice President, Eddie Melton of Webster County, will chair the farm group’s annual resolutions committee as it deals with the issue of concern to farmers across the state.

Listen: November 3, 2010, mp3

 
  • November 02, 2010

The Ky Beekeepers Association Fall conference is set for this Saturday, Nov 6 at Morehead State University. One of the speakers will be Kentucky’s state apiarist Phil Craft who says our bees had a great spring but dry weather later this summer should have beekeepers on the alert as their hives go into the winter season.

Listen: November 2, 2010, mp3

 
  • November 01, 2010

Getting out the farm vote; it is “the” most important farm chore for Tuesday, November 2, according to Ky Farm Bureau President, Mark Haney. He discusses the need and value of farmers being politically active, engaged in the issues, and above all voting in tomorrow’s elections.

Listen: November 1, 2010, mp3

 
  • October 29, 2010

Green Beans Part II might be a great name for today’s report. Feldhaus follows up with UK Horticulture Specialist John Strang on the extensive research trials they’re finishing up this season for recommendations to farmers and home gardeners for the ideal green bean variety for Kentucky’s climate conditions.

Listen: October 29, 2010, mp3

 
  • October 28, 2010

Trying new stuff is what a good number of Kentucky farmers are doing, trying to make up for lost income from tobacco production. Feldhaus files this update report with Owen County farmer David Chappell who this season tried tomatoes and peppers, and is now planting strawberries for next spring.

Listen: October 28, 2010, mp3

 
  • October 27, 2010

A feature report with Grayson County’s Steven Copeland who is planning to open a custom slaughter processing facility which will serve farmers in Hart, Hardin, Grayson and Edmonson Counties. C & C Processing will be on line, hopefully, by early Spring 2011.

Listen: October 27, 2010, mp3

 
  • October 26, 2010

A report on the Estill County Extension Office which will soon be “souping up” an existing food preparation center to become a “certified kitchen” for use by local farmers market vendors and others in the community to add value to food products.

Listen: October 26, 2010, mp3

 
  • October 25, 2010

The Ky Beef Conference is set for tomorrow at the Fayette County Extension Office and should draw 150-200 producers. Event planner, Frank Hicks, talks about the focus of the program and some of the current challenges being faced by Ky cattlemen.

Listen: October 25, 2010, mp3

 
  • October 22, 2010

The sign-up period for Kentucky Farm Bureau’s Certified Roadside Market program is now underway. Bureau president Mark Haney discusses growth of the program since its debut in 1996. He also reveals there’s a hefty discount for those who sign up early, by Nov 15.

Listen: October 22, 2010, mp3

 
  • October 21, 2010

A report on the ongoing research into green bean production in Ky. UK’s John Strang says they’re looking at everything from nutrition content to disease resistance, and from plant performance in the field to ‘taste testing’ for fresh cooking and canning.

Listen: October 21, 2010, mp3

 
  • October 20, 2010

A feature report with the Ky Ag Dept’s executive director of marketing, Mac Stone, who has just been appointed to a five-year term on the national organic board by USDA Secretary Tom Vilsac.

Listen: October 20, 2010, mp3

 
  • October 19, 2010

A preview of the upcoming Kentucky Women In Agriculture conference, Oct 27-29 at the Grayson Conference Center in Carter County, KY. Group board member Gwenda Adkins discusses the organization’s purpose and the three-day conference.

Listen: October 19, 2010, mp3

 
  • October 18, 2010

A follow-up story on Joe Nichols, Kentucky’s entrant in this week’s Southeastern Farmer of the Year competition. Trigg County Extension Agent David Fourqurean discusses Nichols’ use of GPS technology and his cooperative spirit working with extension.

Listen: October 18, 2010, mp3

 
  • October 15, 2010

Kentucky’s “farmer of the year”, Joe Nichols, will be attending next weeks Sunbelt Ag Expo in Georgia and see how he fared in the Southeaster Farmer of the Year competition. Feldhaus discusses Nichols’ operation with Trigg County extension, David Fourquerean, the person who persuaded Nichols to enter the contest.

Listen: October 15, 2010, mp3

 
  • October 14, 2010

The 6th year of USDA’s Tobacco Transition Payment Program (Tobacco Buyout) is coming to a close, and producers not currently enrolled have a chance to do that right now through November 1 at local FSA offices. Feldhaus reports on various program aspects.

Listen: October 14, 2010, mp3

 
  • October 13, 2010

The General Assembly’s Joint Committee on Agriculture is going on the road for its next regular meeting, gathering in Somerset to focus on progress being made among producer growers through direct marketing efforts.

Listen: October 13, 2010, mp3

 
  • October 12, 2010

An update on the upcoming “Meat Your Neighbors” tour hosted by the Kentucky Livestock Coalition to showcase agribusiness and farming efforts in various areas of the state, and to showcase that for non-farm neighbors.

Listen: October 12, 2010, mp3

 
  • October 11, 2010

A report with a northern Ky farmer who calls the dry weather spell being experienced in that region, the “worst he’s ever seen.” Comments with Kenton County farmer, Jim Kennedy.

Listen: October 11, 2010, mp3

 
  • October 08, 2010

Feldhaus provides a second installment on a report about deer/automobile collision season. We’re in the thick of it right now. Ky Fish and Wildlife Resources’ Deer Specialist, David Yancey offers some tips toward avoiding contact

Listen: October 8, 2010, mp3

 
  • October 07, 2010

The former UK Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center is getting a makeover and a new name. It’s now called the UK Veterinary Diagnostic Lab, and its director, Craig Carter talks about the name change and progress on the facility’s current construction and rehab project.

Listen: October 7, 2010, mp3

 
  • October 06, 2010

Animal care, best management practices, water quality and environmental stewardship will be on display on the “Meat Your Neighbor” Farm Tour coming up later this month, hosted by the Kentucky Livestock Coalition. Alison Smith with the Ky Beef Council explains the effort.

Listen: October 6, 2010, mp3

 
  • October 05, 2010

Elementary school students across the state will soon be getting into information on protecting the state’s natural resources. It’s all part of the 2010 Conservation Writing and Art Contests this fall. Steve Coleman with the Ky Conservation Service has details in this update.

Listen: October 5, 2010, mp3

 
  • October 04, 2010

Some Kentucky 4-H students have been flying high at 4-H Aerospace Camp. Butler County extension agent, Lloyd Saylor, explains that it’s a growing and successful effort toward a greater program focus on science, engineering, and technology.

Listen: October 4, 2010, mp3

 
  • October 01, 2010

The traditional conservation essay and poster contest is now underway across the state. Steve Coleman, Director of the State Division of Conservation and David Beck, CEO of the Ky Farm Bureau spoke about the value of this effort among our young people.

Listen: October 1, 2010, mp3

 
  • September 30, 2010

A major opportunity for young adults involved in agriculture is coming up soon (application deadline Oct 15, 10). The Leadership Enhancement for Agriculture Development (LEAD) program is sort of a ‘leadership Kentucky’ program with an agricultural twist. Program coordinator Jay McCants is featured.

Listen: September 30, 2010, mp3

 
  • September 29, 2010

The Owen County farmers market program has been awarded a grant of county ag development funds to construct a permanent sales facility. Local farmer, David Chappell has been involved with the project and discusses its important to the entire community.

Listen: September 29, 2010, mp3

 
  • September 28, 2010

Across Kentucky the next two months will be the height of deer/auto collision season. Feldhaus talks with Ky Fish and Wildlife Resources deer specialist, David Yancey about the best ways to avoid becoming one of those collision statistics.

Listen: September 28, 2010, mp3

 
  • September 27, 2010

A report on the visit of Bob Stallman, American Farm Bureau president, during his address to the annual meeting of the Boyle County Farm Bureau. The national farm leader spoke of the importance for farmers themselves to get out and tell agriculture’s story. He also touched on estate taxes and their harmful impact on agriculture.

Listen: September 27, 2010, mp3

 
  • September 24, 2010

The Mountain Ag and Energy Field Day is set for Saturday, October 2, but says coordinator, Dr. David Ditsch at UK’s Robinson Center in Breathitt County, this field day’s activities will be going on throughout the entire preceding week.

Listen: September 24, 2010, mp3

 
  • September 23, 2010

We’re in the heart of the fall season for roadside farm markets. Ky Farm Bureau president Mark Haney, a ‘roadsider’ himself, comments on the popularity of consumers going to the farm to purchase and learn more about the locally grown foods available to them.

Listen: September 23, 2010, mp3

 
  • September 22, 2010

The Shelby County Farm Bureau has been working toward their celebration today of “Pep Rally for Life” safety day at the local high school where an elaborate ‘mock rescue’ will be focusing on the dangers of ATV accidents in the rural and suburban areas of the state.

Listen: September 22, 2010, mp3

 
  • September 21, 2010

A feature report on “goats for hire” entrepreneur, Al Dilley of Barren County. He’s begun a business using goats to deal with brush and weed problems that are ‘beyond the weed whacker.’ His first job was a cemetery and he’s got bigger plans for the future.

Listen: September 21, 2010, mp3

 
  • September 20, 2010

Bob Stallman, president of the American Farm Bureau is the guest speaker at the Boyle County Farm Bureau annual meeting on this Sept 20. Boyle County native, Terry Gilbert, chair of the American Farm Bureau Women’s Committee previews the farm leader’s visit.

Listen: September 20, 2010, mp3

 
  • September 17, 2010

National Farm Safety Week starts this coming Sunday, Sep 19, and the Shelby County Farm Bureau has a special day planned on next Wednesday to mark that observance. Feldhaus visits with local group vice president, John Wills, about using vintage farm equipment to contrast safety features of the “old and the new.”

Listen: September 17, 2010, mp3
 

 
  • September 16, 2010

The environmental manager of the Bluegrass Station in Lexington says their experimentation with using goats to help clean up brushy areas of land, has paid big dividends. They’re now moving the goats onto a golf course to help with problem areas there.

Listen: September 16, 2010, mp3

 
  • September 15, 2010

A feature report with Ronnie Drennan, owner of Broadbent B&B Foods, who again produced this year’s state fair grand champion ham. Drennan talks about the industry in general, and the growth that he’s seen in recent years, and credits the state ag department for its cost share program help to ag entrepreneurs like himself.

Listen: September 15, 2010, mp3

 
  • September 14, 2010

The UK Ag College is hosting its “alumni roundup” later this week on campus. Feldhaus talks with ag college dean, Dr. Scott Smith about the impact of the ‘ag development movement’ on the extension service , and about how the ag school is coping with difficult times in state budgeting.

Listen: September 14, 2010, mp3

 
  • September 13, 2010

A feature with Pete Geiger, editor of the Farmers’ Almanac discussing the upcoming winter forecast, described as a ‘cold slap in the face.” Geiger also touches on some of the folklore and other features that so many readers enjoy.

Listen: September 13, 2010, mp3

 
  • September 10, 2010

The Kentucky Wood Expo is scheduled for Sep 17 and 18 in Madisonville. Bob Bauer with the Kentucky Forest Industries Association discusses some of the attractions of that event and some of the trends of the wood and timber industries.

Listen: September 10, 2010, mp3

 
  • September 09, 2010

A feature report with Dr. Scott Smith, celebrating his 10th anniversary as dean of the UK College of Agriculture. He discusses the changing patterns of student interests and their curriculum offerings to deal with these trends.

Listen: September 9, 2010, mp3

 
  • September 08, 2010

The sign-up period for Kentucky’s Soil Erosion and Water Quality Cost Share Program is underway through September. Director of the Division of Conservation, Steve Coleman discusses the scope of best management practices for which farmers may qualify for cost share funding.

Listen: September 8, 2010, mp3

 
  • September 07, 2010

Kentucky’s Veterinary Incentive Program is now taking applications from recent vet school graduates to help pay off some of their educational loan obligations. Farm Bureau president Mark Haney says this is an industry wide effort to boos the number of large animal practitioners which are in short supply in some areas of Kentucky.

Listen: September 7, 2010, mp3

 
  • September 06, 2010

A report on approval of a recent $50,000 ag development grant to the Cumberland County Extension Service who’ll be opening a new service center next spring, complete with a “demonstration kitchen” with which the community can add value to farm products.

Listen: September 6, 2010, mp3

 
  • September 03, 2010

The third in that series of three Woodland Owner Short Courses is on tap for Sep 11 in Casey County. UK forestry specialist Billy Thomas says the event has two tracks, for beginners and veterans, and can definitely be a profitable opportunity for any landowner willing to invest some time in better management of their woodlands.

Listen: September 3, 2010, mp3
 

 
  • September 02, 2010

It’s a specialty product for sure but goat cheese is a hot commodity with consumers, so much so that ag educators have decided to host a second cheese making short course this fall for Ky entrepreneurs. UK goat specialist Terry Hutchins has details.

Listen: September 2, 2010, mp3

 
  • September 01, 2010

An update on the World Equestrian Games just a few weeks away at the Ky Horse Park. Angela Blank serves as ‘ag liaison’ working particularly on promoting Kentucky Proud products at the event and targeting agri-tourism destinations during the visitors’  stay; and says the “build out” at the horse park has been impressive.

Listen: September 1, 2010, mp3

 
  • August 31, 2010

The Governor’s Office on Ag Policy (GOAP) continues to promote its agri-energy cost share programs for both energy conservation at the individual level and progress in bio-fuels development on a multi-county level. GOAP’s Roger Thomas is featured.

Listen: August 31, 2010, mp3

 
  • August 30, 2010

The ag community in Greenup County has been perfecting its ‘mobile ag classroom’ to give elementary students a few lessons in ag careers and a feel for what goes on, on the farm. Local extension agent Linda Hieneman discusses their ongoing educational outreach effort.

Listen: August 30, 2010, mp3

 
  • August 27, 2010

It’s been a long hot summer, but despite the heat and humidity, Scott County roadside market operator, Kevin Evans, says their sales season is as strong as ever, and but busiest two months of the year are just about to get underway.

Listen: August 27, 2010, mp3

 
  • August 26, 2010

A feature report on some Mercer County High School kids who’ve used a $500 grant to create awareness of better food choices in the school cafeteria, and have worked with their school food service staff to make those choices a reality.

Listen: August 26, 2010, mp3

 
  • August 25, 2010

An update on the second year of a five-year project between the dairy industry, the NFL, and the nation’s high schools. The Southeast Dairy Association’s Kathy Belcher says it’s called “fuel up to play 60” and it means smarter eating and getting active.

Listen: August 25, 2010, mp3

 
  • August 24, 2010

A preview report of this Thursday’s 47th annual Kentucky Country Ham Breakfast and Charity Auction. Farm Bureau’s Susie Tanner serves as event manager and says last year’s record bid of $1.3 million for the champion ham will be hard to beat.

Listen: August 24, 2010, mp3

 
  • August 23, 2010

A report on a Spencer County field day this week focusing on fruit, vegetables and mums. Local extension agent Bryce Roberts talks about some of the farmers who step out front, taking the lead in trying new things and then sharing their experience with other producers.

Listen: August 23, 2010, mp3

 
  • August 20, 2010

The second in that series of Woodland Owner Short Courses is set for next aturday, July 28 in Princeton. UK extension forester talks about the under managed oodlands of Kentucky and the financial impact that just a little attention would help create. The last course is set for Sep 11 in Casey County.

Listen: August 20, 2010, mp3
 

 
  • August 19, 2010

A feature story with Union County farmer Don Clements who developed his “Up and Over Ramp” for four wheelers to get through farm gates without letting cattle get out. Clements was a state winner in Ky Farm Bureau’s Farmer Idea Exchange in ’09 and says other farmers ought to try the contest. (The 2010 contest entry deadline is Sep 3).

Listen: August 19, 2010, mp3
 

 
  • August 18, 2010

A preview report on the Ky State Fair which opens tomorrow, August 19 and runs through Sunday, August 29. President and CEO of the state fair board, Harold Workman talks about the event’s popularity and its impact.

Listen: August 18, 2010, mp3
 

 
  • August 17, 2010

August is Peach Month in Kentucky and Pulaski County farm market operator, Mark Haney is always glad to talk about that. He also discusses the growing role of fruit production and sales in boosting the state’s ag economy.

Listen: August 17, 2010, mp3

 
  • August 16, 2010

An update on the drought damage being incurred in the Purchase Area of Kentucky. Comments from Hickman County extension agent, Darian Irvan, and from Kenny Perry, extension agent in Graves County.

Listen: August 16, 2010, mp3

 
  • August 13, 2010

The Governor’s Office of Ag Policy now has a new video available on its website (agpolicy.ky.gov). It’s called “One Accord, One Voice” and examines the history and success of the “ag development process. The agency’s director, Roger Thomas, discusses the effort.

Listen: August 13, 2010, mp3

 
  • August 12, 2010

A report on this year’s round of woodland owners workshops to be held in Breathitt, Casey, and Caldwell Counties, Aug 21, Aug 28, and Sep 11, respectively. UK extension forester Billy Thomas says woodland management can pay significant financial dividends.

Listen: August 12, 2010, mp3
 

 
  • August 11, 2010

A feature report on the “100 mile Pot Luck” held recently in Barren County. Local extension agent Mindy McCulley says it’s a unique way to build awareness of the availability and benefits of using locally grown produce.

Listen: August 11, 2010, mp3
 

 
  • August 10, 2010

Kentucky ag leaders are encouraging farmers to visit with their Congressional representatives and talk farm issues during the August recess. Farm Bureau National Affairs Director, Joe Cain, talks about the need to do that and some of the issues.

Listen: August 10, 2010, mp3
 

 
  • August 09, 2010

Through August 27, a limited opportunity is available in USDA’s general sign-up for its conservation reserve program. Ky’s FSA program chief Bob Finch talks about the process, the program, and the potential benefit for successful applicants.

Listen: August 9, 2010, mp3
 

 
  • August 06, 2010

The last in a series of reports on Kentucky’s 2010 Farmer of the Year, Joe Nichols of Trigg County, who will be representing Ky in the Southeastern Farmer of the Year competition this October at the Sunbelt Ag Expo in Georgia.

Listen: August 6, 2010, mp3
 

 
  • August 05, 2010

Feldhaus reports on the Ky Horse Council’s Equine Safety Net program. The council’s Essie Rogers says it’s set up to help horse owners who may have lost their jobs or sources of income, feed their animals. The program has been recently expanded.

Listen: August 5, 2010, mp3
 

 
  • August 04, 2010

A report on Kentucky’s 2011 Veterinary Incentive Program now taking applications from recent vet school grads to help offset their educational loans. A 2010 recipient of that loan forgiveness program Dr. Patricia Davis of Cynthiana talks about the effort to keep ‘large animal vets’ active in Kentucky.

Listen: August 4, 2010, mp3
 

 
  • August 03, 2010

The Kentucky Corn Growers Association is hosting two “barge tours” on the Ohio River in the Henderson and Louisville areas. Organization CEO, Laura Knoth, describes the effort to educate farmers and legislators about the interdependence of agriculture and the nation’s commercial waterway system.

Listen: August 3, 2010, mp3

 
  • August 02, 2010

A feature report on Murray State University’s Agri-Energy Field Day coming up this Thursday, noon to 4 p.m. MSU’s Tony Brannon, dean of their ag school, talks about the opportunity for farmers and agribusiness in their region.

Listen: August 2, 2010, mp3

 
  • July 30, 2010

The 3rd annual Kentuckiana Dairy Exchange is being held in southern Kentucky. UK assistant extension professor, Jeffrey Bewley explains how UK works with Purdue University to set up the program, and discusses a few of the farms involved for this year.

Listen: July 30, 2010, mp3
 

 
  • July 29, 2010

A report on the Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watershed Initiative and how landowners in the watersheds of the Licking River, lower Green River, and Bayou de Chien, can participate. Director of the Ky Division of Conservation, Steve Coleman, provides details. (There is a July 30 deadline for sign up).

Listen: July 29, 2010, mp3

 
  • July 28, 2010

An update on the continuing series of report on Kentucky’s Farmer of the Year, Joe Nichols of Trigg County. In this report Nichols discusses the use of high tech GPS equipment which helps increase efficiencies in planting accuracy and greater yields.

Listen: July 28, 2010, mp3
 

 
  • July 27, 2010

The second installment of coverage from Farm Bureau’s Measure the Candidate forum features Rand Paul discussing fiscal policy, Cap and Trade, and his views on government in general.

Listen: July 27, 2010, mp3
 

 
  • July 26, 2010

Part one of a report from the Ky Farm Bureau Measure the Candidate forum with Jack Conway and Rand Paul, candidates for U.S. Senate. Today excerpts of Jack Conway’s comments are featured.

Listen: July 26, 2010, mp3
 

 
  • July 23, 2010

This coming Sunday at the Talon Winery and Vineyards in Lexington, the UK viticulture field day will be held, beginning at 11 a.m. UK viticulturist Patsy Wilson discusses the challenges and the growing success enjoyed in this area of Kentucky agriculture.

Listen: July 23, 2010, mp3
 

 
  • July 22, 2010

An update report on Trigg County farmer Joe Nichols selected Kentucky’s farmer of the year by farm bureau. Nichols will compete this fall in the Southeastern Farmer of the Year competition in Moultrie, Georgia.

Listen: July 22, 2010, mp3
 

 
  • July 21, 2010

A report on tomorrow evening’s “twilight tour” of the UK Horticulture ResearchFarm in south Lexington. UK Extension Fruit and Vegetable Specialist, John Strang, discusses some of the work and research on display and talks about the potential for produce production in Ky agriculture.

Listen: July 21, 2010, mp3
 

 
  • July 20, 2010

A feature report on a “quilt garden” now on display in Frankfort. Franklin County extension agent Kim Cowherd discusses the project of the Capital Area Extension Master Gardeners Association, and where visitors can see the project.

Listen: July 20, 2010, mp3

 
  • July 19, 2010

U.S. Senate candidates Jack Conway and Rand Paul will meet this week with the Kentucky Farm Bureau state board in Louisville. Farm group president Mark Haney explains the purpose of the bureau’ traditional “Measure the Candidates” forum.

Listen: July 19, 2010, mp3

 
  • July 16, 2010

An update on efforts to help farmers get their cattle through the long hot spells of this summer. UK assistant ag professor Jeffrey Bewley discusses ideas from barn design to water misters and fans.

Listen: July 16, 2010, mp3

 
  • July 15, 2010

A report on a joint effort between the Ky Division of Conservation and the Governor’s Office on Ag Policy to help communities deal with the real problem of dead animal disposal. State Conservation Director, Steve Coleman explains available help.

Listen: July 15, 2010, mp3

 
  • July 14, 2010

A multi-county agri-tourism workshop is set for West Liberty, July 28-30. Event coordinator, UK’s Gayle Clevenger says the event is designed for local entrepreneurs to try out new ideas and develop business plans.

Listen: July 14, 2010, mp3

 
  • July 13, 2010

A feature story on the ceremonial ground breaking tomorrow for the state FFA leadership training center’s dining hall facility renovation. Center coordinator Pete Dreisbach says the upgrade has been a long time coming.

Listen: July 13, 2010, mp3

 
  • July 12, 2010

A report on new ag development funding for expansion of the Breckinridge County farmers market. Local extension agent Carol Hinton provides details of the facility upgrade.

Listen: July 12, 2010, mp3

 
  • July 09, 2010

The Campbell County Backroads Farm Tour is coming up July 17. Local extension agent Don Sorrell says this self-guided automobile tour of some 17 farm related locations has really caught on with local residents and with farmers too.

Listen: July 9, 2010, mp3

 
  • July 08, 2010

A report on dealing with livestock and heat stress this summer. UK Ag meteorologist Tom Priddy talks about what the heat index is; and how farmers can help keep livestock safe and production during periods of high heat stress.

Listen: July 8, 2010, mp3

 
  • July 07, 2010

The Ky Farm Bureau’s summer farm market tour is now taking applications for those interested in the three-state bus tour. Farm group Horticulture Committee Chair, Russell Poore, a Logan County roadside operator, says the event can be real eye opener for attendees.

Listen: July 7, 2010, mp3

 
  • July 06, 2010

Once again, the bi-weekly sessions of “Ice Cream and a Moovie” have begun at Chaney’s Dairy Barn in Bowling Green. Local ag entrepreneur Carl Chaney discusses the event and other activities that continue to draw visitors to this agri-tourism destination for old fashioned fun.

Listen: July 6, 2010, mp3

 
  • July 05, 2010

A report on this week’s UK Turf Grass Field Day in Lexington. In addition to details on the field day, UK’s David Williams discusses how turf grass research impacts the average home owner and talks about its impact on related commercial enterprises.

Listen: July 5, 2010, mp3

 
  • July 02, 2010

The Garrard County Farm Bureau was one of 30 county groups, nationwide, two garner American Farm Bureau Mini-Grants to improve farm-city education efforts at the local level. Lisa Bryant with the local group explains how they’re putting the grant to use.

Listen: July 2, 2010, mp3

 
  • July 01, 2010

A July 6 field day in Daviess County will focus on the impact that the Ag Development Process has been shaping the growth in marketing of beef cattle in that region. Local extension agent Clint Hardy provides details.

Listen: July 1, 2010, mp3

 
  • June 30, 2010

Late blight in tomatoes has made an early appearance in Kentucky for the second year in a row. UK plant pathologist Kenny Seebold talks about the disease and its severity and how commercial and backyard growers can fight the disease.

Listen: June 30, 2010, mp3

 
  • June 29, 2010

The nomination period to run for county FSA committees is now underway. Bob Finch, chief of farm programs for Ky FSA, discusses the importance of these committees and the qualifications necessary to run.

Listen: June 29, 2010, mp3

 
  • June 28, 2010

A report on efforts to secure animal loss indemnity payments for Kentucky livestock producers who lost animals from an unusually high occurrence of frothy bloat. UK ruminant veterinarian Michelle Bilderback explains the odd set of weather circumstances that lead to the incident.

Listen: June 28, 2010, mp3

 
  • June 25, 2010

The third in a three-part June Dairy Month series, this report featuring the Southeast Dairy Association’s Kathy Belcher talking about efforts to reverse trends in youth obesity figures. One project with the NFL shows a lot of promise.

Listen: June 25, 2010, mp3

 
  • June 24, 2010

A report on the “interactive meat case,” and how visitors can learn more online about meat cuts, how to make the most of those on sale, and gain important nutritional information. The Ky Beef Council’s Alison Smith is featured.

Listen: June 24, 2010, mp3

 
  • June 23, 2010

A follow-up report on trends in goat production in the state. One thing’s for sure says UK goat specialist, Terry Hutchins, prices for goat meat are tremendously strong, with demand far outstripping production here. He talks about a possible solution.

Listen: June 23, 2010, mp3

 
  • June 22, 2010

A special feature report on the Blueberry Jubilee and Pancake Day at Reed Valley Orchard near Paris, KY. Feldhaus chats with co-owner Trudy Reed who discusses the growing popularity of blueberries in the state, trends in roadside business, and provides listeners with a “ripening crop” time table.

Listen: June 22, 2010, mp3

 
  • June 21, 2010

A report on Kentucky’s Farmer of the Year for 2010, Joe Nichols of Trigg County operating 19,000 acres in Trigg, Christian, Caldwell, Lyon, and Crittenden County. This will be the first of a multi-feature series as he prepares to compete in the Southeastern Farmer of the Year contest in October.

Listen: June 21, 2010, mp3

 
  • June 18, 2010

A follow-up report on the Commonwealth Agri-Energy Plant in Hopkinsville. General Manager Mick Henderson discusses the ethanol plant’s history and some of its impacts.

Listen: June 18, 2010, mp3

 
  • June 17, 2010

A feature report on the June Dairy Month celebration now underway and a little about dairy industry leaders networking with the “quick serve” food industry to promote dairy product utilization.

Listen: June 17, 2010, mp3

 
  • June 16, 2010

UK and Ky State University have teamed up to provide an online course for potential goat producers. UK goat specialist Terry Hutchins says it provides some great basics and can open some eyes before things get expensive.

Listen: June 16, 2010, mp3

 
  • June 15, 2010

An update on the new Pennyrile Region Agritourism Association which allows its member counties some expanded methods to promote their venues and attract new customers. Christian County Extension Agent, Kelly Jackson comments.

Listen: June 15, 2010, mp3

 
  • June 14, 2010

A report on the new “Kentucky ROPS Guide” an online site for farmers interested in retro-fitting their tractors with Roll Over Protection Structures (ROPS). UK Safety Specialist Mark Purschwitz has details.

Listen: June 14, 2010, mp3

 
  • June 11, 2010

A visit with Kentucky Farm Bureau president, Mark Haney, who discusses the new Ky Livestock Care Standards Commission. The farm leader also discusses fears that Congressional action for 2011 may resurrected the “death tax” which could prevent some family farms from being passed to the next generation.

Listen: June 11, 2010, mp3

 
  • June 10, 2010

The Mercer County Farm Bureau has received $250,000 from the state Ag Development Board for its 2010 County Ag Investment Program. Local coordinator, Doris Hamilton, explains how they’ve customized their CAIP program to assist a larger number of farmers this year.

Listen: June 10, 2010, mp3

 
  • June 09, 2010

The first in a series of reports this month on celebration of June Dairy Month. Southeast Dairy Association’s Kathy Belcher provides some interesting data on the contribution of dairy farms and on some of the statistical bragging rights among Kentucky counties.

Listen: June 9, 2010, mp3

 
  • June 08, 2010

Commonwealth Agri-Energy Inc., the ethanol plant in Hopkinsville has received a $215,000 cost share grant to use lake water from a nearby quarry to reduce operating costs. Plant manager Mick Henderson explains how it will work.

Listen: June 8, 2010, mp3

 
  • June 07, 2010

A report on the upcoming deadline for land owners who may want to consider participating in USDA’s wetland reserve program. It’s not for everyone but program coordinator Jack Kuhn with NRCS says it could work well for some.

Listen: June 7, 2010, mp3

 
  • June 04, 2010

The Governor’s Office on Ag Policy has been working with the Ky Ag Dept and the Kentucky Artisan Center in Berea to work out details of getting Kentucky Proud products out in front of thousands of visitor at the world equestrian games this fall. The games run Sep 25 – Oct 10.

Listen: June 4, 2010, mp3

 
  • June 03, 2010

Farmers are concerned that inheritance taxes are threatening their ability to pass down their farms to the next generation. Joe Cain, National Affairs Director for Ky Farm Bureau discusses the issue and movement underway to get some relief in this area.

Listen: June 3, 2010, mp3

 
  • June 02, 2010

Strawberry picking is underway and blueberry and blackberry seasons are just a few days away. Feldhaus visits with Leon Burton who runs a certified roadside farmers market near Campbellsville.

Listen: June 2, 2010, mp3

 
  • June 01, 2010

A report on free professional help to develop woodlands management plans through NRCS. The sign-up for that service is underway right now but closes this Friday, June 4. Gary Reckner with NRCS discusses the program’s benefits.

Listen: June 1, 2010, mp3

 
  • May 31, 2010

A feature story on Memorial Day Weekend the ‘kick off’ to summer grilling season. The Ky Beef Council’s Alison Smith discusses the economic impact of beef in Ky and offers a few tips on what to grill that’s especially economical.

Listen: May 31, 2010, mp3

 
  • May 28, 2010

Grab you cane pole and head for the old fish’in hole; Free Fishing Weekend is just ahead (June 5/6). Lee McClellan with Ky Fish and Wildlife explains how the event works, its goal to create more fisherman, and how you can participate.

Listen: May 28, 2010, mp3

 
  • May 27, 2010

June 11 is the deadline for the next round of qualification for the Conservation Stewardship Program. Gary Reckner with NRCS explains that land owners willing to commit their land to certain practices can benefit economically from that practice.

Listen: May 27, 2010, mp3

 
  • May 26, 2010

Over 62 countries and more than 800 riders have already signed up for this fall’s world equestrian games in Kentucky. Amy Walker is in PR for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games and discusses the tremendous economic impact of the event.

Listen: May 26, 2010, mp3

 
  • May 25, 2010

UK Extension, the Ky Ag Dept and the Ky Proud program have joined forces to come up with some new recipes to help consumers better utilize Ky fresh produce as it becomes available. Allen County extension agent Janet Johnson provides details.

Listen: May 25, 2010, mp3

 
  • May 24, 2010

Farmers in five Kentucky counties (Daviess, McLean, Ohio, Union, and Washington) have just been approved for some $304,000 in low interest ag infrastructure loans. Bill McCloskey with the Ky Ag Finance Corporation explains how it all works.

Listen: May 24, 2010, mp3

 
  • May 21, 2010

A summer series of teacher workshops is being hosted by Farm Bureau to fulfill teacher requirements for ongoing professional development. McLean County teacher Judy Hayden has attended over the years and says the event provides interesting and effective ways to tie an agricultural theme to core content material that reaches students.

Listen: May 21, 2010, mp3

 
  • May 20, 2010

Grilling season is just about to get into high gear for the summer and that means a lot more ‘beef on the barbie’. The Ky Beef Council’s Whitney Carmen discusses cooking tips, safety tips, and getting more nutritional value for your food dollar with lean beef.

Listen: May 20, 2010, mp3

 
  • May 19, 2010

A special report with one of the high school coaches for the state ‘envirothon’ competition. Susan Neumann, teacher at Model Lab School on the EKU campus explains how their school got into starting an envirothon team and how students have benefited.

Listen: May 19, 2010, mp3

 
  • May 18, 2010

When life hands you lemons, as the old saying goes, make lemonade. If your farm is choked with the invasive weed pest, kudzu, turn out the goats! David Ditch at UK’s Robinson Center discusses on going research in Whitley County utilizing goats to keep kudzu under control.

Listen: May 18, 2010, mp3

 
  • May 17, 2010

Strawberries are here and it’s time to head to your favorite roadside farm market and pick up several pints or better yet, pick your own. Larue County’s Jeremy Hinton comments on the roadside season now getting underway.

Listen: May 17, 2010, mp3

 
  • May 14, 2010

The increasing trends in urban sprawl and more farmers managing farms that are not physically connected to their home place, are leading to more incidents of automobile/farm equipment collisions on highways. UK safety specialist Mark Purschwitz offers some suggestion in avoiding those mishaps.

Listen: May 14, 2010, mp3

 
  • May 13, 2010

The final round of the Ky “Envirothon” competition is being held, May 20-21 in Jabez at the Ky 4-H Leadership Center. Director of the state division of conservation, Steve Coleman, talks about the growing interest among high school youngsters and science teachers in this environmental competition.

Listen: May 13, 2010, mp3

 
  • May 12, 2010

A follow-up report on the growing occurrence of anhydrous ammonia theft on farms, a result of the growing scourge of illegal methamphetamine production and use. Comments from a Daviess County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson.

Listen: May 12, 2010, mp3

 
  • May 11, 2010

USDA is making $75,000 grants available for the enhancement of specialty crop production. The Ky Ag Dept’s Kristen Branscum is coordinating that program and explains how groups here can get involved.

Listen: May 11, 2010, mp3

 
  • May 10, 2010

State authorities are getting into action to track the invasion of the Emerald Ash Borer, a pest that has damaged millions of dollars of ash trees in states north of here, and which is now making its way into Kentucky.

Listen: May 10, 2010, mp3

 
  • May 07, 2010

A report on the danger of slow moving farm equipment out on the highways during the spring planting season. UK ag safety and health specialist, Mark Purschwitz discusses reaction times when coming up upon tractors and equipment, and offers advice for farmers on how to make themselves seen from father away.

Listen: May 7, 2010, mp3

 
  • May 06, 2010

The first ever Kentucky Sheep and Fiber Festival will be May 14-16 at Masterson Station Park in Lexington. Ray Bowman with the Ky Sheep and Goat Development Office discusses the event as it relates to those in the industry, and to the rest of us who may want to stop by for some fun.

Listen: May 6, 2010, mp3

 
  • May 05, 2010

The Ky Center for Ag and Rural Development (KCARD) was awarded a $310,000 grant from the state ag development board. KCARD executive director, Larry Snell, comments on their role and some of their successes in assisting ag entrepreneurs.

Listen: May 5, 2010, mp3

 
  • May 04, 2010

A report on one of the first crops for “u-pick” at Kentucky roadside farmers markets. Shelby County farmer Bill Gallrein says it looks like the strawberry crop will be a little earlier this year, in fact, is only a few more days away.

Listen: May 4, 2010, mp3

 
  • May 03, 2010

An update on the recurring problem of anhydrous ammonia thefts on Kentucky farms. Comments from Lt. Colonel, Jeff Jones with the Daviess County Sheriff’s who says anhydrous can be an element in the making of methamphetamine, and thefts are up.

Listen: May 3, 2010, mp3 @ 28.8K

 
  • April 30, 2010

A feature story with former Ky Farm Bureau president Sam Moore of Butler County who has served on the state Ag Development Board since its inception, ten years ago. Moore says state political leaders have been very supportive of this effort to boost the state’s farm economy, “after” the decline of burley tobacco.

Listen: April 30, 2010, mp3

 
  • April 29, 2010

Taking direct marketing one step farther a group of Campbell County farmers has formed a coop to do custom production of beef cattle for sale direct to local customers. Local extension agent, Don Sorrell says the project is working well so far.

Listen: April 29, 2010, mp3

 
  • April 28, 2010

Corn planting is kicking into high gear and that means those tanks of anhydrous ammonia will be seen on Kentucky farms. State Police Lieutenant David Jude discusses the continuing problem that farmers face with theft of this fertilizer, which thieves are using to make methamphetamine.

Listen: April 28, 2010, mp3

 
  • April 27, 2010

A report on how Kentucky’s bee populations made it through a fairly tough winter and what we can expect for 2010. Phil Craft, Ky Ag Dept State Apiarist says interest in bee keeping is as strong as ever.

Listen: April 27, 2010, mp3

 
  • April 26, 2010

Today has been proclaimed “Ky Agricultural Development Fund Day by Governor Beshear. Mark Haney, Ky Farm Bureau president talks about the significance of the fund as it continues today, to move Ky agriculture forward.

Listen: April 26, 2010, mp3

 
  • April 23, 2010

As a tribute to the recent passing of Ky Farm Bureau Vice President, John Hendricks, the organization’s very popular annual cattle tour has been name in his honor and a funding project is underway to help young farmers with expenses associated with the multi-state tour. The farm group’s Susie Tanner provides details.

Listen: April 23, 2010, mp3

 
  • April 22, 2010

Kentucky’s new Multi-county Agricultural Energy Initiative has been announced. It will combine Ag Development grants and federal stimulus funds to expand regional projects involving bio-fuels. Bryan Thomas with GOAP comments on the details.

Listen: April 22, 2010, mp3

 
  • April 21, 2010

The latest edition of the “Farm Vehicle Regulations” guide book is now available through Ky Farm Bureau. The farm group’s Bryan Alvey explains the purpose of the manual and how it came into being.

Listen: April 21, 2010, mp3

 
  • April 20, 2010

That switchgrass-to-bio fuels project in northern Kentucky is moving forward.  UK’s Tom Keene discusses progress with the project and says through a new grant, they’ll be expanding acreage significantly this season.

Listen: April 20, 2010, mp3

 
  • April 19, 2010

The popularity of ATV’s (all terrain vehicles) continues to boom in Kentucky and the warmer weather of spring is prime time for ATV activity whether doing farm chores or just having fun. Comments from Ky State Police Lt. David June on training and safety.

Listen: April 19, 2010, mp3

 
  • April 16, 2010

Kentucky’s timber owners and processors can add significant value to the state’s raw timber products by drying them down before sale. UK forestry specialist, Carroll Fackler, discusses the economics of doing so and provides direction for technical assistance.

Listen: April 16, 2010, mp3 @ 28.8K

 
  • April 15, 2010

The Martin County Farm Bureau was one of 30 groups nationwide to be awarded an Ag Education Mini-grant by the American Farm Bureau. Local officials says they’re going to use the money to fund a unique gardening project for local 3rd graders.

Listen: April 15, 2010, mp3 @ 28.8K

 
  • April 14, 2010

A report on some advanced technology that could wake you in the middle of the night in the event of eminent severe weather in your county. Tom Priddy, UK Ag meteorologist discusses NOAH weather radios and strobe light attachments or “pillow shakers” that can wake you in the middle of the night.

Listen: April 14, 2010, mp3 @ 28.8K

 
  • April 13, 2010

Certified roadside farmers markets are up and running, and one featured in today’s report is in far western Kentucky near the community of Kirksey. Jamie and Jane Potts have built quite a following at their greenhouse operation which now is in high gear.

Listen: April 13, 2010, mp3 @ 28.8K

 
  • April 12, 2010

IFAL, Ky Farm Bureau’s Institute for Future Agricultural Leaders is likened by some to the Governor’s Scholars Program, with an “ag twist.” Talk about networking, Feldhaus has a story about registration for this summer’s program with a young male attendee who, a few years ago, met his future wife at this week-long workshop.

Listen: April 12, 2010, mp3 @ 28.8K

 
  • April 09, 2010

Red ripe summer tomatoes “six weeks early,” that’s what some farm greenhouse operations are providing to help boost sales and activities at their roadside farm markets. Jefferson County truck farmer George Gagel is featured; and while he says the concept may ‘sound’ new, he’s been marketing early tomatoes for almost 45 seasons now.

Listen: April 9, 2010, mp3 @ 28.8K

 
  • April 08, 2010

It could be the experience of a lifetime for Kentucky youngsters; it’s 4-H summer camp, and sign-up for many counties is underway now. State 4-H camping coordinator Donna Fox has details of camp life, and opportunities for the kids, and advises that parents move quickly to make registration deadlines.

Listen: April 8, 2010, mp3 @ 28.8K

 
  • April 07, 2010

A sultry and possibly “stormy” summer forecast is ahead for Kentucky according to the Farmer’s Almanac prognostication. Featured is almanac editor Pete Geiger with that forecast.

Listen: April 7, 2010, mp3 @ 28.8K

 
  • April 06, 2010

Some needed renovations are underway at the four 4-H summer camp facilities across Kentucky. Kentucky 4-H Foundation executive director, Keith Rogers, comments on the upgrades and the ongoing fundraising efforts to fund them.

Listen: April 6, 2010, mp3 @ 28.8K

 
  • April 05, 2010

A story on the April opening of the 2010 Roadside Farmers’ Markets season. Tammy Warren of Warren Farm Greenhouse in Madison County discusses how the economy has impact consumer buying habits.

Listen: April 5, 2010, mp3 @ 28.8K

 
  • April 02, 2010

The state of Kentucky is looking for a few good, volunteer weather watchers. UK ag meteorologist, Tom Priddy, explains details of a national program called CoCoRahs and provides details on how citizens can get involved in assisting weather service officials.

Listen: April 2, 2010, mp3 @ 28.8K

 
  • April 01, 2010

As weather warms up it’ll be a great time to visit the old farm pond and do a little fishing. Lee McClellan with the Ky Division of Fish and Wildlife Resources discusses who needs a fishing license and where you can get one.

Listen: April 1, 2010, mp3 @ 28.8K

 
  • March 31, 2010

A story on the Meat Your Neighbor Educational Tour hosted by the Ky Beef Council. The event will visit four farms in Bourbon County. The beef council’s Alison Smith provides details.

Listen: March 31, 2010, mp3 @ 28.8K

 
  • March 30, 2010

A report on a timber industries “export opportunities workshop” which is being held this Thursday at the Laurel County Extension office in London, KY. Workshop coordinator Carroll Fackler comments.

Listen: March 30, 2010, mp3 @ 28.8K

 
  • March 29, 2010

A report on the renaming of the Farm Bureaus annual beef tour and a funding program to help young farmers participate. The name change and fund raising effort are in honor of Ky Farm Bureau vice president, John Hendricks, who recently passed away.

Listen: March 29, 2010, mp3 @ 28.8K

 
  • March 26, 2010

An update report on this season’s efforts by Kentucky officials to track and monitor the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer. Comments from UK entomologist Lee Townsend who discusses the pest and the implications its arrival has for the state.

Listen: March 26, 2010, mp3 @ 28.8K

 
  • March 25, 2010

A regional “horse handling” class is set for central Kentucky. Essie Rogers with the Kentucky Horse Council says this is a horse owner 101 class which could benefit many families.

Listen: March 25, 2010, mp3 @ 28.8K

 
  • March 24, 2010

A report on the impact of El Nino and potential for weather impact from La Nina. UK meteorologist Tom Priddy explains about how both weather patterns work, how El Nino lengthened our winter, and how some weather models think La Nina will affect us.

Listen: March 24, 2010, mp3 @ 28.8K

 
  • March 23, 2010

The Ky Farm Bureau’s sign-up period for the 2010 season for its Certified Roadside Farmers Market program has resulted in a record number of participants. Farm group president, Mark Haney, comments.

Listen: March 23, 2010, mp3 @ 28.8K

 
  • March 22, 2010

A story on a regional “Farm and Family Night” multi-county program set for this Thursday with over 45 presentations, activities for the kids, and over 30 vendors with exhibits. That’s being hosted by the Maysville Community and Technical College.

Listen: March 22, 2010, mp3 @ 28.8K

 
  • March 19, 2010

The state division of forestry is currently in the midst of soliciting citizen input for its five year plan to identify challenges in forest resource management and to determine where best to assign state resources to deal with potential problems.

Listen: March 19, 2010, mp3  @ 28.8K

 
  • March 18, 2010

UK entomologist Lee Townsend takes a look at some of the challenges ahead for Kentucky as we deal with our second year of the Emerald Ash Borer invasion. He says we “can” fight the pest and citizen input will help.

Listen: March 18, 2010, mp3 @ 28.8K

 
  • March 17, 2010

A report on the Master Grazing Program available through UK extension. Henry County extension agent Steve Moore is a big proponent of investing some time in training, and paying more attention to more efficient, more profitable longer-season grazing.

Listen: March 17, 2010, mp3 @ 28.8K

 
  • March 16, 2010

The second application period is now open for Kentucky Proud entrepreneurs to qualify their products for sale at a special exhibit area at the world equestrian games this fall in Kentucky. Angela Blank with the Governor’s Office on Ag Policy comments.

Listen: March 16, 2010, mp3 @ 28.8K

 
  • March 15, 2010

A story on a Kentucky entrepreneur in Logan County who’s turned to making maple syrup as an extra farm income opportunity. Comments from Lee Blythe who is now in his second year of production.

Listen: March 15, 2010, mp3 @ 28.8K

 
  • March 12, 2010

An update report on the northern Ky switchgrass production research project. UK’s Tom Keene says farmers in this project are adapting well to this new crop and it’s performing well. The next step is check how this bio-fuel might work as fuel in an energy plant.

Listen: March 12, 2010, mp3 @ 28.8K

 
  • March 11, 2010

A series of home-based microprocessor workshops continues next week in Pulaski County and continues after that in Nelson and Boone. UK’s Dr. Sandra Bastin talks about the success farm based entrepreneurs are having with “value added” production.

Listen: March 11, 2010, mp3 @ 28.8K

 
  • March 10, 2010

The second round of a cost share program to help farmers transition their operations into more energy efficient work places is now underway. Bryan Thomas with the Governor’s Office On Ag Policy says up to $10,000 is available for individual projects.

Listen: March 10, 2010, mp3 @ 28.8K

 
  • March 09, 2010

From now through April 30, Kentucky’s “fire season” is underway which includes restrictions on outdoor burning. Leah MacSwords, Director of the State Division of Forestry talks about the rules and the reasoning behind them.

Listen: March 9, 2010, mp3 @ 28.8K

 
  • March 08, 2010

A report on efforts among the Kentucky livestock production community toward formation of a “livestock care standards commission.” Ky Farm Bureau president Mark Haney says the group is asking for help from the General Assembly and explains more about the effort.

Listen: March 8, 2010, mp3 @ 28.8K

 
  • March 05, 2010

Home-based microprocessor workshops are schedule this month in Bell, Pulaski, Nelson and Boone Counties. Program coordinator Dr. Sandra Bastin explains their purpose and why they’ve been so popular in the projects first couple of years.

Listen: March 5, 2010, mp3 @ 28.8K

 
  • March 04, 2010

An update on the third year of a 4-year research project in northern Kentucky looking into switchgrass production for bio-feul that can be burned with coal to produce electric power for Kentucky. UK’s Tom Keene takes a look.

Listen: March 4, 2010, mp3 @ 28.8K

 
  • March 03, 2010

A report on Farm Bureau’s Legislative Drive-In Day to Frankfort today. The farm group’s head lobbyist Jeff Harper comments on a few of the hot issues and on why this kind of grass roots lobbying pays dividends for farmers.

Listen: March 3, 2010, mp3 @ 28.8K

 
  • March 02, 2010

The Kentucky Dairy Partners annual meeting is set for this week in Cave City. Event coordinator Eunice Schlappi with the Ky Ag Dept discusses the tough times in dairying right now and a few features of the annual meeting.

Listen: March 2, 2010, mp3 @ 28.8K

 
  • March 01, 2010

Exploring possibilities for Ky farmers with producing local ‘forage-finished’ beef; there seems to be growing demand for it but will it make economic sense for producers. A report on some UK producer workshops designed to look into the potential.

Listen: March 1, 2010, mp3 @ 28.8K

 
  • February 26, 2010

In recent weeks Ky State Police data show that the production of illegal methamphetamine is on the rise. State Trooper John Hawkins discusses the dangers for farmers where some of the meth production equipment is dumped on their farms.

Listen: February 26, 2010, mp3 @ 28.8K

 
  • February 25, 2010

Today is Food Check-Out Day and various County Farm Bureaus are involved in events to highlight the observation. Victor Rexroat with the Russell County Farm Bureau reports on their team effort with the local FFA Chapter to do a “farm-food” education effort with local 3rd graders.

Listen: February 25, 2010, mp3 @ 28.8K

 
  • February 24, 2010

A feature report with Beth Drennan, co-owner of Broadbent’s B&B Foods Inc. in Kuttawa, Kentucky, which is hosting a recipe competition this weekend, kicking off the first ever “Hammy Awards.”

Listen: February 24, 2010, mp3 @ 28.8K

 
  • February 23, 2010

A group of 210 Kentucky farmers is in Washington this week, part of the Ky Farm Bureau’s annual Congressional Tour. Farm group president Mark Haney runs down a few legislative items these farmers will discuss with the state’s Congressional delegation.

Listen: February 23, 2010, mp3 @ 28.8K

 
  • February 22, 2010

A report on the updated “farmers market” manuals available through the Ky Department of Agriculture. KDA’s Sharon Spencer also discusses GAP (their Good Agricultural Practices) program for market vendors.

Listen: February 22, 2010, mp3 @ 28.8K

 
  • February 19, 2010

The Ky Alfalfa Conference will celebrate its 30th anniversary next Thursday, Feb 25 at the Cave City Convention Center. UK forage specialist, Garry Lacefield discusses the conference and explains why this particular forage crops and others in general are so important to the state.

Listen: February 19, 2010, mp3 @ 28.8K

 
  • February 18, 2010

Fresh grown produce season is still a few weeks away, but Sharon Spencer with the Ky Ag Dept’s “farmers’ markets” program discusses the CSA movement which will also help Ky farmers with increased sales.

Listen: February 18, 2010, mp3 @ 28.8K

 
  • February 17, 2010

National Food Check-out Week is set for next wee, Feb 21-27. Feldhaus files a report with Graves County’s Frieda Heath, chair of the Ky Farm Bureau’s Women’s Advisory Committee who will be in Frankfort tomorrow for a related event.

Listen: February 17, 2010, mp3 @ 28.8K

 
  • February 16, 2010

A preview report on the series of workshops for county Ag Development Committee coordinators. Kylee Palmer the Governor’s Office of Ag Policy discusses some of the issues to be covered in those 11 workshops running Feb 17 through March 29.

Listen: February 16, 2010, mp3 @ 28.8K

 
  • February 15, 2010

A report with Logan County fruit and vegetable grower, Russell Poore, who has been appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture to serve on USDA’s national fruit and vegetable industry advisory committee.

Listen: February 15, 2010, mp3 @ 28.8K

 
  • February 12, 2010

Some 85 slots are now open for those wishing to participate in a major beef tour to the high plains cattle feeding area. Hart County farmer Fritz Giesecke has participated before and says the ‘sellout’ event is a unique educational opportunity for Ky cattlemen.

Listen: February 12, 2010, mp3 @ 28.8K

 
  • February 11, 2010

A report on a new development in seed production that’s having a big impact in sweet sorghum production. Featured is Morris Bitzer, President of the National Sweet Sorghum Producers and Processors Association.

Listen: February 11, 2010, mp3 @ 28.8K

 
  • February 10, 2010

The open enrollment period is now underway for former tobacco producers and quota holders who may seek to switch their tobacco buyout payments from annual payments to a lump sum. Dwight Greenwell coordinator of the FBTen program explains how and why a producer may want to consider that.

Listen: February 10, 2010, mp3 @ 28.8K

 
  • February 09, 2010

The 45th National Farm Machinery Show opens tomorrow and Feldhaus provides a preview report with Ky State Fair Board CEO and show coordinator, Harold Workman.

Listen: February 9, 2010, mp3 @ 28.8K

 
  • February 08, 2010

From presentations on ‘social networking’ to updates on IRS rulemaking that will impact farmers, Farm Bureau’s county presidents’ conference will be underway tomorrow and Wednesday in Louisville to assist farm leaders as they move forward.

Listen: February 8, 2010, mp3 @ 28.8K

 
  • February 05, 2010

A story on a potential new product that is being developed at the Wood Utilization Center in Breathitt County. The facility’s Bobby Ammerman discusses the prototype of the new “clarifier” an interactive display case being developed by the center.

Listen: February 5, 2010, mp3 @ 28.8K

 
  • February 04, 2010

Several local beekeeper meetings are scheduled over the next several weeks. McCreary County extension agent, Greg Whitis discusses the growth in interest of beekeeping, and how bees are getting through this winter.

Listen: February 4, 2010, mp3 @ 28.8K

 
  • February 03, 2010

A preview of the National Farm Machinery Show (Feb 10-13) and the National Tractor Pull. There may still be some tractor pull tickets available.

Listen: February 3, 2010, mp3 @ 28.8K

 
  • February 02, 2010

An update on progress with the Laurel County farmers market. Local extension agent Judy O Bryan discusses the installation of their new certified kitchen and what it will mean for the local community and their market.

Listen: February 2, 2010, mp3 @ 28.8K

 
  • February 01, 2010

A report on the growth in sweet sorghum production in Kentucky and across the region. Featured is Morris Bitzer, president of the Kentucky and National Sweet Sorghum Producers and Processors Assciation.

Listen: February 1, 2010, mp3 @ 28.8K

 
  • January 29, 2010

This winter’s coldest weather may yet be ahead of us. UK beef specialist Roy Burris discusses the special needs of livestock in these cold spells, which he notes are tough on both livestock and the folks who take care of them.

Listen: January 29, 2010, mp3 @ 28.8K

 
  • January 28, 2010

An important deadline is here (Jan 30) for Kentucky livestock producers to complete the application process for USDA’s Livestock Indemnity Program. FSA program specialist Marcinda Kester has a rundown on this program which will run through 2011.

Listen: January 28, 2010, mp3 @ 28.8K

 
  • January 27, 2010

The sign-up period for Ky Farm Bureau’s Certified Roadside Farmers Market Program is now underway. Coordinator Kara Keeton talks about the growth of the program for producers and for the benefit of consumers.

Listen: January 27, 2010,  mp3 @ 28.8K

 
  • January 26, 2010

A follow-up report on two Kentucky commercial entities named as Kentucky “beef backers” who will now go on to a national competition for that same honor. The Ky Beef Council’s Alison Smith pays “props” to Kroger and to Texas Roadhouse Restaurants.

Listen: January 26, 2010, mp3 @ 28.8K

 
  • January 25, 2010

A report on the Larue County young farm family, Aaron and Ashley Reding, who were honored at the American Farm Bureau annual convention in Seattle as one of the top three farm families in the nation.

Listen: January 25, 2010, mp3 @ 28.8K

 
  • January 22, 2010

The 6th annual Soybean Promotion Day is set for next Tuesday, Jan 26, but interested attendees need to make reservations by phone “today.” Murray State University Ag School Dean says this is truly and important opportunity for producers in that region to stay up-to-date on production and marketing trends.

Listen: January 22, 2010, mp3 @ 28.8K

 
  • January 21, 2010

USDA has awarded Kentucky with a quarter million dollar grant to help train beginning farmers. UK ag economist Dr. Lee Meyer will help head up the effort which he feels should begin in early spring and offers quite a bit of promise for Ky farmers.

Listen: January 21, 2010, mp3 @ 28.8K

 
  • January 20, 2010

A follow-up report today from the UK Ag Outlook News Conference which shows overall declining income for Ky compared to last year. Dr. Tim Woods is featured here, discussing some of the ups and downs and hopes for Ky’s horticulture producers.

Listen: January 20, 2010, mp3 @ 28.8K

 
  • January 19, 2010

A feature story with a spokesperson for Texas Roadhouse Restaurants in Kentucky. They’ve been honored by the Ky Beefcattle Association as “beef backers,” helping promote greater utilization of beef when eating out or preparing at home.

Listen: January 19, 2010, mp3 @ 28.8K

 
  • January 18, 2010

A report on two, UK Grain Crops Academies on tap for now through mid-February; one in Taylor County provided for several counties in that area the other kicking off for the Purchase Area in Hickman County.

Listen: January 18, 2010, mp3 @ 28.8K

 
  • January 15, 2010

A feature report on the new web site, hooftrader.com which will serve as a sort of Ebay sales outlet for sheep and goat producers in Kentucky.

Listen: January 15, 2010, mp3 @ 28.8K

 
  • January 14, 2010

This spring the third year of research utilizing goats to graze “and control” kudzu (a noxious weed) in Whitley County, and it researcher Dr. David Ditsch says the work has brought to light some interesting findings.

Listen: January 14, 2010, mp3 @ 28.8K

 
  • January 13, 2010

A feature with the coordinator of the UK Soil Sampling service, Frank Sikora, about a new change in their testing procedures, why they made it, and what impact it might have for farmers.

Listen: January 13, 2010, mp3 @ 28.8K

 
  • January 12, 2010

The Kentucky Beef Council has named Kroger and Texas Roadhouse restaurants state winners in their “beef backers” award program. The council’s Allison Smith says both groups will be at their annual meeting this week, and both will represent Ky in a national competition for the same purpose.

Listen: January 12, 2010, mp3 @ 28.8K

 
  • January 11, 2010

An overview report on the Kentucky wheat crop as producers deal with a wet fall which resulted in fewer acres planted for 2010. Comments from UK Soils Specialist Lloyd Murdock who discusses other challenges in the industry this coming year.

Listen: January 11, 2010, mp3 @ 28.8K

 
  • January 08, 2010

A feature report with Kentucky young farmer Aaron Reding who uses global positioning satellite (GPS) technology in a very practical way to save money at ground level. Aaron and wife, Ashley, will represent Ky in the national Outstanding Young Farm Family competition in Seattle this coming weekend.

Listen: January 8, 2010, mp3 @ 28.8K

 
  • January 07, 2010

Kentucky Farm Bureau President Mark Haney will lead a group of some 300 Kentucky farmers to participate in the American Farm Bureau annual meeting in Seattle. Haney discusses some state and national issues of importance to the state’s farmers.

Listen: January 7, 2010, mp3 @ 28.8K

 
  • January 06, 2010

A federal program is now underway to specifically help struggling dairy farmers get through some very difficult times. John McCauley, State Executive Director for USDA’s Farm Service Agency in Kentucky has program details.

Listen: January 6, 2010, mp3 @ 28.8K

 
  • January 05, 2010

An update on the small ruminant workshop for sheep and goat producers coming up in the next few days. Meeting coordinator Dr. David Ditsch discusses some of the trends in small ruminant production.

Listen: January 5, 2010, mp3 @ 28.8K

 
  • January 04, 2010

A report on Allison and Daniel Smith of Stamping Ground, KY who won Ky Farm Bureau’s Excellence in Agriculture Award and will represent the state at the American Farm Bureau annual meeting and the national contest for that honor.

Listen: January 4, 2010, mp3 @ 28.8K

 
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