- December 30, 2011
The Ky Sheep and Goat Development Office has received a $40,000 grant to keep its expansion efforts alive. Spokesperson, Bourbon County sheep producer, Kathy Meyer, discusses their efforts to network nationally with other like groups. A major part of their effort includes a new industry magazine, HoofPrint, and its subscription list has gone national.
Listen: December 30, 2011, mp3
- December 29, 2011
Details of the 2011 program of trapping and tracking of the Emerald Ash Borer as it makes its way into Kentucky show that it has spread into six new counties here. The good news, say officials, is that that invasion is slow enough that they can introduce several efforts to fight the pest. One tool is the introduction of a predatory wasp, which preys exclusively on this invading pest.
Listen: December 29, 2011, mp3
- December 28, 2011
A feature story with Stacey Westfall manager of the Woodford County Farmers’ Market which took top statewide honors in the rural category in the Ky Farmers’ Market Association ‘market of the year’ competition. She discusses what makes their market a true, community asset.
Listen: December 28, 2011, mp3
- December 27, 2011
A new E-85 ethanol blended fueling location was added recently in Newport, Ky and two more are now coming on line in Henderson and Somerset. The Ky Corn Grower Association’s executive director, Laura Knoth discusses the importance of the slow and steady expansion in the use of this bio-fuel.
Listen: December 27, 2011, mp3
- December 26, 2011
A preview report on next week’s Fruit and Vegetable Conference (Jan 5/6) in Lexington. Event coordinator UK extension horticulture specialist, John Strang, describes the event and discusses crop year 2011 for the state’s producers. All in all it was a pretty good year.
Listen: December 26, 2011, mp3
- December 23, 2011
A feature report with Kevin Lyons Monroe County extension agent and a leader in the state association of extension agents. He discusses some of the hot issues on the minds of farmers and provides some insight into the typical extension agent’s role in assisting county ag development councils.
Listen: December 23, 2011, mp3
- December 22, 2011
A special report with Jamie Comer of Monroe County the new Ky Agriculture Commissioner elect about some of his plans for the ag department. Comer also speaks of his attention to the voters in the city and his aspirations for improving farm income.
Listen: December 22, 2011, mp3
- December 21, 2011
Ky State Police Lt. David Jude has another reminder for citizens to protect themselves during the holiday gift giving season. There is a spike in burglaries and break-ins at this time of year and he offers homeowners some tips on protecting their property.
Listen: December 21, 2011, mp3
- December 20, 2011
A report with Governor Steve Beshear and his message for agriculture as he heads into his second four-year term. The Governor has news of some relief for livestock producers struggling with the expensive problem of dead animal removal. He also discusses Ky agriculture’s long range plan.
Listen: December 20, 2011, mp3
- December 19, 2011
A feature story on a Ky holiday season gift favorite: country ham. Ronny Drennan with B & B Broadbent Foods of Kuttawa talk about the history, tradition and some of the new trends in ham processing and sales.
Listen: December 19, 2011, mp3
- December 16, 2011
It’s not here yet, we don’t think, but UK entomologists are keeping an eye on thespread of the Kudzu bug. It’s already in several southern states now, and its appetite and potential for significant economic damage includes soybeans. UK’s Doug Johnson out of their Princeton research facility provides the background.
Listen: December 16, 2011, mp3
- December 15, 2011
A feature report with U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky who isn’t on a specific ‘ag committee’ per se, but says many of the bills and items he’s working on, from industry dust rules to water quality regulations, do have a direct connection to Ky farmers.
Listen: December 15, 2011, mp3
- December 14, 2011
Jim Sidebottom of Green County has been named Farmer of the Year by Kentucky Farm Bureau. Sidebottom says he and wife Ona got off to a slow start in their farming Careers, but it’s what they love, and obviously they’re pretty good at it.
Listen: December 14, 2011, mp3
- December 13, 2011
The Farm Service Agency is offering farmers a new and quicker way to get all of the farm program news out of that branch of USDA. FSA’s Bob Finch describes the internet delivery service, its advantages, and how it will save all tax payers by cutting FSA postage and paper use.
Listen: December 13, 2011, mp3
- December 12, 2011
An in-depth look at projected Kentucky farm cash receipts, hitting a record for 2011. Comments with UK ag economist Dr. Will Snell, with some of the particular commodity growth trends and a look at the big picture for 2012.
Listen: December 12, 2011, mp3
- December 09, 2011
A feature report with Stephen Yates manager of the St. Matthews Farmers Market in Louisville, that won top honors in the “urban category” of the 2011 statewide farmers market of the year competition. Yates says they typically feature 65-70 vendors each Saturday, provide plenty of local produce and products, and prepare food on-site to make the market a ‘weekend destination’ for many regulars.
Listen: December 9, 2011, mp3
- December 08, 2011
Rural and urban households across Kentucky are dealing with tough economic times. UK family finance specialist, Jennifer Hunter, has some budgeting and shopping suggestions so that we don’t get the “post-Christmas Blues” when credit card bills arrive in January.
Listen: December 8, 2011, mp3
- December 07, 2011
Black Friday got the 2011 Christmas shopping season off to a good start, and Ky State Police officials offer some tips for shopping safety at the mall and for theft prevention around the home to make sure the ‘bad guys’ don’t take away our holiday cheer.
Listen: December 7, 2011, mp3
- December 06, 2011
Serving some 90,000 meals a day, the Jefferson County school system is now in the midst of an effort to make more of that meal content “locally grown.” Comments from JCPS nutrition coordinator Julia Bauscher on successful efforts in 2011 and expanded plans for working with more farmers in the region for 2012.
Listen: December 6, 2011, mp3
- December 05, 2011
A preview report on the Alltech Global 500 conference underway this week in Lexington. Alltech, headquartered in Kentucky, has invited local farm leaders and their counterparts from around the world to share ideas and catch up on the latest developments in technologies that agriculture can put to use on the farm.
Listen: December 5, 2011, mp3
- December 02, 2011
A story with UK cattle specialist Roy Burris on how producers can get through cattle feeding this winter without ‘breaking the bank.” He offers several goof tips for cattlemen; from forage testing to a simple computation for determining just how much feed each cow will require of the winter.
Listen: December 2, 2011, mp3
- December 01, 2011
A report on a series of “early bird” meetings for grain growers coming up next week. UK agronomist Chad Lee discusses some of the items to be covered and talks about some of the challenges of the coming crop year in soybeans and grain.
Listen: December 1, 2011, mp3
- November 30, 2011
The H2A wage rate for guest workers has just been released. Rick Alexander, Executive Director of the Ag Workforce Management Agency, discusses how that will impact usage of guest workers and how other changes in federal regulation of that program have made that process a little more complicated.
Listen: November 30, 2011, mp3
- November 29, 2011
A report with the new president and CEO of Farm Credit Services of Mid America, Bill Johnson, who is optimistic about the farm credit scene in general. Johnson discusses general credit demand and how, many farmers have benefited from loan conversions as interest rates have dipped.
Listen: November 29, 2011, mp3
- November 28, 2011
A preview report on the 92nd Ky Farm Bureau annual meeting in Louisville this week. The farm group’s David Beck talks about the mood of Ky farmers as they gather to debate organization policy direction.
Listen: November 28, 2011, mp3
- November 25, 2011
Beef, It’s What’s for the day ‘after’ Thanksgiving. Well, maybe. If you are a little tired of turkey the Ky Beef Council’s Alison Smith has some unique meal ideas from beef with an Asian flare to some special twist on a pizza recipe or two. She also discusses easy tips for consumers to pick out the lean cuts of beef, and talks about a few other nifty features on their website, kybeef.com.
Listen: November 25, 2011, mp3
- November 24, 2011
A feature story on this Thanksgiving Day with Carol Miller one of the supervisors at the Butterball Turkey Talkline which has operators standing by to help cooks with last minute questions about getting the big bird from the oven to the table. (Help and recipes are available at 1 800 butterball or butterball.com).
Listen: November 24, 2011, mp3
- November 23, 2011
The Meade County farmers’ market is one of the co-winners in the ‘rural’ category of the 2011 farmers’ market of the year contest. Meade County market coordinator, Katie Thomas discusses the features of the operation from requirements for producer/vendors to their efforts to educate consumers about ‘cooking fresh.’
Listen: November 23, 2011, mp3
- November 22, 2011
A report with a young Kentucky veterinarian who’s decided to come back home to open up shop and to focus on the large, food animal practice. Dr. Ryan Wonderlich of Shelby County discusses the state’s Veterinary Incentive program and its financial help that led to his decision to locate here. (Current program application deadline: Dec 1, 2011).
Listen: November 22, 2011, mp3
- November 21, 2011
Some US Dept of Labor proposals regarding young workers on family farmers is drawing a lot of heat from farmers. Comments from Farm Bureau President Mark Haney and Senator Mitch McConnell.
Listen: November 21, 2011, mp3
- November 18, 2011
A feature report with one of the supervisors on the Butterball Turkey Talkline which stands ready throughout the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons to give instant help to family cooks in charge of making sure the ‘big bird’ is something special. Butterball’s Carol Miller discusses issues from proper thawing to avoiding cross contamination while cooking.
Listen: November 18, 2011, mp3
- November 17, 2011
A feature story about a new educational kiosk for youngsters who visit Chaney’s Dairy Barn in Bowling Green. The device offers kids some interactive games and links to various internet sites where they can learn more about where their food comes from. Comments with Elizabeth Chaney, now with Alltech.
Listen: November 17, 2011, mp3
- November 16, 2011
The Ky Cattlemen’s Association and Farm Bureau have joined forces to try and assist young vet school graduates it settling in Ky and maintaining their practice here. The Vet Incentive program offers up to $18,000 over three years for new vets in dealing with school loan debt.
Listen: November 16, 2011, mp3
- November 15, 2011
Changes are in store for US Dept of Labor regulations covering the H2A guest worker program, and that will mean more paper work and background checks for Ky farmers. Comments with Rick Alexander, Executive Director, of the Ag Workforce Management Agency which helps farmers obtain H2A workers.
Listen: November 15, 2011, mp3
- November 14, 2011
Kentuckians are cutting back, making family budgetary changes as a result of the slow economic recovery. UK family finance experts are tracking that trend and offering family financial help with their “Managing in Tough Times Initiative.” UK’s Jennifer Hunter is featured.
Listen: November 14, 2011, mp3
- November 11, 2011
An update on that ongoing educational series in eastern Kentucky called “Mountain Mondays.” It’s put on by UK’s RCARS, the Robinson Center for Appalachian Resource Sustainability. The Nov14 session will focus on introducing beekeeping to individuals interested in alternatives for boosting ag income.
Listen: November 11, 2011, mp3
- November 10, 2011
The state ag development board recently improved over $3 million in state master settlement funds for the Ky Beef Network to initiate the MAG 60 program to put additional value into Ky feeder calves through a precise breeding program using AI sires to produce higher yielding animals.
Listen: November 10, 2011, mp3
- November 09, 2011
The application period is now underway for Ky youngsters to participate in the ‘heifer initiative’ put together by the Ky Cattlemen’s Association and Farm Credit Services. It essentially helps selected youth, trying to get their beef herds started.
Listen: November 9, 2011, mp3
- November 08, 2011
A preview report of the upcoming Ky Ag Summit set for Nov 18 as that event kicks off the Ky Ag Council’s next, 5-year installment of a strategic plan for the long range goals of agriculture. CEO of the Ky Retail Federation, Tod Griffin, discusses the importance of this event and its goal of attracting many from the non-farm sector.
Listen: November 8, 2011, mp3
- November 07, 2011
A report on election day tomorrow, Nov 8, and the push by the state’s largest farm group to get their members, and others, out to vote. Ky Farm Bureau President Mark Haney is featured on the impact that the farm sector can have on public policy by remaining politically active.
Listen: November 7, 2011, mp3
- November 04, 2011
The sign-up period for some important federal environmental programs is now underway through Nov 15. Kentucky’s State Conservationist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Karen Woodrich, discusses some of the potential for landowners interested in checking out available funding and technical assistance for resource protection.
Listen: November 4, 2011, mp3
- November 03, 2011
The Governor’s Office of Ag Policy held its two-day annual planning meeting a few days ago and designated some areas for potential program change at both the county and state level. GOAP executive director, Roger Thomas discusses some of those specific areas.
Listen: November 3, 2011, mp3
- November 02, 2011
Caldwell County farmer Craig Roberts is featured today in the third of three reports on the top three finalists for Ky Farmer of the Year. Roberts discusses the scope of his operation and how elimination of the tobacco program has led to diversity of operations on his farm.
Listen: November 2, 2011, mp3
- November 01, 2011
Soil conservation cost share funding, programs on dealing with fallen animals, and early planning for the 2012 farm bill; these are just a few of the hot items for discussion by the Farm Bureau resolutions committee, meeting this week in Louisville, in preparation for the group’s annual meeting in early December.
Listen: November 1, 2011, mp3
- October 31, 2011
A report on the North American International Livestock Exposition opening in Louisville, this week (Nov 5 – 18). Comments from event director, Harold Workman, president and CEO of the Ky State Fair Board.
Listen: October 31, 2011, mp3
- October 28, 2011
October and November are prime time for deer-auto collisions across the state. David Yancey with the Ky Division of Fish and Wildlife Resources discusses some of the tactics for avoiding collisions and some “do’s and don’ts” for motorists who might be involved in a mishap.
Listen: October 28, 2011, mp3
- October 27, 2011
A feature story with Ronny Drennan, President of B&B Broadbent Country Hams in Kuttawa, Ky. He discusses current trends in this traditional industry and some of the newer developments that help keep these products popular.
Listen: October 27, 2011, mp3
- October 26, 2011
Thefts on farms seem to be increasing but there are several precautions that farmers can take to help thwart would-be thieves. Mason County extension agent Tad Campbell is featured discussing the items of interest to thieves in his region of the state.
Listen: October 26, 2011, mp3
- October 25, 2011
An update on the success of the UK Plaid project where students are engaged in developing new products using the official UK Plaid. Scarlett Wesley, assistant professor in the UK College of Agriculture’s School of Human Environmental Sciences discusses the process and the impact it has on students involved in the project.
Listen: October 25, 2011, mp3
- October 24, 2011
A report on one of the Kentucky Proud program’s largest success stories, connecting Tumbleweed Restaurants with a Kentucky poultry supplier, Pilgrim’s Pride of Mayfield, who could handle their required volume and meet specific product needs.
Listen: October 24, 2011, mp3
- October 21, 2011
Even after most harvesting is completed this fall there will still be the occasional need for farmers to be out on the highways, sometimes moving large round hay bales from one farm to the next. UK safety specialist Mark Purschwitz has a very unique idea on how to make that a safer proposition.
Listen: October 21, 2011, mp3
- October 20, 2011
A feature story with one of the three finalists is Kentucky’s Farmer of the Year competition, Fleming County’s Jere Cannon, who discusses the formation of the Ky Beefcattle Association and the early days of no-till corn production in the state.
Listen: October 20, 2011, mp3
- October 19, 2011
An update on Kentucky’s 2011 honey crop and the shape of the state’s beekeeping industry. Ky Ag Dept, State Apiarist, Phil Craft is featured, discussing this year’s production, challenges for the winter, and the Fall Conference of the Ky State Beekeepers Association this Saturday in Somerset.
Listen: October 19, 2011, mp3
- October 18, 2011
Ky First Lady, Jane Beshear, has unveiled a new web site to connect all possible interests in expanding utilization of Ky grown produce whether in schools or farmers’ markets. The UK Dept of Nutrition and Food Science will be hosting the “Kentucky and Local Food Resources Website” at: www.ca.uky.edu/Foods.
Listen: October 18, 2011, mp3
- October 17, 2011
A preview of the Ky Ag Summit set for November 17 in Louisville. This event, hosted by the Ky Ag Council, is that group’s rallying point as it begins the process of developing the state’s long range plan for agriculture for 2012-2017.
Listen: October 17, 2011, mp3
- October 14, 2011
We’re in the peak of “agri-tourism season” with corn mazes and hay rides in full swing. Feldhaus does a profile of an ‘up and coming’ roadside farm market operation in Fayette County which boasts a ten acre corn maze featuring the likeness of UK basketball coach John Calipari.
Listen: October 14, 2011, mp3
- October 13, 2011
Thefts on farms have been rising in the last year or so and Graves County extension agent, Kenny Perry, offers a few suggestions on how the rural community can fight back with a few simple ideas and a little more attention to detail.
Listen: October 13, 2011, mp3
- October 12, 2011
A feature story with the president of Ky Women In Agriculture, Sharon Furchis of Calloway County as that group prepares for its annual meeting in Lexington coming up Oct 26-28.
Listen: October 12, 2011, mp3
- October 11, 2011
A report on the push to get out the farm vote with Ky Farm Bureau President Mark Haney. The farm group will host a forum with the candidates for Commissioner of Agriculture this week. Haney says farm and city folks need to study up on this race.
Listen: October 11, 2011, mp3
- October 10, 2011
A report on the Tree Farmer of the Year field day in Oldham County this week. The Angus MacLean farm features one of the premier chestnut tree orchards in the state. Comments from UK forester Billy Thomas about that event and efforts to save the American chestnut.
Listen: October 10, 2011, mp3
- October 07, 2011
A feature with one of the three finalists in Kentucky’s Farmer of the Year competition, Jim Sidebottom of Green County. Their operation consists of a 400 acre dairy farm, growing all of the related crops to support the herd. Sidebottom also discuss leadership interests and his personal farm goals.
Listen: October 7, 2011, mp3
- October 06, 2011
Oct 24/25 are the dates for the Campaign Management Seminar hosted by Farm Bureau and put on for anyone interested in serving their community through running for elected office. Farm group national affairs director Joe Cain talks about the success of the event.
Listen: October 6, 2011, mp3
- October 05, 2011
Hart County has qualified for a farmers market competitive grant of $13,500. Virginia Davis with the local chamber of commerce discusses this history, progress, and plans ahead for their relatively new farmers market.
Listen: October 5, 2011, mp3
- October 04, 2011
This Saturday is the date for the Owen County Agricultural Heritage Tour which is a fund raiser for a much larger local project. Local committee volunteer, Joy Morgan explains the effort which includes everything from collections of oral history to painting murals on tobacco barns in the region.
Listen: October 4, 2011, mp3
- October 03, 2011
It’s deer season; deer/auto collision season that is, as breeding season leads to extensive deer movement in the woods and on the roads. Ky Fish and Wildlife biologist David Yancey offers a few observations and tips on avoiding collisions
Listen: October 3, 2011, mp3
- September 30, 2011
Several new items have been added to the line of “UK Plaid” products available online at UKplaid.com or at sports apparel shops across the state. Featured is Kim Henken with the University of Kentucky’s School of Human and Environmental Sciences. She says consumer interest is high and the project is a great teaching tool for students.
Listen: September 30, 2011, mp3
- September 29, 2011
A feature report with Wayne County Judge Executive, Greg Rankin, on the farmers market they’ve been developing in downtown Monticello. They’ve just been approved for and ag development grant that will help them build a permanent, 1,900 sq. ft., farmers’ market pavilion
Listen: September 29, 2011, mp3
- September 28, 2011
“See and be seen,” that’s the advice that UK safety specialist Mark Purschwitz has for farmers who must use the highways to move farm equipment from one farm to another. He urges patience for motorists and for farmers he has several suggestions for safer movement of that equipment.
Listen: September 28, 2011, mp3
- September 27, 2011
The fall election is just seven weeks away and the state’s largest general farm organization is gearing up its members to get out the farm vote. Farm Bureau Executive Vice President David Beck comments on the election process and comments on why the Commissioner of Agriculture post is of importance to both rural and urban voters.
Listen: September 27, 2011, mp3
- September 26, 2011
The 100th annual meeting of the Ky Veterinary Medical Association is coming up Oct 8-9 in Louisville. That group’s president elect, Morehead State University’s Dr. Phil Prater discusses trends in the field and efforts to attract and keep more large animal vets in under-served areas of the state.
Listen: September 26, 2011, mp3
- September 23, 2011
A feature report with Teresa Bryson, the American Honey Queen. This young college student has taken the fall semester off to visit dozens of states making appearances and media events to explain the importance of bees and the benefits of honey.
Listen: September 23, 2011, mp3
- September 22, 2011
Feldhaus presents the second in a series of reports on the significance and efficiencies of river transportation which has great impact on the flow a agricultural goods and other bulk commodities among others. Gary Hosack with Consolidated Grain and Barge is featured.
Listen: September 22, 2011, mp3
- September 21, 2011
A Shelby County roadside market is now beginning a 7,000 square foot expansion of its greenhouse and retail sales capacity made possible by an ag development matching grant. Owner, Bill Gallrein, discusses the growth of their business and its impacts on other farmers in the region.
Listen: September 21, 2011, mp3
- September 20, 2011
A report on the Ky Farm Bureau’s new Farmer of the Year Contest which recently selected three finalists from Fleming, Green, and Caldwell County. Program coordinator Susie Tanner discusses the competition which will announce its winner on Dec 2, at the group’s annual meeting.
Listen: September 20, 2011, mp3
- September 19, 2011
The Governor’s Office of Ag Policy (GOAP) is hosting a stakeholder survey for those eligible for ag development grants. Comments from GOAP Executive Director, Roger Thomas, who says this is part of their effort to evaluate and improve the ‘ag development process.’
Listen: September 19a, 2011, mp3
- September 16, 2011
The third and final woodland owner short course is on tap for Bath County on Saturday, Sep 24. UK extension forester Billy Thomas discusses a few of the issues for timber owners trying to do a better job managing what can be a very profitable resource in the community.
Listen: September 16, 2011, mp3
- September 15, 2011
The Ky Farmer’s Market Association is kicking off a ‘Farmer’s Market of the year’ recognition. Association president Janet Eaton discusses the thought behind that effort and the tremendous community impact that these new local resources can provide.
Listen: September 15, 2011, mp3
- September 14, 2011
Feldhaus begins a special series on the importance of the nation’s river transportation system for agriculture and the entire economy. The grain industry is expecting an expansion of the national grain crop of 30% in the next ten years and efforts are underway to deal with production, storage, handling and transportation of that.
Listen: September 14, 2011, mp3
- September 13, 2011
A preview of next week’s 5th annual Ky Farm Women Field Day. Feldhaus talks with project coordinator Jean-Marie Lawson who says prior to the development of this event there had been no field day with programs and speakers on issues specifically for ‘women’ in agriculture.
Listen: September 13, 2011, mp3
- September 12, 2011
A report on a major development in ag infrastructure for Wolfe, Morgan and surrounding counties. Morgan County extension agent Sarah Fannin comments on the development of a USDA-approve meat processing center that will add economic opportunity for the region’s livestock producers.
Listen: September 12, 2011, mp3
- September 09, 2011
A review of the Ag Development Program as program planners have completed a series of assessment meetings across the state. Roger Thomas, Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Ag Policy is featured discussing some of the trends at those meetings.
Listen: September 9, 2011, mp3
- September 08, 2011
Have you ever seen a paw paw? Ever tasted one? You can at some local farmers markets if you get lucky. And did you know that Kentucky is the home of one of the leading research institutions dealing with this crop? Ky State University’s Dr. Kirk Pomper discusses the paw paw.
Listen: September 8, 2011, mp3
- September 07, 2011
Some 900 Kentucky schools are getting active this fall in the fueluptoplay60 project with the National Football League and the dairy product promotion industry. Greenup County’s Traci Fisher, an “after school program coordinator” says “fuel up” is perfect for getting kids healthier through more exercise and with smarter eating.
Listen: September 7, 2011, mp3
- September 06, 2011
Feldhaus features the editor of the Farmers Almanac which is now out on news stands everywhere. Pete Geiger discusses the purpose of an almanac, some of the interesting features in this year’s edition, and of course shares their winter weather forecast.
Listen: September 6, 2011, mp3
- September 05, 2011
An assessment report on the Kentucky Proud program which seems to be going great guns with an all-time high number of farmer members and tremendous consumer recognition of this ag branding program. Comments with the Ky Ag Dept’s Bill Clary.
Listen: September 5, 2011, mp3
- September 02, 2011
Can you name a Kentucky crop that grows 12 feet high? Well, one of them is sweet sorghum and the cane is just about ready to harvest and turn into that sweet, delicious syrup that’s a Kentucky tradition. Comments with Montgomery County sorghum producer, Danny Townsend.
Listen: September 2, 2011, mp3
- September 01, 2011
Enrollment at the UK College of Agriculture is as strong as ever as the fall semester kicks into high gear. A conversation with Scott Smith, dean of the ag college on some of the hotter majors and some trends in general for ag related majors and careers in the field.
Listen: September 1, 2011, mp3
- August 31, 2011
Labor Day weekend is on the way, a time that backyard grillers may be looking for some help on making selections for the best cuts of beef to use or some suggestions on new ways to prepare it. Comments with Alison Smith with the Ky Beef Council on their ongoing efforts to educate consumers on economic beef buying.
Listen: August 31, 2011, mp3
- August 30, 2011
A feature story with Farm Bureau president Mark Haney on the general farm economy, the upcoming debate on the farm bill, and on the group’s process of surfacing state and local issues, which is under way right now.
Listen: August 30, 2011, mp3
- August 29, 2011
The Ohio River Barge Tours will be underway this week in the Louisville area doing a lock through at McAlpine Locks and Dam. Comments with Adam Andrews with the Ky Corn Growers Association on efforts to create broader understanding of how important an efficient river transportation system is to all of the economy.
Listen: August 29, 2011, mp3
- August 26, 2011
Hardin County’s Alex Meredith is currently in the running as one of the top four finalists in the national FFA’s American Star in Agribusiness Award. Local ag instructor at Central Hardin High School says the local FFA chapter and the entire community are proud of this young man’s work and his progress in this competition.
Listen: August 26, 2011, mp3
- August 25, 2011
Kentucky’s “farm to school” program underway through the Ky Ag Department’s Kentucky Proud effort, is seeing tremendous growth. Program coordinator Tina Garland says that’s good economically for farmers and great for a healthier student body at local schools.
Listen: August 25, 2011, mp3
- August 24, 2011
The second of three ‘woodland owner short courses,’ will be underway this Saturday in Butler County. UK forester Billy Thomas says the workshops can pay big dividends for those land owners willing to invest just a little time in managing their properties more attentively..
Listen: August 24, 2011, mp3
- August 23, 2011
A feature story on this Thursday’s Ky Country Ham Breakfast and Charity Auction at the Kentucky state fair. Farm Bureau’s Jay McCants talks about the scope of that event and last year’s grand champion ham that netted $1.6 million at auction.
Listen: August 23, 2011, mp3
- August 22, 2011
A preview report on the fall apple crop in Kentucky and a few observations on the growth of traffic at certified roadside markets across the state. Comments from Pulaski County producer, Mark Haney, who feels the current economic climate is increasing traffic at roadside markets.
Listen: August 22, 2011, mp3
- August 19, 2011
Bracken and several other counties in the northeast region of the state will be commissioning a feasibility study on developing a regional facility that could pelletize bio-fuels, like switch grass. Bracken County extension agent David Appleman talks about the possibilities for farmers in the area.
Listen: August 19, 2011, mp3
- August 18, 2011
Small businesses in Kentucky that have an ag connection may be eligible for some big dollars from a federal program aimed at helping budding ag entrepreneurs work their way into international export markets. In Ky, Kelly Ludwig with the state ag dept is helping coordinate.
Listen: August 18, 2011, mp3
- August 17, 2011
“Plate It Up; Ky Proud” is the name of a new joint project between UK extension and the Ky Ag Dept. Allen County extension agent Janet Johnson is spearheading the project featuring a data base of rotating recipes to help consumers better utilize crops as they come into season at farmers’ markets.
Listen: August 17, 2011, mp3
- August 16, 2011
With just a little attention landowners can significantly increase the potential value of their woodland resources. UK forester Billy Thomas discusses three “woodland owner short courses” coming up in Nelson, Butler and Bath Counties during August and September.
Listen: August 16, 2011, mp3
- August 15, 2011
A preview report on the 2011 Kentucky State Fair, opening this Thursday running through Aug 28. Harold Workman, President and CEO of the Ky State Fair Board discusses new attractions ranging from ‘deep fried Derby Pie’ to an exhibit observing the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.
Listen: August 15, 2011, mp3
- August 12, 2011
An update on the “Fueluptoplay60” program which is designed to get school ages kids to eat smarter and exercise more. Kathy Belcher with the Southeast Dairy Association says it’s a joint project between schools, the NFL, and dairy groups and over 700 Ky schools are already involved.
Listen: August 12, 2011, mp3
- August 11, 2011
Whether you’re a new ‘mom and pop’ start up company trying to market Kentucky Proud value added products, or you’re Yum! Brands or Fazoli’s, you may be able to get some important food safety and marketing research help through the UK Food System Innovation Center. UK’s Gregg Rentfro describes this unique facility.
Listen: August 11, 2011, mp3
- August 10, 2011
An estimated 10,000 Kentuckians collect and process the wild ginseng root. The Ky Ag Department’s Anna Lucio discusses some of the new state laws regarding that harvest and sale. Last year the crop averaged nearly $500 per pound.
Listen: August 10, 2011, mp3
- August 09, 2011
A feature report on a new biomass project in the Madisonville area regarding development of the “bio burner” and entrepreneurial possibilities for someone to process fuel for the device. Comments with Scott Laskowski, President of LEI Products in Madisonville.
Listen: August 9, 2011, mp3
- August 08, 2011
A report on an opening informational meeting to get Kentucky farmers up to speed on the outlook for change in the 2012 farm bill. Ky Farm Bureau president Mark Haney is featured discussing some of the hot topics and the current economic climate’s potential impact on that legislation.
Listen: August 8, 2011, mp3
- August 05, 2011
It works for beef, and it can work for goats in Kentucky. UK goats specialist Terry Hutchins encourages more goat producers to take advantage of performance testing programs to track their animals which he feels will increase their value.
Listen: August 5, 2011, mp3
- August 04, 2011
Next week’s Aug 8 installment of UK’s Robinson Center’s Mountain Monday education series will focus on cutting boards and hard wood industry discussions. UK forestry specialist Bobby Ammerman discusses the program’s success.
Listen: August 4, 2011, mp3
- August 03, 2011
From customized aerial photo mapping of participants’ farms to a free ‘forage stick’ and instructions on how to use it’ they both await those first 45 farmers who sign up for UK’s next ‘grazing school’ in Woodford County, Aug 15-16. UK Mater Grazer program coordinator Lindsay Jones supplies details.
Listen: August 3, 2011, mp3
- August 02, 2011
The application period for the 2012 Veterinary Incentive Program is now underway. Susie Tanner with Ky Farm Bureau’s Education Foundation discusses program qualifications and how the effort is assisting beginning vets in this state.
Listen: August 2, 2011, mp3
- August 01, 2011
A report on the UK quarter scale tractor team which took second place honors in some recent international competition hosted by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. Comments from UK Engineering Associate and program advisor, Tim Smith.
Listen: August 1, 2011, mp3
- July 29, 2011
A follow-up report with Larry Snell chief of KCARD the Ky Center for Agriculture and Rural Development about their work with some of the small agri-
businesses and individuals that they’re helping move forward with their enterprises.
Listen: July 29, 2011, mp3
- July 28, 2011
A report on Barren County’s 100 Mile Potluck, a local extension project bringing the community together to focus on locally grown foods and commodities. Local extension agent Mindy McCulley says the event continues to grow, just like the intense interest in buying local.
Listen: July 28, 2011, mp3
- July 27, 2011
A feature story on the ongoing partnership between NASCAR and the ethanol industry, as most of the competition on the track these days is fueled with a 15% ethanol blend. Laura Knoth, Executive Director of the Ky Corn Growers Association explains the relationship and its impact.
Listen: July 27, 2011, mp3
- July 26, 2011
An update on FuelUpToPlay60, a joint effort between schools, the dairy industry, and the NFL to encourage kids to eat smarter and get 60 minutes of some kind of exercise each day. Comments from Kathy Belcher with the Southeast Dairy Association.
Listen: July 26, 2011, mp3
- July 25, 2011
A report on progress in the bio-fuels industry in Kentucky and for areas of potential growth. Tim Hughes with the Ky Energy and Environment Cabinet provides an overview.
Listen: July 25, 2011, mp3
- July 22, 2011
There’s yet another invasive species making its way toward Kentucky. UK Entomologist Lee Townsend discusses the Asian Longhorned Beetle,” its potential damage, and how average citizens can help track and fight the spread of this potentially destructive insect.
Listen: July 22, 2011, mp3
- July 21, 2011
A report on the success of the Kentuckiana Dairy Exchange where Kentucky and Indiana diary farmers join forces to share ideas on everything from improved production to new marketing opportunities. UK Extension Dairy Specialist Jeffrey Bewley discusses this year’s plans (Aug 2-3).
Listen: July 21, 2011, mp3
- July 20, 2011
A story on the Campbell County Farmland Work Group and its efforts to help preserve family farms and the ag heritage of that county. On way to promote that goal, says work group chair, Dennis Walter, is their third annual “Backroads Farm Tour,” coming up this Saturday.
Listen: July 20, 2011, mp3
- July 19, 2011
A feature story on the dangers of sun exposure in development of skin cancers. Hopkins County Extension Agent Nancy Kelley comments on a device that’ll be operating at this Thursday’s All Commodity Field Day in Princeton, where visitors using a ‘derma- scan,’ can get a ‘true picture’ of the skin condition on their face. Kelley says it can be an eye-opening experience.
Listen: July 19, 2011, mp3
- July 18, 2011
A report on Ky Farm Bureau’s Measure the Candidates program this week with Gubernatorial candidates. Farm group president Mark Haney comments on some of the issue that concern farmers and the impact that the governor can have on farm matters.
Listen: July 18, 2011, mp3
- July 15, 2011
An update with KCARD, the Ky Center for Agriculture and Rural Development and its efforts to assist budding ag entrepreneurs develop new value added businesses. Executive Director, Larry Snell, discuss two good examples, a Pulaski County dairyman hoping to open a creamery and a father/son produce operator that wants to expand marketing of “living lettuce.”
Listen: July 15, 2011, mp3
- July 14, 2011
A report on the completion of the upgrade of the UK Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory expansion. Facility director Craig Carter discusses the improvements and the important role this state-of-the-art center can provide for the state’s livestock industry.
Listen: July 14, 2011, mp3
- July 13, 2011
Kentucky households can take actions to save money and there’ll be several informational presentations on some of these procedures at the July 21 All Commodity Field Day in Princeton. Trigg County extension agent Cecelia Hostilo discuss ‘couponing 101” and ‘green cleaning.” She says some simple recipes for home made cleaning solutions ‘do’ work and they’re far less expensive than commercial versions.
Listen: July 13, 2011, mp3
- July 12, 2011
A group of dairy farmers in Marion and Adair Counties are looking into developing some kind of value added dairy marketing effort in that region. Marion County extension agent George McCain says they will first do a feasibility study to assess their chances for success, before investing further time or money.
Listen: July 12, 2011, mp3
- July 11, 2011
Princeton, London, and Morehead are the sites this Tuesday through Thursday for three workshops on biomass harvesting in Kentucky. UK forester Jeff Stringer says several industry representatives will be on hand to discuss this potential market for Ky woodland owners.
Listen: July 11, 2011, mp3
- July 08, 2011
UK’s major, “all commodity field day” is set for July 21, and program coordinator Andy Bailey says while this is the grand daddy of production agriculture field days, there’ll be plenty on hand of interest to home makers and to youth; from ‘couponing’ to birds of prey demonstrations.
Listen: July 8, 2011, mp3
- July 07, 2011
The Ky Association of Conservation Districts opens its 3-day annual meeting this coming Sunday in Louisville. Steve Coleman, Director of the Division of Conservation for Ky discusses the expanded role of conservation districts being of service to rural and urban interests.
Listen: July 7, 2011, mp3
- July 06, 2011
A story with Eastern Kentucky University apiarist Tammy Horn on an ‘ag development’ project that will focus on developing the queen bee production industry in Kentucky’s coal country. She says a year-long assessment will look into that potential.
Listen: July 6, 2011, mp3
- July 05, 2011
A report on some upcoming workshops focusing on a potentially new market for woodland owners to sell wood for biomass energy production. UK forestry professor Jeff Stringer says landowners may be able to sell part of the tree that was once wasted.
Listen: July 5, 2011, mp3
- July 04, 2011
A feature report on what may be the most popular grilling day of the year, Independence Day. The Ky Beef Council’s Alison Smith has some tips on everything from calibrating your meat thermometer to her choice for a great beef cut for the backyard grill.
Listen: July 4, 2011, mp3
- July 01, 2011
July 21 is the date set for the UK College of Ag, All Commodity Field Day at their Princeton Research and Education Center. Event coordinator, dark tobacco specialist Andy Bailey, discusses the scope of the event which allows research ‘users’ to meet face to face with the researchers who’ve come up with UK’s official production recommendations.
Listen: July 1, 2011, mp3
- June 30, 2011
There’s a major community event in Jackson County next week, the grand opening of their community farmers’ markets and the Jackson County Regional Food Center. Cathy Howell with the Jackson County extension office discusses the growth of their markets to three locations and talks about the new food processing center.
Listen: June 30, 2011, mp3
- June 29, 2011
The upcoming July 4th weekend is the biggest of the year in terms of back yard grillers getting out to cook. She discusses some of the finer points of selecting just the right cut of beef for the grill and has some specific ideas about cooking it “just right.”
Listen: June 29, 2011, mp3
- June 28, 2011
A feature report on “Adventure Days On the Farm” day camp at the Benton Farms roadside market in Walton. Day camp coordinator Mary Marcum says they’re in their third year now with the day camps and the kids keep coming back. She talks about their experiences, which have been extremely positive.
Listen: June 28, 2011, mp3
- June 27, 2011
A final feature installment on celebration of June Dairy Month in Kentucky with the Southeast Dairy Association’s Kathy Belcher on some of the industry’s efforts to improve overall nutrition through dairy in the diet.
Listen: June 27, 2011, mp3
- June 24, 2011
Some folk remedies do work but one of them is in danger of over harvest. UK forester Billy Thomas discusses the health benefits of the bark of the slippery elm. A growing problem in Ky is that some harvesters are trespassing to collect the bark and are totally stripping trees leading to their demise.
Listen: June 24, 2011, mp3
- June 23, 2011
A report on some of the trends and challenges among Kentucky’s growing grape and wine industry. UK and the Ky Horticulture Society are co-sponsoring the 2011 Annual Ky Vineyard Society Field Day in Richmond. UK viticulturist Patsy Wilson is featured.
Listen: June 23, 2011, mp3
- June 22, 2011
In rural communities some of the more important decision makers are those serving on county FSA committees. They determine who is and is not eligible for various USDA program participation. Ky FSA spokesman Bob Finch says it’s now time to nominate candidates for those committees.
Listen: June 22, 2011, mp3
- June 21, 2011
A feature report on another aspect of June Dairy Month in Kentucky. Kathy Belcher with the Southeast Dairy Association discusses nutrition trends with teen youth and how more dairy consumption can improve those numbers. And she touts the ranking of Kentucky counties regarding number of dairies and volume of production.
Listen: June 21, 2011, mp3
- June 20, 2011
An update on the continued growth in numbers of farmers’ markets across Kentucky. Ky Ag Department coordinator, Sharon Spencer says produce farmers have dealt with an unusual spring, but there’s plenty of product available at markets for consumers to try.
Listen: June 20, 2011, mp3
- June 17, 2011
A report on Owensboro’s Budding Biotech Program for third and fourth graders. Daviess County Master Gardener, Larry Lowing discusses how their group and others are coming together to introduce youngsters to some fairly sophisticated scientific concepts, and to allow them to have fun at the same time.
Listen: June 17, 2011, mp3
- June 16, 2011
Kentucky now has well over 100 local farmers’ markets and that number could be increasing soon according to Bill McCloskey with the Governors Office on Ag Policy. He discusses the Farmers’ Market Competitive Grant program where counties can apply for up to $25,000 in matching state funding for market infrastructure.
Listen: June 16, 2011, mp3
- June 15, 2011
Flood water levels are subsiding but they are still resulting in what one official calls a mosquito density rate at three and a half times higher than what it would be normally. UK entomologist Grayson Brown says fortunately, spray control programs have helped deal with that increase thus far.
Listen: June 15, 2011, mp3
- June 14, 2011
An update on the new government food guidelines included in the MyPlate.gov web site. This being June Dairy Month, Southeast Dairy Association’s Kathy Belcher discusses the role of dairy products in the new MyPlate guideline model just released.
Listen: June 14, 2011, mp3
- June 13, 2011
A report on the wettest spring in Kentucky history and projections for a summer hurricane season from UK Ag meteorologist, Tom Priddy. He says NOAA projections call a higher number of hurricanes this season, and resulting residual rainfall could help the state get through any dry periods this summer.
Listen: June 13, 2011, mp3
- June 10, 2011
A three year study examining the possible use of goats to control or eliminate cudzoo in hilly terrain has proven successful. UK ag researcher David Ditsch details the study and its potential to help a number of farmers fighting this invasive species on their property.
Listen: June 10, 2011, mp3
- June 09, 2011
For a time, it was almost a lost art, but given today’s economic times food preservation (“home canning”) is making a comeback. Breathitt County Extension Agent Martha Yount is hosting a food preservation class at the “Mountain Monday” educational series at UK’s Robinson Center.
Listen: June 9, 2011, mp3
- June 08, 2011
An update with Steven Bach of Bath County who received national recognition as a runner up in this year’s American Farm Bureau Young Farmer & Rancher achievement awards.
Listen: June 8, 2011, mp3
- June 07, 2011
The Hopkinsville Elevator Company has received $239,000 in state and county ag development funding to increase its capacity for grain cleaning. Company spokesman Ben Westerfield discusses the need for the upgrade and its benefit for farmers in the region.
Listen: June 7, 2011, mp3
- June 06, 2011
A feature story on June Dairy Month, this year celebrating its 74th anniversary. Kathy Belcher with the Southeast Dairy Association says “Pour One More” is the theme this year, and she discusses the nutritional punch of milk and the need for more of our teens to drink and eat more dairy products for better health.
Listen: June 6, 2011, mp3
- June 03, 2011
The UK Equine Initiative is hosting a “Farm and Facilities” expo on June 7 in Paris, Ky. Organization spokesperson Holly Weimers says this gathering is a tremendous educational opportunity providing some “hands on” skills improvement for horse operations of all sizes.
Listen: June 3, 2011, mp3
- June 02, 2011
An update on the tracking of a tiny invader in Kentucky, the emerald ash borer. UK entomologist Lee Townsend talks about that effort, what we can do as citizens “not” to spread the bug, and he talks about progress in treating trees that have become infested.
Listen: June 2, 2011, mp3
- June 01, 2011
A feature story on Springfield, Ky’s Maple Hill Manor which was just selected by USA Today as one of the 10 top spots in America for “haycations.” Comments from owner/operator Todd Allen who is a leader in the state’s agri-tourism industry and is a member of Ky Farm Bureau’s Certified Roadside Farm Market program.
Listen: June 1, 2011, mp3
- May 31, 2011
Diversity, that’s what FFA offers student members in organization programs ranging from elements of high tech precision farming to bio-technology. As the group’s annual meeting begins next week in Lexington, state coordinator, Matt Chaliff, says FFA programs can lead to over 300 potential career paths for members.
Listen: May 31, 2011, mp3
- May 30, 2011
A follow-up on a new search tool for consumers to help locate Kentucky Farm Bureau Certified Roadside Farm Markets in their areas. Program coordinator Kara Keeton discusses how consumers can make use of the new feature, and talks about ongoing trends in the popularity of roadside markets.
Listen: May 30, 2011, mp3
- May 27, 2011
This Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial kick-off to summer grilling season. The Ky Beef Council’s Alison Smith provides plenty of grilling tips for a better flavor and a tastier backyard grilling experience.
Listen: May 27, 2011, mp3
- May 26, 2011
There’s a new on-line search tool for consumers to locate the certified roadside farm market nearest to them. Scott County roadside operator Jenny Evans has checked it out and says it should be a big help to consumers and a big boost for their crowds.
Listen: May 26, 2011, mp3
- May 25, 2011
The periodic cicada “brood XIX is now emerging in western Kentucky. UK entomologist Lee Townsend says the cicadas, described as ‘flying cigar butts,” are a nuisance but usually cause little crop damage, but suggests keeping an eye on them..
Listen: May 25, 2011, mp3
- May 24, 2011
Using agriculture as a theme to teach core content in subjects from math to science, that’s what Kentucky teachers can learn about in six, free professional development workshops being presented by Farm Bureau across the state in June. Teacher registration is quickly coming to a close.
Listen: May 24, 2011, mp3
- May 23, 2011
Kentucky grain farmers waiting for saturated soils to dry for corn planting are still weighing their economic options for which crop to plant. UK’s Chad Lee has been helping develop data to county extension offices to help farmers make that determination on how late to wait.
Listen: May 23, 2011, mp3
- May 20, 2011
For Kentucky farmers who’ve lost livestock from high water woes from spring rains, the Farm Service Agency is now taking applications for its Livestock Indemnity Program. Program Specialist Marcinda Kester explains how farmers can participate.
Listen: May 20, 2011, mp3
- May 19, 2011
Soggy soils are providing Kentucky farmers with some difficult decisions regarding whether to plant corn or soybeans. Greg Halich with the UK Ag Economic Department discusses yield reductions and crop price ratios which will play a major role in which crops get planted.
Listen: May 19, 2011, mp3
- May 18, 2011
A feature report on the ten winning regional teams in the finals of the state “envirothon’ competition. Kim Richardson with the Ky Conservation Service describes that activity culminating this week in the state finals in Nancy, Ky.
Listen: May 18, 2011, mp3
- May 17, 2011
A report on a series of 8 regional meetings across the state dealing with the Kentucky Ag Development Fund. Roger Thomas with the Governor’s Office of Ag Policy says these forums will provide a change for everyone to take a ‘fresh look’ at where the ag development process is headed.
Listen: May 17, 2011, mp3
- May 16, 2011
The leader of the state’s largest farm organization is encouraging farmers to get out and vote in tomorrow’ primary election. Ky Farm Bureau president, Mark Haney, says for tomorrow voting should be at the top of every farmer’s ‘todo’ list.
Listen: May 16, 2011, mp3
- May 13, 2011
A feature story on the Kentucky Farm Bureau’s 2011 Roadside Farm Market Summer Tour, this year to northern California. Logan County farmer Russell Poore chairs the farm group’s horticulture advisory committee and is a big believer in the value of these educational visits to other roadside markets in other areas of the country.
Listen: May 13, 2011, mp3
- May 12, 2011
CSA’S (Community Supported Agriculture) agreements continue to grow in popularity with Kentucky consumers. The Ky Ag Department coordinator says these direct-to-farmer marketing opportunities provide citizens with some great fresh produce and value added products, and for farmers assure they’ll have a market for what they grow.
Listen: May 12, 2011, mp3
- May 11, 2011
Each year, an estimated 6,000 Kentucky youth take advantage of the state’s conservation summer camps’ hosted by Ky Fish and Wildlife. The deadline for this year’s registration is May 15. The agency’s Mark Marraccini describes the activities available to the youngsters in attendance.
Listen: May 11, 2011, mp3
- May 11, 2011
The leader of the state’s largest farm organization is encouraging farmers to get out and vote in tomorrow’ primary election. Ky Farm Bureau president, Mark Haney, says for tomorrow voting should be at the top of every farmer’s ‘todo’ list.
Listen: May 16, 2011, mp3
- May 10, 2011
A feature story on the opportunities for Ky farmers to supplement farm income through various forms of aquaculture. Ky Ag Department aquaculture marketing specialist, Angela Caporelli discusses several of those, and touts a national aquaculture workshop set for this Friday in Louisville.
Listen: May 10, 2011, mp3
- May 09, 2011
A report on a national meeting being held in Kentucky this week, focusing on creating economic development opportunities for rural communities. Comments from Brian Alvey, Ky Farm Bureau’s Director of Local Affairs.
Listen: May 9, 2011, mp3
- May 06, 2011
A feature report on next week’s installment of the Mountain Monday ag workshops being hosted by UK’s Robinson Station. Wolfe County extension agent Daniel Wilson is helping host that day’s presentation focusing on ‘mountain cattlemen.’
Listen: May 6, 2011, mp3
- May 05, 2011
After near record-setting rainfall over the state, Kentucky farmers are behind in corn planting. But UK soils specialist Edwin Ritchey advises not to plant until soil conditions are drier. “Mudding in” corn can have even worse yield effects than the later planting dates.
Listen: May 5, 2011, mp3
- May 04, 2011
A report on a topic of concern to farmers and city folk alike, the ongoing invasion of invasive species, plant and animal, having impact for agriculture and the entire economy. Comments from Joyce Bender with the Ky State Nature Preserves Commission.
Listen: May 4, 2011, mp3
- May 03, 2011
The primary election is just two weeks away, can you name a Commissioner of Agriculture candidate? Ky Farm Bureau president Mark Haney says it’s important to vote, and important for all of us to learn more about the commissioner candidates.
Listen: May 3, 2011, mp3
- May 02, 2011
A feature report on the Kentucky Derby mint man, Jefferson County truck farmer Bill Dohn who supplies Churchill Downs with all of the garnish for their mint juleps for Derby Day and throughout the spring meet.
Listen: May 2, 2011, mp3
- April 29, 2011
Transporting farm equipment from farm to farm is a dangerous operation as more suburban subdivisions locate closer to farms. UK safety specialist Mark Purschwitz addresses that hazard and has an additional safety tip for farmers moving those ‘big round bales’ down the road.
Listen: April 29, 2011, mp3
- April 28, 2011
The Jackson County Food Center is soliciting business for any ag entrepreneurs in the state who may need food processing services. Center operator, Greg Golden, says they’re doing quite a few different products for area farmers, but there’s room for plenty more.
Listen: April 28, 2011, mp3
- April 27, 2011
The new DEAL program available through the Governor’s Office of Ag Policy has recently made connections with a Daviess County ag entrepreneur who can utilize the low interest loan program, and beef of economic opportunity for agriculture in his region.
Listen: April 27, 2011, mp3
- April 26, 2011
While the 2011 sessions of the General Assembly were focused in large part on budget issues, legislators did take some actions that will be of interest to farmers. Farm Bureau legislative staffer, Jeff Harper, discusses the session from the ag perspective.
Listen: April 26, 2011, mp3
- April 25, 2011
Those peculiar purple prisms are going up in Kentucky elm trees across the state. UK Entomologist Lee Townsend speaks about the tracking and survey work being done this spring to deal with and help control the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer in Ky.
Listen: April 25, 2011, mp3
- April 22, 2011
A feature report with UK safety specialist Mark Purschwitz on successfully avoiding unpleasant “run-ins” between motorists and farmers moving equipment out on the highway. He says motorists need to slow down a little and farmers need to “light up” their equipment, as if their lives depended on it.
Listen: April 22, 2011, mp3
- April 21, 2011
A report on progress in saving soil by cutting erosion and on the need to utilize crop protection products in a wise way; with Earth Day celebrated tomorrow, they’re two of the topics discussed by Steve Coleman, director of the state division of conservation.
Listen: April 21, 2011, mp3
- April 20, 2011
The annual spring meeting of the Ky Nut Growers Association is this Saturday at the Hardin County Extension office. Organization president Carl Ray talks about production here and a major problem growers are encountering in recent crops; stink bugs.
Listen: April 20, 2011, mp3
- April 19, 2011
Six out of seven candidates for commissioner of agriculture are scheduled to meet tomorrow with the board of the Ky Farm Bureau in a Measure the Candidates forum. Farm group president Mark Haney discusses the purpose of the meeting.
Listen: April 19, 2011, mp3
- April 18, 2011
The John C. Hendricks beef tour is set this year for June 13-17 for visits in Nebraska, Iowa, and Illinois. Farm Bureau vice president Fritz Giesecke speaks to the value for Ky cattlemen in investing money and time into a trip like this.
Listen: April 18, 2011, mp3
- April 15, 2011
Being a good neighbor, that’s important for beekeepers as some of them are popping up “in town.” Ky State Ag Dept Apiarist, Phil Craft, discusses some of the smart moves beekeepers can take to remain ‘good neighbors.”
Listen: April 15, 2011, mp3
- April 14, 2011
Attesting to the growing opportunity in horticultural demand the Owens Greenhouse in Somerset has just completed a major, two-year expansion, more than doubling their space. Their new Owens Garden Center will have its grand opening on April 30. Ian Owens discusses some of their high tech upgrades.
Listen: April 14, 2011, mp3
- April 13, 2011
The final week of another application period for the Conservation Reserve Program comes to a close this Friday. FSA program specialist Faye Brown talks about the popularity of CRP in Kentucky and the opportunities it provides.
Listen: April 13, 2011, mp3
- April 12, 2011
Union County’s “Bushels for Books” program has been a real hit with local educators as the farm bureau project has donated ‘agriculture accurate’ books to area schools. Farm group young farmer chair, Carrie Devine, talks about the program and its financing.
Listen: April 12, 2011, mp3
- April 11, 2011
In a cattle state like Kentucky smart grazing is important. UK grazing coordinator, Lindsay Jones, says this week’s Kentucky grazing school (Apr 13/14) is a great opportunity for producers. She says good pasture management allows a producer to maximize profit while reducing investment.
Listen: April 11, 2011, mp3
- April 08, 2011
A report on results of Farm Bureau’s latest quarterly market basket food price survey indicating a 5% jump January through March 2011, compared with the previous quarter. Survey coordinator Dan Smaldone discusses some of the factors, chief among them, energy prices.
Listen: April 8, 2011, mp3
- April 07, 2011
Eastern Kentucky University is hosting a large animal rescue training session opening Apr 14 in Richmond. Dr. Rebecca Gimenez is a specialist in large animal rescue and will help with the workshop which focuses on keeping responders safe as they take on the sometimes hazardous task of dealing with large animals in distress.
Listen: April 7, 2011, mp3
- April 06, 2011
Wood industry reps will be joining extension and state forestry division officials for a workshop (Apr 12, Bracken County) to help landowners determine if they can turn a profit harvesting cedar trees. UK forester Billy Thomas suspects that too many landowners aren’t taking advantage of this possible income opportunity.
Listen: April 6, 2011, mp3
- April 05, 2011
Blueberries; they’re holding promise for Kentucky producers who’ve incorporated them into their crop scheme. Horticulture specialist, Shawn Wright discusses trends in demand and production. That will be the focus of next week’s “Mountain Monday” workshop at UK’s Robinson station in Breathitt County.
Listen: April 5, 2011, mp3
- April 04, 2011
Goat production in Kentucky has been on the grow for several years now. UK goat specialist Terry Hutchins says specialty marketing can be very profitable for producers willing to invest the time. He discusses trends in ethnic market, goat meat demand.
Listen: April 4, 2011, mp3
- April 01, 2011
McLean County has received a Kentucky Office of Homeland Security grant for a mobile, rapid decontamination unit. McLean County Judge-Executive, Kelly Thurmond says this unit could have a direct, agricultural connection; dealing with anhydrous ammonia spills.
Listen: April 1, 2011, mp3
- March 31, 2011
It’s that time of the year again, time for the Kentucky Envirothon competition. It’s like Jeopardy with a hands-on, environmental focus, for Ky 9-12 graders. The Ky Conservation Service’s Kim Richardson explains details and the ongoing popularity of the program.
Listen: March 31, 2011, mp3
- March 30, 2011
A feature story on a new resource for Kentucky families and their kids to learn a little more about their own connection to agriculture, on the internet at
myamericanfarm.org. Ky Farm Bureau’s Dan Smaldone explains the program and some of its features for Ky families.
Listen: March 30, 2011, mp3
- March 29, 2011
The Gateway Agritourism Association is holding its spring meeting this Friday in Morehead. Group director Tracy Pearce says the state’s new Agritourism Director will make an appearance, and they’ll be laying out their spring marketing campaign for the region.
Listen: March 29, 2011, mp3
- March 28, 2011
They’re here. The eastern tent caterpillar will be building its nasty little tents in a cherry tree near you over the next few weeks. UK extension entomologist Lee Townsend discusses the pests threat to the horse industry, to just being an eye soar in a residential ornamental tree; and he offers home owners a few tips on fighting them.
Listen: March 28, 2011, mp3
- March 25, 2011
A follow-up report today with Daviess County Extension Agent Clint Hardy, recently selected by the Governor’s Office of Ag Policy, as Outstanding Cooperative Agent of the Year for his work with local and regional ‘Ag Development’ effort.
Listen: March 25, 2011, mp3
- March 24, 2011
A Shelby County veterinarian was recently honored by the Ky Ag Finance Corporation, as the Distinguished Ag Entrepreneur for 2010. Dr. Melissa Lipps, who’s just been out of vet school a few years now, “owns’ her half of a local veterinary practice.
Listen: March 24, 2011, mp3
- March 23, 2011
A story on the new program for competitive grants now available for local farmers markets for big ticket facility expansions. Sandra Gardner with the Governor’s Office of Ag Policy has details and deadlines.
Listen: March 23, 2011, mp3
- March 22, 2011
Kentucky and Indiana are joining forces ‘on line’ over the next few weeks as both states’ extension services will host three separate web presentations for those interested in goat production. UK goat specialist Terry Hutchins says the scope of the workshops will be from “Field to Fork’ covering all aspects of production and marketing. (Mar 19, Apr 5/12).
Listen: March 22, 2011, mp3
- March 21, 2011
A report on KCARD and the Jackson County Regional Food Processing Center. KCARD director Larry Snell comments on some of the challenges to farmers in developing value added food products and some of the solutions available at that center.
Listen: March 21, 2011, mp3
- March 18, 2011
A feature report with Davies County extension agent Clint Hardy who’d been recognized by the Governor’s Office of Ag Policy as the 2010 Outstanding Extension Agent. Hardy was quite please with the honor but even quicker so share the credit with local Ag Development volunteers.
Listen: March 18, 2011, mp3
- March 17, 2011
To some land owners they can be a nuisance, but handled properly, they can provide a profit. Cedar trees and making better use of this resource are the focus of two workshops (Mar 24 and April 12). UK extension forester Billy Thomas comments.
Listen: March 17,2011, mp3
- March 16, 2011
Whether it’s cell phone use or texting behind the wheel, ‘distracted driving’ can be a killer; and it’s spreading to the farm. Comments from Ky Ag Dept Safety Specialist, Dale Dobson on their efforts to curb this dangerous activity.
Listen: March 16, 2011, mp3
- March 15, 2011
An update on UK Extension’s “Managing Tough Times Initiative,” which includes workshops, social media, and ongoing updates to their website. UK’s Jennifer Hunt, says all of this can help typical Ky households in getting through these tough economic times.
Listen: March 15, 2011, mp3
- March 14, 2011
A report on a special project underway by the Bourbon County Farm Bureau Young Farmers’ Committee building ‘book barns’ for their local elementary schools and stocking those shelves with reading material. Bourbon County’s Anthony Kock explains the project and its “tie-in’ to tomorrow’s National Ag Day celebration.
Listen: March 14, 2011, mp3
- March 11, 2011
Feldhaus visits with Larue County farmer Kelly Flanders who was recently named Outstanding Regional County Ag Development Council member. Flanders, who’s been involved with that group since it was formed some ten years ago, discusses “ag development”; its early challenges, changes over the years, and comments on its success.
Listen: March 11, 2011, mp3
- March 10, 2011
Next Tuesday, Mar 15, the Maysville Community and Technical College will present its 2nd annual Farm and Family Night. A joint effort with regional extension leaders, this new event is expected to draw more than 500 participants.
Listen: March 10, 2011, mp3
- March 09, 2011
Over 400 are expected at this Saturday’s Bluegrass Beekeeping School at Ky State University. State apiarist, Phil Craft, discusses some of the innovations in beekeeping here and some of the features of this weekend’s program.
Listen: March 9, 2011, mp3
- March 08, 2011
Kentucky continues to develop programs and incentives to help attract and keep large animal veterinarians. Feldhaus talks with West Liberty veterinarian Dr. Ralph Adams about his use of a state loan to help ‘buy in’ to the local clinic there.
Listen: March 8, 2011, mp3
- March 07, 2011
A feature report on the Mountain Monday ag workshop series being presented this year by UK’s Robinson Center in Breathitt County. Center director David Ditsch discusses their program topics and their use of on-line technology for in-home video presentation.
Listen: March 7, 2011, mp3
- March 04, 2011
A state program to encourage large/food animal veterinarians to practice here and to stay here, is picking up interest. Feldhaus does a feature story with one of the local lenders key to making this state program work for local vets. Darren Gillespie of Commercial Bank in West Liberty says this program can be a real help retaining vets here.
Listen: March 4, 2011, mp3
- March 03, 2011
A story on this weekend’s Beef Expo at the Ky Exhibition Center in Louisville. Hart County cattleman, Fritz Giesecke explains why this show is so important to improving Kentucky’s beef herd, and how cattlemen here are improving the image of Ky cattle.
Listen: March 3, 2011, mp3
- March 02, 2011
A feature report on a farm enterprise where ‘right now’ is one of the busiest times of the year. Boone County sheep producer Bob Mauer discusses ‘lambing season’ and the challenges of farming in a region experiencing tremendous suburban expansion.
Listen: March 2, 2011, mp3
- March 01, 2011
Ky Farm Bureau has a contingent of some 245 farmers in Washington D.C. this week to do a little one-on-one lobbying. Farm group officials say a front burner issue will be a permanent fix on the federal estate tax. The farm bill will also get attention, and the group will take in the sights.
Listen: March 1, 2011, mp3
- February 28, 2011
A report on a two-week extension of the On-Farm Energy Efficiency cost share program. Bill McCloskey, Ag Finance Director with the Governor’s Office of Ag Policy, says farmers now have through March 11 to sign up for this opportunity.
Listen: February 28, 2011, mp3
- February 25, 2011
Some significant economic data research work is now underway across the country. It’s called the ARMS survey and for the agriculture community it’s extremely important that the results are accurate and up-to-date. Lee Brown with the Kentucky office of the National Ag Statistics Service explains.
Listen: February 25, 2011, mp3
- February 24, 2011
The popularity of beekeeping continues to express itself in the growing numbers of regional beekeeping schools, and a growing attendance at these events. Feldhaus talks with Rowan County Extension agent Bob Marsh about an event this Saturday at Morehead State University hosted with help from Bath and Carter County extension leadereship.
Listen: February 24, 2011, mp3
- February 23, 2011
The three recipients of Kentucky’s Veterinary Incentive Program have been announced. Feldhaus visits with Dr. Ellie Gripshover of Logan County who feels the program is making progress toward its goal of attracting more, large animal veterinarians to practice in Kentucky.
Listen: February 23, 2011, mp3
- February 22, 2011
A report on a major forage event this Thursday in Fayette County, the 31st annual Kentucky Alfalfa Conference. Comments with UK forage specialist Garry Lacefield on one major, new development of late; the ‘go-ahead’ for producers to plant ‘Roundup Ready’ varieties of that legume.
Listen: February 22, 2011, mp3
- February 21, 2011
A feature report on this week’s celebration of Food Check-out Week. Ky Farm Bureau State Women’s Committee Chair, Phyllis Amyx discusses the concept and how scores of county farm bureaus will be educating consumers about the project.
Listen: February 21, 2011, mp3
- February 18, 2011
There seems to be growing interest on some Kentucky farms in exploring the possibilities of opening ‘farm centered’ bed and breakfast operations. Todd Allen, President of the Ky Association of Beds and Breakfasts comments on that trend and an Upcoming, two-day workshop (Mar 14/15) to help potential operators become fully aware of that business and its potential. (800 281-8188 or on line: kentuckybb.com).
Listen: February 18, 2011, mp3
- February 17, 2011
A report with a Ky Corn Grower Association spokesperson about their new partnership with NASCAR. It seems, this season, the racing circuit will be fueling up with E-15, a 15% ethanol blend. The group will have an exhibit this week at the National Farm Machinery show, complete with a race car, and a ticket drawing for the Kentucky Speedway, NASCAR event this summer.
Listen: February 17, 2011, mp3
- February 16, 2011
A preview report of the National Farm Machinery Show underway in Louisville today through Saturday (Feb 16-19), with Harold Workman, President and CEO of the Ky State Fair Board. He says expo space is packed and signs are good for the upcoming equipment sales season.
Listen: February 16, 2011, mp3
- February 15, 2011
It’s like taking on the job of running an additional business; that’s Ky Farm Bureau president Mark Haney’s take on the commitment involved for local ag leaders who take on the presidency of the county farm bureau. He discusses some of the challenges that they face.
Listen: February 15, 2011, mp3
- February 14, 2011
A feature report on Kentucky farm equipment sales in 2010 and prospects for 2011. Featured is Sam Lawson, President and CEO, of Hartland Equipment, a John Deere dealer with locations in Bowling Green, Glasgow, Somerset, and Louisville. He says 2010 was a ‘hold your own’ year; he’s looking for big things this spring.
Listen: February 14, 2011, mp3
- February 11, 2011
A feature story on “beef, it’s what’s for Valentine’s Day.” Feldhaus reports with Alison Smith from the Ky Beef Council on their initiative for February, celebrating I Heart Beef Month. She discusses some interesting consumer opinions about their favorite dinner entrée for a Valentine’s night out.
Listen: February 11, 2011, mp3
- February 10, 2011
An update on a 4-year alternative fuels project in northern Kentucky that has now drawn to a close. It involved the establishment of switch grass as a biomass source alternative as a complentary fuel for power plants. UK agronomist Tom Keene comments.
Listen: February 10, 2011, mp3
- February 09, 2011
A report with Hardin County farmer Bob Wade Jr. of Sonora who took advantage of a cost share grant to promote energy efficiencies through the Governor’s Office of Ag Policy. Wade said he’d been thinking about the improvement and this program grant sealed the deal to move forward.
Listen: February 9, 2011, mp3
- February 08, 2011
A series of MarketReady workshops is set for the next few weeks to help produce farmers expand their farm-to-retail marketing connections. Roger Snell with the Ky Ag Department’s “Kentucky Proud” program gave high marks to UK researchers for developing and planning what he feels is a must for up and coming farm marketers.
Listen: February 8, 2011, mp3
- February 07, 2011
A feature report on a Bullitt County nursery and greenhouse operation that may this week be part of a CBS network television morning show segment on new plant offerings for this spring. Ted Vowels of Country Corner Greenhouse near Shepherdsville comments.
Listen: February 7, 2011, mp3
- February 04, 2011
The 2011 National Agricultural Classification Survey is now underway, being sent to thousands of Kentucky farms. Lee Brown with the Ky Ag Statistics Service, says this process is leading up to the Ag Census of 2012, and information from both ag measurements are important to all of agriculture, all the way down to the county level.
Listen: February 4, 2011, mp3
- February 03, 2011
The Governor’s Office of Ag Policy (GOAP) is now accepting applications (through February 28) for the ‘Energy Efficiency & Production ARRA Incentives Program.’ Feldhaus visits with Wayne County farmer, James Kelsay, who put one of those projects into place last season with help from one of these grants.
Listen: February 3, 2011, mp3
- February 02, 2011
KET, Kentucky Educational Television, and Ky Farm Bureau have joined forces once more; this time providing some Emmy Award-winning television fare with an agricultural twist. KET’s Julie Schmidt and Farm Bureau Executive Vice President David Beck are featured.
Listen: February 2, 2011, mp3
- February 01, 2011
Drought conditions of the 2010 growing season, farm pond refill rates, and unusual La Nina weather conditions this winter are all the subject of today’s report. Bath County farmer, Marshall Coyle, discusses his concerns about farm pond levels, and Michael Matthews with the UK Ag Meteorology Center comments on the months ahead.
Listen: February 1, 2011, mp3
- January 31, 2011
Although, at $24,500, it’s not large by many county standards, an ag development Grant recently approved by the Ky Ag Development should help some Todd County farmers trying to increase profits from increasing produce production. Local extension agent Curt Judy is featured.
Listen: January 31, 2011, mp3
- January 28, 2011
A feature report with state Senator Joey Pendleton, representing Christian, Todd and Logan Counties as he’s introduced a bill in the Senate to help clarify transportation regulations, so farmers and law enforcement will know exactly what is and isn’t allowed in getting commodities to market.
Listen: January 28, 2011, mp3
- January 27, 2011
The registration period for the 2011 version of the ARRA On-farm Energy Efficiency & Production Incentives Program is now open through Feb 28. Roger Thomas with the Governors Office of Ag Policy has some impressive statistics for energy savings resulting from farms successful in landing cost share funds in the program.
Listen: January 27, 2011, mp3
- January 26, 2011
In a legislative preview for action in the General Assembly, Representative Tom McKee of Cynthiana offers some insight into legislation he’s introduced to help set guidelines for selection of members of the state agriculture board.
Listen: January 26, 2011, mp3
- January 25, 2011
Feldhaus discusses with a Ky Dairy Development Committee representative a series of dairy meetings throughout January and February, where several entities are joining forces to help producers with the latest in herd health management techniques.
Listen: January 25, 2011, mp3
- January 24, 2011
A feature story on a Hardin County community project that drew some 200 ag volunteers together to create an “Ag Village.” Chuck Crutcher with the Hardin County Farm Bureau is featured talking about how a tiny idea blossomed into a community project that helped educate local citizens, and which even drew some international attention.
Listen: January 24, 2011, mp3
- January 21, 2011
A follow-up report from last week’s program highlighting the Ky Center for Agriculture and Rural Development as that group seeks to help budding ag entrepreneurs as they assess economic chances in getting into new business ventures. Projects in Barren and Campbell county are covered.
Listen: Janaury 21, 2011, mp3
- January 20, 2011
The Ky Ag Department is now accepting essay and poster contest entries from K-12 graders across the state. This year’s contest focus is the Kentucky Proud program and its impact on opening new markets for farmers and providing healthier food choices for consumers.
Listen: January 20, 2011, mp3
- January 19, 2011
The seventh annual Soybean Promotion Day is set for next week, January 25, at Murray State University. MSU ag school dean, Dr. Tony Brannon talks about production in 2010 and prospects for 2011, and runs down program details.
Listen: January 19, 2011, mp3
- January 18, 2011
U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack has been invited to speak at the Governor’s Office on Ag Policy (GOAP) annual conference coming soon to Bowling Green. GOAP spokes person Angela Blank provides other program details on that event set for Feb 10.
Listen: January 18, 2011, mp3
- January 17, 2011
A report on a series of six dairy producer meetings, set to begin tomorrow in Shelbyville focusing on helping producers with fighting infections in their dairy herds. The other five workshops will be held in Nelson, Monroe, Hart, Pulaski, and Logan counties.
Listen: January 17, 2011, mp3
- January 14, 2011
The Crittenden County Board of Education was approved recently for a $21,000 Ag Development Grant for the local high school to install a greenhouse with which students will develop production programs in horticulture and ‘aquaculture.’ The school’s Ag Educator, Larry Duvall says it may sound a little strange but has some very practical application for students and the community.
Listen: January 14, 2011, mp3
- January 13, 2011
KCARD, the Ky Center for Agriculture and Rural Development has been working with new ag entrepreneurs to try and help them ensure there chances for success with strong business plans and some practical training tips in developing new businesses. KCARD director Larry Snell comments.
Listen: January 13, 2011, mp3
- January 12, 2011
A feature report on the small ruminant workshop set for this Saturday at the Hardin County Extension Office in Elizabethtown. Program coordinator Dr. David Ditsch talks about the progress and challenges of sheep and goat production in the state.
Listen: January 12, 2011, mp3
- January 11, 2011
A report with extension forage specialist Garry Lacefield on some of the challenges faced this past year by producers. He also discusses some of the elements of their program presentations to be made at this week’s Ky Cattlemen’s Association annual meeting.
Listen: January 11, 2011, mp3
- January 10, 2011
A story with Ky Cattlemen’s Association president, Corinne Kephart as she winds up her term as leader of this major commodity group. She talks about that experience, progress in the industry, and a few highlights of the group’s annual meeting this Thursday through Saturday in Lexington.
Listen: January 10, 2011, mp3
- January 07, 2011
If you’ve got weight loss on your 2011 “to do” list, smart eating with lean beef cuts can help achieve those healthy eating goals. Whitney Carmen with the Ky Beef Council talks about the value of lean beef cuts, both nutritional and economic, and about some promotions that consumers may want to watch for in coming weeks.
Listen: January 7, 2011, mp3
- January 06, 2011
An update on the 2011 legislative priority list for Kentucky agriculture as we head into the upcoming session of the state general assembly. Farm Bureau legislative director, Jeff Harper, discusses fiscal goals and issues involving transportation and education.
Listen: January 6, 2011, mp3
- January 05, 2011
Acreage for Kentucky red winter wheat is going to be up this winter and an educational meeting set for next Monday at the Christian County extension office is designed to assist growers in getting the biggest yields possible. Feldhaus chats with UK’s Dr. Lloyd Murdock about the wheat crop and a few details of next Monday’s meeting.
Listen: January 5, 2011, mp3
- January 04, 2011
It’s the “planter row marker leveler” and while it sounds a bit confusing, it’s actually very simple. Marion County farmer Curtis Jones explains his innovation which more clearly marks an easy pattern for farmers to use in planting their row crops. The device has won Curtis a trip to Atlanta for a national farmer idea contest.
Listen: January 4, 2011, mp3
- January 03, 2011
A report on year-end congressional action to deal with some very important fiscal issues for farmers including estate and capital gains taxes. Farm Bureau National Affairs Director Joe Cain comments on the “temporary fix” that Congress has put into place, and the need to make that permanent.
Listen: January 3, 2011, mp3
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