- December 28, 2012
John Seymour, president of Roundstone Native Seed in Upton, Ky is working with Solidagex, Inc. which has developed a process for creating human and animal nutrition products from goldenrod. Roundstone is developing production standards as both companies are looking to increase acreage in this new alternative crop. Interested parties can contact Terry Minton (email@example.com).
Listen: December 28, 2012, mp3
- December 27, 2012
The state’s Ky Proud program was just funded for the next two years with a $2.8 million grant from state ag development funds. Investments in that program returned more than $200 million in retails sales of Kentucky food products in 2010 just through member retailers. The state ag department’s director of marketing Kristen Branscum is featured.
Listen: December 27, 2012, mp3
- December 26, 2012
The 2012 Ag Census forms will be arriving in mail boxes across the country in a matter of days. Feldhaus discusses the details of the process with Leland Brown who heads up the Ky office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service for USDA. Brown says their office will be glad to help landowners with any questions. Return deadline is Feb 4, 13.
Listen: December 26, 2012, mp3
- December 25, 2012
A follow-up report from UK’s Ag Economic Outlook news conference with economist Dr. Will Snell. He discusses the need to keep export doors open and farm commodities flowing freely, especially for a state as ‘export dependent’ as Kentucky.
Listen: December 25, 2012, mp3
- December 24, 2012
Cutting your propane fuel bill by nearly 2,000 gallons a season is what one Hart County greenhouse operator has achieved through a cost share grant from the Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy. Local extension agent, Chris Clark, was involved in the project centered on a bio-mass boiler system, in this case using wood as fuel.
Listen: December 24, 2012, mp3
- December 21, 2012
With the drought of 2012 farmers are facing some different scenarios on how best to handle their tax return. UK ag economist Jerry Pierce offers some food for thought on everything from deferring income from crop insurance to the possibility of income averaging to reduce tax liabilities.
Listen: December 21, 2012, mp3
- December 20, 2012
A recent study of local taxing districts initiated by the state auditor is calling to question whether unelected individuals should be involved in setting taxes, and if these local districts have proper oversight. Feldhaus feature UK Associate Dean for Extension, Dr. Jimmy Henning, on how extension councils operate at the local level.
Listen: December 20, 2012, mp3
- December 19, 2012
A feature report on the 3rd anniversary of the “Saddle Up Safely,” program which was designed to decrease injuries from what turns out to be one of the most dangerous sports activities in the country; horse back riding. Bill Gombeski with UK Health Care says the effort started in Lexington but has now gone ‘international’ and that their web site (saddleupsafely.org) is getting tremendous traffic.
Listen: December 19, 2012, mp3
- December 18, 2012
Despite the drought of 2012, the farm cash receipts projections for the year will set an all time record at $5.3 billion. UK ag economist, Dr. Will Snell, explains how that can happen despite lower crop yields and higher feed prices.
Listen: December 18, 2012, mp3
- December 17, 2012
A “wrap-up” report on the issues debated at the Ky Farm Bureau annual meeting. Featured is the group’s president, Mark Haney, discussing state and national issues of concern from taxation to H2A guest worker program reform.
Listen: December 17, 2012, mp3
- December 14, 2012
A report on a 6th generation farming operation in Benton, Ky that’s evolved out of tobacco and into hydroponic production. Matt Wyatt talks about their year round operation and their efforts to keep production going steadily throughout the year and to expand markets as they expand the variety of crops they produce.
Listen: December 14, 2012, mp3
- December 13, 2012
Land grant university researchers in the southeast continue to monitor and fight the spread of ‘soybean rust.’ An update with UK plant pathologist, Don Hershman, who explains the threat to crops here, and their ongoing work with “sentinel plots” that can track the disease if it blows in from the south.
Listen: December 13, 2012, mp3
- December 12, 2012
A preview of the 2013 legislative session and what may be on the agenda in the way of agricultural issues. Featured is Ky House Co-Chair of the Appropriations and Revenue Committee, Representative Rick Rand whose district includes Henry, Trimble, Carroll and a part of Oldham County.
Listen: December 12, 2012, mp3
- December 11, 2012
A report on a $220,000 ag development grant awarded to the Hopkinsville Surface & Stormwater Utility to do a water quality study of the Little River Basin covering Christian, Todd and Trigg Counties. Local agri-business leader Brian Lacefield has been in charge of project fund raising and explains its purpose and long range goals.
Listen: December 11, 2012, mp3
- December 10, 2012
A feature report on a potential new crop for some Kentucky farmers: goldenrod. Terry Minton, CEO of Solidagex Inc. has been developing a market for natural ingredients derived from goldenrod and is looking for 35 to 200 farmers to produce up to 2,000 acres of the crop.
Listen:December 10, 2012, mp3
- December 07, 2012
For the first time ever in Kentucky we have gone from being a rural state to one with over 50% of citizens living in “urban defined regions.” State Senate Ag Committee Chair, David Givens, talks about how that will impact policy discussions on issues ranging from water rights to animal care concerns.
Listen: December 7, 2012, mp3
- December 06, 2012
Dealing with deceased large animals on the farm is a special challenge in a major cattle state like Kentucky. UK Director of Animal and Environmental Compliance, Steve Higgins, says a growing trend in dealing with the problem is large animal composting. The process has been perfected and is approved by state environmental officials.
Listen: December 6, 2012, mp3
- December 05, 2012
Final exams are on tap for next week at UK and ag students involved in the college’s Living Learning Program may be a little better prepared than most. Jamie Dunn, director of the college’s “First Year Success” program says that’s all about student support for success.
Listen:December 5, 2012, mp3
- December 04, 2012
A preview report on the mood of farmers rebounding from the 2012 drought. Farm Bureau Executive Vice President, David Beck, says farmers are generally resilient and seem to be in good spirits as the group holds its annual meeting this week in Louisville to discuss farm issues and set policy goals for 2013.
Listen: December 4, 2012, mp3
- December 03, 2012
A feature report on UK ag researcher Seth DeBolt who was recently recognized by the College of Ag for his work in securing over $2.5 million in research funding for work at UK. DeBolt says their research is in ‘basic sciences’ and that findings are passed along to applied scientists to develop into systems and products that can affect all citizens.
Listen: December 3, 2012, mp3
- November 30, 2012
Nominations are now underway for this year’s Ag Genius awards honoring produce and fruit farmers who’ve developed innovative production techniques that other farmers can apply to their operations. John Wilhoit, in UK’s Biosystems and Ag Engineering section, talks about the program and some nifty ideas from past winners.
Listen: November 30, 2012, mp3
- November 29, 2012
The third in a 3-part series featuring the top three finalists of the 2012 Outstanding Young Farm Family contest. Rounding out the top three are Ryan and Misty Bivens of Larue County. When moving there in 2002 neither had family roots or land there to begin an operation, but since then, times have changed.
Listen: November 29, 2012, mp3
- November 28, 2012
It’s time for families to make their trip to the nearest Christmas tree farm to ‘cut their own,’ and to make some holiday memories. Margery Baldwin of Madison talks about the tree season, in full swing right now, the drought’s impact, and about the effort at many “U cut” destinations to develop these visits to their farms into annual traditions.
Listen: November 28, 2012, mp3
- November 27, 2012
Precision cow monitoring systems may sound a little ‘over the top,’ but their use can in some cases significantly improve dairy production compared to standard means of observing herd health and performance. UK dairy specialist discusses their ‘dairy precision showcase,’ Dec 3, and some of the practical applications that can boost farm income.
Listen: November 27, 2012, mp3
- November 26, 2012
Kentucky 4-H recently kicked off a major, long term campaign to begin to upgrade facilities at all four of its regional camping centers. Ky 4-H Foundation Executive Director, Keith Rogers, discusses the need, the plan, and a major boost they’ve received from Farm Credit to get the ball rolling.
Listen: November 26, 2012, mp3
- November 23, 2012
An update on a national USDA grant awarded to the community farmers market in Bowling Green. Market director, Michelle Howell, talks about their already remarkable progress in the community and their hope, with this grant, to expand healthier eating across the region.
Listen: November 23, 2012, mp3
- November 22, 2012
Listen up, Thanksgiving Day meal cookers!! If things go south in preparing your meal there’s always help a 1 800 Butterball. The ladies of the Butterball Turkey Talkline, some 50 of them, are standing by, yes, even on Thanksgiving Day, to help you deal with any unforeseen challenges to getting that feast prepared on time. (also at: butterball.com).
Listen: November 22, 2012, mp3
- November 21, 2012
Community farmers markets have been growing in number across the state. Feldhaus reports on a new expansion planned for the Henderson County farmers market. Local extension agent Jeff Porter says the community is excited about the new facilities being planned at their local fairgrounds.
Listen: November 21, 2012, mp3
- November 20, 2012
A Thanksgiving week report on a relatively new Fayette County farmer who over the last three years has been producing direct-sale turkeys. Todd Clark talks about his growth and progress and about and the tricky task of marketing in this unique venture.
Listen: November 20, 2012, mp3
- November 19, 2012
A feature story on the Whayne Supply Company, this year’s winner of the Agribusiness of the Year award. The Kentucky-based large equipment firm, most noted for its work in construction and mining, has made inroads into the ag equipment market in the last decade. Company president, Monty Boyd, talks about their progress.
Listen: November 19, 2012, mp3
- November 16, 2012
You many think it’s a little too early to think about the Thanksgiving Day meal preparation, but if your bird is frozen rock solid in the freezer, you may want to listen to this report. Feldhaus visits with Amy Raczka with the Butterball Turkey Talkline. Raczka has suggestions on ‘timing the thaw’ and a formula for how big a bird to buy.
Listen: November 16, 2012, mp3
- November 15, 2012
Feldhaus provides another in the series of three profiles of the top three finalists in Farm Bureau’s Outstanding Young Farm Family contest. Featured in this report is Michael Harton, who with wife, Jill, is starting small and building as they go on their farm in Christian County.
Listen: November 15, 2012, mp3
- November 14, 2012
An estimated 75% of all farm ground will change hands by 2025. To help make those transitions as smooth as possible, within families, the UK College of Agriculture is hosting two workshops (Nov 15 – Gilbertsville, Nov 16 – Hopkinsville) on transitioning farms to the next generation. Feldhaus discusses the related issues with UK Ag Eoncomist, Dr. Steve Isaacs.
Listen: November 14, 2012, mp3
- November 13, 2012
Kentucky FFA had a tremendously strong showing at the recent national convention of FFA. The group’s “state advisor” Brandon Davis, talks about a first-ever election of a Ky female to the national officer team. He comments as well about the national recognition of Spencer County’s FFA as top chapter in the nation, and discusses some of their strengths.
Listen: November 13, 2012, mp3
- November 12, 2012
A report on future trends in farm credit for farmers and for the institutions making farm loans. A feature report with Bill Johnson, President and CEO, of Farm Credit Mid America who talks about trends ahead for farm credit and about change ahead for lenders too.
Listen: November 12, 2012, mp3
- November 09, 2012
A feature story with Mercer County farmer Bruce Wade who with his wife, Charissa, have been selected as one of the top three finalists in Farm Bureau’s Outstanding Young Farm Family competition. Wade discusses the challenges of getting into agriculture for today’s young farmers.
Listen: November 9, 2012, mp3
- November 08, 2012
Twenty two “on farm energy efficiency grants” were approved recently by the Governor’s Office of Ag Policy (GOAP). The agency’s Bill McCloskey explains that farmers can qualify for one-quarter cost share, up to $10,000 if they meet the project qualifications of the program. The next sign-up period for some $900,000 is now open with a December 31 deadline.
Listen: November 8, 2012, mp3
- November 07, 2012
The Ky Farm Bureau’s Resolution Committee meets today through Friday, preparing resolutions from across the state on issues of interest to the farm sector. The group’s vice president, Eddie Melton, serves a committee chair and discusses some of the more important issues drawing attention for farmers.
Listen: November 7, 2012, mp3
- November 06, 2012
A story on this Thursday’s Kentucky Ag Summit, a two-day meeting in Louisville where the course of agriculture in the state will be laid out in the Ky Ag Council’s 5-year strategic plan. Council chairman, Dan Flanagan of Taylor County discusses the broad scope and importance of laying out this road map for agriculture.
Listen: November 6, 2012, mp3
- November 05, 2012
A report on Ky Farm Bureau’s effort to get out the farm vote on election day tomorrow. Group president, Mark Haney of Pulaski County says the success of the organization as a farmers’ advocate in Frankfort depends in large part on farmers being politically engaged, and voting in strong numbers.
Listen: November 5, 2012, mp3
- November 02, 2012
Kentucky retail food prices edged up during the third quarter of the year. Ky Farm Bureau’s Dan Smaldone discusses the group’s latest ‘market basket’ survey trends and those conditions that impacted them.
Listen: November 2, 2012, mp3
- November 01, 2012
No till crop production is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year; and it all started on 7/10’s of an acre in Kentucky’s Christian County on the farm of Harry Young, Jr. UK Soils Specialist, Dr. Lloyd Murdock was around during that time and discusses the innovation’s development and tremendous impact on agriculture across the nation.
Listen: November 1, 2012, mp3
- October 31, 2012
From its humble beginnings some 39 years ago, the North American International Livestock Exposition, opening this Saturday in Louisville, has grown into the top purebred livestock event in the nation. Show manager Harold Workman talks a little about the show’s history and its impact on livestock herds in Kentucky.
Listen: October 31, 2012, mp3
- October 30, 2012
A feature story on the tremendous honey flow this summer in Kentucky, despite the drought. Henderson County beekeeper Betsy Stone discusses that situation and trends in the popularity of beekeeping here. The state beekeepers annual meeting is coming up this Saturday, Nov 3, in Henderson, KY.
Listen: October 30, 2012, mp3
- October 29, 2012
An update report on the recent FDA aflatoxin blending waiver for Ky corn damaged by the drought. UK’s Director of Regulatory Services, Darrell Johnson, explains the decision and the specific procedures that must be followed. Grain producer, Farm Bureau Vice President Eddie Melton, says the waiver will help some drought impacted corn producers deal with a tough situation.
Listen: October 29, 2012, mp3
- October 26, 2012
A report on some of the significant issues facing Kentucky livestock and forage producers dealing with drought-impacted pastures and hay production, and planning for crop year 2013. Garry Lacefield, UK forage specialist, says all of those and more, will get thorough discussion at the 13th annual Ky Grazing Conference, Oct 30 in Princeton.
Listen: October 26, 2012, mp3
- October 25, 2012
The registration period for Ky Farm Bureau’s Certified Roadside Market program is under way through November 15. Program coordinator Kara Keeton provides details, and ‘roadside market program’ member, Mary Beth Hendricks of Clark County offers her view on the value of participation.
Listen: October 25, 2012, mp3
- October 24, 2012
Two regional farmers markets have been successful in qualifying for major USDA market grants for education and expansion. Larry Snell, executive director of the Center for Rural and Agriculture Development (KCARD) discusses the plans for consumer outreach by the Lexington and Bowling Green markets.
Listen: October 24, 2012, mp3
- October 23, 2012
A report on a USDA product procurement effort to encourage the development of more ‘bio-based’ products to reduce dependence on foreign oil and reduce their carbon foot print. USDA’s Ron Buckhalt coordinates their BioPreferred program giving purchase preference to bio-products, and they’ve now unveiled a ‘bio-product’ label program to certify produce contents. (biopreferred.gov).
Listen: October 23, 2012, mp3
- October 22, 2012
This is Farm to School Week (Oct 22-26) in Kentucky and program coordinator for the Ky Ag Dept, Tina Garland, reports the system has taken some impressive first steps in connecting schools with local producers, and connecting students with healthier, fresher foods.
Listen: October 22, 2012, mp3
- October 19, 2012
The fourth annual Kentucky Proud Incredible Food Show at the Lexington Center is set for Oct 27. The Ky Ag Dept’s Alisha Morris says the event has grown, attracting some 5,000 to sample and learn more about the vast array of home grown and processed foods available. Morris says the buy local movement just keeps growing.
Listen: October 19, 2012, mp3
- October 18, 2012
A report on the increased number of complaints regarding illegal taking of gravel from creeks. Back in the day, says state mine reclamation officials, it wasn’t uncommon for a landowner to grab a scoop of creek gravel for a road repair, but nowadays a permit is required, and officials are observing more violations, they suspect, among commercial ventures.
Listen: October 18, 2012, mp3
- October 17, 2012
Another MarketReady regional seminar is set for this weekend in Oldham County. The event coordinator says it’s designed to assist farmers as a growing number of them are exploring the steps required to begin direct sales to restaurants and distributors.
Listen: October 17, 2012, mp3
- October 16, 2012
A report on a new research and equipment upgrade at UK’s Princeton Research and Education Center where their equipment, even an ATV, has been outfitted with GPS equipment. Center coordinator, Dr. Richard Coffee, says it’s all tied together in a ‘real time’ web-based tracking system where researchers use smart phones for input updates.
Listen: October 16, 2012, mp3
- October 15, 2012
A feature story on Clark County’s Beech Springs Roadside Farm Market which has found a community niche with a market location away from the farm and through developing its annual scare crow festival drawing community participation and benefiting area adults with physical and mental disabilities.
Listen: October 15, 2012, mp3
- October 12, 2012
FoodChain, Inc. of Lexington has been awarded a small ag development grant to help in its development of an indoor closed loop hydroponics system to raise tilapia and greens. The group’s executive director, Rebecca Self, says they already have a product buyer lined up for their crops. She says the facility will provide training to farmers interested in trying their hand at hydroponics.
Listen: October 12, 2012, mp3
- October 11, 2012
Kentucky’s farmer of the year will travel south next week to Moultrie, Georgia to represent the state in the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year competition. Green County dairyman Jim Sidebottom will be vying for the $15,000 top prize linked to that honor.
Listen: October 11, 2012, mp3
- October 10, 2012
Morehead State University and the UK ag college are joining forces to host a biomass field day this month in Bracken County. At the event, the successes, challenges and potential of producing crops as fuel or feed sources will be discussed. Morehead State’s Dr. Tyler Mark is featured.
Listen: October 10, 2012, mp3
- October 09, 2012
An update on the success and challenges of the Central Kentucky Growers Association, a central Kentucky vegetable coop that is offering marketing opportunities for farmers there who are trying new crops to offset losses in tobacco income. Clark County farmer, Zeldon Angel comments.
Listen: October 9, 2012, mp3
- October 08, 2012
A report on the discovery of a new crop pest in Kentucky in recent days. The spotted wing Drosophila is a fruit fly that in coming years will need some attention from home gardeners and commercial fruit producers. UK Entomologist Ric Bessin is featured laying out some of the management options to meet this new challenge.
Listen: October 8, 2012, mp3
- October 05, 2012
A preview report of the Oct 8/9, Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment and the goal to bring developers and end users of new “bio products” together to discuss industry needs and economic development opportunities in this area. Tim Hughes, Director of Biofuels for the Ky Department of Energy Development and Independence is featured.
Listen: October 5, 2012, mp3
- October 04, 2012
The Kentucky conservation writing and poster contests are just getting underway. Kim Richardson, Assistant Director of the Ky Division of Conservation discusses these decades-old competitions and how K-12 educators use them for writing and art, and to expand subject materials that students wouldn’t otherwise experience.
Listen: October 4, 2012, mp3
- October 03, 2012
A report on the Kentucky pumpkin crop and how the drought has impacted production. Tim Coolong, UK vegetable specialist, says the state had two pumpkin seasons, early and late, and while there should be plenty out there consumers shouldn’t wait too long in the harvest season to select their pumpkins and other outdoor home decorations.
Listen: October 3, 2012, mp3
- October 02, 2012
It’s the first week of October and that means we’re coming into the season for the increased possibility of collisions between cars and while tailed deer. Kentucky Farm Bureau’s Dan Smaldone is featured with some of the serious statistics on this problem and has a few tips to keep us drivers a little safer.
Listen: October 2, 2012, mp3
- October 01, 2012
A report on this week’s grand opening of Large Animal Composting of Kentucky (LACKY) the state’s first commercial facility for disposal of deceased animals by composting. Brent Woodrum says the Casey County facility has been in the works for well over a year and should provide a “green solution” for a challenging problem for the livestock industry in that region.
Listen: October 1, 2012, mp3
- September 28, 2012
An update report on the application period (through Oct 26) for the LEAD program for leadership development among active young farm leaders in Kentucky. Past participant, Sharon Spencer, currently the Franklin County Farm Bureau President, discusses this opportunity for the 15 successful applicants who will be selected.
Listen: September 28, 2012, mp3
- September 27, 2012
“Mooving Agriculture Forward,” was the theme of a recent Greenup County Ag Field Day. Local Farm Bureau president Kenny Imel talks about the group’s new “mobile ag classroom,” complete with a fiberglass, fully functional dairy cow and a wealth of other education stations, which has been a real hit with students in the region. He talks about the development of the unit and says the tool will be used in the area for years to come.
Listen: September 27, 2012, mp3
- September 26, 2012
A report on the latest plan to install a Mesonet weather station in Barren County. Kentucky’s State Climatologist, Dr. Stuart Foster, at Western Kentucky University’s Research Foundation, says the system, now with 66 stations statewide, provides high quality, near-real time weather data on a local basis, especially helpful for certain farm chores and very valuable for all citizens when inclement weather pipes up.
Listen: September 26, 2012, mp3
- September 25, 2012
Research work and field trials continue at Murray State University into potentials for locally grow bio-fuels. Tony Brannon, dean of MSU’S Hutson School of Agriculture, talks about some of the very practical work, plantings, and experimentation already underway there.
Listen: September 25, 2012, mp3
- September 24, 2012
An update report with Farm Service Agency officials urging farmers to continue to keep good records regarding losses and additional expenses incurred due to the drought and other weather challenges in 2012. Kentucky’s FSA executive officer, Bob Finch, is featured discussing current and potential programs available to help with recovery.
Listen: September 24, 2012, mp3
- September 21, 2012
An update report on the “big picture” outlook for the Ag Development Fund in Kentucky. Roger Thomas, Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Ag Policy is featured discussing fluctuating levels of funding at the county and state levels, and the outlook for the ag development process.
Listen: September 21, 2012, mp3
- September 20, 2012
The UK “beef bash” at Princeton is scheduled for late next week, and extension beef specialist Roy Burris says it’s a tremendous opportunity for hearing about cutting edge research, trends in the industry, and doing a little producer networking.
Listen: September 20, 2012, mp3
- September 19, 2012
A feature story on the regulatory services program as UK and how they impact most all citizens. Feldhaus visited with Jim True who coordinates the inspector program for this important service to get a more through understanding of its role and duties.
Listen: September 19, 2012, mp3
- September 18, 2012
A story on a Louisville-based agribusiness that’s blossomed from a “feed and seed,” company into an international, private label foods manufacturer. Feldhaus reports from the “packaging room” at Whole Alternatives the food branch of Caudill Seed.
Listen: September 18, 2012, mp3
- September 17, 2012
A report on the seasonal dangers of farm equipment being moved on Kentucky’s highways. Comments are featured with Anderson County farmer, Randy Chrisman, who’s seen both sides of this challenge; as a farmer and as a veteran ‘first responder.’
Listen: September 17, 2012, mp3
- September 14, 2012
It’s called a ‘taste of the mountains’ field day (Sep 22), and event planners are cooking up some tempting taste treats for those who attend the event at UK’s Robinson Center in Breathitt County. Field day coordinator, Dr. David Ditsch, talks about some of the traditional features of this regional field day, and their efforts to showcase some of the specialties of this region of the state.
Listen: September 14, 2012, mp3
- September 13, 2012
The University of Kentucky’s College of Agriculture “Alumni Roundup” is winding up in Lexington this weekend. Ag school dean, Dr. Scott Smith, says they’re got another bumper crop of incoming undergraduates for 2012 and discusses some of the more popular ag related career paths being taken by students.
Listen: September 13, 2012, mp3
- September 12, 2012
A report on the 2012 sweet sorghum crop which producers are cooking up right now to bottle and sell to sweet toothed consumers across the state. Montgomery County’s Danny Townsend is featured talking a little bit about the sorghum making process and some of the changing trends among consumers.
Listen: September 12, 2012, mp3
- September 11, 2012
Feldhaus files a second report on the latest edition of the Farmers’ Almanac, just released in the last few weeks. Almanac editor, Pete Geiger, says the publication is as popular as ever and their entry into social media is drawing interest as well.
Listen: September 11, 2012, mp3
- September 10, 2012
A feature report on the Devine’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch in Harrodsburg, opening this coming Friday through Oct 31. Owner, Jason Devine, talks about their agri-tourism effort and how facilities like them are growing in popularity across the state.
Listen: September 10, 2012, mp3
- September 07, 2012
A feature report about this year’s celebration of the 100th anniversary of the cooperative extension service. UK Ag College Dean, Scott Smith, says the mission of extension to take unbiased, science based information about agriculture “out to the farm” was a stroke of genius and part of American history.
Listen: September 7, 2012, mp3
- September 06, 2012
Despite the drought year Kentucky’s farmers’ markets seem to be having a fairly successful 2012 season. Ky Ag Dept “farmers’ markets specialist, Sharon Spencer, says she was surprised when market vendors told her that the drought actually “helped” sales.
Listen: September 6, 2012, mp3
- September 05, 2012
There’s a major learning opportunity tomorrow for farmers involved in any facet of forage production. The Ky Forage and Grasslands Council hosts its annual field day at the Geralds Farm in Hart County. UK forage specialist Ray Smith says in light of the dry production year we’ve had, there’ll be added incentive for farmers to attend.
Listen: September 5, 2012, mp3
- September 04, 2012
The last three regional input meetings for the Ky Ag Council’s Strategic Plan for Agriculture will be held this week in Laurel, Rowan and Franklin Counties. Feldhaus discusses the process with Task Force co-chair, Todd Clark, a farm entrepreneur from Fayette County.
Listen: September 4, 2012, mp3
- September 03, 2012
They’re looking for a “few good people,” 15 to be exact, and they are Ky Farm Bureau which now has its application period open for its LEAD program. Program coordinator, Susan Tanner says fifteen lucky candidates will qualify for this intensive but very rewarding leadership training program with a focus on agriculture.
Listen: September 3, 2012, mp3
- August 31, 2012
The Fall season Kentucky roadside markets and other agri-tourism destinations, is getting into high gear. A feature story with Carl Chaney of Chaney’s Dairy Barn and Restaurant in Bowling Green, who explains how they design and build those amazing corn mazes.
Listen: August 31, 2012, mp3
- August 30, 2012
CPC Commodities is hosting a field day in Barren County next week, Sep 6. Feldhaus does a profile of this relatively new Kentucky-based agribusiness that has been growing strong. Comments from CPC president and co-owner, Ivan Pedigo.
Listen: August 30, 2012, mp3
- August 29, 2012
The 2013 edition of the Farmers’ Almanac is hitting news stands this week. Editor, Pete Geiger, discusses the publication’s ‘winter forecast’ and some of the unique bits of folklore and helpful hints for better living, from easy ‘fix it yourself’ tips, to garden planting by the signs of the moon.
Listen: August 29, 2012, mp3
- August 28, 2012
The fifth annual Ohio River Lock Tour will be underway this Friday on the river, just west of Henderson, KY. Feldhaus has a preview report with one of the ‘on-board’ presenters, Paul Rohde, with the Waterways Council, Inc. He discusses some of the challenges ahead in maintaining and updating our dams and lock system nationwide.
Listen: August 28, 2012, mp3
- August 27, 2012
A series of regional input forums continues this week in Murray, Henderson, and Bowling Green, as the Ky Ag Council seeks ideas and comments from the general public as it develops its next five-year strategic plan for Kentucky agriculture. Comments from Calloway County farm leader Sharon Furches, one of the KAC strategic plan co-chairs.
Listen: August 27, 2012, mp3
- August 24, 2012
Pendleton County was recently approved for just over $20,000 in county ag development funds to build a centralized storage facility for their ‘shared use equipment’ purchased with previous ag development grants. Featured are comments from the county’s new extension agent, Lindie Huffman, and long time local farm leader Rob McClanahan.
Listen: August 24, 2012, mp3
- August 23, 2012
The third and final session of the Woodland Owners Short Course is set for this Saturday in Shelby and Franklin Counties. UK Extension forester Billy Thomas discusses some of the issues facing land owners; from the Emerald Ash Borer to feral hogs and damage that they’re causing for farmers and landowners and how to prevent it.
Listen: August 23, 2012, mp3
- August 22, 2012
It’s the ‘grand daddy’ of ag related charitable events, taking place tomorrow at the Kentucky State Fair. Farm Bureau’s Mike Tobin describes the Kentucky Country Ham Breakfast and all that is involved in hosting 1,600 for a little get-together. He notes that in its first 48 years the auction of the grand champion ham has netted over $6.2 million for charities of the bidders’ choice.
Listen: August 22, 2012, mp3
- August 21, 2012
An update on the ag water quality planning process in Kentucky. While the vast majority of farmers and landowners have their individual plans developed and in place, there are still those who need to complete that chore. Steve Coleman, Director of the State Division of Conservation discusses available local assistance options.
Listen: August 21, 2012, mp3
- August 20, 2012
A report on progress with a “shared use equipment” grant for Boyd County that will help landowners take steps to prevent erosion and step up economic opportunities with new equipment that will help increase productivity on even smaller plots of ground. Boyd County Extension agent, Lyndall Harned, provides some background on the project.
Listen: August 20, 2012, mp3
- August 17, 2012
A report with the Kentucky Association of Food Banks CEO, Tamara Sandburg, in Berea, on a project whereby these groups can make use of food items, ‘seconds,’ that don’t make the grade for commercial sale, but are perfectly healthy and nutritious for consumers. The association has acquired grant monies that will offer farmers at least enough incentive to cover harvesting costs to get these foods to families in need.
Listen: August 17, 2012, mp3
- August 16, 2012
The Wayne County Ag Development Board has been approved by the state ag development board to utilize county funding for a cost share program for local cattle farmers to utilize CPH marketing and related practices to enhance sale prices for their feeder calves. Local extension agent, Glen Roberts, discusses this new opportunity.
Listen: August 16, 2012, mp3
- August 15, 2012
A feature report on the country ham industry and the chase for a blue ribbon at the Kentucky State Fair. Comments with last year’s state fair judge of that event, Jaymie Perry, Director of Operations at Manager for G & W Hamery in Murfreesboro, TN.
Listen: August 15, 2012, mp3
- August 14, 2012
A story on a MarketReady workshop being held this Thursday at Ky State University to assist farmers interested in direct marketing to restaurants, schools, and other entities. Program presenter, UK Ag Economist, Dr. Tim Woods, discusses some of the challenges facing farmers interested in taking the next step up the marketing chain.
Listen: August 14, 2012, mp3
- August 13, 2012
A preview report for this year’s Ky State Fair opening this Thursday, Aug 16 and running through Sunday, Aug 26. Harold Workman, President and CEO of the Ky State Fair Board discusses the impact of drought on some entries, some new programs and attractions, and a little of the economics of the event.
Listen: August 13, 2012, mp3
- August 10, 2012
The gathering of data for Kentucky’s first state equine survey since 1977 is now in high gear. Ginny Grulke with the Ky Horse Council comments on the process and on the fund raising effort to come up with matching funds to help pull all of the information together and do an economic analysis for the industry.
Listen: August 10, 2012, mp3
- August 09, 2012
A feature report with a Fayette County farmer whose grandfather was the first UK extension agent hired in the fall of 1912 in Henderson County. Jim Mahan talks about his grandfather’s work and philosophy and his early days on a mule and a motorcycle visiting farmers and distributing the latest research information for improving rural lives.
Listen: August 9, 2012, mp3
- August 08, 2012
A story on a Casey County farmer who’s going to try and develop a business through dead animal composting. With changing economic and environmental conditions this has become an expensive challenge for farmers and county fiscal courts. This regional composting center may be a workable solution.
Listen: August 8, 2012, mp3
- August 07, 2012
A report on an opportunity this weekend for woodland owners in the Purchase Area of the state. A woodland owner short course is set for this Saturday, starting out at the Marshall County Extension office, providing insight into the value of better management of wooded acreage.
Listen: August 7, 2012, mp3
- August 06, 2012
A report on a somewhat new approach to a crop specific field day this week at UK’s Research and Education Center at Princeton. Dr. Lloyd Murdock provides some details of this Thursday’s activities and the thought behind the alternative approach.
Listen: August 6, 2012, mp3
- August 03, 2012
A follow-up report with Barren County farmer Kenny Mattingly, as he completes expansion of his cheese making operation on his farm in Austin, Ky. Kenny will not only double his production capacity but will feature a viewing area for visiting consumers as he strives to grow his farm as an agri-tourism destination.
Listen: August 3, 2012, mp3
- August 02, 2012
A feature report on the D.D. Williamson Company a global food coloring concern headquartered in Louisville. Feldhaus talks with Chairman and CEO, Ted Nixon, about the growth of the company and perhaps some related crop opportunities for farmers in the future.
Listen: August 2, 2012, mp3
- August 01, 2012
From “high tunnel” production to protecting crops with drip irrigation, there’ll be a host of informative discussions at UK’s Horticultural Research Farm Field Day, Tuesday, August 7. Program coordinator, Tim Coolong comments on some of the opportunities for visitors and details of the program.
Listen: August 1, 2012, mp3
- July 31, 2012
This Saturday in Whitley County the first of three, Woodland Owner Short Courses will begin. UK forester Billy Thomas discusses some of the basic information available and how it can be valuable to landowners for stand improvement or for potential timber sales.
Listen: July 31, 2012, mp3
- July 30, 2012
The state’s new laws offering limited liability protection for budding agri-tourism destinations have now gone into effect. The Ky Ag Department’s Ben Shaffar discusses the level of protection afforded and talks about the of the impact of these kinds of statutes in neighboring states where they were implemented earlier.
Listen: July 30, 2012, mp3
- July 27, 2012
It serves both rural and urban citizens in promoting and protecting our natural resources and it’s one of the ‘best kept secrets’ across Kentucky: it’s your local conservation district. The state association of conservation districts is hosting its 69th annual convention this Sunday through Tuesday in Louisville. Steve Coleman, director of the state conservation service explains the role and the impact of this important community resource.
Listen: July 27, 2012, mp3
- July 26, 2012
A Scott County farm has been approved for several thousand dollars in a state loan and a county ag development grant, to install a commercial kitchen and develop a retail outlet which will serve numerous farmers in that region. Jessica McQuade a partner in Triple J Farm says the development will boost ‘value added’ retail opportunities for area farmers.
Listen: July 26, 2012, mp3
- July 25, 2012
Several dozen roadside farm market operators from Kentucky are touring Vermont over the next four days, visiting similar retail outlets in New England to see how their farmers handle production and marketing. Ky Farm Bureau President Mark Haney discusses the value and the popularity of this annual event among Ky producers.
Listen: July 25, 2012, mp3
- July 24, 2012
Kentucky and Indiana dairy farmers have held “dairy exchanges” in recent years and the 2012 version is taking place in a few days, making stops in Shelby, Grayson, and Edmonson Counties. UK dairy systems specialist, Jeffrey Bewley, discusses some of the new technology being used in dairy production.
Listen: July 24, 2012, mp3
- July 23, 2012
A report on farmer concerns as the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Tax Reform continues its meetings across the state. Featured are comments from Breckinridge County farmer, Pat Henderson, chairman of the Farm Bureau Tax Advisory Committee which recently met with two members of that Blue Ribbon commission.
Listen: July 23, 2012, mp3
- July 20, 2012
Kentucky has the unfortunate distinction to have the second highest in the nation when it comes to ATV fatality statistics. Ky State Police Lieutenant, David Jude offers some advice on purchasing, training, and operating these popular vehicles.
Listen: July 20, 2012, mp3
- July 19, 2012
A new line of meat products has been announced; it’s ‘on line’ at lyonsfarm.com, and will provide high quality products to consumers and increased opportunities for Kentucky farmers. Laci Poulter, with the Kentucky-based Alltech, talks about the items in their shopping bag and some new ones being considered.
Listen: July 19, 2012, mp3
- July 18, 2012
Kenny’s Farmhouse Cheese of Barren County has won a prestigious national award in the food production industry and was honored on July 4th at our nation’s capitol. Feldhaus talks with Kenny Mattingly about his decision in the late 90’s to begin making his own cheese with milk from his dairy herd.
Listen: July 18, 2012, mp3
- July 17, 2012
It started as an extension project called Second Sunday and has morphed into a major community effort in Montgomery County, leading to the creation of the Adena Trail. Local extension agent Peggy Powell discusses the goals and community action to improved facilities for better overall health in the county.
Listen: July 17, 2012, mp3
- July 16, 2012
A report on a Kentucky food prices which have been trending down lately, in fact for the last four quarters that the Farm Bureau Marketbasket survey has been tallied. The farm group’s Dan Smaldone talks about some of the trends impacting our food bill.
Listen: July 16, 2012, mp3
- July 13, 2012
Feldhaus has a profile of the growing grape and wine industry in Kentucky. Featured is UK viticulturist, Patsy Wilson, who discusses some of the challenges and ongoing progress as acreage in grapes here continues to expand.
Listen: July 13, 2012, mp3
- July 12, 2012
Not only did the University of Kentucky win the men’s national basketball championship this year; their “Quarter Scale Tractor Team” has taken top national honors in that unique student competition. UK Engineer Associate and team advisor, Tim Smith, talks about the competition and the team’s impressive performance.
Listen: July 12, 2012, mp3
- July 11, 2012
A report on a regional trail riding conference being hosted for the first time by the Kentucky Horse Council. The group’s Ginny Grulke discusses a long range push to keep existing trails healthy, and she comments on the current Ky Equine Survey and ongoing funding efforts for it, to assess this industry’s economic parameters and potential.
Listen: July 11, 2012, mp3
- July 10, 2012
A feature on the Campbell County Backroads Farm Tour with project coordinator, Dennis Walter. In its fourth year the self guided auto tour displays the impact that farm enterprises have in an area growing more “metro” every day.
Listen: July 10, 2012, mp3
- July 09, 2012
A report on a special state fair competition for young people in production of video and PowerPoint presentations. The Ky State Fair’s coordinator of youth activities, Stephanie Darst, says it’s designed to engage more young people and at the same time educate non-farmers about various aspects of farm life.
Listen: July 9, 2012, mp3
- July 06, 2012
Kentucky’s “Farm to Schools” program is designed to get more healthy foods into the state’s schools, improving nutrition for students and economic potential for local farmers. The Ky Ag Department’s Tina Garland talks about two new major developments for that program.
Listen: July 6, 2012, mp3
- July 05, 2012
Farmers and law enforcement have joined forces to help clear up some of the gray areas or transportation regulations. Farm Bureau’s Bryan Alvey discusses the group’s new, updated version of its Farm Vehicle Regulation Booklet which is free and now available at county farm bureau offices.
Listen: July 5, 2012, mp3
- July 04, 2012
It’s Independence Day; let’s all head for the backyard grill and fire it up for a juicy steak. That’d be great with the Ky Beef Council’s Alison Smith, and she has several bits of advice on meat selection, marinades, and cooking tips, all at kybeef.com.
Listen: July 4, 2012, mp3
- July 03, 2012
A feature on the activities of KCARD, the Ky Center for Ag and Rural Development. Business analyst, Nathan Routt, has been working with an agri-business start-up in Bath County, Good Shepherd Cheese, which has had initial success in retailing and hopes to soon expand to wholesaling, sheep’s milk cheese.
Listen: July 3, 2012, mp3
- July 02, 2012
Kentucky’s major equine survey is now being received by some 15,000 horse owners and Jill Stowe in UK’s Ag Economics Department says having that extensive data available can be a useful advantage toward enhancing related economic activity.
Listen: July 2, 2012, mp3
- June 29, 2012
The Wood Utilization Center is part of UK’s Robinson Center for Appalachian Resource Sustainability in Breathitt County. Bobby Ammerman, with the center, says they are working with entrepreneurs helping them develop value added wood products. One of their latest is the “pet swing.”
Listen: June 29, 2012, mp3
- June 28, 2012
The nomination period for county FSA committee members is now underway through August 1. State FSA executive officer, Bob Finch, talks about the role of committee members and the need to have informed and engaged local leaders in these positions.
Listen: June 28, 2012, mp3
- June 27, 2012
In the last of the 2012 June Dairy Month features, Feldhaus talks with the Southeast Dairy Association’s Kathy Belcher. She talks about their efforts to add more nutrition to school menu and snack offerings through their ‘fruit smoothie blender’ program and their ‘coolers for coaches’ project to re-charge athletes after workouts.
Listen: June 27, 2012, mp3
- June 26, 2012
A report with the new director at UK’s Princeton Research and Education Center, Dr. Richard Coffee, who says ‘customer service’ had made that research center what it is, and he’s going to continue with that business model.
Listen: June 26, 2012, mp3
- June 25, 2012
Dealing with dry weather and feeding cattle is the subject of this report with UK forage specialist Garry Lacefield who urges more producers to utilize rotational grazing systems to better manage their cattle feeding, especially important in dry conditions.
Listen: June 25, 2012, mp3
- June 22, 2012
A special report during this June Dairy Month with Henry County dairyman, Terry Rowlett, who was selected by the Southeast Dairy Association to do public service radio announcements, and who’s also featured on their website “dedicatedtodairy.com” in a video segment.
Listen: June 22, 2012, mp3
- June 21, 2012
Roadside farm market operator, Trudy Reed, of Reed Valley Orchard near Paris, KY, discusses the building of their agri-business which is featuring its Blueberry Jubilee on June 30. Reed discusses the crop year for berries thus far and the continuing popularity of “U Pick.”
Listen: June 21, 2012, mp3
- June 20, 2012
A special report with NASCAR driver, Kenny Wallace, and his efforts on and off the track as the “ethanol guy.” Wallace discusses NASCAR’s use of a 15% ethanol blend in all its race cars, and touts weekend racing at the Kentucky Speedway, June 28-30, concluding with the Quaker State 400.
Listen: June 20, 2012, mp3
- June 19, 2012
A feature story on Kentucky’s special farm license plates and an effort to boost participation in that program which helps support 4-H, FFA, and the Kentucky Proud program. Ky Commissioner of Agriculture, James Comer explains the program.
Listen: June 19, 2012, mp3
- June 18, 2012
A report on a new effort from the state auditor’s office to build a data base to better monitor collections and dispersals of special taxing districts across the state. State Auditor, Adam Edelen, comments.
Listen: June 18, 2012, mp3
- June 15, 2012
Agritourism on the farm continues to provide an economic venue for more and more Kentucky farmers. The state ag departments Director of Agritourism, Ben Shaffar discusses some of the trends, challenges, and progress in this unique farm enterprise.
Listen: June 15, 2012, mp3
- June 14, 2012
Another June Dairy Month feature with Southeast Dairy Association’s Kathy Belcher discussing their “dedicated to dairy” effort, teaching dairy farmers to be spokespersons for the industry and its role in caring for dairy animals and the environment.
Listen: June 14, 2012, mp3
- June 13, 2012
A feature with Illinois farmer, Marin Barbre, who’ll be coming to Kentucky in a couple of weeks. Barbre on the National Corn Growers Association board will be at the Kentucky Speedway (June 29/230) touting ethanol’s success on the NASCAR circuit.
Listen: June 13, 2012, mp3
- June 12, 2012
A follow-up report from a story Feldhaus did last week with Metcalfe County blueberry grower, Larry Martin. He discussed the economic opportunities that for the right farmers could provide some significant returns.
Listen: June 12, 2012, mp3
- June 11, 2012
Interest in state fair competitions continues strong as a July 2 entry deadline for many categories is upon us. The Ky State Fair’s Alice Hayse says there’ll be upwards of 40,000 separate entries for this year’s fair running Aug 16-26.
Listen: June 11, 2012, mp3
- June 08, 2012
The state 4-H association and the Ky Association FFA are holding their major annual gatherings next week; but they’re not in competition. Mark Mains a state 4-H specialist explains that the two groups work hand in hand in developing leadership and living skills for young Kentuckians.
Listen: June 8, 2012, mp3
- June 07, 2012
An update on the development and growth of the blueberry production industry in Kentucky. Larry Martin, President of the Ky Blueberry Growers Association says the crop is profitable, demand is high, and where soil types are right, this is a good crop for the state.
Listen: June 7, 2012, mp3
- June 06, 2012
A story on some of the results of the 2012 General Assembly and some of the impacts the session had on the ag sector. Comments with Ky Farm Bureau legislative director, Jeff Harper, regarding the Breathitt Veterinary Medical Center in Hopkinsville and initial funding achieved for a long needed expansion of that important animal disease diagnostic facility.
Listen: June 6, 2012, mp3
- June 05, 2012
A report on the newly opened Bluegrass Stockyard of Albany. Jim Akers, COO of the Bluegrass Livestock Marketing Group which owns and operates some six other facilities in Kentucky, discusses the cattle market in that region and some of their plans.
Listen: June 5, 2012, mp3
- June 04, 2012
A special feature on this 75th anniversary of June Dairy Month. Kathy Belcher with the Southeast Dairy Association has a rundown on some of the special celebrations planned across the state, and she provides some production statistics for leading dairy counties.
Listen: June 4, 2012, mp3
- June 01, 2012
The annual convention of the Kentucky Association FFA will be coming up June 12-14 at the Lexington Center. The group’s executive secretary, Matt Chaliff, discusses the strong membership position of this statewide youth group and some interesting trends among those who join.
Listen: June 1, 2012, mp3
- May 31, 2012
A feature story with Billy Frey, Vice President of the Alltech Ag Network, and what that operation holds for Kentucky schools and youth associations. The 2012 national FFA convention was televised on-line through this partnership, and it now looks like the Kentucky FFA group will do likewise this June.
Listen: May 31, 2012, mp3
- May 30, 2012
Summer 4-H camps are just getting underway and provide some wonderful opportunities for young people across the state. Extension camping specialist Donna Fox describes the camp activities and how young people benefit from them.
Listen: May 30, 2012, mp3
- May 29, 2012
This Friday, June 1 is the deadline for applications for the Specialty Crop Block Grant program, funded by USDA, and administered by the Ky Ag Department. KDA’s Kristen Branscum describes past successful grant projects and speaks to the focus of the funding.
Listen: May 29, 2012, mp3
- May 28, 2012
The second of two feature reports on the kick-off to summer grilling season. The Ky Beef Council’s Alison Smith has some information on new research findings on the health factors of beef, and she offers a few beef handling tips.
Listen: May 28, 2012, mp3
- May 25, 2012
A feature story on this Memorial Day Weekend and the unofficial kick-off to the summer grilling season. Featured is the Ky Beef Council’s Alison Smith with a few tips on picking the right beef cut for the right reason, and with a suggestion for a very economical steak selection for the grill.
Listen: May 25, 2012, mp3
- May 24, 2012
Making the “farm city” connection to provide economic opportunities or both rural and urban interests; that’s the idea behind a Ky Ag Development Board grant for a loan program for Louisville to encourage food processing company start-ups.
Listen: May 24, 2012, mp3
- May 23, 2012
The application period for selection of the Kentucky Farmer of the Year is now underway. Farm Bureau Commodity Division Director, Mike Tobin, has details of the program and a few of the criteria for selection. Nomination deadline is July 2.
Listen: May 23, 2012, mp3
- May 22, 2012
A report on the ongoing programs available through Kentucky Proud to help farmers diversify and expand their operations to get in on the growing movement among consumers to ‘buy local.’ The Ky Ag Department’s Jennifer Mueller is featured.
Listen: May 22, 2012, mp3
- May 21, 2012
A feature story with Kentucky Farm Bureau President, Mark Haney, encouraging the farm sector to get out and vote in tomorrow’s primary election. He ways a strong farm turnout sends a message to elected leaders that farmers are truly engaged in the process.
Listen: May 21, 2012, mp3
- May 18, 2012
Hart County beef producer Fritz Giesecke has been elected to the executive committee of the U.S. Meat Export Federation. Feldhaus does a feature report with Giesecke on what the federation is all about and how it impacts Kentucky farmers.
Listen: May 18, 2012, mp3
- May 17, 2012
The season for roadside farm market greenhouse operations has kicked into high gear with Mother’s Day weekend drawing a big crowd out to the farm. Scott County’s Bi-water Farm and Greenhouse is having a strong season. Steve Fister, part of that family operation, talks about the strength in sales in these opening weeks.
Listen: May 17, 2012, mp3
- May 16, 2012
Trends in Kentucky’s statewide sheep herd numbers are heading up. UK sheep specialist Don Ely talks about some of the factors leading to that. He also discusses the 43rd annual Sheeprofit Day, May 17, at UK’s C. Oran Little Sheep Unit in Woodford County.
Listen: May 16, 2012, mp3
- May 15, 2012
The farm sector recently got word that proposed changes in federal rules regarding youth workers on farms have been put on the shelf. Farm Bureau President Mark Haney says that’s very positive news, and explains why Ky farm families were so concerned.
Listen: May 15, 2012, mp3
- May 14, 2012
A feature story on Kentucky’s “county fair season” which gets kicked off in the next few days. Feature is the Ky Ag Department’s Chris Caudill, coordinator of the county fair assistance program designed to strengthen these local attractions.
Listen: May 14, 2012, mp3
- May 11, 2012
The Kentucky Ag Leadership Program nominations are due by June 1 with 22 available spots to be selected out of 100 or more expected applications. Program co-director, UK’s Dr. Will Snell says this 2-year leadership development program requires significant commitment but has been an invaluable experience to over 200 graduates so far.
Listen: May 11, 2012, mp3
- May 10, 2012
From spinning and weaving to stock dog trials and cooking competitions to livestock exhibits; the 3rd annual Kentucky Sheep and Fiber Festival in Lexington is expected to draw record crowds. Event planner, Kathy Meyer, discusses producer trends and a growing consumer interest in fiber arts. (May 18-20, Masterson Station Park).
Listen: May 10, 2012, mp3
- May 09, 2012
A find of the crop disease called “wheat blast” in Kentucky has kept researchers busy trying to see how serious a threat this development would be. UK soils scientist Dr. Lloyd Murdock says we’re very fortunate to find it isn’t wide spread this season, and this particular strain is not nearly as harmful as the devastation it’s caused in South America.
Listen: May 9, 2012, mp3
- May 08, 2012
The Kentucky Agritourism season is about to get into full swing. Feldhaus gets an update on growth in this unique form of ag enterprise that is growing in popularity for both the consumer and the operators. Ben Shaffer of KDA is featured.
Listen: May 8, 2012, mp3
- May 07, 2012
The spread of the Emerald Ash Borer continues to expand this spring in Kentucky. UK entomologist Lee Townsend discusses how land owners can fight this invading pest and can help officials track and to some degree control its spread.
Listen: May 7, 2012, mp3
- May 04, 2012
Feldhaus has an update on KCARD, the Ky Center for Ag and Rural Development, as it continues to work with start-up agribusiness ventures to assess their chances, and to keep them viable once they take the plunge. KCARD Executive Director, Larry Snell discusses a few specifics.
Listen: May 4, 2012, mp3
- May 03, 2012
Landscape architect students in the UK College of Agriculture have a unique opportunity as an abandoned railway spur adjacent to campus has become available for them to design a plan to turn the industrial track into an urban oasis. UK Asst Professor, Ryan Hargrove, discusses students’ efforts in a national design competition.
Listen: May 3, 2012, mp3
- May 02, 2012
Churchill Downs Executive Chef, Joseph “Jo Jo” Doyle, is a very busy man especially during this Derby Week, but he says efforts to put more Kentucky grown products on the track’s elaborate buffet tables have been greatly enhanced by the Kentucky Proud program.
Listen: May 2, 2012, mp3
- May 01, 2012
A feature report on another impact of the warm spring; a much earlier cutting of wheat for silage. Adair County extension agent, Nick Roy, says local farmers, dairymen in particular, have gotten a jump on harvesting that silage as well as with corn planting.
Listen: May 1, 2012, mp3
- April 30, 2012
The unusually warm winter and early start to spring have made for a “weedy” crop for Bill Dohn at his Jefferson County produce farm. Dohn provides the mint for all of those juleps at Churchill Downs, but he says despite the weeds, the mint is tall and tasty.
Listen: April 30, 2012, mp3
- April 27, 2012
Staying with the home gardening theme, Feldhaus features UK’s Kenny Seebold on a few garden practices that can definitely increase production for new or veteran home gardeners; at the same time creating a little better understanding of some of the similar production challenges that face farmers.
Listen: April 27, 2012, mp3
- April 26, 2012
Feldhaus has a feature report on the connection between Washington County, Kentucky and Traverse City, Michigan………greeting cards. Ky alpaca producers have struck a deal with a studio in Michigan to produce greeting cards utilizing alpaca fiber.
Listen: April 26, 2012, mp3
- April 25, 2012
“Got Cedar? Now What?” That’s a catch title to an upcoming regional woodland owner seminar on the marketing possibilities for selling red cedar. UK forester Billy Thomas discusses this possible income producer on many Kentucky farms.
Listen: April 25, 2012, mp3
- April 24, 2012
The roadside greenhouse retail season is underway, actually starting early this season. Feldhaus features the Greenhouse in Gertrude and discusses some of the common sales trends among greenhouses with owner/operator Drue Hyrzcia of Bracken County.
Listen: April 24, 2012, mp3
- April 23, 2012
Home gardening seems to be as popular as ever, maybe even more so in the current tight economy. UK plant pathologist Kenny Seebold has some disease fighting tips for home gardeners, adding to their chances for success.
Listen: April 23, 2012, mp3
- April 20, 2012
A follow-up report on the recent announcement of the Alltech/UK Research Alliance. While the two have been linked in research projects for many years, this new agreement could lead to quicker development of projects in the future, and says UK Ag Dean Scott Smith could lead to other interests investing research dollars with the school.
Listen: April 20, 2012, mp3
- April 19, 2012
The year end results are in and the Farm Credit Service of Mid-America has had a banner year. Feldhaus talks with FCS, CEO, Bill Johnson about conditions in 2011 leading to that, and about prospects for credit and the farm economy in 2012.
Listen: April 19, 2012, mp3
- April 18, 2012
Earth Day is officially celebrated this coming Sunday and Feldhaus talks with Farm Bureau president Mark Haney about the effort and involvement of the average farmer in taking care of his most precious resource; the land.
Listen: April 18, 2012, mp3
- April 17, 2012
A report on success in the farm energy efficiency program of the last three years. Bill McCloskey with the Governor’s Office of Ag Policy says that project was federally funded until this year; but has been so successful the state ag development board has decided to continue it, with state funding. It provides significant cost share help to farmers.
Listen: April 17, 2012, mp3
- April 16, 2012
A sometimes-fatal condition, ‘cattle bloat,’ is showing up early in Ky due to forage growth being some three weeks ahead of normal.. UK forage specialist, Ray Smith, discusses how the problem develops and how cattle producers can defend against it.
Listen: April 16, 2012, mp3
- April 13, 2012
A feature story on the Caudill Seed Company which recently received a major recognition from the Kentucky Proud program. Feldhaus takes you on an audio tour of the plant with C.O.O. Dan Caudill.
Listen: April 13, 2012, mp3
- April 12, 2012
The Louisville ‘Farm to Table’ program recently received a major funding grant from the Governor’s Office of Ag Policy. Project coordinator, Sarah Fritschner, discusses the progress being made and the growing opportunities for farmers across the region.
Listen: April 12, 2012, mp3
- April 11, 2012
An update on the work of KCARD, the Ky Center for Ag and Rural Development. Executive Director, Larry Snell, talks about a few of their recent clients and how they’re being helped as they explore new agri-business ventures.
Listen: April 11, 2012, mp3
- April 10, 2012
The state veterinarian’s office is reminding all horse owners to continue getting annual West Nile Virus immunizations for their animals. Dr. Robert Stout feels the mosquito population will be high this season and that horse owners need to continue to protect their animals.
Listen: April 10, 2012, mp3
- April 09, 2012
A report on a new endowment fund created by the Ky Small Grain Growers Association to do matching funding for individual contributions toward funding small grain research projects. KSGCA President, Dan Halcomb of Logan County comments.
Listen: April 9, 2012, mp3
- April 06, 2012
The Institute for Future Agricultural Leaders, IFAL, will hold two week long sessions this summer at UK and Murray State University. Kelly O’Donohue a past program participant discusses this leadership development opportunity for high school juniors, and talks about how it helped her to make a career choice.
Listen: April 6, 2012, mp3
- April 05, 2012
The Ky Woodland Owners Association is hosting its annual meeting next week, Apr 10-11 at the Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park. Association president Henry Duncan of Woodford County comments on the group’s efforts to educate landowners and to encourage and help them in development of woodland management plans.
Listen: April 5, 2012, mp3
- April 04, 2012
This week brings the green light for Kentucky corn growers to go ahead and start planting that crop. UK’s Chad Lee says many growers have already done pre-planting operations and are ready to roll. He also comments on potential harm to the winter wheat crop if we get a significant April freeze.
Listen: April 4, 2012, mp3
- April 03, 2012
The 2012 roadside market season is already underway in some areas of the state. Feldhaus reports on the delay caused at one eastern Kentucky market due to the early March tornadoes. Morgan County roadside operator Sarah Fannin is featured.
Listen: April 3, 2012, mp3
- April 02, 2012
A report on 2012’s unusually warm winter and start to this spring which have fruit growers a little nervous. UK horticulture specialist John Strang says fruit trees are way ahead of schedule and still very vulnerable to a spring freeze, if it hits.
Listen: April 2, 2012, mp3
- March 30, 2012
A preview report on the April 10/11 UK Grazing School planned in Princeton. UK forage specialist Garry Lacefield says new farmers and veterans alike participate in these offerings each year, a testament to their value to livestock producers. A second round is set for Woodford County this September.
Listen: March 30, 2012, mp3
- March 29, 2012
A feature report on some of the tornado recovery efforts in eastern Kentucky. Morgan County Extension Agent, Sarah Fannin, discusses the direct hit sustained by the local extension office and the help that citizens in many surrounding counties are putting forth toward recovery.
Listen: March 29, 2012, mp3
- March 28, 2012
From health issues like the threat of the Emerald Ash Borer to marketing possibilities like a national industry check-off; the Ky Forest Industries Association will examine a host of issues today through Friday at its annual meeting in Louisville. KFIA Executive Director, Bob Bauer, discusses some of the industry’s concerns.
Listen: March 28, 2012, mp3
- March 27, 2012
Feldhaus continues feature reports on the ag schools at Kentucky’s regional universities, today, highlighting the Hutson School of Agriculture at Murray State University. School dean, Dr. Tony Brannon, discusses this year’s all-time record enrollment in the school and acquiring a new farm for research.
Listen: March 27, 2012, mp3
- March 26, 2012
“One Acre at a Time” is the theme for a regional woodland owners’ seminar to discuss management techniques for landowners to get more value out of their resource while at the same time creating wildlife habitat. That meeting is tomorrow (Mar 27) in Oldham County and anyone is invited to attend. There is a $5 registration fee.
Listen: March 26, 2012, mp3
- March 23, 2012
Several Kentucky agri-businesses have qualified for significant financial grants for planning or working capital to explore potential for start-up ventures and to help some of them in their formative steps to succeed. Tom Fern who heads up the Ky office of USDA’s Rural Development program discusses the recent awards and potential for others to apply for the next round of that program.
Listen: March 23, 2012, mp3
- March 22, 2012
An update on the growth and progress in the Ky grape and wine industry. Lowell Land, President of the Ky Vineyard Society discusses a recent $500,000 grant from the Ky Ag Development Board to continue funding for an extension viticulturist, enologist, and related assistants, all which Land says, are a major part the impressive growth in this avenue of agri-business.
Listen: March 22, 2012, mp3
- March 21, 2012
The Kentucky Forest Industries Association is set for its annual meeting next week in Louisville. The group’s executive director Bob Bauer discusses some of the current trends and challenges for people in the industry, and highlights the economic impact that it has for all of us.
Listen: March 21, 2012, mp3
- March 20, 2012
The Ky Certified Roadside Market season is about to get into full swing. It will begin with a ‘special educational seminar’ for roadside program members in Elizabethtown today. Farm Bureau president Mark Haney, a roadside operator himself discusses the seminar program, challenges for this type of agriculture, and an optimistic forecast.
Listen: March 20, 2012, mp3
- March 19, 2012
The Kentucky-based, global food and nutrition company Alltech has signed a Master Alliance for Science and Economic Development agreement with the University of Kentucky. While the two have a history of joint research projects the new arrangement will streamline that process and likely add to new research dollars coming to UK.
Listen: March 19, 2012, mp3
- March 16, 2012
On the March 30-April 1 weekend, Eastern Kentucky University will be hosting a Large Animal Rescue Training workshop aimed at first responders, veterinarians and fire/rescue units. Seminar speaker Dr. Rebecca Gimenez discusses some of the unique approaches to dealing with training, which for some attendees, is uncharted territory.
Listen: March 16, 2012, mp3
- March 15, 2012
“They’re here!” The Eastern Tent Caterpillar should be making itself seen in Kentucky wild cherry trees over the next few days. UK entomologist Lee Townsend discusses their economic threat to the horse industry and discusses precautions they’re taking. He also offers advice for home owners dealing with this unsightly pest.
Listen: March 15, 2012, mp3
- March 14, 2012
The 29th Annual Fayette County Farm Equipment Consignment Auction gets started this Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. at the Kentucky Horse Park. Event coordinator, Fayette County Farm Bureau’s Carrie Johnson says the event may draw as many as 1,400 visitors interested in checking out some good used farm equipment; at the same time assisting the group with scholarships for local youth.
Listen: March 14, 2012, mp3
- March 13, 2012
Some 200 county farm leaders are expected in Frankfort tomorrow participating in Farm Bureau’s ‘Legislative Drive-in Day.” The group’s director of public affairs, Jeff Harper, discusses the issues on their minds and talks about the impact of a face-to-face visit with a legislator.
Listen: March 13, 2012, mp3
- March 12, 2012
The Ky Cattlemen’s Association is coordinating a program for those wishing to make tax deductible donations to help farmers who lost cattle, facilities and fencing in the March 2nd tornado outbreak across the state. KCA’s Carrie Brown provides details on how to help.
Listen: March 12, 2012, mp3
- March 09, 2012
As Kentucky goes, so goes Alaska? That’s a catchy way of describing our northern neighbor’s decision to use Kentucky’s “restaurant rewards” program as a way to stimulate restaurant purchases of locally grown farm products in their state. Comments from the Ky Ag Department’s Angela Caporelli.
Listen: March 9, 2012, mp3
- March 08, 2012
A feature report on today’s observance of National Ag Day. Comments from Ky Farm Bureau President, Mark Haney, of Pulaski County who discusses consumer food trends, and the impact of farmers and agriculture community on all of America.
Listen: March 8, 2012, mp3
- March 07, 2012
There’s more value to woodlands than just its hardwood timber and that’s the focus of a one-day workshop this week at UK’s Robinson Center for Appalachian Resource Sustainability in Quicksand, KY (March 9). They’ll look at economic potential for ‘other’ crops to be harvested from woodlands.
Listen: March 7, 2012, mp3
- March 06, 2012
About 30 Kentucky young farmers will be headed to Chicago next week to take part in Farm Bureau’s annual Futures Trading Tour. Comments from past participants, Adam Hinton of Fleming County and Jason McGlone of Carter County.
Listen: March 6, 2012, mp3
- March 05, 2012
Reducing farm input costs through better soil health management is the goal of a series of workshops this week hosted by Kentucky’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. Those day-long events will be held in Bath, Pulaski, Hardin, Hopkins, and Marshall Counties.
Listen: March 5, 2012, mp3
- March 02, 2012
A feature report with Dr. Nathan Glaza of Pendleton County who has graduated from vet school and has opened a practice in Pendleton and surrounding counties. Glaza was one of three vet school grads just named as recipients of Kentucky’s 2012 Veterinary Incentive Program to help with his student loan burden.
Listen: March 2, 2012, mp3
- March 01, 2012
A feature report with Dr. Jack Rudolph, head of the Western Kentucky University Ag School as he describes their approach to advising students in their ag career paths. Rudolph also reveals that WKU’s ag school will soon be getting into the cheese making business.
Listen: March 1, 2012, mp3
- February 29, 2012
For farmers interested in participating in the Conservation Reserve Program a new general sign up will be underway March 12 through April 6. Kentucky’s FSA Executive Officer, Bob Finch, discusses program details and how current farm economic conditions may impact their registration numbers.
Listen: February 29, 2012, mp3
- February 28, 2012
A profile report on Larry Snell the Executive Director of the Ky Center for Ag and Rural Development which focuses on helping start-up agri-businesses with feasibility studies and business plans. He says in their first nine years they’ve had about an 82% success rate in keeping those start-up businesses going.
Listen: February 28, 2012, mp3
- February 27, 2012
Just over 200 Kentucky Farm Bureau members are headed to Washington this week as part of the group’s annual Congressional Tour. Group president Mark Haney says the event does include touring and sight seeing but is far more a chance for farmers to do some grassroots lobbying with Ky’s Congressional delegation.
Listen: February 27, 2012, mp3
- February 24, 2012
The Ky Ag Department’s Kentucky Proud program has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years. One of the services KDA provides for ag entrepreneurs developing various meat processing operations is free USDA grading of their products. KDA’s Bobby LeCompt is featured.
Listen: February 24, 2012, mp3
- February 23, 2012
The Governor’s Office of Ag Policy has funded a farm energy efficiency program that has grown in popularity in recent years. GOAP’s Bill McCloskey says from the first round of the program farmers are saving up to $2 million annually in increased energy savings on the farm.
Listen: February 23, 2012, mp3
- February 22, 2012
A feature report from Bracken County with long time county farm bureau leader Louise Moneyhon who discusses their local activities in the county as they meet consumers in person to explain Food Check-Out Week. She says they involve 4-H and FFA youngsters in the effort, which has become a popular local activity at this time of year.
Listen: February 22, 2012, mp3
- February 21, 2012
A preview report on this Thursday’s 32nd annual Kentucky Alfalfa Conference at the Cave City Convention Center. UK forage specialist Garry Lacefield describes an aggressive agenda and talks about a blue ribbon producer panel featuring top Ky farmers from Christian, Hart, and Lincoln Counties.
Listen: February 21, 2012, mp3
- February 20, 2012
A report on Food Check-Out Week being celebrated in Kentucky and across the country to salute the efficiency of farmers. One indicator of that efficiency is that consumers spend only a little over 10% of disposable income for their entire year’s food supply. And by this week in February, 2012, they’ve earned enough to pay for it.
Listen: February 20, 2012, mp3
- February 17, 2012
A feature story with Nelson County farmer, Ashley Reding, on her participation in an ag education effort for consumers called CommonGround. Reding says its an effort to
involve farm women in public appearances and meetings with citizen groups to discuss issues about food and ag practices.
Listen: February 17, 2012, mp3
- February 16, 2012
An update on CPH 45, a system for better health and performance for the state’s feeder calves. The Ky Ag Department’s beef marketing specialist Tim Dietrich is featured
discussing the partnership in the cattle industry to promote producer utilization of the program which boasts higher prices for calves managed with this system.
Listen: February 16, 2012, mp3
- February 15, 2012
The deadline for individual horse owners to involve themselves in this year’s Ky Equine Survey, is this Friday, Feb 17. Feldhaus has comments with Tim Capps Director of
the Equine Industry Program in the University of Louisville’s College of Business. Capps has seen the tremendous value of this kind of data collection in other states.
Listen: February 15, 2012, mp3
- February 14, 2012
A report with the UK/State Conservation Service Water Quality Liaison, Amanda Gumbert, who will speak at this week’s Ky Farm Bureau President’s Conference in
Louisville. Gumbert is encouraging all Ky farmers to review and update their ‘ag water quality plans’ and explains how that system works.
Listen: February 14, 2012, mp3
- February 13, 2012
A preview report on the 47th annual National Farm Machinery Show running this week, Feb 15-18 at the Ky Exposition Center in Louisville. Show manager Harold
Workman comments on the size and scope of the show, its economic impact for the state, and the opportunity it provides for the region’s farmers to shop and compare.
Listen: February 13, 2012, mp3
- February 10, 2012
Next Tuesday is Valentine’s Day. How about taking your sweetie out for a love steak? Alison Smith with the Ky Beef Council makes the case for a night out with beef and provides a few other ideas for various ways to celebrate the day of love, and to eat smart at the same time.
Listen: February 10, 2012, mp2
- February 09, 2012
Kentucky’s Center for Ag and Rural Development (KCARD) has recently added a person to its staff who will focus on making the ag sector aware of grants and programs, especially at the federal level, that might be available for a number of projects. Aleta Botts says those programs are out there, but applicants need to plan well and move quickly.
Listen: February 9, 2012, mp3
- February 08, 2012
An update with the new Ky commissioner of agriculture, James Comer, who in an effort toward government transparency is planning to post department expenses and other financial transactions on the agency’s web site. Comer also discusses the budget challenges ahead for the ag department.
Listen: February 8, 2012, mp3
- February 07, 2012
As all eyes in the farm equipment industry turn next week to the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Feldhaus checks in with, Wayne Hunt, a regional farm equipment dealer in western Ky who assesses a strong 2011 and offers his take on sales for 2012.
Listen: February 7, 2012, mp3
- February 06, 2012
Leaders in the horse industry are encouraging any and all horse owners to participate in the upcoming equine survey in 2012. Jill Stowe, assistant professor in the UK Ag Economics department explains the survey’s value and significance in strengthening the state’s equine industry.
Listen: February 6, 2012, mp3
- February 03, 2012
The meth problem continues to plague Kentucky and the whole country. A report with Ky State Police Lt. David Jude with some cautions for rural and urban residents who may stumble upon a meth lab and some of its dangerous waste materials. Jude offers some procedures for citizens to take should that occur.
Listen: February 3, 2012, mp3
- February 02, 2012
A feature story on a Kentucky Proud agribusiness that continues to grow and prosper. Genie Akin with Akers Aged Angus Beef talks about how that business has expanded in recent years and how it economically benefits other farmers in the region.
Listen: February 2, 2012, mp3
- February 01, 2012
Demographics and farm transitions sound kind of cryptic, but in this case we’re talking about passing along the family farm. There’s a right way and a wrong way for that to happen according to Ohio State University ag educator, David Marrison. Doing it right leads to happier farm families.
Listen: February 1, 2012, mp3
- January 31, 2012
A report on the upcoming campaign management seminar to educate citizens about what it takes to run a successful effort for elected office. Ky Farm Bureau’s political education director, Joe Cain, discusses some of the challenges for potential candidates whether at the county, state or federal level.
Listen: January 31, 2012, mp3
- January 30, 2012
A feature report on the cattle industry’s consumer awareness efforts underway through the Ky Beef CA feature report on the cattle industry’s consumer awareness efforts underway through the Ky Beef Council. As February “heart month” roles around, the group’s Alison Smith discusses the role that beef can play in healthy eating choices.
Listen: January 30, 2012, mp3
- January 27, 2012
A feature story on the Taylor County Farm Bureau and how it’s been working for many years now with local leaders to include agribusiness education in a local young leadership development program underway in that county. Taylor County Farm Bureau president, Chad Sullivan says the program is benefit for the entire community.
Listen: January 27, 2012, mp3
- January 26, 2012
A special report with Dr. Jimmy Henning, Director of the UK Cooperative Extension Service. Speaking before the Louisville Ag Club, he discussed state funding challenges, local control on how local extension offices deal with budgets, and about the increased utilization of technology to serve the public with new research findings.
Listen: January 26, 2012, mp3
- January 25, 2012
It hasn’t been done in about 35 years but funding has now been put into place for an ‘equine survey’ for the state. The Ky Horse Council’s Ginny Grulke says UK, U of L, and the Ag Statistics Service are joining forces to do an economic assessment of the scope of the Ky horse industry and how it can prosper in the future.
Listen: January 25, 2012, mp3
- January 24, 2012
It sounds a little weird at first but three diverse areas have recently come together for a potentially profitable partnership. They’re Ky’s certified roadside market program, the PGA, and alpacas. Feldhaus explains it all with the help of Shawn Malloy who runs Kentucky Royalty, an agri-business start-up in Washington County.
Listen: January 24, 2012, mp3
- January 23, 2012
Soybean producers will gather for the 8th annual Soybean Promotion Day this week at Murray State University. Ky Soybean Association Vice President Davie Stephens is featured discussing the value of promotion day and the healthy economic position for growers as they head into 2012.
Listen: January 23, 2012, mp3
- January 20, 2012
A feature report with Hardin County’s Aaron Miller, a regional vice president for Farm Credit Services of Mid-America, talking about the changing demographics of Kentucky agriculture and the opportunities that will provide for younger farmers.
Listen: January 20, 2012, mp3
- January 19, 2012
Ag researchers at UK have found just the right algorithm to use with remote- sensor nitrogen application equipment for wheat. Dr. Lloyd Murdock, Director the UK’s Princeton Research and Education Center talks about the economic and environmental improvements this new development will yield.
Listen: January 19, 2012, mp3
- January 18, 2012
For those not familiar with the term “heifer chain” it might sound a little bit unusual, but Taylor County 4-H extension agent Amanda Sublett feels it’s one of the most far reaching and most effective youth development programs available. She talks about its positive impact in their county.
Listen: January 18, 2012, mp3
- January 17, 2012
It’s now a farm problem, it’s now a city problem; it’s everywhere and the crime of identity theft is the fastest growing category of crime in the U.S. Ky Farm Bureau’s Dan Smaldone has some statistics illustrating how widespread it is and offers some preventive tips for rural and urban residents to spot it.
Listen: January 17, 2012, mp3
- January 16, 2012
Across Kentucky community farmers’ markets continue to grow in number and in size. The Governor’s Office of Ag Policy now has an infrastructure grant program underway with up to $25,000 available for successful applicants, to help new markets build structures and help existing ones improve their facilities.
Listen: January 16, 2012, mp3
- January 13, 2012
The annual meeting of the Kentucky Corn Growers Association will be a part of the Kentucky Commodity Conference a week from today in Bowling Green, Jan 20. Group president, Ray Allen Mackey of Hardin County, discusses the successes of crop year 2011 and some of the challenges producers face in the new year.
Listen: January 13, 2012, mp3
- January 12, 2012
Continued research at the UK College of Agriculture and recent clarity in state environmental procedures have made composting of large farm animals a viable solution to fallen animal disposal. UK’s Steve Higgins discusses the progress.
Listen: January 12, 2012, mp3
- January 11, 2012
A report on the Farm Bureau’s market basket food price survey which showed their list of 40 staple food items costing 6% more than a year ago. The farm group’s Dan Smaldone talks about the factors leading to the increase and about the downward price trend observed in the last two quarterly surveys of 2011.
Listen: January 11, 2012, mp3
- January 10, 2012
Last year’s small ruminant grazing conference was standing room only and Kathy Meyer with the Sheep and Goat Development Office feels like there’ll be another good crowd this Saturday at the 2012 event being hosted at WKU’s Ag Expo Center.
Listen: January 10, 2012, mp3
- January 09, 2012
An update on the crop year for Kentucky’s small grain growers with Logan County’s Richard Hughes, President of the Ky Small Grain Growers Association. He discusses a good year overall and details of the self imposed grower check-off which funds ongoing research to improve varieties and production practices.
Listen: January 9, 2012, mp3
- January 06, 2012
With record rainfall during the 2011 crop planting season, grain producers faced potential lower yields from late planting and re-planting. However, at year’s end those yields came along fairly well and strong market prices made the outlook even better. Comments with Webster County’s Keith Tapp, President of the Ky Soybean Association.
Listen: January 6, 2012, mp3
- January 05, 2012
The annual meeting of the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association is set for next week in Lexington. KCA President Greg Robey is featured discussing a fairly strong economic year for producers and the role that Ag Dev elopement Funding efforts may have played in that outcome.
Listen: January 5, 2012, mp3
- January 04, 2012
A feature report with Michael and Nora McCain of Washington County, named Outstanding Young Farm Family of Kentucky. The two will be heading to Hawaii next week to compete in that national competition at the American Farm Bureau convention.
Listen: January 4, 2012, mp3
- January 03, 2012
The ag department at Eastern Kentucky University is taking a look at how its program offerings are meeting the needs of students and the future. Department chair Dr. John Settimi says they need to prepare students for all of the options of expanding ag careers while offering practical lessons on keeping the family farm profitable.
Listen: January 3, 2012, mp3
- January 02, 2012
A report on the priority issues for agriculture as the Ky General Assembly convenes this week. Farm Bureau president, Mark Haney is featured discussing issues at both the state and national levels.
Listen: January 2, 2012, mp3
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