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2013


  • January 03, 2014

Feldhaus follows up the Jan 1 report with additional information on trends and progress in fruit and vegetable production in the state. In general, it’s growing about 10% a year in terms of acreage and can provide additional farm income for small and large producers alike. The two-day annual conference is set for next week, Jan 6 and 7.

Listen: January 3, 2014, mp3

 
  • January 03, 2014

Click here for a 30 second station promo of Across Kentucky programs for the week of December 30-January 3, 2014.

 
  • January 02, 2014

A report with Fayette County Farm Bureau’s Carrie Johnson on their selection by the American Farm Bureau to present a display on Fayette’s annual farm equipment auction. Fayette was one of just 24 counties nationwide selected to present innovative programs and ideas at the farm group’s annual meeting in San Antonio.

Listen: January 2, 2014, mp3

 
  • January 01, 2014

A group of fruit and vegetable producer associations is holding its annual conference next Monday and Tuesday, Jan 6 and 7. UK’s John Strang is involved with the planning of the event and discusses some of the diverse workshops and some of the emerging trends in production and marketing of a host of crops.

Listen: January 1, 2014, mp3

 
  • December 31, 2013

A report on the 2013 year in agriculture with Ky Farm Bureau President, Mark Haney. He discusses record yields, projected record farm cash receipts for 2013, and continued strength in 2014. He also comments on some clouds in the future for 2014 having to do with Ag Development Fund finances and also on the reduction in the last year of payments for the tobacco transition program.

Listen: December 31, 2013, mp3

 
  • December 30, 2013

A feature report with Nancy Cox who this week takes over as UK’s new dean for the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. She discusses challenges for funding, the progress made in UK programs financed by the Ag Development Board, and she has specifics on the return on investment for every tax dollar going into research and extension.

Listen: December 30, 2013, mp3

 
  • December 27, 2013

The University of Pikeville is the latest state learning institution to join the Ky Ag Departments “Farm to Campus” effort to provide more locally grown and processed foods in their dining hall and other food outlets. UPike, president, James Hurley discusses the value of that effort as the region explores every avenue of diversifying economic development.

Listen: December 27, 2013, mp3

 
  • December 26, 2013

A feature report with Ky Corn Growers Association communications director, Jennifer Elwell. She recently received Farm Bureau’s Farm Public Relations award, and as a participant in the Ky Ag Leadership Program, she’ll travel to South Africa for two weeks in January to explore agriculture systems in that country.

Listen: December 26, 2013, mp3

 
  • December 25, 2013

LaRue County Farm Bureau has received the Christmas gift of having its special project, the AGstravaganza, put on display in San Antonio at the American Farm Bureau annual meeting in January. LaRue county farmer, Dale Dobson, explains the effort is a county-wide farm tour, set up at the visitor’s convenience, to re-connect with local farming.

Listen: December 25, 2013, mp3

 
  • December 24, 2013

The MILK program is making a difference on Kentucky dairy farms. Maury Cox, Executive Director of the Kentucky Dairy Development Program, says this relatively new marketing improvement effort is now in place with about 25% of state’s dairymen impacting almost 50% of milk production here.

Listen: December 24, 2013, mp3

 
  • December 23, 2013

A feature report with Hardin County’s Ray Allen Mackey, selected at 2013’s Farmer of the Year by Kentucky Farm Bureau. Mackey who’s had a long and distinguished career as a farm leader, discusses his operation, the joy of being a farmer, and his commitment to leave the soil he tills in even better condition for those who follow.

Listen: December 23, 2013, mp3

 
  • December 20, 2013

A feature report with Shane and Mary Courtney of Shelby County, recently selected as the state’s Outstanding Young Farm Family at the Farm Bureau annual meeting earlier this month. The Courtney’s started farming, from scratch, on 45 acres in 2006 and now manage almost 600 acres growing corn, soybeans, and burley; and growing vegetables for wholesale. The couple will represent Kentucky next month at the national competition at the American Farm Bureau convention in San Antonio.

Listen: December 20, 2013, mp3

 
  • December 19, 2013

Dr. Nancy Cox has been selected as the new dean of the UK College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment and takes office January 1. Feldhaus has this first in a two-part series on the new dean’s background and views on the changing role for the college as it works to enhance life both on and off the farm.

Listen: December 19, 2013, mp3

 
  • December 18, 2013

Regarding the upcoming 2014 Ky General Assembly the farm sector will be fighting to keep its rural road fund revenues in tact. In other fiscal affairs Farm Bureau President Mark Haney says farmers will also work to preserve HB 44 which limits the levels that real property taxes can be raised. The group also wants some relief from wild animal populations that it says are out of control.

Listen: December 18, 2013, mp3

 
  • December 17, 2013

Kentucky’s farm cash receipts for 2013 are being projected at a record level of $6 billion by UK ag economists. At the college’s annual Ag Economic News Conference held during the Ky Farm Bureau annual meeting, specialists said strong performance in the poultry, equine, and beef sectors, and the record corn crop should lead to that record.

Listen: December 17, 2013, mp3

 
  • December 16, 2013

A report on a series of grant writing workshops underway through January, hosted by the Ky Center for Ag and Rural Development (KCARD). The agency’s Myrisa Christie talks about the complexities of applying for funds of all kinds, but, she says, with a little training Kentucky ag entrepreneurs can have a better chance at success.

Listen: December 16, 2013, mp3

 
  • December 13, 2013

Feldhaus finishes the feature series done with Dr. Scott Smith, outgoing Dean of the UK College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment as his replacement Dr. Nancy Cox will take over January 1st. Smith talks about the totally new approach to looking at the scope of agriculture and their curriculum efforts to meet the changing face of farming and agri-business.

Listen: December 13, 2013, mp3

 
  • December 12, 2013

Every county has its unique features and that applies to how each one puts state ag development funds to work in improving net farm income. Feldhaus focuses on Boyle County which is big in beef production, but its cost share funding for various other types of ag enterprises is well distributed. Comments from local extension agent, Jerry Little.

Listen: December 12, 2013, mp3

 
  • December 11, 2013

A report on the “year round” nature of greenhouse and bedding plant operations which at this time of year are already planning for and planting crops for the big rush this spring. Kathy Wiley, the greenhouse manager for Country Corner Greenhouse and Nursery in Shepherdsville talks about their strategies to make sure their crops come in right on time.

Listen: December 11, 2013, mp3

 
  • December 10, 2013

The state’s Homegrown by Heroes branding program is now being used as a model for a national effort to put “veteran grown or processed” food products on store shelves everywhere. Feldhaus features Mike Lewis with the Growing Warriors program to help returning vets get into farming. Lewis gives the state very high marks for its efforts.

Listen: December 10, 2013, mp3

 
  • December 09, 2013

A follow-up report on the just concluded 40th North American International Livestock Exposition. Expo executive committee vice-chair, Harold Workman, says the show once again set an all-time entry record with near 27,000 animals competing. He talks about the show’s popularity, impact, and growth in its first forty years.

Listen: December 9, 2013, mp3

 
  • December 06, 2013

Farm Credit Mid-America a farm lending cooperative serving borrowers in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee has received recognition as the “Agri-business of the Year” recipient by the Agri-business Industry Network during the North American International Livestock Exposition. Feldhaus visits with Farm Credit CEO, Bill Johnson.

Listen: December 6, 2013, mp3

 
  • December 05, 2013

The curing methods have changed somewhat and so have the available products available through country ham processors at the busy time of the year. Feldhaus has a special feature on the continued popularity of country ham for gift giving. Brian Harper of Harper’s Country Hams (hamtastic.com) is featured.

Listen: December 5, 2013, mp3

 
  • December 04, 2013

A report on Kentucky’s “Homegrown by Heroes,” marketing program being selected by a national veterans group to be used as a model for assisting veteran farmers and agribusinesses across the country. Comments with Ky Ag Commissioner James Comer, Michael O’Gorman with the Farmer Veteran Coalition, and Dan Flanagan on the board of Farm Credit Mid-America.

Listen: December 4, 2013, mp3

 
  • December 03, 2013

Some 1,800 farm leaders from around the state will be participating this Dec 4-7 in the Kentucky Farm Bureau annual meeting in Louisville. Farm group executive secretary, David Beck discusses some of the planned activities, invited speakers, and the mood of farmers as the gather for the group’s 94th annual meeting celebration.

Listen: December 3, 2013, mp3

 
  • December 02, 2013

A special feature with a Shelby County FFA member who started selling eggs as a youngster in the local community to make a little spending money, and now for Chelsey Schlosnagle that enterprise has grown into an agri-business career and earned for her the designation as American Star in Agribusiness at the recent national FFA convention.

Listen: December 2, 2013, mp3

 
  • November 29, 2013

Feldhaus talks with Kentucky House Ag Committee Chair, Tom McKee of Harrison County, getting a preview of the 2014 legislative session and what it might hold for agriculture. McKee says the budget will be the main focus of action, but there will be some final touches for the state’s animal care standards for 2014, and he discusses a tax change aimed at encouraging farmer-connected efforts in assisting a statewide food bank program.

Listen: November 29, 2013, mp3

 
  • November 28, 2013

Even today, Thanksgiving Day, over 60 food safety specialists at the Butterball Turkey Talk Line are poised to give panicky, last-minute callers just the tip they need to make it through today’s preparation of the holiday bird. One expert says the turkey is actually one of the easiest dishes to prepare on the holiday menu. (1 800 Butterball).

Listen: November 28, 2013, mp3

 
  • November 27, 2013

A story with Ky Farm Bureau President, Mark Haney, who says the farm community always has its issues and challenges, but this year, especially compared to drought year 2012, farmers have plenty for which to be grateful. He talks about record grain production, livestock impacts, and the overall picture of Kentucky agriculture.

Listen: November 27, 2013, mp3

 
  • November 26, 2013

A feature report with a food specialist with the Butterball Turkey Talk Line, Mary Clingman who talks about the three “T’s” for the safe and easy preparation of the Thanksgiving Day bird. Some 60 food experts this year, some of them men, are on duty to help get nervous chef’s get ready for the big holiday meal.

Listen: November 26, 2013, mp3

 
  • November 25, 2013

A special report on farmer reaction to news that the federal government plans sequester or reduce by about 7% the last of the annual payments of the Tobacco Transition Payment Program. Ky Farm Bureau president, Mark Haney, says this funding is part of a contractual obligation and the federal government needs to fulfill that contract, in full.

Listen: November 25, 2013, mp3

 
  • November 22, 2013

The budget, animal care standards and commercial truck weight limits for farm products are on the agenda for the upcoming session of the state general assembly. Feldhaus visits with State Senate Ag Committee Chair Paul Hornback on a few of these issues and they discuss possibilities for movement on some national items as well.

Listen: November 22, 2013, mp3

 
  • November 21, 2013

Thanksgiving is just a week away and already the food experts at the Butterball Turkey “talkline” a fielding plenty of questions from how much bird to buy to how long can it be frozen and still used. And if you utilize 1 800 Butterball, don’t be surprised, this year, if a man answers.

Listen: November 21, 2013, mp3

 
  • November 20, 2013

A feature report with another of the three finalists in the Outstanding Young Farm Family contest. Mary Courtney says she and husband, Shane, started from scratch about 8 years ago in Shelby County, and have been growing ever since. They have traditional crops and also a major emphasis on production and wholesaling of mixed vegetables.

Listen: November 20, 2013, mp3

 
  • November 19, 2013

A feature report with a farmer in Franklin County who makes the bulk of their family farm income on just two acres of production. For Connie Lemley organic production is the path she’s chosen, and she says Kentucky’s growing farmer’s market system and the popularity of ‘buying local” are helping her make a go of it.

Listen: November 19, 2013, mp3

 
  • November 18, 2013

Kentucky FFA youngsters did the state quite proud at the national organization’s convention held recently in Louisville. Matt Chaliff, Executive Secretary of the Ky Association FFA runs down the national awards and honors earned by chapters and individuals from across the state.

Listen: November 18, 2013, mp3

 
  • November 15, 2013

A first generation dairy farm couple, Jonathan and Jessica Gaskins of Adair County have been named finalists in Kentucky Farm Bureau’s Outstanding Young Farm Family contest. Jonathan says they started with about 30 head in ’07 with good milk prices, but then came troubled economic times in ’08. But, they’ve weathered that storm and continue to build and innovate on their family farm dairy.

Listen: November 15, 2013, mp3

 
  • November 14, 2013

From bull riding to barrel racing, to general education about this unique side of equestrian activities, the new UK rodeo team is getting in the saddle this fall. UK rodeo team advisor, Elizabeth Labonty says the students have pulled it all together with clinics and fund raisers this fall and the team joining collegiate rodeo competition next season.

Listen: November 14, 2013, mp3

 
  • November 13, 2013

Kentucky 4-H has kicked off Phase II of its campaign to upgrade its four “summer camp” facilities most of which were built in the 50’s. Keith Rogers with the 4-H Foundation says a major contribution from a corporate partner has enabled them to have the first groundbreaking for a rehab project at their Feltner camping center in London.

Listen: November 13, 2013, mp3

 
  • November 12, 2013

The two-day Kentucky Ag Summit this Thursday and Friday in Louisville will gather together the leading commodity groups and state and federal agencies serving Kentucky to discuss progress on the Ky Ag Council’s 5-year strategic plan for agriculture. The event will also feature the inaugural presentation in Kentucky of the national Leopold Conservation Award, complete with a $10,000 prize.

Listen: November 12, 2013, mp3

 
  • November 11, 2013

From using GPS on trail rides to sharing “horse” trails with trail bikes, there’ll be a host of issues to discuss and a lot of fun at this weekend’s Ky Trail Summit at Natural Bridge State Park. Sue Schneider, Executive Director of the Ky Horse Council talks about the opportunities for informational classes and about riding popularity.

Listen: November 11, 2013, mp3

 
  • November 08, 2013

Dustin and Tammy White of Union County have been selected as one of the top three finalists in Farm Bureau’s Outstanding Young Farm Family Contest. The couple are part of a multi-generational, 14,000 acre family farm producing hay, straw, yellow and white corn, soybeans and seed beans, and over 850 head of cattle. Dustin says with that complex an operation thorough and complete record keeping is a must.

Listen: November 8, 2013, mp3

 
  • November 07, 2013

The winner of the Leopold Conservation Award, this year presented for the first time in Kentucky is Oldham County farmer and ag entrepreneur, Jon Bednarski, who says he got into farming ‘by accident,’ but his commitment to sound conservation practices is very serious. Bednarski will receive the award and its $10,000 cash prize Nov 14 during the Ky Ag Summit in Louisville.

Listen: November 7, 2013, mp3

 
  • November 06, 2013

Feldhaus visits with Marion Simon of Kentucky State University about the upcoming Small, Limited Resource, and Minority Farmers Conference in Frankfort. Simon says this is a great opportunity for small farmers to hear from various agencies about programs they can access and to share successes in small farmer activities.

Listen: November 6, 2013, mp3

 
  • November 05, 2013

Union County’s Little Kentucky Smokehouse Meats is planning a $2.2 million expansion. Feldhaus talks with co-owner, Jimmy Baird, about how with help from the Ag Development Board and others, this family hog operation, grew into a major retailer and wholesaler of many meat and food products sold around the country.

Listen: November 5, 2013, mp3

 
  • November 04, 2013

Farm leaders from across the state are gathering in Louisville this week to deal with issues of concern to farm families. State tax modification, property taxes, the ag development fund, a farm bill, and immigration reform are just a few of the issues to be dealt with by the Ky Farm Bureau Resolutions Committee. Chair, Eddie Melton of Webster County, touches on a few of the hot issues.

Listen: November 4, 2013, mp3

 
  • November 01, 2013

A brand new feature of the North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE: Nov 9-22) will be the ‘cowboy mounted shooting competition.’ Dan Plaster who heads up the group’s national association describes how it all works, the reaction of audiences across the country, and the phenomenal growth they’re experiencing in this relatively new sport. This competition will be part of the NAILE rodeo Nov 14-16.

Listen: November 1, 2013, mp3

 
  • October 31, 2013

Food prices saw over a 5% jump in Kentucky in the third quarter of 2013, according to the Farm Bureau’s latest Marketbasket food price survey. The farm group’s Dan Smaldone discussed some of the trends and the factors influencing them.

Listen: October 31, 2013, mp3

 
  • October 30, 2013

The National FFA Organization’s convention is underway in Louisville this week. David Beck, Ky Farm Bureau CEO, has served on the host committee for the past 18 months and talks about the scope of this event. He says it has a tremendous economic impact on the state, and that the organization has life long impact on its members. .

Listen: October 30, 2013, mp3

 
  • October 29, 2013

Feldhaus reports on the Governor’s Office of Ag Policy and its annual conference underway this week in Bowling Green. GOAP Executive Director Roger Thomas talks about the agencies work with the Ag Development Board and the tremendous progress in boosting ag infrastructure here.

Listen: October 29, 2013, mp3

 
  • October 28, 2013

The MAT Club in UK’s College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment is winding up its “denim drive” this week. UK professor Liz Easter helps students with coordination of the event which turns the denim into insulation and, since 2006 has save some 600 tons of waster from going into landfills.

Listen: October 28, 2013, mp3

 
  • October 25, 2013

Will we get a farm bill? That’s an important point for farmers who plan their planting, often, based on how farm programs will work. At the moment we are without a farm bill or an extension, and says Farm Bureau vice president Eddie Melton, that’s all the more reason for all farmers to consider crop insurance.

Listen: October 25, 2013, mp3

 
  • October 24, 2013

The average auto/deer collision causes over $3,000 in car damage, according to Ky State Trooper, Paul Blanton. He offers tips on avoiding collisions and on what to do if one does occur. Typically, in Kentucky, November is the month with the highest rate of deer-related car accidents. He also comments on the dangers of distracted driving.

Listen: October 24, 2013, mp3

 
  • October 23, 2013

Feldhaus has a report with UK plant pathologist Kenny Seebold on a tracking and control system in the southeastern states that helped save Kentucky’s 2013 pumpkin crop. The Cucurbit Downey Mildew IPM Pipe program spotted an earlier-than-normal outbreak of the disease this year, and issued a warning alerting growers who took necessary actions to save their crops.

Listen: October 23, 2013, mp3

 
  • October 22, 2013

The Governor’s Office of Ag Policy (GOAP) and the state ag development board have more economic impact than we would imagine, not just on farmers, but on all citizens state wide. GOAP’s Executive Director, Roger Thomas, discusses that impact and their annual meeting in Bowling Green on October 30.

Listen: October 22, 2013, mp3

 
  • October 21, 2013

From largemouth bass to freshwater crayfish, aquaculture production holds potential for additional income production in Kentucky. Feldhaus talks with Bob Durburrow, aquaculture specialist with Ky State University, about its Oct 26 aquaculture field day and the annual meeting of the Ky Aquaculture Association.

Listen: October 21, 2013, mp3

 
  • October 18, 2013

It’s grown into a major regional food industry expo, it’s the Kentucky Proud Incredible Food Show, Oct 26, at Lexington Convention Center and Rupp Arena. KDA’s Executive Director of Marketing, Kristin Branscum discusses some of the shows attractions and the impact it can have on consumers and Kentucky Proud vendors. (Details at incrediblefoodshow.com).

Listen: October 18, 2013, mp3

 
  • October 17, 2013

In July the state ag department announced a major Kentucky Proud partnership between Prairie Farms Dairy in Somerset to supply Walmart with the new Udderly Kentucky brand of 100%, all Kentucky milk. This month Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt Shoppes have announced they too will buy the Udderly Kentucky brand, about 60,000 gallons a year.

Listen: October 17, 2013, mp3

 
  • October 16, 2013

October through December we’re twice as likely as other months to have an automobile collision with a deer, and in November chances are three times higher than average. State Trooper Paul Blanton discusses trends, precautions, and evasive actions that we can take, but it all boils down to a little more attention and a lot less “distraction” to avoid those deer collisions.

Listen: October 16, 2013, mp3

 
  • October 15, 2013

Now in their 6th year, Devine’s Corn Maze in Mercer County just keeps building on success. From hay rides and corn mazes to bon fires and zip lines, they’ve kept adding to their attractions for young and old. Glenn Devine says from their first year of about 3,000 visitors they could, this year, provide a great outing for over 20,000 in their fall run.

Listen: October 15, 2013, mp3

 
  • October 14, 2013

Spencer County farmer Scott Travis is in Georgia this week representing Kentucky in the Southeast Farmer of the Year competition. At the state level Travis says good record keeping, their efforts to educate the general public, and their production diversity helped get them to the top. The top spot in this regional contest is worth $15,000.

Listen: October 14, 2013, mp3

 
  • October 11, 2013

Extension agents in Davies and Henderson Counties worked with summer interns this season to gather data on pivot irrigation systems. Daviess County agent, Clint Hardy, says installation of these systems is growing in their counties and around the state, but up to this point solid data for informed management decisions has been lacking.

Listen: October 11, 2013, mp3

 
  • October 10, 2013

Morehead State University and the Ky Proud are joining forces with the goal of stepping up the amount of home grown products they serve on campus. MSU president, Dr. Wayne Andrews says they’ve already begun serving a few locally grown foods and feels this new partnership will lead to new connections for expanding that effort.

Listen: October 10, 2013, mp3

 
  • October 09, 2013

Kentucky’s grain production system is primarily on a two-year, three-crop rotation system. Feldhaus and extension agronomist Carrie Knott explain that system for non-farmers and talk about 2013 rain delayed corn planting, which is making harvest later than normal, which will impact winter wheat planting and yields.

Listen: October 9, 2013, mp3

 
  • October 08, 2013

With dairy farm numbers as low as they’ve been in years, educators in the field are reaching out to youngsters, ages 9-18, to introduce them to the science and the day-to-day life of dairying. Extension Associate, Larissa Tucker says their “Dare to Dairy” program (Oct 26) typically draws some 100 youngsters, willing to take a look.

Listen: October 8, 2013, mp3

 
  • October 07, 2013

It’s the height of agri-tourism season and Feldhaus has a feature with Trunnell’s Farm Market and Family Fun Acre near Owensboro. Along with wagon rides, corn mazes and all the rest, Trunnell’s this season will feature the story of Spookley the Square Spokespumpkin along with a corn maze “whodunit” entitled “Farm Scene Investigation.”

Listen: October 7, 2013, mp3

 
  • October 04, 2013

All of the investments in ag infrastructure provided through funding from the tobacco settlement are starting to come together to allow for new ventures to move forward successfully. Over the last several years, Jim Mansfield of Four Hills Farm in Mercer County begun producing a new kind of sheep breed in this region. He’s enlisted other farmers to help him supply lamb to major retail outlets and restaurants.

Listen: October 4, 2013, mp3

 
  • October 03, 2013

Countrypumkinsky.com is the website for plenty of fun in Grant County where the Colson family has slowly grown a pumpkin stand into a sizeable agri-tourism attraction in this region of the state. Shelley Colson talks about their corn maze, hay rides, and unique opportunities provided for visitors in the area. They have a special “got milk; day on October 12.

Listen: October 3, 2013, mp3

 
  • October 02, 2013

Feldhaus provide an initial introduction of the new head of the agriculture science department at Morehead State University, Dr. Cary Green. The new department director says he believes in ‘hands on’ learning and development of skills for students both in and out of the classroom.

Listen: October 2, 2013, mp3

 
  • October 01, 2013

A feature report on the success of a major improvement in the farmers’ market in Wolfe County. Local extension agent, Daniel Wilson discusses this summer’s upgrade by installing a protective structure for farmer vendors. The improvements and resulting addition of vendors has resulted in an estimated doubling of cash receipts for that market.

Listen: October 1, 2013, mp3

 
  • September 30, 2013

“See and be seen,” is the advice of UK safety specialist, Mark Purschwitz, to farmers moving equipment out on the highway. He discusses some solutions to various situations facing farmers that will make sure that approaching motorists are fully aware of the dangers in passing.

Listen: September 30, 2013, mp3

 
  • September 27, 2013

Feldhaus is winding down his feature series with Dr. Dean Smith, who’ll be retiring as Dean of the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. Looking back on his tenure he says a major positive for the ag sector is that we now include in that conversation the entire food production chain; from farm gate, through processing, retailing, and ‘on to the table.’

Listen: September 27, 2013, mp3

 
  • September 26, 2013

Rip Rippetoe, President and CEO of the Ky State Fair Board, has been attending various Farm Bureau, county and regional meetings throughout the summer, trying to meet more farm folks to get a feel for their issues and needs. Since taking his post January 1, he’s now been through the national farm machinery show and the state fair. He talked about that experience and the upcoming third of the “big three” ag related events, the North American International Livestock Exposition.

Listen: September 26, 2013, mp3

 
  • September 25, 2013

A feature report with a roadside market operation that is celebrating its 30th anniversary this season; Ayers Family Orchard in Owen County. Larry Ayers, who had an off-farm career, decided after retirement that he’d get into fruit production and a roadside market operation. He talks about how consumer trends have changed in 30 years as they come out to the country for that farm experience.

Listen: September 25, 2013, mp3

 
  • September 24, 2013

Feldhaus does a feature story from the Ohio River Lock Tour as the farm community tries to draw attention to the importance of the nation’s inland waterway system. Mike Steenhoek with the Soy Transportation Coalition discusses pending federal legislation to maintain and protect this critical national resource.

Listen: September 24, 2013, mp3

 
  • September 23, 2013

How does your home stack up to others similar to it in terms of your energy bill? UK extension has undertaken a new program where home owners can compare their energy utilization to similar sized homes. Diane Mason with extension in Boone County says an interactive web site and a little planning can cut your monthly energy bills.

Listen: September 23, 2013, mp3

 
  • September 20, 2013

We’re turning the corner, summer into fall, and that’s a great time for city families to take a trip to the farm and face the challenge of a corn maize, the power of a pumpkin catapult, or just a relaxing afternoon in a rural setting. The Ky Ag Dept’s Amelia Wilson says you can locate an agri-tourism destination near you at: kentuckyfarmsarefun.com.

Listen: September 20, 2013, mp3

 
  • September 19, 2013

From row crop production to retailing produce at a roadside market; making a living in agriculture takes all kinds of shapes. Feldhaus visits with a Jefferson County vegetable producer trying her luck with ‘community supported agriculture,’ where she contracts with consumers for shares of her farm’s produce.

Listen: September 19, 2013, mp3

 
  • September 18, 2013

It’s been a few years in the making, but the ‘economic impact’ portion of the Ky Equine Survey has just been released by the Ag Economics Department at UK. Jill Stowe, UK Ag Equine Programs Director discusses the big picture results ($3 billion in impact) of the equine industry state wide, and perhaps just as important, its impact at the county level.

Listen: September 18, 2013, mp3

 
  • September 17, 2013

Some 63,000 students in grades 1-12 in Kentucky will likely be participating in some phase of the 2013 Conservation Writing and Art Contests. Kim Richardson who heads up the Ky Division of Conservation talks about how this competition, one phase of which is now in its 69th year, serves to educate youngsters about the natural resources they must protect.

Listen: September 17, 2013, mp3

 
  • September 16, 2013

This is National Farm Safety and Health Week and a major push in the ag sector is to reduce highway accidents as farmers move equipment down the highways to harvest their crops on more than one farm. Farm Bureau Public Relations Director, Dan Smaldone, runs down some of the very practical steps that motorists and farmers can employ to make the roads safer.

Listen: September 16, 2013, mp3

 
  • September 13, 2013

It’s not the “zippiest” topic to talk about but it is critical for the progress of Ky agriculture; the 5 year long range plan. Dr. Tony Brannon with Murray State University is serving as this year’s chair of the Ky Ag Council the umbrella group with the task of ‘working the plan.” He talks about progress of the past and the movement forward in this first year of the latest long range vision.

Listen: September 13, 2013, mp3

 
  • September 12, 2013

An update report on the potential for goat production right along side of existing cattle operations. One farmer doing that is Denise Martin of Larue County, President of the Ky Goat Producers Association. She discusses the tremendous demand for goat meat and offers some straight talk about the challenges of working with this species.

Listen: September 12, 2013, mp3

 
  • September 11, 2013

“Plasticulture,” at first blush may sound a little odd, but it’s the very practical use of black plastic mulch in commercial fruit and vegetable production and in recent years is offering more opportunity for smaller farmers to cash in on the ‘buy local’ movement. Feldhaus talked with UK extension associate Ty Cato at a “plasticulture” field day.

Listen: September 11, 2013, mp3

 
  • September 10, 2013

The September ‘launch’ of the 2014 Winter Edition of the Farmers’ Almanac got some extra news coverage a few days back. Editor, Pete Geiger explained that their harsh winter forecast for the New Jersey area and an open air venue for the Super Bowl, drew some additional attention. Geiger has Kentucky’s forecast and other almanac features.

Listen: September 10, 2013, mp3

 
  • September 09, 2013

The 30th annual Kentucky Wood Expo and the third of three UK woodland owner short courses are both being held in Lexington the weekend of September 20-21. Bob Bauer, Executive Director of the Ky Forest Industries Association says this will be a tremendous educational and entertainment opportunity for attendees from across the state.

Listen: September 9, 2013, mp3

 
  • September 06, 2013

The Kentucky Ag Department has just completed a major upgrade of its two ‘mobile science activity center,’ which it makes available to the state’s teachers to help explain the importance of agriculture in the day to day lives of students and their families. State Ag Commissioner, James Comer, is featured.

Listen: September 6, 2013, mp3

 
  • September 05, 2013

Several major legislative decisions that will impact farmers will hopefully see action as Congress gets back into session next week. Ky Farm Bureau National Affairs Director, Joe Cain discusses details and the outlook for passage of the farm bill, guest worker programs that lie within immigration reform bills, and the positive outlook for reauthorization of legislation to keep the nation’s waterway transportation system flowing smoothly.

Listen: September 5, 2013, mp3

 
  • September 04, 2013

A story on the Ohio River Lock Tour coming up this Friday. Featured are comments from McLean County’s Gerry Hayden on the Ky Soybean Board, Ray Allen Mackey of Hardin County, President of the Kentucky Corn Growers Association, and Corn Grower staffer, Adam Andrews as they discuss the critical nature of free flowing river transportation.

Listen: September 4, 2013, mp3

 
  • September 03, 2013

The CPC Commodities Fall Field Day is this Thursday in Fountain Run at the corners of Allen, Monroe, and Barren Counties. CPC president, Ivan Pedigo, is featured discussing program plans and covering a little about how forty years ago a family farm there, installed a feed mill and has since grown into an international company.

Listen: September 3, 2013, mp3

 
  • September 02, 2013

A feature report on the Plate It Up Kentucky Proud Recipe program, a joint effort of the UK extension service and the Ky Ag Department’s Kentucky Proud program. Allen County Extension agent, Janet Johnson, and KDA’s, Kristen Branscum, explain how the effort is geared toward consumers, utilizing locally grown products from farmers’ markets.

Listen: September 2, 2013, mp3

 
  • August 30, 2013

Feldhaus continues the series of reports with Dr. Scott Smith, Dean of the UK College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment as he prepares to retire later this year. Smith looks back over the years at various aspects of the Kentucky ag scene. In this report commenting on the revolutionary advancements in global positioning satellites and precision technology, he says they do boost yields and profits, but their biggest asset is in protecting the environment.

Listen: August 30, 2013, mp3

 
  • August 29, 2013

A feature with Bill Johnson, President and CEO of Farm Credit Mid-America, about the slightly decreased demand for farm loans after last year’s drought actually resulted in many farmers having more cash on hand as they entered crop year 2013. Johnson also explains to the average person why credit is a “farm input” just like seed, feed or fertilizer.

Listen: August 29, 2013, mp3

 
  • August 28, 2013

A report on the Food and Drug Administration’s current transition into new guidelines for antibiotic use with livestock. UK Ruminant Veterinarian, Dr. Michelle Arnold discusses the steps being taken and feels the move is being handled in a way that’s acceptable on all sides, and that will protect the viability of antibiotics which are used for both livestock and human health.

Listen: August 28, 2013, mp3

 
  • August 27, 2013

“Buying local” is as popular as ever and is at the heart of Spencer County’s first-ever “Farm to Table Meal” celebration coming up in September. Local extension agent Bryce Roberts says they’ll be featuring a gourmet Italian meal using fruits and vegetables from local farmers’ markets and meats from area producers who’ve gotten into direct sales.

Listen: August 27, 2013, mp3

 
  • August 26, 2013

Speaking up for genetically modified foods, that’s what the Kentucky Corn Growers Association’s Jennifer Elwell will be doing this week in a panel discussion in Louisville. Elwell says GMO production has positive environmental impacts and will be critical in feeding the ever increasing world population.

Listen: August 26, 2013, mp3

 
  • August 23, 2013

The biggest part of the farmers’ markets season still lies ahead of us, and Sharon Spencer with the Ky Ag Department provides an update on the growth and expansion of these markets across the state. Several new venues have just come on line this season and several others have successfully snagged some ag diversification grant money for permanent structure upgrades at the local level for next year.

Listen: August 23, 2013, mp3

 
  • August 22, 2013

Christy Cassady, coordinator of the Center for Crop Diversification talks about changes ahead for that group as it expands its service in an effort to give farmers complete information about new crops they might try “before” they make major investments. The Center has just received a $113,000 GOAP grant to beef up their offerings.

Listen: August 22, 2013, mp3

 
  • August 21, 2013

The 50th annual Ky Country Ham Breakfast is on tap for tomorrow at the Ky State Fair. Event coordinator, Mike Tobin, with Ky Farm Bureau talks about all of the partners involved in making this the biggest farm/city event in the state, and about the millions of dollars it’s raised for charity.

Listen: August 21, 2013, mp3

 
  • August 20, 2013

The nomination period is open for several award categories for county ag development council volunteers. Angela Bland with the Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy talks about eligibility and some of the plans for their bi-annual GOAP conference coming up October 30 in Bowling Green.

Listen: August 20, 2013, mp3

 
  • August 19, 2013

Most of us who venture to the Ky State Fair are usually there just to browse and eat fattening foods, but livestock exhibitors young and old are there to win acclaim and blue ribbons. Ky Ag Commissioner James Comer talks about the manpower it takes to run all of the competitions and make sure everyone gets to the right place at the right time.

Listen: August 19, 2013, mp3

 
  • August 16, 2013

Feldhaus visits with, soon-to-retire, Dr. Scott Smith, Dean of the UK College of Agriculture since 2001. In this segment he discusses his other roles as director of the extension service and the UK ag experiment station and how those entities impact society by developing new advances and information and getting that technology into use.

Listen: August 16, 2013, mp3

 
  • August 15, 2013

A feature report on Kentucky Farm Bureau’s relationship with the state fair. Farm group executive vice president, David Beck has some of that background from the first “farm bureau day” at the fair in 1920 to this year’s 50th anniversary of the group’s state fair Kentucky Ham Breakfast, which since it began, has raised $5.6 million for charity.

Listen: August 15, 2013, mp3

 
  • August 14, 2013

A Kentucky State Fair preview report with Amanda Storment, VP of Communications. Since 1902, she says, the fair has and continues to serve as the showcase for agriculture in the state. She also discusses some of this year’s attractions, fair food, and the fact that Kentucky’s venue provides more air conditioned comfort than any other in the nation.

Listen: August 14, 2013, mp3

 
  • August 13, 2013

They’re not there yet but researchers at UK’s Princeton Research and Education Center are making headway in dealing with “fragipan soils.” Dr. Lloyd Murdock explains the scope of the problem, talks about their progress thus far, and says that just a 10% improvement in crop yields on those soils could mean a $2 billion improvement in the ag economy over a ten year period.

Listen: August 13, 2013, mp3

 
  • August 12, 2013

A group of Kentucky grain farmers got a “world view” of agriculture and global marketing during a trip this spring to Argentina. Participant, Christian County farmer Joseph Sisk, was quite impressed with the level of sophistication of his South American counterparts.

Listen: August 12, 2013, mp3

 
  • August 09, 2013

Five county animal shelters were recently approved for cash awards from the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association’s ‘animal shelter assistance program.’ The concept, now its third year, was originated by a Boyle County beef producer who wanted to extend his efforts beyond his local giving to these important facilities across the state.

Listen: August 9, 2013, mp3

 
  • August 08, 2013

Feldhaus visits with Oldham County beef producer, Jon Bednarski, a transplanted Vermont native, about his direct marketing approach to selling retail beef in a variety of venues. Bednarski’s Sherwood Acres Beef specializes in the “belted Galloway” beef breed, and even makes home deliveries in this unique direct marketing effort.

Listen: August 8, 2013, mp3

 
  • August 07, 2013

The second of three Woodland Owner Short Courses is set for Aug 17 in Lewis County and program planners say this could be a very profitable opportunity for land owners in that region. UK extension forester, Billy Thomas, is featured discussing programs and assistance available, most of it free, to any land owner who’s interested.

Listen: August 7, 2013, mp3

 
  • August 06, 2013

The Kentucky Association of Food Banks (KAFB) has made an important connection with Farm Credit Mid-America. That well known regional farm lender has made a donation to KAFB’s “farm to food banks” program. KAFB Executive Director Tamara Sandburg says that program not only assists in feeding the hungry but makes use of produce farmers’ “seconds,” which are perfectly nutritious for feeding programs.

Listen: August 6, 2013, mp3

 
  • August 05, 2013

Several of the Kentucky fruit crops are in and both peaches and apples are looking great. Orchard operator and Farm Bureau president Mark Haney discusses this season compared to last year, trends in extending the peach season longer and starting apples earlier, and the ongoing ‘buy local’ movement and the consumer experience when they go “out to the farm.”

Listen: August 5, 2013, mp3

 
  • August 02, 2013

A feature, one in a series with Dr. Scott Smith, Dean of the UK College of Agriculture as he prepares to retire. He takes a look at the tobacco settlement and the resulting designation of 50% of the state’s portion to invest in rebuilding ag infrastructure here. He comments on how that impacted extension and extension agents.

Listen: August 2, 2013, mp3

 
  • August 01, 2013

Feldhaus visits with Kristen Smith who is both a horticulture program assistant with Whitley County extension, and a vendor at the local farmers’ market. They’ve just received an award to purchase a marketing/demonstration mobile unit to prepare samples, on site, for farmers’ market patrons; and that does, says Smith, boost sales.

Listen: August 1, 2013, mp3

 
  • July 31, 2013

Chaney’s Dairy Barn of Warren County will get some help from Domino Pizza’s “Delivering Dairy Goodness” program, when they open up their annual Ag Appreciation Night this Friday evening at 5 p.m. local. Carl Chaney has details of the program and touches on the importance of ‘corporate partnerships’ like this venture with Domino’s.

Listen: July 31, 2013, mp3

 
  • July 30, 2013

Smarter and more profitable, that’s how participants in the Aug 21/22 Grazing School will feel after they’ve been involved with that two-day, high intensity training. UK ‘Master Grazer’ program coordinator, Kelly Kramer, says with farm maps, expert advice, and using mobile fencing for rotational grazing cattle farmers here can beef up profits.

Listen: July 30, 2013, mp3

 
  • July 29, 2013

Giving newer farmers a leg up with a local cost share program is what Washington County farm leaders are doing through their local Phase I tobacco payment revenue. Local extension agent Rick Greenwell says their ag development council will match investments of qualified newer farmers, up to $5,000, which has in the past proved very effective in establishing these ‘up and coming’ farmers.

Listen: July 29, 2013, mp3

 
  • July 26, 2013

There’s a corn, soybean, and tobacco field day coming up next Thursday, Aug 1, at UK’s Research and Education Center in Princeton. Since last year, rather than doing a huge “all commodity” field day, the college of agriculture has been holding smaller field days focusing on one or two crops, and reaction from the farm crowd has been favorable.

Listen: July 26, 2013, mp3

 
  • July 25, 2013

Feldhaus visits with Dr. Robert Stout, the state veterinarian for Kentucky, operating under the Ky Ag Department. Stout talks about the role of the office and the day in and day out mission of keeping animals and the animal production sector healthy and thriving.

Listen: July 25, 2013, mp3

 
  • July 24, 2013

The average price for retail food prices in Kentucky went down about 3% in the second quarter of the year. Farm Bureau public relations director Dan Smaldone coordinates the group’s quarterly food price check, and admits that based on all of the factors in the general economy, this quarter’s food price drop is something of a mystery.

Listen: July 24, 2013, mp3

 
  • July 23, 2013

Landowners with woodland acreage across the state can take advantage of three woodland owner short courses being coordinated by UK’s forestry department in August and September. Extension forester Billy Thomas has details of the events scheduled for Davies, Lewis, and Fayette Counties, which he says at the very least can connect land owners with agencies that can help them improve their woodland for habitat, potential income enhancement, or both.

Listen: July 23, 2013, mp3

 
  • July 22, 2013

Finally, both the House and Senate have completed farm bills but as farm leaders like Farm Bureau president Mark Haney have observed these two versions are “mighty different looking” animals. He expresses his view that the ag community needs Congress to continue to move forward and come up with a bill before the current extension runs out on September 30.

Listen: July 22, 2013, mp3

 
  • July 19, 2013

Feldhaus begins a series of reports with Dr. Scott Smith, Dean of the UK College of Agriculture who will retire at the end of this year. Smith recalls some of the major changes of agriculture and the college and extension as all have evolved with the times. In this report he discusses the close of the burley tobacco program and the decline in the thoroughbred industry.

Listen: July 19, 2013, mp3

 
  • July 18, 2013

There’s a free, new “app” available for Apple and Android mobile devices that can help users locate wineries across the state. The app includes a feature that can collect for users, “virtual stamps” to add to their Wine Trail Passport which can qualify them for free gifts. The Ky Ag Department’s Tyler Madison talks about the new app and agri-tourism.

Listen: July 18, 2013, mp3

 
  • July 17, 2013

A story with a western Kentucky farmer who’s installed solar panels on his farm to collect power and sell it to TVA. Steve Kelley of Carlisle County says due to economic circumstances in this particular region, complete with cost share funds and tax credits, the solar project is worth the time and investment.

Listen: July 17, 2013, mp3

 
  • July 16, 2013

A follow-up report on the ‘pollinator project’ to establish native species wildflower plots on Kentucky golf courses to help rejuvenate decreasing populations of native bees and butterflies in the state. Comments with UK Entomology professor Dan Potter and also with Kent Dornbrock, course superintendent at Kearny Hill Golf Links in Fayette County.

Listen: July 16, 2013, mp3

 
  • July 15, 2013

A special report on a Kentucky Proud project involving dairy farmers, the Ky Ag Department, Wal-Mart and Prairie Farms Dairy of Somerset. Kentucky Proud has worked a deal where a major region of Wal-Mart stores have begun selling UdderlyKy milk products and a portion of sales will go back to Kentucky dairy farms. Check it out at Udderlyky.com.

Listen: July 15, 2013, mp3

 
  • July 12, 2013

The CSA program for “community supported agriculture’ projects are typically more popular in more urban areas, but it turns out that Madisonville in Hopkins County has three of its own CSA’s in operation. Local extension agent for horticulture, Andy Rideout, talks about why they’re so popular in his community for farmers and for consumers.

Listen: July 12, 2013, mp3
 

 
  • July 11, 2013

The Kentucky Association of Conservation Districts is holding its 70th state convention July 14-16 in Bowling Green. Kim Richardson, Director of the State Conservation Service says they’ll be discussing issues from the farm bill to the invasion of Asian Carp in western Kentucky.

Listen: July 11, 2013, mp3

 
  • July 10, 2013

The third annual “Farm to Fork Festival” is underway July 19/20 in Madison County on the Halcomb’s Knob Farm in southern Madison County. Farm owner, Deborah Messenger says they drew over 200 two years ago, over 700 last year, and this year are expanding to a two-day schedule.

Listen: July 10, 2013, mp3

 
  • July 09, 2013

Fayette County has five local golf courses helping out the UK entomology department with test plots for native wildflowers to see if they can help increase the number of native pollinators being attracted. UK masters student Emily Dobbs comments on what appears to be significant success.

Listen: July 9, 2013, mp3

 
  • July 08, 2013

The latest round of cost share grants from the Governor’s Office of Ag Policy for its On Farm Energy Efficiency and Production Incentives has been announced. This time, says coordinator Bill McCloskey, the emphasis has switched from efficiency projects to on farm production. He discusses a couple of reasons for growing interest in on-farm solar energy.

Listen: July 8, 2013, mp3

 
  • July 05, 2013

A Morgan County native, Myrisa Christy, has joined the staff of the Ky Center for Ag and Rural Development (KCARD) as the coordinator for their Agribusiness Grant Facilitation Program. Christy talks about her role, the help available through KCARD, and about her view that as a state Kentucky is not getting its fair share of these available regional and federal grants; and she aims to change that.

Listen: July 5, 2013, mp3

 
  • July 04, 2013

Independence Day, today, kicks off the biggest weekend of the year in backyard grilling action. Feldhaus visits with the Ky Beef Council’s Caitlin Swartz on trends in consumer selections. Swartz says, when it comes to burgers, choose the right burger blend and above all when you cook, “don’t play with your patties.”

Listen: July 4, 2013, mp3

 
  • July 03, 2013

A group of Kentucky grain farmers is growing test plots of a new oil seed, one that might have a familiar ring to it….chia. Chris Kummer with Kentucky Specialty grains says they have about 140 acres in chia as an oil seed crop. So far, production practices seem to work well here, and the demand for the crop (rich in omega 3) is booming. And yes, says Kummer, the crop is related to the chia used for the “chia pet.”

Listen: July 3, 2013, mp3

 
  • July 02, 2013

An update on the first year of the Ky Ag Department’s Junior Chef competition for high school youngsters. KDA program director, Tina Garland say over 35 school teams have taken part in this initial effort, and that Sullivan University has offered significant support in the way of scholarships. This year’s finals of the competition will conclude at the state fair this August.

Listen: July 2, 2013, mp3

 
  • July 01, 2013

As Kentucky continues to increase its acres in grape-for-wine production, the UK College of Ag is opening three new courses in wine appreciation and technology. Extension viticulturist, Patsy Wilson, discusses the continuing trend of growth in the wine making field in Kentucky.

Listen: July 1, 2013, mp3

 
  • June 28, 2013

Kentucky’ forest industry’s economic impact is set at $9.9 billion and over 50,000 in direct and related jobs in over 100 counties across the state. UK forestry professor, Jeff Stringer says the majority of forested acres here is privately owned, and those owners could benefit economically with just a little more management attention to their resource.

Listen: June 28, 2013, mp3

 
  • June 27, 2013

A feature report with Gerald Hart, operator of DoubleHart Farm in Whitley County. This roadside market operation focusing on vegetables has become something of a regional draw in the area. Hart talks about Kentucky Proud and Farm Bureau’s certified roadside market program as two programs providing significant grower support.

Listen: June 27, 2013, mp3

 
  • June 26, 2013

Feldhaus provides this final report in the June Dairy Month series with the Southeast Dairy Association’s Kathy Belcher discussing the success they’ve had in industry promotion of dairy-based products. She says they’re also trying to assist schools with promotions and programs to see that more students eat healthier diets.

Listen: June 26, 2013, mp3

 
  • June 25, 2013

Northern Kentucky farmers, UK, and other partners have just completed a 5-year research project to analyze switchgrass production as a biomass fuel for energy plants. UK forage specialist Ray Smith says the project was a success as growers did quite well in production. He says while current market conditions make biomass uncompetitive in that arena, turns out the grass will work quite well as a warm season feed or livestock.

Listen: June 25, 2013, mp3

 
  • June 24, 2013

Kentucky farmers in several communities across the state are now growing popcorn for Preferred Popcorn out of Palmyra, Indiana. The company’s Indiana operations manager, Brian Churchill says they’d like to double or triple that acreage.

Listen: June 24, 2013, mp3

 
  • June 21, 2013

In another installment report on the newly completed study on the economic impact of the forest industry, Feldhaus discusses with UK’s Jeff Stringer some of the specific production and product categories that result in some 51,000 direct and related jobs in over 100 Kentucky counties.

Listen: June 21, 2013, mp3

 
  • June 20, 2013

As the Kentucky Speedway prepares for several days of racing next week, concluding with the Quaker State 400 on Saturday, June 29; Feldhaus notes that the competitors will be fueled with a 15% ethanol blended gasoline. He discusses the relationship between NASCAR and the Ky Corn Growers Association with that group’s president, Ray Allen Mackey of Hardin County.

Listen: June 20, 2013, mp3

 
  • June 19, 2013

There’s a $10,000 cash prize for the Leopold Award which has now added Kentucky as a participating state. Feldhaus visits with Steve Coleman who’s coordinating the selection process for the Ky Ag Council. Coleman says the deadline for application is July 31, and he feels there are scores of Kentucky farmers who could easily qualify.

Listen: June 19, 2013, mp3

 
  • June 18, 2013

Henry County dairyman, Terry Rowlett and his wife, Sandra, now use a video camera system with monitors in their home, so they can check on newly born calves. Going high tech, they’ve now added that ability to their iPhones to check on the new babies from anywhere on the farm. Feldhaus does a June Dairy Month feature with the Rowlett’s.

Listen: June 18, 2013, mp3

 
  • June 17, 2013

“What page are you on?” isn’t quite as catchy yet, as that credit card commercial hook using, “What’s in your wallet?,” but the Ky Ag Council is asking its members to find their page and place and begin work in this first year of the state’s 5-year strategic plan for agriculture. Feldhaus visits with Ag Council Chair, Dr. Tony Brannon, as the group gets rolling in its first year.

Listen: June 17, 2013, mp3

 
  • June 14, 2013

As the downturn in tobacco as a cash crop has led to farmers moving into new fields of economic endeavor, for some typical farmers who previously produced beef and tobacco, moving into the equine sector has been a choice. Feldhaus does a story on a field day next week in Scott County on the farm of a man who’s successfully made that transition. Fayette County extension agent, Nick Carter, provides details.

Listen: June 14, 2013, mp3

 
  • June 13, 2013

Forestry and ag econ folks at UK have joined forces to analyze the full impact of the forest industry. In this second report in the series Feldhaus talks with UK’s Jeff Stringer about that $9.9 billion figure and about the tens of thousands of resulting jobs which are well spread among counties across the state.

Listen: June 13, 2013, mp3

 
  • June 12, 2013

Feldhaus visits with Ky State University aquaculture specialist Forrest Wynne who works out of Graves County. KSU is a regional leader in aquaculture research and Wynne discusses some of the challenges and opportunities for farmers looking into this kind of enterprise for their farms.

Listen: June 12, 2013, mp3

 
  • June 11, 2013

One of the most comprehensive studies of the economic impact of agriculture in Kentucky has just been completed by UK ag economists. Alison Davis, Executive Director of the Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky talks about that data, including a $46.3 billion impact representing some 263,000 related jobs in the state.

Listen: June 11, 2013, mp3

 
  • June 10, 2013

Consumers can take a first hand look at life on the dairy farm thanks web site video clips from real farmers, some from Kentucky. Denise Jones with the Southeast Dairy Association discusses the evolution of the dairy farm, this web site for consumer education, and she provides some interesting dairy farms statistics for this June Dairy Month.

Listen: June 10, 2013, mp3

 
  • June 07, 2013

A story about the Ky Association of Food Banks and its current efforts to feed the poor and help produce farmers by buying “seconds,” at a much reduced price. KAFB’s Tamara Sandberg says those “seconds” may not “look perfect” or be suitable for the retail shelf, but nutritionally they’re going a long way in helping meet the needs of the hungry across the state.

Listen: June 7, 2013, mp3

 
  • June 06, 2013

From rocketry to raising rabbits 4-H offers a variety of learning and leadership experiences for the younger set. UK Extension specialist for youth development, Mark Mains, discusses the group’s state teen conference coming up next week. Mains says, locally, last year some 204,000 youngsters participated in some facet of 4-H.

Listen: June 6, 2013, mp3

 
  • June 05, 2013

Looking for a few good farmers, is what Farm Bureau is up to this summer. The organization is now taking applications for its Farmer of the Year contest, with that winner to be named in December and to go on, to represent the state in the Southeastern Farmer of the Year Competition, with $15,000 in prize money at stake.

Listen: June 5, 2013, mp3

 
  • June 04, 2013

A report on the state FFA convention next week, June 11-13 at the Lexington Center. Organization Executive Director, Matt Chaliff, says with their membership at 14,000 strong, a young woman from Ky FFA last year being elected as a national officer, and the Spencer County chapter named the best in the country; they’ve had quite a year.

Listen: June 4, 2013, mp3

 
  • June 03, 2013

A feature report on this year’s June Dairy Month celebration in Kentucky. Kathy Belcher with the Southeast Dairy Association says this year’s theme is “Dairy Packs Power.” She also discusses some of the very effective promotion partnerships that dairy industry leaders have forged with food retailers, from McDonalds to Quaker Oats.

Listen: June 3, 2013, mp3

 
  • May 31, 2013

If you live in Casey or Boyle County, you know that Kentucky’s county fair season is now underway. The Ky Ag Department’s Chris Caudill discusses their efforts to support and grow county fairs, and he covers a few of the unusual entertainment offerings that help keep each event ‘very unique.’

Listen: May 31, 2013, mp3

 
  • May 30, 2013

A feature report with Dr. Marion Simon at Kentucky State University, about their focus on smaller farmers and efforts with research and outreach to assist them in boosting net farm income. KSU’s “Third Thursday” project, now 16 years old, offers monthly, day-long presentations on production possibilities for small farmers. And that program is now up for a national honor from USDA.

Listen: May 30, 2013, mp3

 
  • May 29, 2013

The economic impact of the forest industry in Kentucky will probably surprise you as that bottom line is $9.9 billion, and that’s spread across most of the counties in the state, having employment impact, direct and indirect, for some 50,000 individuals. Jeff Stringer, UK professor of forestry, says this impact study will now be done annually.

Listen: May 29, 2013, mp3

 
  • May 28, 2013

First quarter figures are in and they look encouraging for a major farm lender in the state and may offer signs for farm year 2013. Bill Johnson, President and CEO, with Farm Credit Mid-America takes a look at their first quarter and some trends out there as farmers get off to a slow start in 2013 planting chores.

Listen: May 28, 2013, mp3

 
  • May 27, 2013

What’s cooking on this Memorial Day weekend? The Ky Beef Council’s Caitlin Swartz thinks it ought to be beef on your back yard grill, and offers several reasons why that’s a smart, healthy choice for this kick-off weekend to the grilling season.

Listen: May 27, 2013, mp3

 
  • May 24, 2013

A feature report with Paula Lucas who took a home food processing course through UK some 10 years ago so she could sell her baked goods a area farmers markets. After moving forward and completing two other food processing levels, she and her husband have now opened a deli in Fordsville, KY, selling many of their own processed products in that store.

Listen: May 24, 2013, mp3

 
  • May 23, 2013

Aleta Botts has been named the new Executive Director of KCARD, the Ky Center for Ag and Rural Development. She says the agency has over an 80% retention rate in getting new agri-businesses up and running and keeping them there. She also discusses their full menu of services to assist with that effort.

Listen: May 23, 2013, mp3

 
  • May 22, 2013

The Kentucky Beef Council is currently in the midst of its May Beef Month media tour across the state. The council’s Caitlin Swartz discusses the purpose of the tour, a gas grill give-away, and some tips on using beef economically.

Listen: May 22, 2013, mp3

 
  • May 21, 2013

A feature report with the new chief of the Kentucky division of the National Ag Statistics Service, David Knopf, whose last assignment was the state of Washington. Knopf puts in one more plug for farmers to complete their ag census forms by the May 31 deadline and discusses some streamlining of the agency at the regional and state levels.

Listen: May 21, 2013, mp3

 
  • May 20, 2013

The state fair doesn’t open until August 15, but the sign-up period for entries of every type is already underway. Entry Department Chair, Alice Hayes, talks about the popularity of on line registration at: kystatefair.org. In the past few years the fair gets as many at 50,000 entries in dozens of categories.

Listen: May 20, 2013, mp3

 
  • May 17, 2013

A feature report on the environmental importance of hardwoods in bottomlands. That will be the focus of a June 1 field day in Hopkins County to bring together advisors and resources for landowners who want to learn how better to manage this important and valuable resource on their land.

Listen: May 17, 2013, mp3

 
  • May 16, 2013

The 2013 Ky General Assembly passed one law allowing a tax credit for farmers who contribute excess commodities to Kentucky Food Banks. Tamara Sandberg, Executive Director of the Ky Association of Food Banks, explains that farmers are already making a difference in feeding the hungry, and this new tax credit will see that continue to grow.

Listen: May 16, 2013, mp3

 
  • May 15, 2013

Some 3,000 visitors are expected this weekend at the Sheep and Fiber Festival at Masterson Station Park in Lexington. Festival chair, Kathy Meyer, says the weekend provides great educational seminars for fiber artists and has plenty for the general public to see and taste.

Listen: May 15, 2013, mp3

 
  • May 14, 2013

Utilizing agriculture as a theme to teach social studies, sciences, or mathematics; that’s the heart of the annual series of teacher workshops set for mid-June, hosted by Kentucky Farm Bureau. Jefferson County elementary teacher, Darleen Horton, has attended several years and is a major fan, and explains how other teachers can benefit.

Listen: May 14, 2013, mp3

 
  • May 13, 2013

A report on the Mountain Monday series of educational workshops with an Appalachian theme, starting today at UK’s Robinson Center in Breathitt. Center director Dr. David Ditsch describes some of the opportunities for the region’s residents and explains how the program started and comments on its success, now in its third year.

Listen: May 13, 2013, mp3

 
  • May 10, 2013

A feature on the unique approach that each county has as they attempt to invest tobacco settlement dollars at the local level to help build infrastructure for new ways to boost ag income. Feldhaus features Henry County extension agent Steve Moore on some of the popular CAIP (County Ag Infrastructure Improvement) programs that are being explored in their county.

Listen: May 10, 2013, mp3

 
  • May 09, 2013

From bass production for pond stocking to red claw crayfish for high end restaurants, research at Kentucky State University will be on display next Thursday in Frankfort at KSU’s aquaculture field day. Dr. Bob Durborrow at KSU’s aquaculture research center says from minnows to marketing, they take a thorough look at the big picture before promoting a particular line of production.

Listen: May 9, 2013, mp3

 
  • May 08, 2013

Don’t look now but Mother’s Day is this Sunday, and if you’re looking for a popular gift for Mom, you might find it at your local roadside farmers market. For those farmers specializing in greenhouse plant production, for many Mother’s Day weekend is the kick-off to their season, and the biggest weekend of the year for sales.

Listen: May 8, 2013, mp3

 
  • May 07, 2013

Greenseeker technology will be discussed at an upcoming wheat field day in Princeton. UK soils scientist, Dr. Lloyd Murdock, says the technology allows real-time assessment of a crop’s fertilizer needs, spraying just the right amount for optimum growth and no waste. That field day will be May 14.

Listen: May 7, 2013, mp3

 
  • May 06, 2013

A report on an ag related Kentucky business celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2013. It’s Whayne Supply headquartered in Louisville with 15 facilities across the state and southern Indiana. Featured is current owner and president, Monty Boyd, who says the company began in 1913 selling wheelbarrows, small pumps, and bicycles. It now has an agri-business division and employs over 1,300.

Listen: May 6, 2013, mp3

 
  • May 03, 2013

The Kentucky Ag Department and Churchill Downs management have struck a deal for “Kentucky Proud,” that should be beneficial for both the state’s equine industry and the effort to build that Kentucky brand. State ag commissioner James Comer explains how you might see signs of that arrangement at the track or on coverage of the Kentucky Derby this weekend.

Listen: May 3, 2013, mp3

 
  • May 02, 2013

Several volunteers in Boone County have completed an extensive course in food safety offered through UK extension. As they complete their training, they’re required to “pay forward” 40 hours to help the community in food safety. Boone County Extension Agent, Diane Mason, says the project is having some very practical positive impact.

Listen: May 2, 2013, mp3

 
  • May 01, 2013

The successful driving tour each fall to area farms in Kenton County has become so successful over the past 6 or 7 years, that they’ve decided to begin holding one in the spring, and it’s coming up this Saturday. Local farm owner Bill Schneider has participated in the fall tour and says local folks truly enjoy coming out to the farm to learn more about that lifestyle.

Listen: May 1, 2013, mp3

 
  • April 30, 2013

The registration period for ‘conservation camp’ has been extended to May 15 by the Ky Division of Fish and Wildlife. Agency spokesperson Laura Burford discusses the activities available to youngsters in 4th through 6th grades, indicating that not only is it a fun experience for the kids, but that they all do a little maturing as a result of the experience.

Listen: April 30, 2013, mp3

 
  • April 29, 2013

The quarterly Marketbasket food price survey for the first three months of 2013 showed a slight increase, up 74 cents for the forty staple food items checked. The survey coordinator attributes 2012 drought impacts to increases in dairy and grain based foods.
That increase was mitigated by decreases in other food categories.

Listen: April 29, 2013, mp3

 
  • April 26, 2013

The Farm Bureau’s annual roadside farm market tour is coming up this June with participants headed for Tennessee and Alabama to check out markets there and share ideas on production and marketing. Jefferson County’s Tommee Clark has participated in several past events and explains how she’s put a few tour tips to work on her operation.

Listen: April 26, 2013, mp3

 
  • April 25, 2013

Feldhaus starts out this program challenging listeners with a unique tongue twister, “Clay County Red Claw Crayfish.” That’s just one of the new ag production possibilities to be discussed at a May 2 ag field day centered around high tunnels, offering local farmers information on hanging baskets, “inside” sweet corn, and Red Claw Crayfish.

Listen: April 25, 2013, mp3

 
  • April 24, 2013

CAIP, the County Ag Investment Program, offers counties the chance for cost share funding that can be specifically tailored for their unique ag income enhancement opportunities. In Lawrence County that shows up in improvements made in the local beef herd and in brand new income opportunities through development of agri-tourism venues.

Listen: April 24, 2013, mp3

 
  • April 23, 2013

A report on a ‘shared equipment use’ program that’s making a real difference for farmers in McCreary County. Feldhaus visits with local extension agent Greg Whitis about the progress being made there and learns a bit about state history and McCreary’s position as the 120th county.

Listen: April 23, 2013, mp3

 
  • April 22, 2013

Today is Earth Day and we all need to recognize our need to do our share each and every day of the year to protect the earth and its resources. Feldhaus checks in on one measure of progress on the farm front, the development and use of ‘conservation plans.’ Karen Woodrich, State Conservationist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Kentucky offers an overview.\

Listen: April 22, 2013, mp3

 
  • April 19, 2013

Kentucky’s roadside farmers’ market season is already underway in many locations. Feldhaus has a feature report with Madisonville market operator Mark Metcalfe who specializes in hanging baskets. He talks a little about the roadside market “spring” season, how they’ve been preparing for it since January, and offers a few tips on some of the more popular flower selections in hanging baskets.

Listen: April 19, 2013, mp3

 
  • April 18, 2013

An in-depth report on Ky Ag Commissioner James Comer’s recent decision to close the state’s fuel testing lab. That facility completed in 2008 at a cost of $3.1 million was supposed to be self sufficient by attracting other states’ fuel testing business. But, says Comer, audit results show the lab was costing the state $900,000 per year to operate.

Listen: April 18, 2013, mp3

 
  • April 17, 2013

A preview of the Ky State Beekeepers Association Spring meeting coming up at the end of the month at Eastern Kentucky University. Association vice president Tammy Horn discusses current conditions and some of the challenges for Kentucky beekeepers after the drought of 2012 and the slow start to spring 2013.

Listen: April 17, 2013, mp3

 
  • April 16, 2013

The application deadline for high school juniors to participate in the Institute for Future Agricultural Leaders is drawing near. Past participant, Matt Anderson, an ag educator at Lincoln County High School is a past participant and promoter of the program which he feels changed his personal career path in a very positive way.

Listen: April 16, 2013, mp3

 
  • April 15, 2013

A story on a banner year in farm lending as reported by Farm Credit Mid-America. The group’s CEO, Bill Johnson, reports a record earnings year in 2012, that he says is a direct reflection of a strong farm economy and their efforts to help farmers in risk mitigation in several ways.

Listen: April 15, 2013, mp3

 
  • April 12, 2013

A story with one of the county ag development administrators who help keep the paper work straight at the county level as farmers utilize the CAIP program to acquire cost share funding to make improvement in ag infrastructure. Gayla Lewis serves in that role for Owen County and discusses how CAIP funding has improved things in their county.

Listen: April 12, 2013, mp3

 
  • April 11, 2013

Every public school third grader in Scott County will have the chance to participate in the Ag Adventure Day at the Kentucky Horse park, courtesy of the Scott County Farm Bureau. Local group leader Daniel Smith says the event has grown since its 2008 beginning, drawing over 700 students to get a hands-on look at how agriculture impact everyone, even third graders.

Listen: April 11, 2013, mp3

 
  • April 10, 2013

A feature report with Hart County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Virginia Davis, who says they’ll be hosting a grand opening for a new farmers’ market pavilion opening next week in Munfordville. She talks about the community interest and, in some cases, some additional community involvement in the farmers’ market expansion.

Listen: April 10, 2013, mp3

 
  • April 09, 2013

A special report on some research work utilizing two bi-products, poultry litter and gypsum a bi-product of energy plant scrubbers, that will be used as soil amendments to break down our ‘fragipan,’ a cement-like layer in soils that holds back plant growth. UK soil scientist John Grove discusses how their research will attempt to break down the fragipan.

Listen: April 9, 2013, mp3

 
  • April 08, 2013

A recently approved state ag development grant has been utilized to garner an additional federal grant for Kentucky to begin mapping its agricultural assets. Chris Sutton, Executive Director of the Pennyrile Area Development District, in Christian County says the state association will develop a statewide working group to chart ag assets for use in attracting ag related processing and distribution companies.

Listen: April 8, 2013, mp3

 
  • April 05, 2013

A report on a Mercer County livestock producer looking for a niche market with a unique breed of sheep. Jim Mansfield at Four Hills Farm near Salvisa, has found that niche with custom lamb production for the Whole Foods company. He says it’s not a ‘get rich quick’ scheme, but can be profitable, and he’s looking for a few more farmers to help him build his supply of product.

Listen: April 5, 2013, mp3

 
  • April 04, 2013

This weekend (Apr 5-7) Eastern Kentucky University is holding its annual large animal rescue workshop. Jim Pharr, chair of EKU’S School of Safety, Security, and Emergency Management, discusses the demand for this kind of training and its uses when students get into the ‘real world,’ and occasionally come face to face with a trapped or injured animal that they need to assist.

Listen: April 4, 2013, mp3

 
  • April 03, 2013

Kentucky’s growing poultry industry could hold some additional value for corn and soybean producers who could use an industry by-product, chicken litter, as a soil amendment and fertilizer. UK researchers are now in the process of getting some solid numbers on how chicken litter could improve soils and enhance plant growth.

Listen: April 3, 2013, mp3

 
  • April 02, 2013

Finally, spring is arriving and along with it are the blooming flowers and budding trees…..and those creeping, flying, annoying insects. A report today on statewide efforts to track and control some of those pests which can have a far greater negative impact than just being an annoyance, like the gypsy moth, emerald ash borer, and pine shoot beetle.

Listen: April 2, 2013, mp3

 
  • April 01, 2013

Backyard grillers still have a couple of days to get their entries in for the Derby Burger Challenge. The Ky Beef Council’s Alison Smith says this fun event, now in its second year, has drawn interest from across the state. The burger recipe getting to the winner’s circle can rack up some nice prizes for the winner. (kdf.org/beef).

Listen: April 1, 2013, mp3

 
  • March 29, 2013

There’s a small crop that holds tremendous potential for small and medium sized Kentucky farmers; it’s blueberries. Feldhaus has a feature report with Larry Martin, President of the Ky Blueberry Growers Association, who says on the farm one acre can gross up to $20,000, and the in-state demand for local blueberries is already booming.

Listen: March 29, 2013, mp3

 
  • March 28, 2013

A report on a new greenhouse that’s getting underway for the ag students at Ballad Memorial High School. Local principal Dana Rohrer says the new facility will permit instruction in horticulture related production and in the business arena. This ag development grant should put their new teaching venue on line by the spring of 2014.

Listen: March 28, 2013, mp3

 
  • March 27, 2013

With drought-impacted grain prices being historically high in recent years, it’s absolutely critical for livestock producers to utilize their pastures “to the max,” to avoid having to feed stored hay or grain to their livestock. UK forage specialist, Garry Lacefield, says that’s one reason the April 17/18 Grazing School in Princeton will be totally filled.

Listen: March 27, 2013, mp3

 
  • March 26, 2013

CAIP stands for the County Ag Investment Program, and is part of the state ag development structure designed to distribute and invest Phase I tobacco settlement funds to help build ag infrastructure here to offset the decline of burley tobacco. Feldhaus visits with Estill County extension agent, Eric Baker, to see which programs are attracting participation in that east central Kentucky County.

Listen: March 26, 2013, mp3

 
  • March 25, 2013

Just as farmers utilize no-till cropping, buffer strips, and grass waterways to protect the environment, homeowners “in town,” can do their part too, to help capture and filter untreated storm water run-off through the installation of “rain gardens.” Extension water specialist Brad Lee says the idea is catching on, and they have a series of rain garden workshops scheduled across the state throughout April.

Listen: March 25, 2013, mp3

 
  • March 22, 2013

A follow-up report on the Governor’s Office of Ag Policy, On Farm Energy Efficiency and Production cost share program, with its next application deadline coming up in late April. Feldhaus visits with Graves County poultry producer Rachel Heath who’s successfully utilized the program to upgrade her broiler houses for more energy efficiency.

Listen: March 22, 2013, mp3

 
  • March 21, 2013

Kentucky is one of three states involved in a Department of Energy-funded program to help consumers do on-line, home energy assessments. The project is being coordinated by the UK extension service and senior extension associate, Beverly Miller, is doing some of the training, which will allow residents to get baseline information on their energy utilization to help them better manage their energy costs.

Listen: March 21, 2013, mp3

 
  • March 20, 2013

Feldhaus has a feature with Bob Metz, who sits on the United Soybean Board and who works with the trucking industry to encourage greater utilization of bio-diesel fuels to decrease dependence on foreign oil, green up the environment, and stabilize crop prices.

Listen: March 20, 2013, mp3

 
  • March 19, 2013

Today is National Ag Day and this is also national Ag Literacy Week and various observances are being held throughout the state. Feldhaus reports on a major effort in Mercer County where local farm leaders will be interacting with just about all elementary schools this week, going into the classroom to “read all about it,” to youngsters.

Listen: March 19, 2013, mp3

 
  • March 18, 2013

A series of home-based micro-processing workshops continues this week in Johnson County with dozens more to follow across the state. This kind of training is expanding income production opportunities for produce growers. UK extension specialist, Debbie Clouthier, talks about adding value to produce for extra profit.

Listen: March 18, 2013, mp3

 
  • March 15, 2013

As the Mid-America Truck Show comes to Louisville next week (not open to the public), national soybean production leaders will be on hand touting soy diesel use to the trucking industry. Feldhaus has an update report on a project already underway at UPS in Louisville, utilizing bio-diesel in their entire local fleet of ground support vehicles.

Listen: March 15, 2013, mp3

 
  • March 14, 2013

A two-year study has begun through work at UK with a USDA grant, to study the potential for new market products through the flash freezing and new frozen product development for Kentucky-grown blueberries. UK Ag Economist, Tim Woods, says consumers are raving about this new locally produced crop, and their research is aimed at lengthening the sales market, long beyond the summer harvest season.

Listen: March 14, 2013, mp3

 
  • March 13, 2013

A feature report with the new executive director of the Ky Sheep and Goat Development Office, Kelley Yates. She says both groups face their share of challenges but that market progress is moving forward. She discusses their attention to local niche marketing, which seems to be a real growth area.

Listen: March 13, 2013, mp3

 
  • March 12, 2013

Local communities have taken a variety of paths to utilize county ag development funds, available through the Phase I Tobacco Settlement. In Morgantown, city and rural leaders have gotten together to develop a new Ag Expo Center which is proving to be a real resource for all of Butler County. Local extension agent, Greg Drake, provides background.

Listen: March 12, 2013, mp3

 
  • March 11, 2013

Sweet potatoes are growing in popularity in Kentucky backyard gardens and for Gregory Farms, of Henry County, the related production of sweet potato slips is turning into an additional income source. Barb Gregory talks about how they got into ‘slip production’ and how widespread their wholesale and retail distribution has become.

Listen: March 11, 2013, mp3

 
  • March 08, 2013

Across Kentucky the family farm pond can provide hours of enjoyment and recreation and a meal or two, if the resource receives at least a little attention throughout the year. Ky State University aquaculture specialist, Dr. Bob Durburrow, discusses two farm pond management workshops coming up March 19 and 20 in Boone and Campbell Counties, respectively. Local extension offices have registration and agenda details.

Listen: March 8, 2013, mp3

 
  • March 07, 2013

A report on initial success with a research project at UK’s Princeton facility examining the potential for grazing cattle for short periods on winter wheat. UK Extension Beef Specialist, Roy Burris, says they’re tracking the animal weight gains, the reduction in wheat yield, and the potential long term impact long term on double cropped soybeans that would follow.

Listen: March 7, 2013, mp3

 
  • March 06, 2013

A feature report about a Marshall County couple involved in poultry production and how they’ve utilized their chicken litter, recycling it, turning it into a very effective compost. Diana Johnson with WP Ranch says their product is very popular with gardeners in the region and that March and April are their major sales months.

Listen: March 6, 2013, mp3

 
  • March 05, 2013

An update on the current drive to get more farmers utilizing Kentucky’s custom “farm tags,” to participate in a voluntary program whose proceeds go to FFA, 4-H, and the Kentucky Proud program. Keith Rogers, Executive Director of the Ky 4-H Foundation says both youth groups have been actively encouraging more farmers to participate.

Listen: March 5, 2013, mp3

 
  • March 04, 2013

The Kentucky Ag Council rolled out its 5-year strategic plan at a news conference in Frankfort a few days ago. Feldhaus covers a few of the key elements with council chair, Dan Flanagan, and has several comments about the document from Governor Steve Beshear.

Listen: March 4, 2013, mp3

 
  • March 01, 2013

A report on an ongoing ‘ag development project’ in Logan County. The state ag development board has just approved $72,000 in county funds for completion of a ‘multi-purpose agricultural facility.” Local extension agent, Chris Milam, says from previous funding they got the center up and rolling a year ago and it’s proved to be a popular venue for various educational and economic development activities for the region.

Listen: March 1, 2013, mp3

 
  • February 28, 2013

The Kentucky Farm Bureau Beef Expo is underway this Friday through Sunday at the Ky Exposition Center in Louisville. The farm group’s commodity director, Mike Tobin, says this is a tremendous opportunity for the pure bred cattle industry, and part of the effort to continue improvement in the reputation of the overall beef herd here.

Listen: February 28, 2013, mp3

 
  • February 27, 2013

Current weather patterns point to a healthy crop of eastern tent caterpillars over the next few weeks. While these pests are mostly just a nuisance for the landscapes of home owners, in the past, they’ve resulted in severe economic losses for horse owners. UK entomologist Lee Townsend talks about the pest and options in dealing with it.

Listen: February 27, 2013, mp3

 
  • February 26, 2013

An update on growth in the grape and wine sector of agriculture in the state. Patsy Wilson, UK extension viticulturist, says a 2012 spring freeze and the drought both impacted the production season, but despite a 30% reduction in state yield, current demand is leading to existing and new growers looking into expanded acreage for 2013.

Listen: February 26, 2013, mp3

 
  • February 25, 2013

A report on some 240 Kentuckians headed for Washington this week to do a little grass roots lobbying for the rural crowd. Ky Farm Bureau President, Mark Haney, is leading that group to meet with the state’s Congressional delegation to discuss issues ranging from immigration reform to getting a permanent farm bill in place.

Listen: February 25, 2013, mp3

 
  • February 22, 2013

The Cabinet for Economic Development is hosting a “Kentucky: Here We Grow” seminar next Tuesday in Lexington for small businesses, new and existing, and they’re welcoming the farm crowd. The cabinet’s Mark Johnson says this workshop is part of a series across the state throughout spring and has some very practical information to help entrepreneurs get started and to expand their ventures.

Listen: February 22, 2013, mp3

 
  • February 21, 2013

A report on that ‘year of the farmer’ super bowl commercial using the voice of the late Paul Harvey and a very subtle message from Dodge. The spot was a major hit with farmers across the country and Ky FFA Executive Director Matt Chaliff says you can hear it any time on FFA.org, and every time there’s a view, FFA gets a one dollar contribution.

Listen: February 21, 2013, mp3

 
  • February 20, 2013

Today is Food Checkout Day as observed across the country by the American, state and county farm bureaus. Feldhaus has a feature on some of the activities to call attention to this event in Muhlenberg County. Local farm bureau leader Mary Kate Kordes is featured and says the effort is a great way to promote better farm-city understanding.

Listen: February 20, 2013, mp3

 
  • February 19, 2013

In a state like Kentucky, with rolling hills over much of the land, making corn and bean production impractical, forages have long been an economic option turning those grasses into beef and profits, making us the largest cattle state east of the Mississippi. UK forage specialist Garry Lacefield says that’s why the annual Ky Alfalfa Conference (Feb 21 in Lexington) is such a big draw for farmers.

Listen: February 19, 2013, mp3

 
  • February 18, 2013

Farm license tag renewal takes place in March in Kentucky and ordering those custom tags can have a very beneficial effect for 4-H, FFA, and the Ky Proud program. State ag commissioner, James Comer is a big supporter of the effort and has been visiting county clerks’ offices to get their help in moving this program forward.

Listen: February 18, 2013, mp3

 
  • February 15, 2013

A grant writing workshop for up-and-coming Kentucky agri-business entrepreneurs is set for next Wednesday, Feb 20 in Somerset. Comments with Aleta Botts with the Ky Center for Ag and Rural Development (KCARD). She says this process can open some important doors for access to federal and regional grant funding, and that Kentucky has not been getting its fair share of those funds up to this point.

Listen: February 15, 2013, mp3

 
  • February 14, 2013

One of the exhibitors at the National Farm Machinery Show, underway through Saturday at the Ky Exposition Center in Louisville, is H & R Agri-Power headquartered in Hopkinsville and service four states; Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, and Illinois. Feldhaus visits with H & R president, Wayne Hunt, for his views on equipment demand and a few other observations about crop years 2012 and 2013.

Listen: February 14, 2013, mp3

 
  • February 13, 2013

A report on the recent action by Japan to relax certain import restrictions on U.S. beef. Ky Farm Bureau Vice President, Fritz Giesecke of Hart County serves on the Executive Committee of the U.S. Meat Export Federation and he explains the significance of that development, and the ongoing work of the federation to increase sales abroad.

Listen: February 13, 2013, mp3

 
  • February 12, 2013

Feldhaus provides a brief preview of the 48th annual National Farm Machinery Show, opening tomorrow running through Saturday, at the Ky Exposition Center in Louisville. He also features the new President and CEO of the Ky State Fair Board, Clifford “Rip” Rippetoe, with his views on that show and comments about other aspects of his new role.

Listen: February 12, 2013, mp3

 
  • February 11, 2013

Morehead State University, the Maysville Community and Technical College System, and Farm Credit Mid-America are teaming up to present a series of educational meetings on expanded ag marketing opportunities for that region. Morehead faculty member Tyler Mark discusses some of the presentations’ focus as the series begins tomorrow night, running Tuesday evenings through March 5 at Morehead State.

Listen: February 11, 2013, mp3

 
  • February 08, 2013

In the past four to five years efforts to improve and streamline the myriad of regulations applying to farm vehicle transportation have been the focus of Farm Bureau Local Affairs Director, Bryan Alvey. He discusses the group’s latest printing of the Farm Vehicle Regulation booklet. He says it will be at the heart of a presentation by a Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement officer at the group’s County Presidents’ Conference next week.

Listen: February 8, 2013, mp3

 
  • February 07, 2013

From a pick-up truck that set a world land speed record in its class at the Bonneville Salt Flats to the latest scents available in soy candles; you can see them too at the National Farm Machinery show. Feldhaus ties that all together with a report with the Ky Soybean Promotion Board Chairman, Dennis Clark, who says the group has long had a presence at the big show.

Listen: February 7, 2013, mp3

 
  • February 06, 2013

The 48th National Farm Machinery Show gets underway a week from today at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. For a farm equipment demand preview, Feldhaus visited with Whayne Supply’s Paul Cave out of the company’s Owensboro location. Cave says demand is strong and growth in Whayne’s ag division is growing too.

Listen: February 6, 2013, mp3

 
  • February 05, 2013

A report on a bio-energy project underway at Murray State University where the campus’ unheated equine arena will soon be heated with a bio-burner utilizing an abundant fuel supply….horse stall waste. MSU’s Hutson Ag School dean, Tony Brannon, says the project looks promising and could have implications for other uses in the region.

Listen: February 5, 2013, mp3

 
  • February 04, 2013

Details of phase one of the new Kentucky Equine Survey were recently released by the UK Ag Economics Department and, bottom line, this state ‘is’ the horse capital of the world. UK’s Jill Stowe says initial numbers show equine and equine-related assets at over an estimated $23 billion. Stowe discusses a number of findings of interest. She says the final economic impact assessment will be completed later this year.

Listen: February 4, 2013, mp3

 
  • February 01, 2013

It’s not a get-rich-quick opportunity at all, but for some Kentucky land owners, aquaculture production can provide some additional farm income. Feldhaus visits with UK aquaculture specialist Bill Wurts who say UK and Ky State University have teamed up to offer several workshops that will give pond managers a realistic look at the challenges and opportunities of this type production.

Listen: February 1, 2013, mp3

 
  • January 31, 2013

The latest Marketbasket survey of Kentucky food prices showed the average tally for the 40 staple food items to be down slightly by 0.3 percent from the quarter ending September 2012. Ky Farm Bureau’s Dan Smaldone helps coordinate the price tracking effort and notes that it appears that the impacts of the 2012 drought, to a large degree, were not yet reflected in food prices in the ending quarter of last year.

Listen: January 31, 2013, mp3

 
  • January 30, 2013

Kentucky’s dairy industry has been struggling in recent years to stem the tide in the reduction of dairy farms in the state. The Ky Dairy Development Council’s Maury Cox discusses their M.I.L.K. program and its efforts to assist existing dairy farms here in instituting improved production and marketing practices.

Listen: January 30, 2013, mp3

 
  • January 29, 2013

Creating energy or energy savings on the farm is the goal of an expanded cost share program available through the Governor’s Office of Ag Policy (GOAP). For 2013 the program will increase from $10,000 to $15,000 the possible cost share match for farmers installing approved systems from grain drying to ventilation and heating systems. Program coordinator, Bill McCloskey with GOAP, provides participation details.

Listen: January 29, 2013, mp3

 
  • January 28, 2013

From work with ‘master cattlemen’ to establishing its new ‘link’ program for young producers the Kentucky Beef Network has been working to improve management practices and marketing to make the state’s beef industry even more robust. Feldhaus discusses the effort with Becky Thompson who coordinates the network for the Ky Cattlemen’s Association.

Listen: January 28, 2013, mp3

 
  • January 25, 2013

Agri-tourism continues to provide value added income opportunity for a growing number of Kentucky farmers, and it continues to be a very popular attraction for families looking for some fun and the farm experience. The Ky Ag Department’s new Director of Agri-tourism, Amelia Wilson, discusses opportunities on both sides of the fence and promotes their website, Kyfarmsarefun.com.

Listen: January 25, 2013, mp3

 
  • January 24, 2013

Kentucky Ag Commissioner, James Comer, visits with Feldhaus on a number of issues focusing on the state’s Kentucky Proud program and other efforts continuing to boost opportunities for our farmers to expand fruit and vegetable production and get into more value added agri-business ventures.

Listen: January 24, 2013, mp3

 
  • January 23, 2013

Getting more Kentucky kids off of the couch and into the barn, that’s one of the goals of the Kentucky Roundup, also set for February 2, at the Ky Horse Park. This is an opportunity for clinics and training for all equine skill levels, but it’s primarily designed for families with no horse experience. The Ky Horse Council’s Ginny Grulke comments.

Listen: January 23, 2013, mp3

 
  • January 22, 2013

The University of Kentucky and Morehead State are teaming up to provide a small ruminant grazing conference for sheep and goat producers in the eastern third of the state. David Ditsch, Director of UK’s Robinson Center in Breathitt County says the Feb 2 workshop is a real opportunity to improve production performance.

Listen: January 22, 2013, mp3

 
  • January 21, 2013

Based on its number of horticultural producers Kentucky is not getting its fair share of federal grant dollars available through a number of programs. The Ky Center for Ag and Rural Development is trying to do something about that. KCARD’s, Aleta Botts, discusses some upcoming grant writing workshops aimed at improving the state’s success rates with some of those programs.

Listen: January 21, 2013, mp3

 
  • January 18, 2013

The drought of crop year of 2012 has had some long ranging impacts over much of the state. Daviess County extension agent for agriculture, Clint Hardy, talks about the resulting jump in 2013 wheat acreage in his area of the state. Hardy also discusses the upcoming Jan 30, Ag Expo in their county, calling it a real educational opportunity for farmers in the region.

Listen: January 18, 2013, mp3

 
  • January 17, 2013

A report with Dr. Tony Brannon Dean of the Hutson School of Agriculture at Murray State University on the partnership between the university and the farming community in that region. Brannon also highlights the upcoming Soybean Promotion Day set for next Tuesday, January 22.

Listen: January 17, 2013, mp3

 
  • January 16, 2013

Over the past ten years the Kentucky Center for Agriculture and Rural Development (KCARD) has been quite successful with helping ag entrepreneurs get into value added ag businesses to expand farm income. KCARD’s Larry Snell says they have an 82% effective rate in keeping those new, small businesses growing.

Listen: January 16, 2013, mp3

 
  • January 15, 2013

A University of Louisville research group out of the Owensboro Cancer Research Program is making some impressive progress in developing a cancer drug from a soybean bi-product. Dr. Keith Davis says the project is working with a protein called lunasin has, so far, made several important steps indicating a positive cancer fighting outcome.

Listen: January 15, 2013, mp3

 
  • January 14, 2013

Cutting fuel use and improving environmental outcomes in other ways, are the goals behind a Natural Resources Conservation Service cost share program for installation of “high tunnels’ in Kentucky vegetable production. Kate Little with NRCS explains the “high tunnel” concept and how produce farmers can check out their program.

Listen: January 14, 2013, mp3

 
  • January 11, 2013

A preview report on the 2013 Kentucky Commodity Conference set for January 18 in Bowling Green. The event serves as joint annual meetings for the Ky Corn Growers, Small Grain Growers, Ky Soybean Producers and Ky Pork Producers Associations. Feldhaus talks Ky Soybean Association president, Davie Stephens about crop year 2012 and hopes for 2013.

Listen: January 11, 2013, mp3

 
  • January 10, 2013

A feature report on Greg and Contessa Harris of Madison County, recently selected as the winning couple in Kentucky Farm Bureau’s Excellence in Agriculture awards. Greg discusses their family cattle operation and various leadership roles they play in the ag community. The couple will compete in that competition nationally, this coming weekend in Nashville at the American Farm Bureau annual meeting.

Listen: January 10, 2013, mp3

 
  • January 09, 2013

Nearly 500 Kentucky farmers are headed to Nashville this weekend to participate in the American Farm Bureau annual meeting. Mark Haney president of the Kentucky Farm Bureau previews some of the relevant issues for this state that will get attention as farmers from across the country set 2013 policy goals for the national group.

Listen: January 9, 2013, mp3

 
  • January 08, 2013

After a 37-year career in the state conservation division, Steve Coleman, most recently serving as the agency’s state director, discusses a few of the events and changes over his career that have improved soil and water conservation efforts in the state.

Listen: January 8, 2013, mp3

 
  • January 07, 2013

A report on a recently completed study on the positive marketing benefits of “free samples” at farmers’ markets. UK ag economist, Miranda Hileman explains that some vendors have questioned the time and trouble involved versus the results, but the survey shows both short and long-term benefits for the markets and their vendors.

Listen: January 7, 2013, mp3

 
  • January 04, 2013

Larue County’s Ryan and Misty Bivens will be headed to Nashville in about a week to compete in the American Farm Bureau’s Outstanding Young Farm Family Contest. Feldhaus has a feature report with the couple immediately after their win at the state level. The couple discusses everything from their roles as spokespersons for agriculture to Misty’s original view that as a younger woman, she thought she’d never marry a farmer.

Listen: January 4, 2013, mp3

 
  • January 03, 2013

The joint annual meetings of the state fruit and vegetable groups have grown from a couple hundred attendees to some 600 expected next week, Jan 7 and 8 at Lexington’s Embassy Suites. UK extension vegetable production specialist, Tim Coolong, discusses the various program highlights and takes a look at production challenges in 2012.

Listen: January 3, 2013, mp3

 
  • January 02, 2013

A feature report with Amy Staton of Bath County who received an educational award recently to help her in finishing up her doctorate at Morehead State University. She discusses the unique program in veterinary technology and the career opportunities it offers to young students.

Listen: January 2, 2013, mp3

 
  • January 01, 2013

A week from today on Jan 8, the UK Wheat Science Group will present a program at the James Bruce Convention Center in Hopkinsville to focus on research findings in small grains. Dr. Lloyd Murdock is featured speaking about the cooperative research funding effort between producer groups and researchers.

Listen: January 1, 2013, mp3

 
  • December 31, 2012

It was a tough production year across much of the country and Kentucky suffered from drought and a few other weather related challenges in 2012. Ky Farm Bureau President, Mark Haney, of Pulaski County sustained both freeze and drought damage, and talks about the farm year as a whole.

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