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2014


  • January 02, 2015

Across Kentucky Promo Week of December 29, 2014 - January 2, 2015 mp3--30 seconds.

 
  • January 02, 2015

There’s a new push between USDA and the Ky Department of Ag to make credit card-type buying transactions available at farmers markets to allow those on food assistance programs to make purchases there. KDA’s Sharon Spencer says USDA is providing the equipment free of charge to enable their clients to take greater advantage of fresher, healthier foods grown in their local areas.

Listen: January 2, 2015, mp3--3:00 minutes

 

 
  • January 01, 2015

The new Water Management Working Group created by Farm Bureau, held its first regular meeting a few days ago and chairman, Steve Coleman, talks about mission of the group, some of its challenges, and its diverse membership. Coleman says regular meetings have already been schedule and any interested party can follow progress on the internet.

Listen: January 1, 2015, mp3--3:00 minutes

 

 
  • December 31, 2014

Making farm management decision in the field in real time with the use of a smart phone, GPS, and the internet: UK entomologist, Doug Johnson at their Princeton location, discusses this advancement which will be one of the presentations at the UK Winter Wheat Conference, Jan 6, at the Christian County Extension office.

Listen: December 31,2014 mp3--3:00 minutes

 

 
  • December 30, 2014

A feature with Bland Baird, advisor to the Spencer County chapter of FFA, as they embark on a fund raising effort to send their dairy judging team to an international competition in Scotland in 2015. The Spencer group recently won top honors in that category at the national FFA convention held in Louisville.

Listen: December 30, 2014, mp3--3:00 minutes

 

 
  • December 29, 2014

Feldhaus visits with UK horticulture extension specialist, John Strang, for a review of the fruit and vegetable season for 2014 and a preview of the 2015 Ky Fruit and Vegetable Conference in Lexington, Jan 5-6. Strang also talks about the debut of drones being used for roadside markets to feature web site videos of their farms.

Listen: December 29, 2014, mp3--3:00 minutes

 

 
  • December 29, 2014

Feldhaus visits with UK horticulture extension specialist, John Strang, for a review of the fruit and vegetable season for 2014 and a preview of the 2015 Ky Fruit and Vegetable Conference in Lexington, Jan 5-6. Strang also talks about the debut of drones being used for roadside markets to feature web site videos of their farms.

Listen: December 29, 2014, mp3--3:00 minutes

 
  • December 26, 2014

Across Kentucky Promo Week of December  22-26, 2014, mp3--30 seconds.

 
  • December 26, 2014

Logan County farmer, Joel Armistead, has developed a “one-row corn planter” which combines planting and fertilizing operations in no till corn. Armistead says precision technologies these days make the investment in his “home made” upgrade, very economically feasible. Armistead displayed his innovation at the recent Farm Bureau Innovation in Agriculture display at the group’s annual meeting earlier this month.

Listen: December 26, 2014, mp3--3:00 minutes

 
  • December 25, 2014

Feldhaus has the second of a two-part report on the tremendous showing that Ky FFA turned in during the recent national FFA convention held in Louisville. Ky FFA Executive Director, Matt Chaliff, provides a few more of the teams and individuals who brought home national honors for Ky FFA.

Listen: December 25, 2014, mp3--3:00 minutes

 
  • December 24, 2014

Looking for that last-minute Christmas gift? How about giving a little help to Kentucky youngsters to attend “conservation camp?” Chad Miles, Executive Director of the Ky Fish and Wildlife Foundation explains their program to connect potential donors with 4-6th graders who may not be able to attend camp without a little financial assistance.

Listen: December 24, 2014, mp3--3:00 minutes

 
  • December 23, 2014

Now that Kentucky beef producers have approved an additional $1 state check-off on the sale of their cattle, the oversight group is now being put together to formulate a budget and a marketing plan. Dave Maples, Executive Secretary of the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association lays out how the new revenues will be invested.

Listen: December 23, 2014, mp3--3:00 minutes

 
  • December 22, 2014

Kentucky Farm Bureau has created a new water management working group to research water availability issues for the state. Farm group president, Mark Haney, says the group is made up of a diverse mix of state and regional agencies and interests will make future recommendations on water resource policy.

Listen: December 22, 2014, mp3--3:00 minutes

 
  • December 19, 2014

Across Kentucky Promo Week of December 15-19, 2014, mp3--30 seconds.

 
  • December 19, 2014

A follow-up report on a recent survey tracking Ky Proud program brand recognition at grocery stores. The Ky Ag Department’s Kristin Branscum discusses some of the progress in their brand building, talks about more ‘farmer focused’ messaging, and discusses program plans for 2015/2016.

Listen: December 19, 2014, mp3--3:00 minutes.

 
  • December 18, 2014

From fun with youngsters in schools learning about the farm connection to pizza, to developing these students into informed consumers; that’s the goal of Agriculture and Environment in the Classroom, Inc. Feldhaus visits with the non-profit’s new executive director, Jennifer Elwell, who talks about programs and resources available to Ky schools.

Listen: December 18, 2014, mp3--3:00 minutes.

 
  • December 17, 2014

Chris and Rebekah Pierce of Pulaski County were recently named 2014’s Outstanding Young Farm Family by Kentucky Farm Bureau. In just over 10 years the couple’s acreage has grown from 130 to over 3,400. They practice ‘never till’ planting methods, have introduced canola into their crop mix, and take extra measures to protect and maintain their soil and water resources.

Listen: December 17, 2014, mp3--3:00 minutes.

 
  • December 16, 2014

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture is currently accepting applications for industrial hemp pilot projects for 2015. KDA’s Adam Watson coordinates their hemp program and says the agency is interested in encouraging a wide range of projects to see which form of production holds the greatest economic promise for the state. The application deadline is January 1, 2015.

Listen: December 16, 2014, mp3--3:00 minutes.

 
  • December 15, 2014

A report on farm cash receipt projections for 2014; it looks like those numbers will climb a little by year’s end, but the outlook for 2015 is a little less optimistic. UK ag economist, Dr. Will Snell, provides the figures from their annual 2014 Ag Economic Outlook report, and he comments on trends that will impact the coming year.

Listen: December 15, 2014, mp3--3:00 minutes.

 
  • December 12, 2014

Across Kentucky Promo Week of December 8-12, 2014, mp3--30 seconds.

 
  • December 12, 2014

The 2014 North American International Livestock Exposition just recently wrapping up in Louisville had an all time record number of entries. In the last days of the event Feldhaus visited with Media Room supervisor, Claude Brock, who provided a unique perspective on the scope and impact of the expo, the largest of its kind in the world.

Listen: December 12, 2014, mp3--3:00 minutes.

 
  • December 11, 2014

The Kentucky Small Business Development Center has just recently launched its newly enhanced KyBIZinfo.com website answering a call for help from SOAR (the Shaping Our Appalachian Region) initiative to assist business in eastern Kentucky. The Center’s Kevin Norvell says the result is a network directory of resources that can be of value to any size venture (ag related too) all across the state.

Listen: December 11, 2014, mp3--3:00 minutes.

 

 
  • December 10, 2014

A feature report on a 10-acre truck farm not only surviving in Jefferson County but which was recently named 2014 Agribusiness of the Year by the Ag Industry Network. George Gagel produces a variety of edible crops from kale and tomatoes to his trademarked, “Limestone Bibb” lettuce but he says it’s ‘flower power’ that keeps him going.

Listen: December 10, 2014, mp3--3:00 minutes.

 

 
  • December 09, 2014

Agri-tourism is for a growing number of Kentucky farmers a successful and profitable enterprise. Aleta Botts with KCARD says that group is hosting an agri-tourism workshop Dec 15 to help new and existing operations of this type, assess their progress and prepare for challenges as their venues evolve to match consumer interests.

Listen: December 9, 2014, mp3--3:00 minutes.

 

 
  • December 08, 2014

Progress in consumer recognition of the Ky Proud brand is growing on success in urban centers gaining wider awareness in communities across the state. Kristen Branscum with the Ky Department of Agriculture says the commissioned a survey to check progress on that growth and were extremely pleased with the outcome.

Listen: December 8, 2014, mp3--3:00 minutes.

 

 
  • December 05, 2014

Across Kentucky Promo Week of December 1-5, 2014, mp3--30 seconds.

 
  • December 05, 2014

They do come out to the farm for the tree, but they leave with an unforgettable ‘family experience,’ that’s how Margie Baldwin characterizes the typical visit to her Madison County roadside farm market featuring U-cut Christmas trees. From family photos to hot chocolate around a roaring fire, she makes them feel right at home, on the farm.

Listen: December 5, 2014, mp3--3:00 minutes.

 

 
  • December 04, 2014

Getting a jump on 2015 grain crop preparation is the goal of three Early Bird Meetings hosted by UK in Henderson, Graves, and Hardin Counties early next week. Specialists will discuss lower grain prices, tighter profit margins, and drought and herbicide resistant weed problems among other topics, Dec 8-10.

Listen December 4, 2014, mp3--3 minutes.

 

 
  • December 03, 2014

The national convention of FFA hosted in Louisville a few days back saw a record attendance and an impressive showing by Kentucky members in national honors and competitions. Ky FFA Executive Director Matt Chaliff says Kentucky youngsters made a strong showing and Louisville got high marks as the national convention’s host.

Listen December 3, 2014, mp3--3 minutes.

 

 
  • December 02, 2014

From local, state, and national farm leader interaction to discussions of wildlife predation problems from the black vulture, the Ky Farm Bureau’s 95th annual meeting this week in Louisville covers it all. Farm group president, Mark Haney, provides a preview of events as the organization sets its policy course for 2015.

Listen December 2, 2014, mp3--3 minutes.

 

 
  • December 01, 2014

Keeping dairy cows ‘comfy,’ that’s the aim of precision technology being developed at UK’s Coldstream Dairy Farm and industry leaders from around the country will be on campus this Wednesday to take a look. Feldhaus covers UK’s Precision Technology Showcase.

Listen December 1, 2014, mp3--3 minutes.

 

 
  • November 28, 2014

Across Kentucky Promo Week of November 24-28, 2014, mp3--30 seconds.

 
  • November 28, 2014

For small and medium-sized farmers there’s a program offered through many Kentucky counties in ‘shared use equipment.’ It’s part of the state ag development fund program across the state whereby farmers can rent needed, expensive equipment that they really don’t “need” to own. Logan County extension agent, Leann Martin, explains how a recent grant will work for their farm community.

Listen November 28, 2014, mp3--3 minutes.

 
  • November 27, 2014

If you’re today’s Thanksgiving Day chef and you find yourself in a quandary in preparing the big meal; don’t panic. Marge Klindera and dozens of other Butterball Turkey Talkline food specialists can talk you through about any problem you could face. Just call 1 800 Butterball or on line go to: butterball.com.

Listen: November 27, 2014, mp3--3:00 minutes.

 
  • November 26, 2014

Using existing facilities and unused food that would have gone to waste the new Campus Kitchen in the UK College of Ag has won a national grant to further its efforts in feeding the community’s hungry. Amanda Hege, Director of Outreach for the Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition, provides details of this student-led effort, the first in the Commonwealth.

Listen: November 26, 2014, mp3--3:00 minutes.

 
  • November 25, 2014

A special report on the third finalist in Farm Bureau’s Outstanding Young Farm Family contest, Zack and Tiffany Ison of Mercer County. Starting with 10 acres of tobacco and a 37-acre rented pasture, they’ve grown into a 1,350 acre farm with diversified crops. The contest winner will be named Dec 5 at the group’s annual meeting in Louisville.

Listen: November 25, 2014, mp3--3:00 Minutes.

 
  • November 24, 2014

The Kroger Louisville division operating 88 stores throughout most of Kentucky has stepped up its investment in Kentucky Proud products, recently making a record, one-time purchase of $350,000 of locally produced items. Feldhaus visits with Tim McGurk, Public Affairs Manager for Kroger in the Louisville division.

Listen November 24, 2014, mp3, 3:00 minutes.

 
  • November 21, 2014

Across Kentucky Week of November 17-21, 2014 -- 30 seconds.

 
  • November 21, 2014

The second in a three-part installment featuring, Union County’s Dustin and Tammy White of Union County, one of the top three finalists in Farm Bureau’s Outstanding Young Farm Family competition. Dustin talks about his role in the nearly 14,000-acre operation, and Tammy discusses how their 2-year-old and 5-month old twins will grow into the family farm.

 Listen November 21, 2014 -- 30 seconds.

 
  • November 20, 2014

Don’t panic!!! But it may be time to start thawing your Thanksgiving Day bird. Feldhaus visits with Butterball Turkey Talk Line home economist, Marge Klindera, about some of the do’s and don’ts of planning and preparing for the big day. Home economists are standing by with encouragement and advice at 1 800 BUTTERBALL.

Listen November 20, 2014 -- 30 seconds.

 
  • November 19, 2014

The Farm Bureau’s resolutions committee has met to assemble and codify over 800 policy resolutions from farmers around the state for action during the farm group’s annual meeting in early December. FB Vice President Eddie Melton of Webster County discusses some of the top issues of interest to farmers.

 Listen November 19, 2014 -- 30 seconds.

 
  • November 18, 2014

The spread of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) seems inevitable across the state, but entomology officials are trying to develop new tools to track and slow that insect pest. UK entomologist Lee Townsend discusses development of “fake” lady borers that are actually electronic bug zappers.

 Listen November 18, 2014 -- 30 seconds.

 
  • November 17, 2014

Feldhaus visits with Ky Cattlemen’s Association chief Dave Maples about this Thursday’s referendum vote on a new $1 state check-off on the sale of beef cattle here. Maples says several states in the region have recently raised their state check-offs to continue promotion of programs like, “Beef, It’s What’s For Dinner.” Voting takes place at local extension offices.

 Listen November 17, 2014 -- 30 seconds.

 
  • November 14, 2014

Across Kentucky Week of November 10-14, 2014 -- 30 seconds.

 
  • November 14, 2014

KCARD, the Kentucky Center for Agriculture and Rural Development, was just awarded a $200,000 USDA grant to continue its work in providing technical and business development assistance in rural areas. KCARD’S Executive Director, Aleta Botts, says the group has an 87% success rate with keeping new, small businesses up and growing.

 

Listen November 14, 2014 -- 30 seconds.

 
  • November 13, 2014

A special feature with Pulaski County’s Chris and Rebekah Pierce, on of three finalists in Kentucky’s Outstanding Young Farm Family contest. Their farming operation has grown from about 150 acres to over 3,400 with special emphasis on improving soil quality as the raise canola, corn, soybeans and wheat.

Listen: November 13, 2014, mp3

 
  • November 12, 2014

The “Spicy Fat Cat” was the result of a request of the UK Butcher Shop, to develop a 100% all beef sausage to make its debut at Rupp Arena during basketball season. Gregg Rentfrow with the UK Meats Lab describes the new product, right now available only in Section 34 at Rupp, but that if successful, could possibly become available on a wider basis.

Listen: November 12, 2014, mp3

 
  • November 11, 2014

The programs of the 2014 farm bill are about to go into effect in early 2015 and FSA officials in Kentucky have set up a series of workshops to help farmers work through the complexities of available options. FSA Program Chief for Kentucky, Marcinda Kester, discusses a few of the choices and urges farmers to take the opportunity to at least update their farm yield data at this time.

 

Listen: November 11, 2014, mp3

 
  • November 10, 2014

Insect researchers have discovered that the Emerald Ash Borer, in central Ohio, has now added a new tree species to its menu. UK entomologist, Lee Townsend, discusses the significance of this event, and updates the current situation with the pest and its impacts on Kentucky.

Listen: November 10, 2014, mp3

 

 
  • November 07, 2014

An update on the State Division of Forestry’s two tree seedling nursery facilities located in Morgan and Marshall Counties. Division director, Leah MacSwords, discusses the function and importance of these operations and how the average citizen can utilize their services.

Listen: November 7, 2014, mp3

 

 
  • November 07, 2014

Across Kentucky Week of November 3-7, 2014 -- 30 seconds.

 

 
  • November 06, 2014

Feldhaus features Kentucky State Trooper Paul Blanton in the second of a two-part series on the potential for auto-deer highway collisions. The trooper discusses patterns of deer when they’re seen near highways and some tips on avoiding mishaps or keeping damage to a minimum.

Listen: November 6, 2014, mp3

 

 
  • November 05, 2014

Murray State University unveiled its state-of-the-art bio-burner which utilizes bio-fuels, even some waste products, in a heating system for its equine training center. Dean of MSU’s Hutson School of Agriculture, Dr. Tony Brannon, discusses the features of the system and its potential uses in many other applications.

Listen: November 5, 2014, mp3

 

 
  • November 04, 2014

From funding research for new crop varieties to creating consumer demand targeted at harvest time, a new USDA specialty crop block grant received by the Ky Ag Department will have impact on scores of Kentucky farmers in specialty crops. KDA’s Josh Lindau discusses past and future efforts to boost economic impact in this sector.

Listen: November 4, 2014, mp3

 

 
  • November 03, 2014

A feature report with Franklin County native, Major Bobby Mayes in the Ky Army National Guard who’ll be guest speaker at this weekend’s Ky State Beekeeper Conference in Bowling Green. Mayes, a beekeeper hobbyist, was part of the guard’s Agribusiness Development Teams that worked with citizens in war-torn Afghanistan.

Listen: November 3, 2014, mp3

 

 
  • October 31, 2014

Across Kentucky Week of October 27-31, 2014 -- 30 seconds.

 

 
  • October 31, 2014

A report on the growing problem in Kentucky of black vulture predation problems causing losses of calves and even some adult cows. Adair County cattleman Danny Wilkinson has had first hand experience and he and other farmers are working through Farm Bureau to begin the process of getting federal help in dealing with this protected species.

Listen: October 31, 2014, mp3

 

 
  • October 30, 2014

Kentucky beef cattle producers will be voting in a referendum this November 20 at local extension offices, on whether or not to have $1 per animal sold deducted from each sale to be used to increase beef demand. Dave Maples with the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association provides details of the vote and encourages producers to participate.

Listen: October 30, 2014, mp3

 

 
  • October 29, 2014

Some thirty Kentucky farm families were successful in the most recent grant application period for state’s On-Farm Energy Efficiency Program grants to upgrade. Bill McCloskey with the Governor’s Office of Ag Policy says individual farms received up to $10,000 in matching grants for qualified energy savings projects. He says the program is like to continue into 2015.

Listen: October 29, 2014, mp3

 

 
  • October 28, 2014

The national FFA convention opens in Louisville this Wednesday (Oct 29-Nov 1) with some 63,000 youngsters from across the country participating. Linda Edwards with the Ky Convention Center discusses the challenges of hosting such a huge event, and she talks about efforts to keep Louisville in the host rotation mix for the future.

Listen: October 28, 2014, mp3

 

 
  • October 27, 2014

The rising costs of beef and pork products at the supermarket led to an overall 3.9% jump in retail food prices in the third quarter of the 2014. Ky Farm Bureau’s Dan Smaldone provides details of the farm group’s Marketbasket survey which charts the price trends for forty staple food items each quarter.

Listen: October 27, 2014, mp3

 

 
  • October 24, 2014

Across Kentucky Week of October 20-24, 2014 -- 30 seconds.

 

 
  • October 24, 2014

Feldhaus checks in with Carlisle County Extension Agent, Sara Bogle Martin, about planned installation of some certified kitchen and audio-visual equipment for a new community center. Martin says it will enhance meeting and education efforts by extension and will allow some residents to do some value added processing of locally grown food products.

Listen: October 24, 2014, mp3

 

 
  • October 23, 2014

Feldhaus visits with Ky State Fair Board officials about their plans to improve this year’s national FFA convention experience for some 60,000 blue-jacketed youngsters arriving in Louisville next week. One of the biggest challenges from last year was improving cyber world connectivity.

Listen: October 23, 2014, mp3

 

 
  • October 22, 2014

After sustaining tremendous damage from the tornado of 2012 in Morgan County, the State Division of Forestry’s seedling nursery in West Liberty is back on line and ready for orders. The division’s state director, Leah MacSwords, talks about the long road back and about the resource their Morgan and Marshall County nurseries provide for all of us. 

Listen: October 22, 2014, mp3

 

 

 
  • October 21, 2014

From networking to discovering new crop possibilities, the Kentucky Women in Agriculture annual conference, Nov 5-6 at the Cave City Convention Center is expected to draw scores of farm women from across the state. Organization president, Sharon Furchess of Calloway County provides some details of the 15th annual event and the farm tours that are a part of it.

Listen: October 21, 2014, mp3

 

 
  • October 20, 2014

It happens every year October through December - white tailed deer mating season; and over the next three months, thousands of deer/automobile collisions, some leading to serious injuries and even deaths. Feldhaus visits with Ky State Trooper Paul Blanton and discusses a few trends in deer movements and tips for drivers to decrease their chances of a deer strike.

Listen: October 20, 2014, mp3

 

 
  • October 17, 2014

Across Kentucky Week of October 13 - 17, 2014 -- 30 seconds.

 

 
  • October 17, 2014

More and more, agribusinesses of all types are utilizing social media outlets to promote their products and services. The Kentucky Center for Ag and Rural Development has just rolled out a program to assist agribusinesses, social media novices or veterans, in exploring how they might better take advantage of this resource. KCARD’s Kati Miller is featured. (KCARD.INFO)

Listen: October 17, 2014, mp3

 

 
  • October 16, 2014

When we think of ag research we probably think of efforts to boost yields or precision agriculture methods out on the farm, but often this work targets some far-reaching problem solving. A case in point is a UK grad student Diana Miller’s project identifying grasses for use around airports that may help reduce airliner/bird strikes.

Listen: October 16, 2014, mp3

 

 
  • October 15, 2014

Murray State University is the eighth institution of higher learning to become a partner in the Ky Ag Department’s Ky Proud Farm to Campus effort. Hutson Ag School Dean, Tony Brannon, says they’re well suited to boost the number of Ky Proud products at the campus book store and in food service offerings.

Listen: October 15, 2014, mp3

 

 
  • October 14, 2014

A feature report with Barren County’s Kenny Mattingly owner operator of Kenny’s Farmhouse Cheese. He discusses his approach of a combination of traditional and direct-to-consumer marketing, and also encourages other artisan/farmstead cheese makers to take advantage of a food safety workshop, Nov 22, at WKU’s Ag Expo Center.

Listen: October 14, 2014, mp3

 

 
  • October 13, 2014

A report on a UK forestry department webinar series running Tuesday evenings through Nov 11 that can truly add value to woodland owners’ resources, whether to improve wildlife habitat or to plan for timber harvest or both. Extension forester Billy Thomas describes some of the offerings and how to conveniently access them.

Listen: October 13, 2014, mp3

 

 
  • October 10, 2014

Across Kentucky Week of October 6 - 10, 2014 -- 30 seconds.

 

 
  • October 10, 2014

“Win with Wood,” is the name of a wood industry competition for youngsters in eastern Kentucky designed to acquaint them and their teachers with the economic potential of timber and the wood product industry. UK forestry associate Bobby Ammerman says the industry provides quite a bit of economic punch for the region and the potential for future jobs for the region’s youth.

Listen: October 10, 2014, mp3

 

 
  • October 09, 2014

Kentucky beekeepers are still getting their yield numbers into the Ky Ag Department, but state apiarist, Dr. Tammy Horn, feels like this had been a fairly positive season for honey production. She also discusses some consumer demand trends for honey and an upcoming statewide beekeeper meeting in November in Bowling Green.

Listen: October 9, 2014, mp3

 

 
  • October 08, 2014

The nomination period for the Kentucky Farm Bureau LEAD program is coming down to the wire in the next few days. Feldhaus visits with a participant from 10 years ago who discusses her personal experience with the long term impact of this intensive, personal leadership development experience.

Listen: October 8, 2014, mp3

 

 
  • October 07, 2014

By most measures the recent state ag development grant, at just $3,380, to the Livingston County Board of Education is small, but local ag educator, Larry Duvall, explains the grant will be used to expand an already, very successful student-run, greenhouse operation which has become a very popular local resource.

Listen: October 7, 2014, mp3

 

 
  • October 06, 2014

Feldhaus visits with Harold Workman, vice chair of the North American International Livestock Exposition, as the 41st annual event rolls around in early November at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. This event might be likened to the Kentucky Derby for the livestock industry drawing interest across the country and across the world.

Listen: October 6, 2014, mp3

 

 
  • October 03, 2014

Across Kentucky Week of September 29 - October 3, 2014 -- 30 seconds.

 

 
  • October 03, 2014

The Morehead State University Agriculture Department is flourishing under the leadership of Department Chairman Dr. Carey Green. Dr. Green discusses the agriculture department and a partnership with a local processing facility called the “Chop Shop”.

Listen: October 3, 2014, mp3

 

 
  • October 02, 2014

The Trigg County Country Ham Festival will be held October 10 and 11 in downtown Cadiz, which is located near Land Between the Lakes just west of Hopkinsville. The festival increases the population of Cadiz from just under four-thousand to an estimated 30 to 40-thousand people each year.

Listen: October 2, 2014, mp3

 

 
  • October 01, 2014

Governor Steve Beshear was recently on hand to break ground for construction of the new 23.4 million dollar Murray State University Breathitt Veterinary Center in Hopkinsville. Governor Beshear says with the recently completed renovation of the University of Kentucky Diagnostic Laboratory in Lexington and the soon to be completed diagnostic lab in Hopkinsville, the state will have two state of the art labs that will benefit agriculture and the general public.

Listen: October 1, 2014, mp3

 

 
  • September 30, 2014

The partnership between Kentucky Farmers and the citizens of Louisville and Jefferson County is contininuing to grow. Louisville Metro Mayor Greg Fisher says the access to locally grown food is continuing to increase.

Listen: September 30, 2014, mp3

 

 
  • September 29, 2014

Kentucky Four-H President Jordan Stone, who is from Lyon County, is joined by a team of officers from across the state that are hoping increase membership to nearly a quarter-million this year. Stone says Kentucky Four-H made significant membership gains this year as evidenced by attendance at the Kentucky Teen Conference this summer at the University of Kentucky Campus in Lexington.

Listen: September 29, 2014, mp3

 

 
  • September 26, 2014

Across Kentucky Week of September 22-26, 2014 -- 30 seconds.

 

 
  • September 26, 2014

A feature report on the “Farm Fresh Friday,” promotion getting underway in many Kentucky school systems to feature locally grown, farm fresh products in cafeteria lines. Ky Ag Dept coordinator of its Farm to School Program, Tina Garland discusses the challenges and successes of school systems working “fresh” into their serving lines.

Listen: September 26, 2014, mp3

 

 
  • September 25, 2014

Lebanon County farmer Joe Paul Mattingly has been a multi-year participant in Farm Bureau’s Farmer Idea Exchange in the past. That program, now called the Agricultural Innovation Exchange, is seeking money and time saving ideas from farmers, with a program entry deadline of October 1.

Listen: September 25, 2014, mp3

 

 
  • September 24, 2014

The Tree Farmer of the Year field day is set for Oct 2 on the Taylor County farm of Harry and Karen Pelle. UK extension forester, Billy Thomas, says landowners are invited to check out some of the on-farm practices that make this farm a unique model for optimizing woodland resources.

Listen: September 24, 2014, mp3

 

 
  • September 23, 2014

Oldham County is holding its very first “watershed challenge” this Saturday to educate youngsters and the general public on the importance of protecting the watersheds in which they live. Local fiscal court watershed specialist Carolyn Cromer says the contest has a television show feel of “Amazing Race” but will provide some important education.

Listen: September 23, 2014, mp3

 

 
  • September 22, 2014

With livestock prices at very strong levels the mood is understandably high, going into this Thursday’s UK Beef Bash at the Princeton Research and Education Center. UK beef specialist, Roy Burris, talks about some of the demonstrations and exhibits, and the social and business aspects of this unique field day.

Listen: September 22, 2014, mp3

 

 
  • September 19, 2014

Across Kentucky Week of September 15-19, 2014 -- 30 seconds.

 
  • September 19, 2014

Mountain Ag Week runs next week with activities through the week and a big field day set for Saturday, Sep 27, at UK’s Robinson Center for Appalachian Resource Sustainability in Breathitt County. RCARS director, Dr. David Ditsch, talks about this unique opportunity to experience the rich culture of the region.

Listen: September 19, 2014, mp3

 
  • September 18, 2014

With over 60,000 Kentucky youth participating last year, the annual Conservation Writing and Jim Claypool Conservation Art Contest, have been a big hit with teachers and with students learning about the environment around them. Kim Richardson, Director of the State Division of Conservation, says details of this joint project with Farm Bureau are now on line at: conservation.ky.gov.

Listen: September 18, 2014, mp3

 
  • September 17, 2014

A statewide young farmer leadership development program now has its registration period open for its next session. Feldhaus visits with a past participant, Shelby County farmer Matt Gajdzik, who feels the investment of time is well worth the outcome for anyone considering the nomination process for Farm Bureau’s LEAD program.

Listen: September 17, 2014, mp3

 
  • September 16, 2014

A story on this Thursday’s ground breaking for the new Breathitt Veterinary Center set to take place at Murray State University’s Hopkinsville campus. Dr. Wade Northington with the Breathitt Center has been following this process over many years and is quite pleased that they’ll be turning dirt this Thursday afternoon.

Listen: September 16, 2014, mp3

 
  • September 15, 2014

The Farm Service Administration has announced that two programs under the new 2014 Farm Bill are now open for farmer sign-up. Feldhaus visits with Farm Bureau National Affairs Director, Joe Cain, who’s followed the farm bill through its long and bumpy ride into law. He says farmers need to pay close attention to these registration periods.

Listen: September 15, 2014, mp3

 

 
  • September 12, 2014

Across Kentucky Week of September 8-12, 2014 -- 30 seconds.

 
  • September 12, 2014

Feldhaus provides a follow-up report on this winter’s edition of the “Farmers’ Almanac,” in stores near you. Editor Pete Geiger says only 8% of the publication’s content deals with weather; the rest is unique reading on subjects like some must-stock ingredients to be used for natural remedies and their annual calendar targeting the “best days” for success with whatever endeavor you have in mind.

Listen: September 12, 2014, mp3

 
  • September 11, 2014

A feature report on the Owen County High School “Cuisine Rebels,” who won the Junior Chef state championship at the Kentucky state fair. One of its two coaches, Kim Webster talks about this unique opportunity for students on the team and for healthier eating opportunities for schools in general as a result of this competition.

Listen: September 11, 2014, mp3

 

 
  • September 10, 2014

Fleming County ag leaders developed a fund raising effort to help fund an ag education position about to be lost at their locals schools. Local farm leader Adam Hinton said they developed a group “A Better Community” which is making great strides in agriculture education and advocacy efforts, including funding that lost teaching spot.

Listen: September 10, 2014, mp3

 
  • September 09, 2014

Pleasure riding continues as a popular Kentucky past time, but when it comes to transporting pleasure horses from place to place, horse owners need to do their homework. Dr. Fernanda Camargo, UK horse extension specialist, suggests two new publications on this topic available on line and free in hard copy, at: SaddleUpSafely.org.

Listen: September 9, 2014, mp3

 
  • September 08, 2014

A feature report with the “Farmers’ Almanac” 2015 winter forecast. Feldhaus chats with publication editor Pete Geiger about their “spot on” forecast for 2014, including a Super Bowl weekend snow storm that brought New Jersey to a stand still. On this winter’s outlook, Feldhaus notes, the almanac media mailing included a windshield ice scraper.

Listen: September 8, 2014, mp3

 
  • September 05, 2014

Across Kentucky Week of September 1-5, 2014 -- 30 seconds.

 
  • September 05, 2014

A feature report on an Emmy-winning Kentucky television series that’s long been featured on the national, rural satellite network RFD, “Ky Farm Bureau’s Bluegrass and Backroads.” This “slice of Kentucky life” rural-themed, half-hour show is now going into its 11th season beginning this weekend on KET, RFD, and several local commercial television markets across Kentucky.

Listen: September 5, 2014, mp3

 
  • September 04, 2014

The 2014 crop season is still unfolding but second quarter numbers for Farm Credit Mid-America continue to show signs of strength in the ag sector. Feldhaus talks with CEO, Bill Johnson about the regional lender’s profit picture, possibilities for the rest of the year, and about major decisions for Kentucky farmers for the 2014 farm bill programs.

Listen: September 4, 2014, mp3

 
  • September 03, 2014

The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment is hosting its annual Ag Alumni Roundup this Friday and Saturday on the Lexington Campus. While the college celebrates its many, worthy accomplishments, Feldhaus talks with its new dean, Dr. Nancy Cox, about a vibrant freshman ag college class for 2014/15.

Listen: September 3, 2014, mp3

 
  • September 02, 2014

The 7nth annual “barge tour” funded by soybean and corn grower groups from Kentucky and Indiana is set for this Friday at the Ohio River locks and dam at Newburg, Indiana. Feldhaus talks about that with Mike Steenhoek, Executive Director of the Soy Transportation Coalition, talks about the need to keep our inland waterway transportation system up-to-date for the nation as a whole and for grain farmers in particular.

Listen: September 2, 2014, mp3

 
  • September 01, 2014

From a “mom and pop” to a “multi-state” source for animal ag products; CPC Commodities has grown from a family cattle feeding operation into a regional farm product supplier. Ivan Pedigo, president of CPC, shares some of its history and talks about this Thursday’s annual field day which will draw over 1,500 visitors to Monroe County.

Listen: September 1, 2014, mp3

 
  • August 29, 2014

Across Kentucky Week of August 25 - 29, 2014 -- 30 seconds.

 
  • August 29, 2014

Feldhaus visits with a Kentucky Center for Ag and Rural Development case worker, Brent Lackey on a profile of how a Warren County farm family successfully utilized their services for a feasibility study. Lackey says they provided a fresh, unbiased pair of eyes to pencil out for an entire year how the family’s entry into a new farm business venture would actually cash flow, and evaluated its chances for success.

Listen: August 29, 2014, mp3

 
  • August 28, 2014

An update on the Hutson School of Agriculture at Murray State University, where the dean, Dr. Tony Brannon, says things are “running wide open” with a healthy crop of incoming freshman and a bio-energy project they’ve got cooking at their equestrian arena that could have application for other areas of Kentucky agriculture.

Listen: August 28, 2014, mp3

 
  • August 27, 2014

Curing a country ham is about attention to detail, persistence, and hard work, but Bill Robertson with the Ky Country Ham Producers Association says for 4-H kids across the state, this program is also about leadership and building character. Robertson talks about the tremendous growth in their ham curing program with 4-H youngsters.
 

Listen: August 27, 2014, mp3

 
  • August 26, 2014

The health and growth of farmers markets in Kentucky has many factors pushing that progress, and one of them is a joint project of extension family and consumer science agents, the state department of agriculture and UK students in the field of dietetics. FCS agent at the Grayson County extension office, Natalie Taul, explains the “Plate It Up Kentucky Proud” recipe program.

Listen: August 26, 2014, mp3

 
  • August 25, 2014

After a temporary suspension over a legal matter the Ky Ag Development Board is back in action, investing tobacco settlement funds in programs to boost ag infrastructure in the state. Roger Thomas, Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Ag Policy, talks about the progress underway as a result of these investments.

Listen: August 25, 2014, mp3

 
  • August 22, 2014

Across Kentucky Week of August 18-22, 2014 -- 30 seconds.

 
  • August 22, 2014

A feature report on how farmers markets are becoming valuable community resources and are expanding their activities well beyond serving as a reliable source for healthful, locally grown food. The Ky Ag Department’s Sharon Spencer says youth activities are a focus for expansion, and that local leaders are supportive in growing the offerings of these community gathering places.

Listen: August 22, 2014, mp3

 
  • August 21, 2014

Morgan County extension agent Sarah Fannin provides details of the UK Regional Grazing Day set for this Saturday in West Liberty. She says education efforts like this, along with ag development investments in livestock processing facilities in the area are helping the ag economy turn the corner in that region of the state.

Listen: August 21, 2014, mp3

 
  • August 20, 2014

It’s the largest sit-down, farm-city event in the state says Ky Farm Bureau Commodity Division Director, Joe Cain. He talks about the logistics of feeding some 1,600 who will attend tomorrow’s Country Ham Breakfast and Charity Auction at the state fair. Since 1964 the event has raised about $6.8 million for state charities.

Listen: August 20, 2014, mp3

 
  • August 19, 2014

The two U.S. Senatorial candidates will attend the traditional “Measure the Candidates” forum hosted by the Kentucky Farm Bureau tomorrow. Group president, Mark Haney, says this will give the farm sector a chance to learn the candidates’ stands on a number of state and national issues that will have ongoing impact farmers in the state.

Listen: August 19, 2014, mp3

 
  • August 18, 2014

A report on a new Statewide Wood Energy Team that’s being developed to coordinate utilization of wood waste installation with bio-energy heating systems. Tim Hughes with the Ky Department of Energy Development and Independence will coordinate the effort which he feels may have quite a bit of application in the farm sector.

Listen: August 18, 2014, mp3

 
  • August 15, 2014

Across Kentucky Week of August 11-15, 2014 -- 30 seconds.

 
  • August 15, 2014

Feldhaus does a feature report with Simpsonville, Kentucky sausage maker, Al Purnell who tells the story of how this iconic family business got its start several decades ago. Purnell explains the selection process for using the name “Old Folks” and talks about how his family, back in the day, began selling sausage out of the back of the family car.

Listen: August 15, 2014, mp3

 
  • August 14, 2014

The third of three regional woodland owner short courses is on tap for next Saturday Aug 23rd in Knox County. UK extension forester Billy Thomas says they’ll help landowners develop a woodlands management plan. Whether fighting invasive species like kudzu and honey suckle or managing for the next timber harvest, Thomas says having a plan leads to success. Pre-registration for the event is requested by tomorrow, Aug 15.

Listen: August 14, 2014, mp3

 
  • August 13, 2014

The peach season is coming to a close at your favorite roadside market, so Farm Bureau President Mark Haney urges customers to visit before Labor Day weekend. He also discusses some great vegetable crops available now, the apple crop shaping up to be a dandy, and about their dabbling into hosting weddings in their orchard setting.

Listen: August 13, 2014, mp3

 
  • August 12, 2014

A preview of the 110th annual Kentucky State Fair opening in Louisville this Thursday, Aug 14 and running through August 24. Ky State Fair Board chief of staff, Amanda Storment talks about ongoing, popular attractions for visitors, the new “Pioneer Village” display on tap for this year, and touts some of the gourmet food…..the “deep fried hot brown on a stick.”

Listen: August 12, 2014, mp3

 
  • August 11, 2014

Due to tough economic times in general and strong cattle prices in the last few years, we’re seeing more instances of cattle rustling taking place in Kentucky. Feldhaus talks with Lincoln County extension agent, Dan Grigson, about that growing trend and what measures farmers can take to reduce the risk of becoming a victim.

Listen: August 11, 2014, mp3

 
  • August 08, 2014

Across Kentucky Week of  August 4-8, 2014 -- 30 seconds.

 
  • August 08, 2014

The American Honey Princess, Elena Hoffman, will be spending several days in Kentucky during the state fair. State Apiarist, Tammy Horn, talks about that opportunity for fair go’ers, who can learn about the different styles and tastes of honey from various regions of the state and learn about honey’s positive role in a healthy diet.

Listen: August 8, 2014, mp3

 
  • August 07, 2014

Kentucky schools are about to get back into session across the state and the Ky Ag Department’s Tina Garland explains that’s a growing opportunity for produce farmers who are looking into KDA’s “Farm-to-School” program to market crops direct to food service directors. She says the opportunity is only going to grow in the years ahead.

Listen: August 7, 2014, mp3

 
  • August 06, 2014

The second of three woodland owner workshops is set for August 16th in Boone County. UK extension forester, Billy Thomas, says the program will have information on topics from invasive species to knowing what your timber is worth. He says past years’ feedback from landowners has been impressive and so has been growth in attendance.

Listen: August 6, 2014, mp3

 
  • August 05, 2014

Using an agriculture theme to beef up activities in the Franklin-Simpson Boys and Girls Club is exactly what happened in a pilot project in Franklin. Jeff Goodnight with the local youth development group says the state ag department, the local farm bureau, and some excited kids boosted growth in that project from 30 to 90 youngsters in just one year.

Listen: August 5, 2014, mp3

 
  • August 04, 2014

This week, August 3-9, has been designated by USDA as National Farmers’ Market Week across the country. Feldhaus checks in with Sharon Spencer who heads up that division for the Ky Ag Department to get a snap shot of the growth in this marketing opportunity for farmers, and a venue for fresh, wholesome, locally grown food for consumers across the state.

Listen: August 4, 2014, mp3

 
  • August 01, 2014

Across Kentucky Week of July 28 - August 1, 2014 -- 30 seconds.

 
  • August 01, 2014

The “rural-urban divide” was the subject of a presentation by Kentucky Senator David Givens of Green County speaking to the Louisville Ag Club. Recent census figures now classify just over 50% of Kentucky residents as urban dwellers, and that could have important impacts on legislative decision making and budget considerations in the years ahead.

Listen: August 1, 2014, mp3

 
  • July 31, 2014

A feature report on the second quarter Farm Bureau Marketbasket Food Price Survey which showed the sample, 40 staple food item cost to be up slightly over the first quarter of 2014. The farm group’s Dan Smaldone who coordinates the survey results, talks about specific food categories and some of the ongoing price trends through the year.

Listen: July 31, 2014, mp3

 
  • July 30, 2014

The first of three woodland owner workshops is set for August 9th in Crittenden County. UK extension forester says the program will have information for veteran and beginner alike, and will introduce land owners to some of the resources they have at their disposal to develop their woodlands and their management plans to maximize success.

Listen: July 30, 2014, mp3

 
  • July 29, 2014

Kentucky crops as diverse as corn, soybeans and tobacco will all be on the agenda for a major regional UK field day this Thursday in Princeton. Extension weed scientist, Jim Martin, talks about the program offerings and about a new UK extension staff person who’ll be on hand to discuss environmental management of crop nutrients and that has impact for every crop grown in the state.

Listen: July 29, 2014, mp3

 
  • July 28, 2014

Farmers across the nation have some important new decisions to make relative to unfolding provisions of the 2014 farm bill and its impact on a variety of crops. Farm Bureau commodity division director Joe Cain talks about a new digital template under development by UK that farmers can use to plug in their own farm numbers and determine which specific farm programs are best for them.

Listen: July 28, 2014, mp3

 
  • July 25, 2014

Across Kentucky Week of July 21, 2014 -- 30 seconds.

 
  • July 25, 2014

It’s not for everyone but organic farming can offer an additional income source for Kentucky farmers. Mac Stone with OAK, the Organic Association of Kentucky, discusses the growth of this style of agriculture as it is applied to an increasing variety of farm crops.

Listen: July 25, 2014, mp3

 
  • July 24, 2014

From automatic steering control to GPS-assisted fertilizer applications, precision technologies can help farmers protect the environment and get more bang for the buck in utilization of farm inputs. Hopkins County native, Dr. Joe Luck at University of Nebraska-Lincoln is featured speaker at an upcoming precision technology workshop for Ky farmers.

 

Listen: July 24, 2014, mp3

 
  • July 23, 2014

A new “Seed to Sale” program is designed to help city kids discover agriculture through gardening projects at the Parkland Boys and Girls Club in the city of Louisville. Local extension agent, Wayne Long, says the project offers better nutrition as well as teaching youngsters about their own farm-city connection.

Listen: July 23, 2014, mp3

 
  • July 22, 2014

The current nomination period for individuals to serve on FSA county committees closes August 1. FSA state administrative office, Debbie Wakefield, discusses the duties of this important role at the local level which includes federal farm program qualification decisions for county producers.

Listen: July 22, 2014, mp3

 
  • July 21, 2014

New dean of the UK College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment, Dr. Nancy Cox, discusses her first six months in that role. She comments on feedback that she’s gathered on her “listening tour” and discusses some history and purpose of the land grant university and the extension service, and the challenges that lie ahead.

Listen: July 21, 2014, mp3

 
  • July 18, 2014

Across Kentucky Week of July 14, 2014 -- 30 seconds.

 
  • July 18, 2014

A feature report with Kentucky native, Dr. Joe Luck with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln who’ll be the guest presenter at a precision technology workshop hosted by the Ky Corn Growers and Small Grain Growers Associations in Louisville, Aug 4-5. Luck discusses the benefits of precision ag both economically and environmentally. There is limited registration available at: kycorn.org.

Listen: July 18, 2014, mp3

 

 
  • July 17, 2014

Feldhaus finishes part two of the UAV report on unmanned aerial vehicle research at UK’s department of Biosystems and Ag Engineering. Assistant professor, Michael Sama, discusses progress in ag applications and a contest for students involving application of the UAV’s in dealing with rhinoceros poaching in Africa.

Listen: July 17, 2014, mp3

 
  • July 16, 2014

Eastern Kentucky University is the site for the (EAS) Eastern Apiculture Society’s annual meeting July 28 - Aug 1 on the EKU campus in Richmond. Tammy Horn, the new state apiarist at the Ky Ag Department is also president of EAS, and has been working on the annual meeting program since 2011. She says it will be a tremendous educational opportunity for all levels of interest.

Listen: July 16, 2014, mp3

 
  • July 15, 2014

A report on a situation in Kentucky’s wheat crop that is leading to some farmers receiving “docks” on their sales; and some crop deliveries are being rejected. Comments with UK grain specialists Carrie Knott and Don Hershman say they’re looking into the situation which has to do with a grain toxin caused by ‘head blight’ in wheat.

Listen: July 15, 2014, mp3

 
  • July 14, 2014

Kentucky State University is coordinating a goat and sheep tour July 30/31 with stops in Grant and Boone Counties and two more in southern Indiana. KSU extension specialist Ken Andries runs down some of the stops and features that participants can expect.

Listen: July 14, 2014, mp3

 
  • July 11, 2014

Promo for week of July 7, 2014, Across Kentucky shows – 30 sec.

 
  • July 11, 2014

From water misters and fans in the milking parlor to water beds for dairy cattle to rest more comfortably, participants in the Kentuckiana Dairy Exchange (July 29/30), will see several production innovations on a two-day farm tour in Taylor, Green, and Adair Counties. UK extension dairy specialist, Jeffrey Bewley, discusses some of the new equipment and techniques those farms have employed and comments on the fairly good prices that dairy farmers are receiving these days.

Listen: July 11, 2014, mp3

 
  • July 10, 2014

A report on the Ky Forage and Grassland Council’s annual field days set for July 17 at the Breckinridge County Extension office and area farms. Ray Smith, UK advisor to the council talks about the importance of forage to Kentucky’s agricultural base and describes a few stops on the day’s farm tour.

Listen: July 10, 2014, mp3

 
  • July 09, 2014

Feldhaus revisits UK’s Michael Sama with the department of bio-systems and ag engineering about their role in a campus-wide consortium exploring UAV’s, unmanned aerial vehicles, and their applications to a variety of uses and research. Sama says they now have on hand a traditional fixed wing craft and a multi-prop hover craft.

Listen: July 9, 2014, mp3

 
  • July 08, 2014

 Deadlines are already coming due for folks wanting to submit entries in the Kentucky State Fair. Entry Department Manager, Alice Hayse, says they’re on pace to receive some 25,000 entries, and discusses some of the more popular categories that attract entrants and state fair visitors.

Listen: July 8, 2014, mp3

 

 
  • July 07, 2014

A feature report on a two-week educational program involving UK Ag Economics students traveling to France and Switzerland for a program in rural development and international food business. UK Ag Econ, Academic Coordinator, Erica Flores, says they’ll study business models and economic development strategies on products ranging from chocolate to mustard.

Listen: July 7, 2014, mp3

 
  • July 04, 2014

Promo for week of June 30, 2014, Across Kentucky shows – 30 sec.

 
  • July 04, 2014

Don’t be a “smoosher” and don’t over flip; those are tips from Caitlin Swartz of the Ky Beef Council for the thousands of folks who’ll be firing up the backyard grill on this Independence Day weekend. She also discusses beef values at the grocery store and how to stretch consumer dollars shopping dollars.

Listen: July 4, 2014, mp3

 
  • July 03, 2014

The UK Quarter Scale Tractor team has done it again, taking the overall first place position in a national design and performance competition. Dr. Michael Sama, team advisor and a former team member himself, says joining the team provides tremendous educational benefits for members far beyond engineering and mechanics.

Listen: July 3, 2014, mp3

 
  • July 02, 2014

What do golfers, farmers and water sports enthusiasts have in common? Increased odds for developing skin cancers, and Somerset dermatologist, Dr. Brian Baker, says the disease is at ‘epidemic’ levels. He discusses some “old time” prevention efforts along with new methods, and offers other insights into this serious situation.

Listen: July 2, 2014, mp3

 
  • July 01, 2014

A feature report on the re-design of an ag marketing class at UK and how several companies benefited from having class members help them with marketing plans and develop recommendations for various business challenges. Erica Flores, Academic Coordinator in the UK Ag Econ Department, discusses the new approach.

Listen: July 1, 2014, mp3

 
  • June 30, 2014

Kentucky’s 2014 annual payment from the Master Tobacco Settlement Agreement of 1998 was withheld last fall as the larger participating companies objected to the carrying out of the process by which smaller independent companies were also contributing to MSA payments. Ky Attorney General, Jack Conway, explains the situation and how his office was able to negotiate a settlement to restore those payments.

Listen: June 30, 2014, mp3

 

 
  • June 27, 2014

Promo for week of June 23, 2014, Across Kentucky shows – 30 sec.

 
  • June 27, 2014

The dates are still pending but the opening for applications to a USDA value added farm grant program could be very valuable to some new and expanding ag entrepreneurs here. Myrisa Christie with the Ky Center for Ag and Rural Development (KCARD), says they’re developing webinars and new classes to help Kentuckians have a chance to qualify for this program to build ag enterprises here.

Listen: June 27, 2014, mp3

 
  • June 26, 2014

It’s daylily season over the next several weeks, and that means things will be busy on the Bourbon County farm of Lisa and Charlie farmer. Lisa explains how a visit from a Shelby County friend over ten years ago led to their entry into daylily production and development of Antioch Daylily Garden, a growing enterprise in central Kentucky.

Listen: June 26, 2014, mp3

 
  • June 25, 2014

Feldhaus has a story with a leader at Owensboro Community and Technical College on how they partnered with the Ky Corn Growers Association to use a 1965 Cobra kit car in the educational process for students in the automotive and collision programs at the school. That completed Cobra will be on display over the next few days leading to the Kentucky Speedway’s Quaker State 400 this Saturday.

Listen: June 25, 2014, mp3

 
  • June 24, 2014

After announcement last fall that millions of dollars in schedule funding for the tobacco settlement agreement was being withheld due to pending litigation, recent announcement of restoration of those funds came as obviously good news to the farm sector. Farm Bureau President Mark Haney is featured.

Listen: June 24, 2014, mp3

 
  • June 23, 2014

The third report in a three-part series highlighting June Dairy Month activities. Feldhaus talks with Southeast United Dairy Association’s Kathy Belcher on some remaining celebratory events this week and they talk about the leading dairy producer counties in the state.

Listen:June 23, 2014, mp3

 
  • June 20, 2014

Promo for week of June 16, 2014, Across Kentucky shows – 30 sec.

 
  • June 20, 2014

Strategic partnerships with McDonalds, Pizza Hut, Quaker, Taco Bell and Dominos, among others, are going a long way to increase the utilization of dairy products among consumers. With a June Dairy Month update, Kathy Belcher with the Southeast Dairy Association says for every one dollar invested by farmer check-off dollars for promotion these companies spend about six.

Listen: June 20, 2014, mp3

 
  • June 19, 2014

Quaker State 400 festivities run June 26-28, next week in Sparta at the Kentucky Speedway. Laura Knoth with the Kentucky Corn Growers Association says they’ll be there and will have a mobile unit open for visitors to walk through and learn all about corn and ethanol. They’ll have a few prizes for those who come by and they’ll also be displaying a 1965 Cobra Kit Car that runs on 85% ethanol.

Listen: June 19, 2014, mp3

 
  • June 18, 2014

The Morgan County extension farm in West Liberty will be the site for a Master Grazer program this coming Saturday, June 21, and UK Master Program coordinator, Cody Smith, says cattlemen of all sizes (herds from 10 to 1,000) could pick up on some money making concepts when they attend.

Listen: June 18, 2014, mp3

 
  • June 17, 2014

There’s a new awareness campaign underway combining the unlikely partners of social media and magnetic signs on trucks and trailers to focus on the positive impacts of corn production in Kentucky. Jennifer Elwell with the Ky Corn Growers Association explains the connection and how interested consumers can get involved.

Listen: June 17, 2014, mp3

 
  • June 16, 2014

“Dairy Packs Power;” that’s the theme of the 2014, June Dairy Month promotion, and Kathy Belcher with the Southeast Dairy Association has details of several celebrations across the state that will highlight dairy farmers and the economic and health contributions that milk and dairy products provide for all of us.

Listen: June 16, 2014, mp3

 
  • June 13, 2014

 Promo for week of June 9, 2014, Across Kentucky shows – 30 sec.

 
  • June 13, 2014

A report on a unique partnership in Owsley County where the local school system’s food service director is working with students growing produce on a school-owned farm. That success, combined with a new farmers’ market facility and community garden plots on that same land, have drawn a visit from USDA. Local school superintendent, Tim Bobrowski, discusses how the project has evolved so far.

Listen: June 13, 2014, mp3

 
  • June 12, 2014

A new round of the state’s “small scale farmer” grant program will be coming up, beginning August 1. Mac Stone with Kentucky State University discusses that program and how smaller farmers across the state are putting it to use to increase profit opportunities on their farms.

Listen: June 12, 2014, mp3

 
  • June 11, 2014

Kentucky has a new state apiarist; Dr. Tammy Horn, a senior researcher at Eastern Kentucky University. A two-time author, and current president of the state beekeepers association, Horn talks about her excitement in taking on the new challenge and her view that the state ag department through service of the apiarist post can do even more in helping develop this growing aspect of agriculture here.

Listen: June 11, 2014, mp3

 
  • June 10, 2014

The 85th annual convention of the Kentucky FFA is underway today through Thursday in Lexington. Executive Secretary of the group, Matt Chaliff, discusses the health of the organization, the funding challenges presented by a bare bones state budget, and the tremendous support the organization enjoys from the farm leadership community.

Listen: June 10, 2014, mp3

 
  • June 09, 2014

It started in 1937 as an effort to increase consumer demand for milk when the supplies on the farm were typically at their peak each spring. Maury Cox, Executive Director of the Ky Dairy Development Council talks about the history of June Dairy Month and how the event will be celebrated this year, comments on how dairy farmers are doing in the state.

Listen: June 9, 2014, mp3

 
  • June 06, 2014

Promo for week of June 2, 2014, Across Kentucky shows – 30 sec.

 
  • June 06, 2014

A feature story on the evolution of the all terrain vehicle (ATV), as the UTV is becoming a much safer form of this handy tool for the farmer. Mark Purschwitz, in farm safety at UK, discusses the more stable handling and operation of this type of vehicle, suggesting for farmers considering a purchase, it’s the way to go down on the farm.

Listen: June 6, 2014, mp3

 
  • June 05, 2014

The 85th state convention of Kentucky FFA is on tap for next week in Lexington. Feldhaus visits with Matt Chaliff, Ky Association FFA Executive Secretary, who discusses the strength of the organization, its continuing impact on youth interested in food sciences and natural resources, and that kids in the city are also getting on board.

Listen: June 5, 2014, mp3

 
  • June 04, 2014

In the second of two reports on efforts to expand corn-based products and demand for corn, Feldhaus visits with Rick Vierling, Director of Research for the National Corn Growers Association. He says that progress in building that demand will probably take the form of many small and medium sized advances.

Listen: June 4, 2014, mp3

 
  • June 03, 2014

A report on this summer’s opening of the newly upgraded farmers’ market facility in Owsley County. James Barrett president of the local farm bureau says that group and others came up with matching funds to make this major expansion a reality. He discusses its economic impact on farmers and the entire community.

Listen: June 3, 2014, mp3

 
  • June 02, 2014

Feldhaus presents the first of a two-part report on the Corn Utilization and Technology Conference underway this week in Louisville, drawing researchers and related industry representatives from around the world to share progress and ideas on ways to develop new corn-based products to increase demand.

Listen: June 2, 2014, mp3

 
  • May 30, 2014

Promo for week of May 26, 2014, Across Kentucky shows – 30 sec.

 
  • May 30, 2014

The UK Cooperative Extension Service is this year celebrating its 100th anniversary. The agency’s Director of County Operations, Karen Ramage, says events will be going on throughout the year with some special attention during the state fair. She also provides a few statistical tidbits on the impact of extension agents in our communities and the very impressive return on investment of research dollars for our citizens.

Listen: May 30, 2014, mp3

 
  • May 29, 2014

The Fort Harrod Beef Festival is coming up next week with most activities at the Mercer County fairgrounds. Local extension agent Linda McClanahan says, as the name implies, the focus is education for the local population about the importance of beef and agriculture, and to do so while providing plenty of fun opportunities to do. She says this year’s event is their ninth annual, and they’re expecting a crowd of over 3,000.

Listen: May 29, 2014, mp3

 
  • May 28, 2014

Feldhaus has a report on the inaugural class of UK “Fire Cats,” a group of university forestry students who have gotten some first hand experience in woodland fire fighting with the Kentucky Division of Forestry. Chris Osborne, Manager of UK’s Robinson Forest in eastern Kentucky talks about how the new team did in their first spring season.

Listen: May 28, 2014, mp3

 
  • May 27, 2014

A fairly healthy farm economy continues to be reflected in first quarter performance numbers with Farm Credit Mid-America, a lending coop covering Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee. President and CEO, Bill Johnson, discusses their numbers and the overall farm economy through 2014 and beyond.

Listen: May 27, 2014, mp3

 
  • May 26, 2014

A feature report on the unofficial kick-off of grilling season: Memorial Day Weekend. The Ky Beef Council’s Caitlin Swartz offers advice on getting your best buy with burgers and steaks, and has a few tips on how to handle them on the grill.

Listen: May 26, 2014, mp3

 
  • May 23, 2014

Promo for week of May 19, 2014, Across Kentucky shows – 30 sec.

 
  • May 23, 2014

By most accounts the Farmers Almanac’s recent winter forecast of a long and harsh winter was fairly on target. Their summer forecast is calling for hot and humid, as we might expect, but they feel this one will be especially ‘toasty.’ The almanac’s managing editor Sandi Duncan talks about their forecasts and their track record.

Listen: May 23, 2014, mp3

 
  • May 22, 2014

With winter weather difficulties delaying the end of school for many counties across the state, you’d think the last thing a teacher would be thinking about is a professional improvement workshop in June. But says a multi-year veteran of the Farm Bureau’s Summer Teachers’ Workshops, these regional seminars offer professional development credits and some agriculture-themed, very effective, hands-on tools for teachers to use throughout the year.

Listen: May 22, 2014, mp3

 
  • May 21, 2014

Because one injury or fatality is one too many from the use of all terrain vehicles, UK safety specialist Mark Purschwitz offers some words of caution about youngsters’ use of ATVs. As the school year is finally winding down it’s a special time for parents to take a look at safety training and protective gear for youngsters so they can enjoy the ATV experience without injury.

Listen: May 21, 2014, mp3

 
  • May 20, 2014

It’s a long term crop and not for everybody, but the per acre net profit can me quite substantial. Larry Martin, President of the Ky Blueberry Growers Association joins Feldhaus for the final of a three-part series on the growing number of farmers here checking out this crop that could hold economic opportunity for even more producers.

Listen: May 20, 2014, mp3

 
  • May 19, 2014

The Kentucky Ag Council last year teamed up with a national conservation group to allow Kentucky landowners to compete for the annual Leopold Conservation Award. The state winner receives a $10,000 prize. Kentucky nomination committee member, Steve Coleman, comments on how farmers/landowners can participate, and he feels many Ky farmers would be excellent candidates.

Listen: May 19, 2014, mp3

 
  • May 16, 2014

Promo for week of May 12, 2014, Across Kentucky shows – 30 sec.

 
  • May 16, 2014

The statistics are in for the latest harvest season for Hunters for the Hungry, a group that works with hunters, Ky Fish and Wildlife, and feeding organizations across the state to, as the name implies, distribute hunter-donated venison to help feed those less fortunate. Group leader, Ivan Schell, explains how it works, talks about their progress, and about how the average citizen can help.

Listen: May 16, 2014, mp3

 
  • May 15, 2014

A report on the rebound of the forest products industry across the country and why this sector is so important to Kentucky. The Executive Director of the Ky Forest Industries Association, Bob Bauer, talks about the trends which are finally headed back up, and which have positive impacts throughout most of our counties across the state.

Listen: May 15, 2014, mp3

 
  • May 14, 2014

In a week or so Kentucky’s county fair season will get kicked off with events in Boyle, Marshall, Russell, and Taylor Counties, with plenty more throughout the summer and into the fall. The Ky Ag Department’s Chris Caudill provides details on some of the unique local attractions from a Duck Dynasty ‘look alike contest’ to antique appraisals.

Listen: May 14, 2014, mp3

 
  • May 13, 2014

It started small but this weekend’s Ky Sheep and Fiber Festival in Lexington will draw some 6,000 visitors. This event is a golden opportunity for the growing numbers of folks getting involved in fiber art and its related fields, but it also provides some unique food and lots of fun for the general public.

Listen: May 13, 2014, mp3

 
  • May 12, 2014

They’re popular for fun and for farm chores, but ATV’s must be used with the utmost of caution and we’re coming into the season when ATV fatalities will take a jump. Feldhaus visits with extension farm safety specialist Mark Purschwitz about those grim statistics and how we can keep those numbers lower this year.

Listen: May 12, 2014, mp3

 
  • May 09, 2014

Promo for week of May 5, 2014, Across Kentucky shows – 30 sec.

 
  • May 09, 2014

The final in a feature report series with the Ky Ag department’s Warren Beeler who discusses the progress being made in the state’s agricultural effort. He points to the Ag Development Fund and its impact leading to higher farm efficiencies and greater protection of the environment overall.

Listen: May 9, 2014, mp3

 
  • May 08, 2014

A report on the’ idea procurement process’ among small grain growers to identify the best investments in research for their check-off dollars. The Ky Small Grain Grower Association’s communications director, Jennifer Elwell, describes that year-round process and two events on tap for May 13, in Princeton, of special interest to small grain growers.

Listen: May 8, 2014, mp3

 
  • May 07, 2014

Feldhaus provides the second report in a three-part series on the growing opportunities for Kentucky farmers to consider blueberry production here. Larry Martin, President of the Ky Blueberry Growers Association updates progress with that group on its processing facilities and new products they’re developing to keep demand moving forward.

Listen: May 7, 2014, mp3

 

 
  • May 06, 2014

Improving economic news in housing starts across the country point to continued improvements in sales of landscape products. UK forestry professor discusses that and other factors in an update on the overall economic impact of the forest/timber industry on counties across the state.

Listen: May 6, 2014, mp3

 
  • May 05, 2014

A report on a few of the ag items dealt with by the 2014 session of the General Assembly. Farm Bureau legislative director, Jeff Harper, discusses the Breathitt Veterinary Center in Hopkinsville, assessments on the tobacco settlement fund, combining wildlife controls to help feed the hungry, and banning e-cigarette sales to minors.

Listen: May 5, 2014, mp3

 
  • May 02, 2014

Promo for week of April 28, 2014, Across Kentucky shows – 30 sec.

 
  • May 02, 2014

Two, one-day grazing management field days are set for May 10 in Monroe County and June21st in Morgan County. UK extension beef specialist, Jeff Lemkuhler, talks about these “weekend” opportunities for farmers in those regions to get some hands-on, take-home experience that will boost their bottom lines through greater grazing efficiencies.

Listen: May 2, 2014, mp3

 
  • May 01, 2014

Campbellsville University in Taylor County has long sought out Kentucky grown foods to use whenever possible, but university food services leader, Heath Hall, says they have now linked up with the Ky Ag Department and its “farm to campus” program. Already that connection has lead him to more farmers who can help supply his food lines with Kentucky Proud offerings.

Listen: May 1, 2014, mp3

 

 
  • April 30, 2014

A feature report on Clark County’s Beech Springs Roadside Farm Market, which also features its more visible Beech Springs “Garden Barn” at a major community crossroads. Owner/operator, Mary Beth Hendricks, discusses very positive local response to the new barn, and talks about consumer trends in the roadside business model.

Listen: April 30, 2014, mp3

 
  • April 29, 2014

A two-day intensified Spring Grazing School is set for May 21-22, and the limited spots of 45 for participation, will probably be snapped up quickly. Ray Smith, UK extension forage specialist, provides details of the program and why, over the years, so many farmers have said they’ve improved their operations with tips from the event.

Listen: April 29, 2014, mp3

 
  • April 28, 2014

A Kentucky Derby report, of sorts, on a West Paducah pecan farmer whose crop is being served this week at the restaurants at Churchill Downs. Steve Kight says after a January 2009 ice storm, he thought his father’s 80 acres of pecans were doomed. But after pruning, fertilization, and three years, they had a bumper crop last year, and then made connections with Kentucky Proud, leading them to this week’s connection with the Derby.

Listen: April 28, 2014, mp3

 
  • April 25, 2014

Promo for week of April 21, 2014, Across Kentucky shows – 30 sec.

 
  • April 25, 2014

After a snow-extended school year for teachers and students across the state, you wouldn’t think teachers would be interested in a summer time, professional development workshop. But officials hosting a long-running teacher seminar for June, say hundreds are expected as planners demonstrate hands-on methods to apply agriculture themes to class topics from math to social studies.

Listen: April 25, 2014, mp3

 
  • April 24, 2014

The spring growing season got a late start because of snow and cold temperatures from this past winter, but it looks like the Kentucky-grown crop of mint, to be used in the mint juleps for the spring meet at Churchill Downs, will be right on time. Jefferson County mint farmer says the crop will be a little short, but the Kentucky-grown garnish will be awaiting patrons coming in for the Kentucky Derby.

Listen: April 24, 2014, mp3

 
  • April 23, 2014

First quarter food prices in Kentucky inched up slightly according to Farm Bureau’s Marketbasket survey. Project coordinator, Dan Smaldone, says volunteers in 34 Kentucky communities track quarterly price trends which for forty staple food items, priced out at 61 cents higher than the final quarter of 2013.

Listen: April 23, 2014, mp3

 
  • April 22, 2014

The official status of the in-state quarantine to stem the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer has been changed by officials heading that effort. Nevertheless, UK Extension Entomologist, Lee Townsend, says we can all still help fight the spread of the insect pest, and that there are effective measures for ash tree owners to take to protect their trees.

Listen: April 22, 2014, mp3

 
  • April 21, 2014

In honor of Earth Day, tomorrow, a report on progress in protection of water and soil resources on the farm with Kim Richardson, Director of the State Division of Conservation, who discusses progress with the state’s soil and water conservation cost share program. It’s helping farmers with their required, individual water quality plans.

Listen: April 21, 2014, mp3

 
  • April 18, 2014

Kentucky’s agriculture continues to evolve, according to the Ky Ag Department’s, Warren Beeler, who makes the case that ag production here is ‘greener’ than ever, and also talks about recently developed economic opportunities for medium and smaller-sized farmers to make a go of it on a contract basis.

Listen: April 18, 2014, mp3

 
  • April 17, 2014

Feldhaus has a feature with the food service director of the Owsley County School System, Charolette Thompson. She says they may have one of the most successful programs for getting locally grown foods onto the cafeteria lines; one reason is a school-owned produce farm operated by FFA students.

Listen: April 17, 2014, mp3

 
  • April 16, 2014

A report on progress with a new value-added product that producers hope will give Pop Tarts a run for their money. Larry Martin, President of the Ky Blueberry Growers’ Association, says their new kitchen and processing shop is producing Kentucky “blueberry breakfast bars,” and they’re making their way into the state’s school cafeteria lines.

Listen: April 16, 2014, mp3

 
  • April 15, 2014

Finally, winter has subsided, and for many roadside farm markets, it’s time to open their operations to the public. Jeremy Hinton, owner of Hinton’s Orchard and Farm Market near Hodgenville, says they’ll have asparagus, vegetable plants and plenty of bedding plants for the spring crowd.

Listen: April 15, 2014, mp3

 
  • April 14, 2014

A report today on the unveiling of “Kentucky’s 20/20 Vision,” a reforestation project announced by Governor Beshear to plant 20 million seedlings in 20 years across the state. Chief of the Kentucky Division of Forestry, Sheila MacSwords, lays out details.

Listen: April 14, 2014, mp3

 
  • April 11, 2014

Promo for week of April 7, 2014, Across Kentucky shows – 30 sec.

 
  • April 11, 2014

Warren Beeler is the Ky Ag Department’s Director of Ag Policy and spoke recently to the Louisville Ag Club. His assessment of the progress and potential of Kentucky agriculture has application to every county in the state, for rural and urban residents alike.

Listen: April 11, 2014, mp3

 
  • April 10, 2014

Finally, it looks like winter is really over, and one sign is the opening of the roadside farm market season. Feldhaus visits with Larue County farmer Jeremy Hinton who’s been a member of Farm Bureau’s ‘certified roadside program’ since 2002. He talks about that experience and about the season ahead.

Listen: April 10, 2014, mp3

 
  • April 09, 2014

Muhlenberg County is preparing for a new farmers’ market pavilion that will also be used for a honey processing kitchen for beekeepers in the region. Local extension agent, Darryl Simpson, discusses the long road toward their July 1 opening and some of the developments along the way.

Listen: April 9, 2014, mp3

 
  • April 08, 2014

It’s tax time for many of us, and says Aleta Botts, Director of the Ky Center for Ag and Rural Development, KCARD, that’s a great time for new agri-business entrepreneurs to take a look at their records and truly evaluate their chances for success in taking their operations to a new level; and KCARD is ready to help.

Listen: April 8, 2014, mp3

 
  • April 07, 2014

A report on major progress with utilizing chicken litter as a fertilizer with no-till corn. UK extension soils specialist, Edwin Richey, has been working with USDA researchers in a Daviess County project that shows this newer technology is almost ready to take to the field.

Listen: April 7, 2014, mp3

 
  • April 04, 2014

The 2013 figures are in and it’s been a good year for Farm Credit Mid-America, the farm lending coop covering Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee and Kentucky. Feldhaus talks with CEO Bill Johnson about the trends and about his economic outlook for the farm sector in 2014.

Listen: April 4, 2014, mp3

 
  • April 03, 2014

A feature report on the fact that the Lexington Legends baseball park will open this season with a new item at their concession stands; the “Appalacia Burger.” Meat for the burgers originates at the Chop Shop in Wolfe County and Legends C.O.O., Andy Shea, says the new item will fit right in with a host of other Kentucky Proud offerings featured at the park.

Listen: April 3, 2014 mp3

 
  • April 02, 2014

A report on an effort in Hopkins County where local extension and corrections agency leadership are using horticulture training with jail inmates to teach production skills and responsibility. Since that initial program, an additional culinary program has been introduced to further expand inmates’ skill levels and chance for employment after release.

Listen: April 2, 2014, mp3

 
  • April 01, 2014

Weather forecasters cannot predict how intensive a tornado season might be, but UK Ag Weather Center meteorologist, Matt Dixon, says it pays for all Kentuckians to be prepared for potentially damaging weather. He offers a few tips on the benefits of having a NOAA weather radio and on developing an emergency kit and family action plan.

Listen: April 1, 2014, mp3

 
  • March 31, 2014

A follow-up report on a Kentucky based food processing company that is seeking to contract with more farmers for more acreage of a variety of produce crops. Doug Scott, Operations Manager, for the Sustainable Food Alliance with Boone and Jefferson County locations, says they’ve made tremendous inroads into major food distribution networks and feels continued growth is on the horizon.

Listen: March 31, 2014, mp3

 
  • March 28, 2014

Aquaculture: it’s not a front runner in ag income production in Kentucky, but the Ky Ag Department’s aquaculture coordinator, Angela Caporelli, says a growing number of farmers are finding unique ways to add an expanding variety of aquaculture crops to their ag income production efforts; and she says that’s going to continue to grow over time.

Listen: March 28, 2014, mp3

 
  • March 27, 2014

A feature report with a UK Gluck Equine Center assistant professor, Dr. Martin Nielsen, on the “crowd funding” effort to support new research into the possible use bacteria to fight parasites in horses. So far, the “crowd funding” seems to be working and he has high hopes for feeding ‘probiotics’ to horses someday to fight internal parasites.

Listen: March 27, 2014, mp3

 
  • March 26, 2014

Efforts continue in a number of ways to build markets and economic opportunity for produce farmers in the state. The Ky Ag Department’s “Farm To School” program is one of those and giving a boost to the impact of that effort is the Sustainable Food Alliance. Operations Manager Doug Scott talks about their expanding work with farmers and schools.

Listen: March 26, 2014, mp3

 
  • March 25, 2014

From 2012 to 2013, the state’s Ag Tag Donation program has doubled its revenue impact for 4-H, FFA, and Kentucky Proud. Keith Roger’s Executive Director of the Kentucky 4-H Foundation says March is typically the month for farm tag renewals and he’s encouraging farmers to keep up that support of these important ag groups.

Listen: March 25, 2014, mp3

 
  • March 24, 2014

The Eastern Tent Caterpillar has not been impacted in the slightest by Kentucky’s harsh winter weather. In fact, UK extension entomologist, Lee Townsend, says in recent years of casual observation he thinks their populations are increasing. Townsend has suggestions for dealing with these spring pests around the home and on the farm.

Listen: March 24, 2014, mp3

 
  • March 21, 2014

Kentucky’s “Ag Tag” donation program continues in full force through the month of March, and the executive director of the Ky FFA Foundation, Sheldon McKinney, says these contributions from farmers are making a huge difference at FFA at both state and county levels. The effort also benefits 4-H and Kentucky Proud.

Listen: March 21, 2014, mp3

 
  • March 20, 2014

An update on the latest monthly meeting of the state ag development board. Feldhaus provides a snapshot of the typical county programs that are made available through this effort, utilizing tobacco settlement dollars to invest in ag infrastructure. Local farm leader, Bob Hodges of Ohio County, is featured.

Listen: March 20, 2014, mp3

 
  • March 19, 2014

There are over 200,000 farm ponds in the state and Ky State University extension aquaculture specialists are holding workshops this week to help owners with better management of these important resources. KSU’s Dr. Bill Wurts discusses topics to be covered at meetings in Caldwell and Grayson Counties this Friday and Saturday.

Listen: March 19, 2014, mp3

 
  • March 18, 2014

Preliminary findings of the 2012 Ag Census have been released and the total number of Kentucky farms has dropped significantly while the average age of farmers here continues to edge upward. Scott Lemons with USDA’s National Ag Statistics Service has details.

Listen: March 18, 2014, mp3

 
  • March 17, 2014

 “Managing Poo, Begins with You,” is the catchy lead on a recent news release about a series of dairy farmer meetings focused on the environment and the states’ ag water quality program. Terri Atkins, with the Ky Dairy Development Council comments on upcoming meetings in Christian, Warren, Metcalfe and Adair counties.

Listen: March 17, 2014, mp3

 

 
  • March 14, 2014

March is the month for farmers to renew their farm license plates, and Kentucky 4-H Foundation Executive Director, Keith Rogers, encourages them to participate in the ‘ag tag donation’ program. He says since the program was revamped two years ago it’s resulted in a quarter million dollars of revenue for 4-H at the local and state levels.

Listen: March 14, 2014, mp3

 
  • March 13, 2014

It’s just about time for consumers and CSA’s to get together and work out their arrangements for the coming crop year. Community Supported Agriculture matches consumer with produce farmers where families pre-pay for a weekly basket of fresh produce right out of the field. Hopkins County extension agent Andy Rideout explains the process and its success.

Listen: March 13, 2014, mp3

 
  • March 12, 2014

FFA, 4-H, and Kentucky Proud have teamed up to produce a new public service announcement to remind farmers about the “ag tag donation program” that benefits all through groups. FFA Executive Secretary, Matt Chaliff, talks about the effort and how they secured the voice of Paul Harvey from his “And God Made The Farmer” speech.

Listen: March 12, 2014, mp3

 
  • March 11, 2014

The Fayette County Farm Bureau’s 31st annual farm equipment consignment auction is set for March 22 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. Last year the event drew some 4,000 from as far away as North Carolina. And the event featured over 1,700 items, grossed about $1.5 million, and 100% of the net proceeds went for scholarships.

Listen: March 11, 2014, mp3

 
  • March 10, 2014

A report on the slow but steady progress with the Ky Ag Departments “Farm to School” program to get more locally grown fruits and vegetables into school cafeterias. Program coordinator Tina Garland says, from blueberries to sweet potatoes, more locally grown items are getting into schools.

Listen: March 10, 2014, mp3

 

 
  • March 07, 2014

The Ky Ag Department’s directory of farmers’ markets is always a ‘work in progress’ says program coordinator Sharon Spencer. Both vendors and customers can to to: kyagr.com and click on farmers markets to find the nearest market in the area and for vendors to access the work book on how to get certification to be able to present samples to market visitors.

Listen: March 7, 2014, mp3

 
  • March 06, 2014

A handful of LaRue County farmers are developing their production and marketing for Kentucky-grown sweet potatoes. Local farmer, Travis Cleaver, says demand last season was very good, and while they’re moving very slowly, he feels confident that they could soon develop a local cooperative for this crop and maybe a few others.

Listen: March 6, 2014, mp3

 
  • March 05, 2014

From Breathitt County’s Bobcat Bread to Mayfield High School’s baked fajitas, the Ky Ag Departments new “junior chefs competition” is growing by leaps and bounds. Program coordinator, Tina Garland, says the result has been healthier eating with more local foods served in school cafeterias.

Listen: March 5, 2014, mp3

 
  • March 04, 2014

Scores of Kentucky farmers will be participating in Farm Bureau’s Legislative Drive-In in Frankfort today. The farm group’s legislative coordinator, Jeff Harper, discusses some of the issue of concern to farmers and how this personal visit with legislators helps move their positions forward.

Listen: March 4, 2014, mp3

 
  • March 03, 2014

What’s trending in new activities out on the farm at agri-tourism destinations? Well one development is demand from couples looking to “tie the knot” out in the country. That’ll be discussed this Thursday at a roadside market educational meeting at the Elizabethtown Convention Center.

Listen: March 3, 2014, mp3

 
  • February 28, 2014

Feldhaus does a follow-up report on unmanned aerial vehicle research being done at UK’s Biosystems and Ag Engineering department. Associate engineer, Michael Sama, discusses how the systems are developing and how they’ll likely be put to use on farms in the future for a variety of applications.

Listen: February 28, 2014, mp3

 
  • February 27, 2014

There’s a UK equine career fair schedule for next Tuesday, Mar 4, in Lexington, but equine internship director Elizabeth Labonty explains the event is open to any student from any school. Last year they had many states represented with students making networking contacts with a wide variety of equine related businesses.

Listen: February 27, 2014, mp3

 
  • February 26, 2014

It’s way too early for consumers to begin thinking about a trip to their favorite farmers’ market this season, but many farmer/vendors are already exploring educational opportunities so that they can get certified to offer free samples. Previous survey results indicate consumers want that opportunity and sampling does increase farmer sales.

Listen: February 26, 2014, mp3

 
  • February 25, 2014

A feature story on the University of Kentucky’s Consortium on Unmanned Systems Research. Director, Dr. Suzanne Weaver Smith says a wide variety of interests are working on several aspects of developing UAV’s, unmanned aerial vehicles, and some of their applications could have wide use in agriculture.

Listen: February 25, 2014, mp3

 
  • February 24, 2014

Almost 200 Kentucky farmers are headed for Washington D.C. this week to do some grass roots lobbying with the state’s congressional delegations. Ky Farm Bureau president, Mark Haney, says the farm group makes the trek annually and this year, along with the delegations will meet with USDA officials in charge of the new farm bill.

Listen: February 24, 2014, mp3

 
  • February 21, 2014

An update on progress behind the scenes as the Ky Beef Council’s Caitlin Swartz works to increase beef consumption. Swartz discusses their work with retailers and with students in the dietetics field, taking them out to the farm to see exactly where those beef products came from. And Swartz discusses their new web site update at: kybeef.com.

Listen: February 21, 2014, mp3

 
  • February 20, 2014

Keep your pencil sharp is the advice for grain farmers from the newly elected president of the Ky Soybean Association, Ryan Bivens of LaRue County. Bivens discusses the need for maximizing yields and keeping input costs in check as market prices for the coming season begin to seek their levels.

Listen: February 20, 2014, mp3

 
  • February 19, 2014

Feldhaus has an update on the progress of a regional USDA inspected livestock processing center which is opening up new opportunities for southeastern Kentucky. Paul Marsillett, plant manager for the Chop Shop in Hazel Green, KY says the region’s livestock producers have responded well, and so have consumers.

Listen: February 19, 2014, mp3

 
  • February 18, 2014

A feature story on the team from the UK College of Ag, Food and Environment which recently won top honors in the national “Forage Bowl.” UK professor in forages, Ben Goff, talked about the honor and about this major resource so important to a cattle state like Kentucky.

Listen: February 18, 2014, mp3

 
  • February 17, 2014

A report on this week’s celebration of Food Check-Out Week across the nation as the average family has, this week, earned enough to purchase its entire food supply for the year. Ky Farm Bureau Women’s Chair, Betty Farris of Butler County, talks about some of the ways that group is delivering that message this week.

Listen: February 17, 2014, mp3

 
  • February 14, 2014

Feldhaus presents the final report in a three-part series on genetic engineering as GMO products celebrate their 20th anniversary this year. UK entomologist, Ric Bessin, offers a laymen’s view of this powerful technology; both on some of its benefits as well as the need to maintain close scientific scrutiny of its applications in every day life.

Listen: February 14, 2014, mp3

 
  • February 13, 2014

Feldhaus has a special report with the Senior V.P. for Agribusiness at Farm Credit Mid-America, Keith Lane, who talks about some of the equipment buying trends in a typical year, that might surprise you. He says based on their equipment loan volume, December and January are actually the two top months for farm gear purchases.

Listen: February 13, 2014, mp3

 
  • February 12, 2014

A feature report with Sam Lawson, of Bowling Green, who’s been in and around farm equipment all his life and who continues making his livelihood as a farm machinery consultant for dealer and manufacturer clients across the world. Sam talks about the continued demand for precision farm equipment to squeeze the most profit out of every acre.

Listen: February 12, 2014, mp3

 
  • February 11, 2014

The Ky Alfalfa Conference opens next week at WKU’s Ag Expo Center in Bowling Green. UK forage specialist Garry Lacefield discusses the role of forages and alfalfa in the ag economy of Kentucky, and on how they have impact on the day-to-day offerings on our dinner tables, every night.

Listen: February 11, 2014, mp3

 
  • February 10, 2014

It’s been over a year in the planning and “move-in staging” and logistics started a couple of weeks ago. Mike Sausman, Director of Operations at the Ky Exposition Center, has the job of moving in thousands of pieces of farm equipment by this Wednesday as the National Farm Machinery Show opens this week in Louisville.

Listen: February 10, 2014, mp3

 
  • February 07, 2014

Feldhaus presents the second report in a three-part series on genetic engineering as GMO products celebrate their 20th anniversary this year. UK entomologist, Ric Bessin, offers a laymen’s view of this powerful technology; both on some of its benefits as well as the need to maintain close scientific scrutiny of its applications in every day life.

Listen: February 7, 2014, mp3

 
  • February 06, 2014

“Grazing for Cash” is one of the latest intensive management training offerings intended to beef up the bottom line for Kentucky cattlemen. Dan Miller, the Kentucky Beef Network’s Industry Coordinator, explains this program and how it and other offerings through the Beef Network are increasing farm income for farmers of all sizes.

Listen: February 6, 2014, mp3

 
  • February 05, 2014

A Lexington based ag entrepreneur, Kimmey Bohannon, owner of The Weekly Juicery, is doing well for herself; in fact, the business is expanding its processing and handling facilities in Lexington, and has a new retail outlet ready to open this spring in Louisville. It’s a niche market for sure but Bohannon says all of her incoming produce currently comes from out-of-state and she’d like to see all of that be Kentucky grown.

Listen: February 5, 2014, mp3

 
  • February 04, 2014

A report on fourth quarter food prices in Kentucky as Farm Bureau’s Dan Smaldone examines findings of the farm group’s monthly Marketbasket Food Price Survey which shows year ending prices slightly over the third quarter level in 2013.

Listen: February 4, 2014, mp3

 
  • February 03, 2014

Five thousand pounds of blackberries may help the Spencer County FFA dairy judging team earn enough to compete in the international level of that competition in Scotland this June. Local FFA chapter advisor Bland Baird talks about the tradition of FFA achievement at that chapter and the fund raising efforts for this June’s contest.

Listen: February 3, 2014, mp3

 
  • January 31, 2014

Feldhaus begins a multi-part series providing a “GMO 101” course to help he general public get a better handle on how genetic modified crops and foods are developed. UK extension entomologist, Ric Bessin, says GMO products are celebrating their 20th anniversary, and while they’ve brought forth some new and improved crop and food developments, they also require careful monitoring by the food production industry.

Listen: January 31, 2014, mp3

 
  • January 30, 2014

Linda McClanahan, the county extension agent for ag and natural resources in Mercer County has won the top award in the American Farm Bureau ‘Excellence in Agriculture’ award. McClanahan discusses her experience in that national competition and talks about her day-to-day efforts in assisting farmers in Mercer County.

Listen: January 30, 2014, mp3

 

 
  • January 29, 2014

The Governor’s Office of Ag Policy has made some slight changes to their procedures and program in the ‘ag development fund’ process for 2014. Chief of Staff, Joel Neaveill talks about some of the streamlined items, some additions, and some changes to a few popular cost share programs having impact across the state.

Listen: January 29, 2014, mp3

 
  • January 28, 2014

Tomorrow’s Ag Expo in Owensboro will celebrate its 40th anniversary, and will do so as the first exposition to run in the brand new Owensboro Convention Center, opening this month. Event planner, Anita Fuqua, says the day-long program will feature scores of vendors and displays, educational programs on production and marketing, and should draw some 700 visitors.

Listen: January 28, 2014, mp3

 
  • January 27, 2014

“Feed-the-hungry” agencies are asking Ky tax payers, due a refund, to check page 2, line 37 of their 2013 return this tax season. Contributions can be made to the Ky Ag Department’s “Farm to Food Banks Trust Fund” to help feed the hungry. Tarmara Sandberg, Executive Director of the Ky Food Banks Association, discusses that program and a new state tax credit available to farmers who donate edible commodities.

Listen: January 27, 2014, mp3

 
  • January 24, 2014

Feldhaus visits with Kelley Yates, Executive Director of the Ky Sheep and Goat Development Office getting a summary of the challenges and continued growth in both of these ag enterprises.

Listen: January 24, 2014, mp3

 
  • January 23, 2014

A feature report on the need for all Kentucky farmers to generate or update their ag water quality plans. UK water quality specialist, Amanda Gumbert, talks about the history and progress of Kentucky’s state program, a national leader, in assuring that farmers have solid plans in place to continue stewardship of soil and water.

Listen: January 23, 2014, mp3

 
  • January 22, 2014

From Mayfield to Paintsville regularly scheduled graded goat sales happen throughout the year. In between the sales, both goat and sheep producers have to keep their stock healthy and growing. That’s the subject of a report on the upcoming Small Ruminant Grazing Conference set for the Fayette County extension office on February 1.

Listen: January 22, 2014, mp3

 
  • January 21, 2014

A first-time effort is being tried this year by the Ky Soybean Board, two intensive production workshops, Feb 6 in Murray and Feb 7 in Owensboro. UK agronomist Chad Lee discusses the program with an eye toward increasing yields at the same time, keeping profits up.

Listen: January 21, 2014, mp3

 
  • January 20, 2014

On the federal level it appears that agriculture is finally going to see some progress with several issues. Ky Farm Bureau President, Mark Haney, points to success in opposing sequestration of burley quota buyout payments, and promising signs on progress with a farm bill, waterway transportation, and farm labor programs.

Listen: January 20, 2014, mp3

 
  • January 17, 2014

The Ky Farm Bureau’s campaign management seminar is coming up Feb 6 and 7. The farm group’s political education director, Joe Cain, explains that the event is non-partisan and is designed to lay out the mechanics of a successful political campaign. He says a side benefit is that graduates (with about a 78% success rate) once they’re elected, are more likely to pay attention to the issues of interest to farmers.

Listen: January 17, 2014, mp3

 
  • January 16, 2014

Soybean Promotion Day is on tap at Murray State University next Tuesday, January 21, drawing hundreds of farmers from a four-state region. Dr. Tony Brannon, Dean of the Hutson School of Agriculture at MSU says this is the event’s 10th anniversary and discusses some of the important issues for discussion during program presentations.

Listen: January 16, 2014, mp3

 
  • January 15, 2014

A feature report with the “weather whisperer,” Evelyn Browning-Garriss, editor of the Browning Newsletter. This ‘historical climatologist’ explains her profession and why she’s in demand as a business consultant all over the world. Browning-Garriss is the luncheon speaker at this Friday’s Ky Commodity Conference in Bowling Green.

Listen: January 15, 2014, mp3

 
  • January 14, 2014

An update on the year for Kentucky cattlemen as they gather this week for the Ky Cattleman’s Association annual meeting in Lexington. Bath County’s Mike Bach, immediate past president of KCA, says prices in general have been very strong and it appears they’ll stay that way for the mid-range future.

Listen: January 14, 2014, mp3

 
  • January 13, 2014

A report on crop year 2013 from the soybean producer’s perspective with Hickman County’s Davie Stephens. He discusses the wet weather delays early in the season which did not point to record yields. He also talks about a producer’s perspective on drought-induced higher market prices versus softer prices from favorable yields.

Listen: January 13, 2014, mp3

 
  • January 10, 2014

Feldhaus does a preview of the January 17, Ky Commodity Conference in Bowling Green, getting insight into the corn grower’s view on things after coming off record yields. Hardin County’s Ray Allen Mackey discusses farmers’ upbeat mood and work being done by the commodity group relative to boosting exports and protecting the environment.

Listen: January 10, 2014, mp3

 
  • January 09, 2014

Some 350 Kentuckians are headed for San Antonio to participate in the American Farm Bureau Convention Jan 12-15. For many this will be a combination business and pleasure kind of trip. On the business side of things, farmers will be setting priority policy issues for the coming year. Feldhaus visits with Ky Farm Bureau National Affairs Director Joe Cain on some of those issues.

Listen: January 9, 2014, mp3

 
  • January 08, 2014

Feldhaus has a feature story about the Nelson County Farm Bureau’s project over the last two years to put agriculture’s presence back on the top shelf at their local county fair. The group was selected as one of only 24 counties nationwide, to display its project at the American Farm Bureau convention next week in San Antonio.

Listen: January 8, 2014, mp3

 
  • January 07, 2014

Corn producers are fighting back during an EPA comment period regarding the agency’s intent to reduce the previous target for ethanol use in federal renewable fuel standards. Laura Knoth with the Ky Corn Growers Association explains the agency’s apparent “about face,” and how farmers and other citizens can voice their opinions.

Listen: January 7, 2014, mp3

 
  • January 06, 2014

The Winter Wheat Conference, hosted by UK and the Ky Small Grain Growers Association tomorrow, will draw from four or five states with some 200 in attendance. Conference planner, UK’s Lloyd Murdock, says attendees will discuss several issues of importance, among them possible new small grain crops like canola and chia.

Listen: January 6, 2014, mp3

 
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