- March 14, 2014
- 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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