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President's Column: Safe and Reliable Transportation is Essential to Kentucky's Economy
August 1, 2017
President's Column: Safe and Reliable Transportation is Essential to Kentucky's Economy

One thing I have discovered over the years, either on the farm or in the boardroom, is the benefit of working together and networking with others cannot be overstated.

'Ag Tag' Donations Soared to Nearly $630,000 in 2017, Shattering Previous Records
July 31, 2017
'Ag Tag' Donations Soared to Nearly $630,000 in 2017, Shattering Previous Records

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles announced today that voluntary “ag tag” donations in the 2017 fiscal year that ended June 30 amounted to $629,865.43, setting a record for the largest amount donated since the program began.

Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation Donates $1 Million to UK's Grain and Forage Center of Excellence
July 27, 2017
Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation Donates $1 Million to UK's Grain and Forage Center of Excellence

In continuing its long-standing support of the University of Kentucky (UK) College of Agriculture, Food and Environment’s Research and Education Center at Princeton, the Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation’s (KFBF) Board of Directors voted, during its last meeting, to donate a total of $1 million to initiatives at the facility’s new Grain and Forage Center of Excellence.

New tree app builds partnerships between citizens and scientists
July 18, 2017
New tree app builds partnerships between citizens and scientists

TreeSnap, new phone app developed for Android and iOS cell phones is designed to connect scientists with foresters, landowners and interested citizens in an effort to protect and restore the nation’s trees.

Deadline to Enroll in Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC)
July 14, 2017
Deadline to Enroll in Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC)

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Kentucky  Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting State Executive Director (SED) Robert Finch reminds farmers and ranchers that they have until Aug. 1 to enroll in Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and/or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for the 2017 crop year.

American Farm Bureau Federation and National FFA Organization to Work Together to Share the Story of Agricultural Education
July 12, 2017
American Farm Bureau Federation and National FFA Organization to Work Together to Share the Story of Agricultural Education

The American Farm Bureau Federation and National FFA Organization signed a memorandum of understanding to grow leaders, build communities and strengthen agriculture.

Winter Wheat Production Forecast Up Four Percent from June
July 12, 2017
Winter Wheat Production Forecast Up Four Percent from June

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released its July Crop Production report today based on the Agricultural Yield Survey conducted at the beginning of the month.

Kentucky Boys and Girls Clubs boost garden and cooking programs with 'Ag Tag' grant
July 10, 2017
Kentucky Boys and Girls Clubs boost garden and cooking programs with 'Ag Tag' grant

Several hundred Kentucky youth will learn hands-on gardening and cooking skills this summer thanks to a Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) “Ag Tag” program grant awarded to nine clubs in the Kentucky Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs.

4-H to host Solar Eclipse Camp for historic event
July 10, 2017
4-H to host Solar Eclipse Camp for historic event

The West Kentucky 4-H Camp in Dawson Springs is in the direct path of a total solar eclipse that will occur Aug. 21. Kentucky 4-H is taking this rare opportunity to host a Solar Eclipse Camp there so young people cannot only view the historical event but learn the science behind it.

Proposed FDA Change to Tobacco Product Standard Could Prove Detrimental to Dark Tobacco Industry
June 30, 2017
Proposed FDA Change to Tobacco Product Standard Could Prove Detrimental to Dark Tobacco Industry

A suggested standard change set forth by the Food and Drug Administration would set new N-nitrosonornicotine (NNN) levels in finished smokeless tobacco products; the possible change has many dark tobacco producers, in particular dark fire-cured tobacco producers, worried about the future of their crop.