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Across Kentucky Promo December 4, 2017 - December 8, 2017
November 30, 2017
Across Kentucky Promo December 4, 2017 - December 8, 2017

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Across Kentucky - December 8, 2017
November 30, 2017
Across Kentucky - December 8, 2017

A major meeting of some four state associations dealing with fruits and vegetables is set for January 8 and 9 at Lexington’s Embassy Suites.  Event coordinator, UK horticulturist John Strang talks about some of the plans and activities on tap for those in attendance.  Some eighty speakers will present during the two-day conference.

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Across Kentucky - December 7, 2017
November 30, 2017
Across Kentucky - December 7, 2017

Having neighbors come out to cut their own Christmas tree is truly a family affair for Kevin and Rhonda Roberts who operate a certified roadside market with special activities in late summer, fall and the Christmas season.  Kevin Roberts explains they’ve returned from ‘city jobs’ to the family farm to focus on agri-tourism.

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Across Kentucky - December 6, 2017
November 30, 2017
Across Kentucky - December 6, 2017

A feature story on the new State Executive Director of the Farm Service Agency, Brian Lacefield.  The new director discusses some of his background in Kentucky ag and finance circles, and explains, in general, FSA’s role in connecting farmers with USDA and farm bill programs and services.

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Across Kentucky - December 5, 2017
November 30, 2017
Across Kentucky - December 5, 2017

A report on the Beef and Bacon livestock processing facility in McLean County which just a couple of years ago utilized ‘ag development’ grants and loans to open their shop. Just recently they were approved for a grant to help them qualify for USDA inspection which owner, Wesley Spurrier, explains will expand sale opportunities for many farmer/customers utilizing their services. 

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Across Kentucky - December 4, 2017
November 30, 2017
Across Kentucky - December 4, 2017

Last year the Kentucky “Hunters for the Hungry” program donated some 60,000 to 70,000 pounds of processed venison to feed hungry neighbors.  Ivan Schell, Executive Director of the group says that translates into some 560,000 meal, and he invites Kentucky hunters to increase their donations during the current hunting season. 

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Across Kentucky Promo November 27, 2017 - December 1, 2017
November 22, 2017
Across Kentucky Promo November 27, 2017 - December 1, 2017

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Across Kentucky - December 1, 2017
November 22, 2017
Across Kentucky - December 1, 2017

A new research project is now underway at UK to upgrade “best management practices” on grain farms.  UK soils specialist Brad Lee says USDA and the Ky Soybean Promotion Board are co-sponsoring the 10-year project to get a better handle on the best way to make sure that soil nutrients stay on farm fields.

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Across Kentucky - November 30, 2017
November 22, 2017
Across Kentucky - November 30, 2017

The 2017 Census of Agriculture survey forms are now on their way to Kentucky farms.  Dave Knopf with the National Ag Statistics Service says the deadline for return of the information is February 5.  This census will have two new categories dealing specifically with veterans and with those who sell produce.

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Across Kentucky - November 29, 2017
November 22, 2017
Across Kentucky - November 29, 2017

Courtney Farms of Shelby County has been named 2017 Agribusiness of the Year by the Agribusiness Industry Network.  Mary says that she and husband, Shane, gave up full-time jobs in 2008, and started farming primarily with tobacco. Since then, on purchased and rented acres they produce grain, beef cattle, hogs and have become a regional producer of produce crops supplying Kroger, Jefferson County schools, and others.

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