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Across Kentucky Promo April 10, 2017 - April 14, 2017
April 6, 2017
Across Kentucky Promo April 10, 2017 - April 14, 2017

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Across Kentucky - April 14, 2017
April 6, 2017
Across Kentucky - April 14, 2017

A feature report on how UK entomologist Ric Bessin is working with growers of small fruits like strawberries, blueberries and grapes to trap and identify harmful insects and to then utilize social media to alert other growers about the spread of the pest. The net result is that often growers can avoid unnecessary and expensive crop protection applications because the pest isn’t yet active at harvest time in various locations. 

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Across Kentucky - April 13, 2017
April 6, 2017
Across Kentucky - April 13, 2017

A report on an upcoming workshop (Apr 22) open to veterans and newcomers interested in testing the waters for outdoor fish production as an ag enterprise.  Extension aquaculture specialist, Forest Wynne, discusses current production and demand patterns, and also talks about the requirements for getting into this line of production.  

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Across Kentucky - April 12, 2017
April 6, 2017
Across Kentucky - April 12, 2017

The ag department at Eastern Kentucky University is hosting an April 21 ribbon cutting and demonstration of its new cattle handling facility at its Meadowbrook Farm.  Associate Professor, Ed Fredrickson, is featured discussing new national trends in design that lower animal stress, ease their handling, and make things safer for the folks working with livestock.   

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Across Kentucky - April 11, 2017
April 6, 2017
Across Kentucky - April 11, 2017

The average cost of 40 staple food items in Kentucky dropped during the first quarter of 2017 by about $2.00.  Todd Bright with Farm Bureau says the group’s food price tally showed the fourth decrease in the last five quarters. Retail price decreases in beef, pork, and dairy led the way. 

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Across Kentucky - April 10, 2017
April 6, 2017
Across Kentucky - April 10, 2017

A follow-up report on Kentucky poultry industry efforts to limit the spread of low pathogen avian influenza on farms here.  The Ky Poultry Federation’s Jamie Guffie discusses bio-security procedures in place on all poultry farms, and he talks about how small family flock owners can also help deal with curtailing spread of the disease. 

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Across Kentucky April 3, 2017 - April 7, 2017
March 30, 2017
Across Kentucky April 3, 2017 - April 7, 2017

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Across Kentucky - April 7, 2017
March 30, 2017
Across Kentucky - April 7, 2017

A feature story with Danny VanMeter, a Grayson County leader in strawberry production.  He says interest in strawberry production is on the rise.  He says spending nights in the field, protecting the crop from freezes like the one last month are just one of the challenges; but he feels a growing number of producers could find the crop very rewarding. 

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Across Kentucky - April 6, 2017
March 30, 2017
Across Kentucky - April 6, 2017

It was the warmest end of winter that UK Horticulturist, John Strang, has ever seen; and then came the mid-March freeze.  All in all, peaches took a major hit in some regions, but damage to other fruits could have been far, far worse.  

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Across Kentucky - April 5, 2017
March 30, 2017
Across Kentucky - April 5, 2017

There’s a 2018 Farm Bill planning session scheduled for April 10 at Hopkinsville Community College, and a guest speaker will be Kentucky’s new 1st district congressman, James Comer, a member of the House Ag Committee.  Ky Farm Bureau’s Joe Cain discusses some of the various elements of this federal safety net for the nation’s farmers.

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