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Across Kentucky - April 4, 2017
March 30, 2017
Across Kentucky - April 4, 2017

A case of low pathogen avian influenza has turned up in western Kentucky.  Ky Ag Department State Veterinarian, Bob Stout says it may have arrived via migrating wild fowl, and efforts are now underway to contain the occurrence. He encourages all poultry producers to take all bio-security measures on their farms to prevent any further outbreak.

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

Part of the Kentucky Forest Industries Association annual meeting this week in Lexington will be a major focus on white oak production.  UK forester, Jeff Stringer, says there’s high demand from both the bourbon and wine industries, and industry officials want to make sure this valuable crop is handled sustainably for its long term value to Kentucky.

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Across Kentucky Promo March 27, 2017 - March 31, 2017
March 23, 2017
Across Kentucky Promo March 27, 2017 - March 31, 2017

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Across Kentucky - March 31, 2017
March 23, 2017
Across Kentucky - March 31, 2017

Making dreams come true is not a phrase you’d normally associate with a state government program and a middle man, but that’s exactly what’s happening through the Ky Ag Development Corporation’s “beginning farmer” loan program.  And one “middle man,” Chris Cooper with Central Kentucky Ag Credit in Richmond explains how the program is working for a Madison County young farm couple. 

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Across Kentucky - March 30, 2017
March 23, 2017
Across Kentucky - March 30, 2017

We can all help in the effort to feed the hungry in Kentucky if we just check line 33, box E on our state tax return.  The Ky Association of Food Banks’, Sarah Vaughn, says that will help fund the “farm to food banks” program which helps farmers harvest and deliver too feeding agencies some crops of “seconds” that might normally go to waste.  

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Across Kentucky - March 29, 2017
March 23, 2017
Across Kentucky - March 29, 2017

The earlier mid-March freezes have had many farmers scrambling to protect sensitive crops.  Grayson County strawberry grower, Danny VanMeter, says berry farmers had some sleepless nights trying to protect sensitive buds from the cold.  At this point he feels like a few of the larger berries may be in short supply but that overall there should be plenty of strawberries at roadside markets beginning in late April.  

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Across Kentucky - March 28, 2017
March 23, 2017
Across Kentucky - March 28, 2017

This is the last week for “Ag Tag” donations to be made by holders of “farm license tags” across the state.  FFA Foundation Executive Director Sheldon McKinney says the program over the last few years has made a major difference in program participation at both the state and chapter level.

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Across Kentucky - March 27, 2017
March 23, 2017
Across Kentucky - March 27, 2017

The rebuilding of the Lexington Bluegrass Stockyard is in full swing and COO of the yard, Jim Akers, feels like their September 1 open date is right on schedule.  Feldhaus begins a series on this major agri-business for the state and the state-of-the-art system it will employ to handle up to 3,000 livestock sales per day.

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Across Kentucky Promo March 20, 2017 - March 24, 2017
March 16, 2017
Across Kentucky Promo March 20, 2017 - March 24, 2017

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Across Kentucky - March 24, 2017
March 16, 2017
Across Kentucky - March 24, 2017

There’s been some progress in this 2017 session of the General Assembly toward protecting land owners against timber thefts.  Bob Bauer with the Ky Forest Industries Association talks about that, the booming demand for white oak timber, and some other industry issues as KFIA holds it’s annual meeting in Lexington, April 4-6.  

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