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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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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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