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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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Across Kentucky - March 23, 2017
March 16, 2017
Across Kentucky - March 23, 2017

Melissa Miller, Executive Director of the Ky 4-H Council, talks about the Triple Crown of Kentucky agriculture, 4-H, FFA, and Ky Proud; as those entities are the beneficiaries of the state’s “Ag Tag” program, encouraging farmer donations at license renewal time.  Miller highlights a few of last year’s leading donation counties.  

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Across Kentucky - March 22, 2017
March 16, 2017
Across Kentucky - March 22, 2017

Five streamlined systems for utilizing existing fences to more easily feed hay to cattle will be on display by the Kentucky Beef Network at the Eden Shale Farm in Owen County. Industry Coordinator, Dan Miller, says all of the systems can help increase efficiencies and cut hay loss, and make it easier for lone farmers to get their feeding done.  

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Across Kentucky - March 21, 2017
March 16, 2017
Across Kentucky - March 21, 2017

A report on a feasibility study underway through the Hopkinsville Elevator on developing export markets for Kentucky-grown canola.  The facility’s Ben Westerfield says farmer interest in the crop in that region is high and that their facility can handle the crop with its current mix of grains.  They’re working now to firm up export buyers. 

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

“The Most Wonderful Dream,” a Kentucky based ag accurate book will serve as the focus for Ag Literacy Week activities across the state this week.  Anderson County’s Sue Litkenhus says, in her county, local farm leaders will go into schools to read that book to youngsters and provide other educational opportunities with an ag theme for their local schools.

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