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Stress on the Farm and in Rural America: Acknowledging its existence can be a good first step in combating this issue

Stress on the Farm and in Rural America: Acknowledging its existence can be a good first step in combating this issue

As much as farm families love what they do, there is a tremendous amount of stress that can come along with any farming operation, big or small; in good economic times or financial downturns.

Across Kentucky - April 22, 2019
April 18, 2019
Across Kentucky - April 22, 2019

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler spoke with farmers and state officials during a visit to the state Friday, April 12.  Administrator Wheeler says Kentucky will benefit from clean coal technology regulations and the new Waters of the U.S. rule that will soon be in place.

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Market Closes - April 17, 2019
April 17, 2019
Market Closes - April 17, 2019

Soybean, meal and soyoil futures all lost about one percent at the close. These contracts closed at/near the day’s lows.  Cattle futures closed slightly lower nearby and posted small gains in August-forward contracts. Boxed beef values were mixed. Lean Hog futures closed mixed with losses through August and dollar-plus gains in the December 2019 and beyond contracts.

Market Closes - April 15, 2019
April 15, 2019
Market Closes - April 15, 2019

CBOT futures closed mixed. Corn and soybean futures closed slightly higher as traders wait for confirmation of a US/China trade deal. Cattle futures closed higher on stronger boxed beef values and Friday’s stronger cash cattle market.  Lean Hog futures closed higher with bigger gains in distant months. LH continue to be supported by pork values and ideas that China is buying large quantities of US pork.

Across Kentucky Promo April 15, 2019 - April 19, 2019
April 11, 2019
Across Kentucky Promo April 15, 2019 - April 19, 2019

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Across Kentucky - April 19, 2019
April 11, 2019
Across Kentucky - April 19, 2019

While the United States Department of Agriculture is working to develop regulations for agricultural hemp, the Risk Management Agency is formulating a crop insurance plan to help farmers protect their risk.  Administrator Martin Barbre talks about what is being developed, the challenges and if agricultural hemp is too risky.

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Across Kentucky - April 18, 2019
April 11, 2019
Across Kentucky - April 18, 2019

The agriculture department at Eastern Kentucky University is continuing to grow as a new class of students enroll to obtain a degree in a number of areas.  Eastern Kentucky University Agronomy Professor Dr. John Settimi discusses what programs are offered at the university, the students that are enrolling and what they seem to be interested in.

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