Agriculture/Farm News

Applications for KDA internships for summer 2017 now available
Program offers hands-on experience in various fields of work at KDA

FRANKFORT – College students pursuing a career in agriculture or government are invited to apply for a position in the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s (KDA’s) internship program for the summer of 2017, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles has announced. Click here for more information.

UK Ag Equine Programs to host equine showcase, breeders’ short course

By Holly Wiemers
LEXINGTON, Ky., (Dec. 20, 2016) – University of Kentucky Ag Equine Programs will host the 6th Annual UK Equine Showcase and the 8th Annual Kentucky Breeders’ Short Course Jan. 27-28, both at the Fayette County Extension office, 1140 Red Mile Place, in Lexington. Click here for more information.

State veterinarian reminds Kentucky producers new medicated feed rule takes effect Jan. 1
Producers will be permitted to administer certain medications in feed only under a vet’s supervision

FRANKFORT (December 14, 2016) – State Veterinarian Robert C. Stout reminds Kentucky livestock producers that, beginning January 1, certain medications in animal feed may be administered only under the supervision of a veterinarian. Click here for more information.

Farm Service Agency Extends Voting Deadline for County Committee Elections
Kentucky Producers Now Have Until Dec. 13 to Submit Ballots 

(Lexington, KY) Nov. 29, 2016 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Kentucky Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, John W. McCauley, today announced that the deadline to submit ballots for the 2016 County Committee Elections has been extended to ensure farmers and ranchers have sufficient time to vote. Eligible voters now have until Dec. 13, 2016 to return ballots to their local FSA offices. Producers who have not received their ballot should pick one up at their local FSA office. Click here for more information.

KDA seeks preliminary proposals for specialty crop grants
Proposals are due by March 1, 2017

FRANKFORT (November 15, 2016) – The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) is accepting preliminary proposals for grants to promote and enhance specialty crops through marketing, production, education, and research, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles has announced. Click here for complete article.

USDA Invests $1.7 Billion to Protect Sensitive Agricultural Lands through Conservation Reserve Program
More than Half a Million Americans Involved with Protecting 24 Million Acres

WASHINGTON, Oct. 28, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will issue nearly $1.7 billion in payments to more than half of a million Americans who have contracts with the government to protect sensitive agricultural lands. The investment, part of the voluntary USDA Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), will allow producers to protect almost 24 million acres of wetlands, grasslands and wildlife habitat in 2016. Click here for complete article.

USDA Issues Safety-Net Payments to Farmers in Response to 2015 Market Downturn

WASHINGTON, Oct. 4, 2016 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that beginning today, many of the 1.7 million farms that enrolled in either the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs will receive safety-net payments due to market downturns during the 2015 crop year. Click here for complete article.

UK offers tips on using alternative grain storage

PRINCETON, Ky., (Sept. 26, 2016) – Low grain prices and predictions of record corn and soybean crops in Kentucky have many farmers looking at storage options this year. Some have added grain bins to their existing system in recent years, while others are looking at alternative storage, such as farm shops, covered outdoor piles, grain bags or other structures.  Click here for complete article.

Chinese Buyers Commit to Buy Nearly 1.8 Billion Dollars of U.S. Soy at 2016 U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange

Agreement shows U.S. farmers continue to produce high-quality, sustainable soybeans. Click here for complete article.

USDA Announces Availability of Additional Farm Loan Funding

Reminds Lenders and Potential Borrowers of Small Business Administration Option
WASHINGTON, D.C.  (Posted Sept. 2, 2016)
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini today announced that additional funding will be made available to assist more than 1,900 approved applicants who are awaiting farm operating loans. The funds, which were reprogrammed by FSA with the approval of Congress, will leverage up to $185 million in additional lending for direct and guaranteed farm operation loans and will allow the agency to address up to 30 percent of its projected shortfall of funds until the next federal fiscal year resumes on Oct. 1. Click here for complete article.

State agencies enter partnership to work together on farm safety
KDA, state fire commission will share equipment, train emergency responders

LOUISVILLE (August 25, 2016) — Officials with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System/Kentucky Fire Commission today signed an agreement to work together to promote farm safety in Kentucky.  Click here for complete article.

High Oleic Leaps from Field to Fryer
Farmers look beyond the bushel for innovation, profitability

FINDLAY, Ohio (August 11, 2016) – Collaboration is instrumental to change. When the U.S. soybean industry rolled out high oleic soybean varieties more than five years ago, it knew it would take an industry-wide effort to bring solutions to the market. Click here for complete article.

KADB Provides Additional Investment for Capital Access Loan Programs

(Posted July 25, 2016) –The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board  (KADB)  recently approved $5,000,000 for the Kentucky Agricultural Finance Corporation’s (KAFC)  low interest, revolving loan programs.  Click here for complete article.

UK breeder develops new tall fescue variety

By Katie Pratt-LEXINGTON, Ky.
(Posted July 25, 2016) – University of Kentucky plant breeder Tim Phillips has developed a new tall fescue variety that is nontoxic to grazing animals.
Click here for complete article.

UK Grains Center of Excellence to strengthen Kentucky agriculture

By Katie Pratt-LEXINGTON, Ky.
(Posted July 20, 2016) – LEXINGTON, Ky., – Thanks to funding from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board, the University of Kentucky Grains Center of Excellence will help advance Kentucky agriculture for decades.  Click here for full article.

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