agriculture

Nicole Erwin/Ohio Valley ReSource

Jimmy Tosh sells a lot of pigs. He is owner and CEO of Tosh Farms, Tosh Pork, and Bacon By Gosh, in Henry County, Tennessee, and has 84 contractedbarns in the region where farmers grow pigs for his products.

On a recent July day, Tosh craned over some 1,200 piglets and reflected on how recent market disturbances have affected his business.

 

University of Kentucky

As farmers are combining their grain crops an increase in some diseases could impact their bottom line. University of Kentucky Extension Plant Pathologist Carl Bradley says a number of diseases that affect the heads of crops like wheat, barley and rye, have been observed in Kentucky the last few weeks.

Dairy Farmers Look For Lifelines In Flooded Market

May 13, 2018
Nicole Erwin/ Ohio Valley ReSource

LaRue County, Kentucky, dairy farmer Gary Rock sits in his milking parlor, overlooking what is left of his 95 cow operation.

“Three hundred years of history is something that a lot of people in our country cannot even talk about,” Rock said.

That’s how long the farm has been in his family. While the land has turned out tobacco, soybeans and other crops over the years, since 1980 dairy has nourished the family in and out of tragedy.

Mary Meehan

President Donald Trump says Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will take the lead in handling current trade disputes with China. But Perdue, who is visiting Kentucky, is keeping his plan vague.

Perdue toured Lexington’s Keeneland racetrack followed by a gaggle of reporters. When asked whether crop insurance could be a way to help support farmers Perdue had this to say.

Still from White House

Trump got a warm welcome from the farm bureau crowd. Farm country likes his promises to reduce regulation. But on trade, many growers are growing nervous. Smith thinks it is too early to see a direct impact from Trump’s first year in office, and he’s hopeful but nervous about Trump’s tough talk on NAFTA.

 

 

USDA/Bob Nichols

After serving five years in the Navy Tyler Dunn has returned home to Hickman, Kentucky.

These days, if he isn’t at work at the local liquor store or completing assignments for a business degree, you might find him surrounded by one of several stray cats he saved from a parking lot.


Nicole Erwin/ Ohio Valley ReSource

In the rich land of Christian County, wheat is milled for McDonald's biscuits, corn is turned into ethanol, and grazing cows support the state’s leading dairy.

This is Kentucky’s breadbasket, and a river runs through it: the South Fork of Little River. 


Kentucky 'Ag Tag' Donations at Record Level

Aug 1, 2017
kentcky4hfoundation.org

Kentucky’s voluntary “Ag Tag” donation program has hit a record level.

Funds raised through this effort benefit three different agriculture-related entities.


visitlex.com

Agriculture in Fayette County accounts for $2.3 billion in annual economic activity. 

That’s according to a report given Tuesday to Lexington’s council.


Kentucky Department of Agriculture

State agriculture officials believe President Donald J. Trump’s pick to serve as United State Secretary of Agriculture will benefit Kentucky farmers.  The new president selected former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to head the federal agency.

Data Farming: How Big Data Is Revolutionizing Big Ag

Sep 19, 2016
Nicole Erwin | Ohio Valley ReSource

It’s harvest time and a semi full of corn just pulled onto the scales at Seven Springs Farm in Cadiz, Kentucky. On the scale, the analytics work begins: moisture content, weight, production rates, and more are all recorded.     

This is just one truck and many more will follow with much more to be stored and later sold for ethanol production. Just one of the farm’s bins can hold as many as 350,000 bushels, or 16.8 million pounds.

The first of ten regional meetings on the issue of food insecurity in the commonwealth took place Tuesday in Northern Kentucky.

The inaugural meeting in Highland Heights established the goals of the Hunger Task Force which was initiated earlier this month to combat what seems to be a growing problem in the Commonwealth.

Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles says the regional meetings will serve the purpose of displaying the need for the task force with statistics from foodbanks as well as developing attainable and measurable methods to fight the hunger inequities.

Arts Weekly: KET to air Documentary on Ky Agriculture

Apr 14, 2012

A new documentary on Kentucky farming will debut on the state’s public TV stations next weekend.  Coming to Ground is a 90 minute production of a Kentucky-based media production and education organization called Media Working Group. 

Most of the seven candidates running for Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner have one attention getting thing in common…they support legalizing industrial hemp.  WEKU’S Ron Smith reports on the growing political support for the once taboo plant.