agriculture

Some of the Department of Agriculture’s unaccounted for state property has turned up, including equipment issued to former commissioner Richie Farmer.

It was previously reported that nearly $500,000 worth of state property was either missing or unaccounted for. This was partly blamed on poor record keeping by the department, but certain records showed Farmer still had several pieces of equipment, including laptop computers and GPS units. [click to continue…]

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Kentucky Schools Commended For Fighting Obesity

by Graham Shelby February 10, 2011

Nearly 300 Kentucky schools have earned special recognition from First Lady Michelle Obama and the US Department of Agriculture for efforts to fight childhood obesity. Despite that, Kentucky has one of the highest childhood obesity rates in the nation. According to one study, 37 percent of Kentucky’s children are overweight or obese.

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Weather, Imports Cause Tobacco Prices To Fluctuate

by Gabe Bullard December 14, 2010

Farmers, tobacco buyers and agriculture experts say this has been a challenging year for the burley crop in Kentucky.

University of Kentucky tobacco specialist Bob Pearce, says a combination of the hot, dry weather and the prevalence of imported tobacco from Argentina and Brazil has caused prices to fluctuate.

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Farm Bureau Meeting In Louisville This Week

by Gabe Bullard November 30, 2010

Every year, delegates meet to discuss business, receive awards, elect officers and to determine their legislative priorities.

Executive Vice President David Beck says the bureau may revise its stance on certain provisions in the healthcare overhaul law, but the main focus will likely be the upcoming farm bill.

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Cuban Tourism Could Boost Kentucky Businesses

by Gabe Bullard August 23, 2010

The Obama Administration is expected to ease travel restrictions on Cuba soon. One observer says the move is welcome, but a bolder step would bolster Kentucky business there.

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Farm To Table Initiative Launches, Coordinator Notes Lack Of Infrastructure

by Gabe Bullard June 3, 2010

Louisville Metro Government has launched the Farm to Table initiative to put more locally grown food in homes, schools and restaurants. But the lack of processing infrastructure presents a challenge.

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Presbyterians Launch Project to Aid Haiti's Farmers

by ekramer April 21, 2010

The Louisville-based Presbyterian Church U.S.A. is ramping up its efforts to help farmers in Haiti following the January earthquake. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer reports. The church has had development projects with Haitian partner groups for decades, including those involving agriculture. Now, it’s providing half a million dollars for a giving seeds and tools to farmers working […]

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Factory Farms

by Laura Ellis November 3, 2009

This little piggy went to market, this little piggy stayed at home, this little piggy had roast beef …but wait, was it grass fed roast beef? And what about the piggy, was it trapped in a factory pen or happily rolling in the mud? Both sides in the factory farming debate claim to be the victim of misinformation. So, what is factory farming and does it affect the quality and safety of our food? Listen to the Show

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Food With Wine Coalition Begins Third Push

by Gabe Bullard September 14, 2009

The Food with Wine Coalition is preparing, for the third consecutive year, to lobby the Kentucky General Assembly for expanded wine sales in the commonwealth.

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Weather Making Farming Difficult

by Gabe Bullard July 25, 2009

Kentucky farmers are struggling with challenging weather this summer.

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