Kentucky Proud

Kentucky Ag News
Vol. 9 No. 13 • July 19, 2016

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Two more hunger meetings in July

Hunger advocates, members of the Hunger Task Force, and local leaders will meet in Bowling Green July 22 and in Morehead July 26.

 

 

 

 

Commissioner Quarles with Poster and Essay Contest winners

KDA honors poster, essay winners

Twenty-six winners of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s (KDA’s) 16th annual Poster and Essay Contest were honored at an awards ceremony Friday, July 15 at Whitaker Bank Ballpark in Lexington.

 

 

 

Bobbye and Tom Beall

Tom Beall discovers hidden treasure

Tom Beall had no idea that he was buying a piece of American history when he purchased a scenic tract of land along the Kentucky River in 1994.

 

 

 

Across Kentucky logo

Program helps grower save crop

Commercial vegetable grower Danny Garrett of McCracken County had never heard of Farms to Food Banks until last year, when sale of a large shipment of tomatoes fell through. (audio)

 

 

 

University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment

Extension works with tobacco growers

Carol Hinton is one of several Kentucky agriculture and natural resources extension agents who work with their growers to make sure they are compliant with the U.S. Tobacco Good Agricultural Practices Program.

 

 

 

National Agriculture Statistics Service

Kentucky enjoys strong wheat yields

Growers expect a yield of 74.0 bushels per acre, up 1.0 bushel from 2015 and up 2.0 bushel from June.

 

 

 

 

  

Michael Buckman

Surveys help grower assess markets

One of the 2,600 farms surveyed by the National Agricultural Statistics Service earlier this year in Kentucky was Michael Buckman’s farm in Marion County.

 

 

 

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Kentucky business gets USDA grant

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced the investment of more than $9 million in loans and grants to support job growth and economic development in 12 states.

 

 

 

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  • The Kentucky Department of Agriculture's 15 motor fuel pump inspectors check some 60,000 pumps throughout the Commonwealth every year to make sure they are dispensing the correct amount of fuel. They also look to assure the pumps are in proper working order and haven't been compromised by thieves looking to steal consumers' credit card data.