Kentucky Ag News
Vol. 5 No. 13 • Sept. 20, 2012

Kentucky farmers’ markets are growing and contributing to the local economy

Farmers' markets in Kentucky are growing more than just local produce across the Bluegrass. More than $10 million in sales will go back to farmers and in turn into the local economy this year.

Kentucky farmers, join me in the fight against hunger in Kentucky

About 1 in 7 Kentuckians relies on a food bank for a meal at some point during the year. Kentucky farmers are uniquely positioned to meet the challenge of feeding Kentucky's hungry.

Fall festival season is underway at Kentucky's fun farm destinations

In the weeks to come, the air will become crisp in the cooler fall temperatures. The leaves will change color. The days will become shorter.

Elk Creek's Tayshaun Prince wine bottle release will benefit KDA's child nutrition program

Tayshaun Prince, the former University of Kentucky basketball star, will help launch a commemorative wine bottle that will benefit the Kentucky Department of Agriculture's child nutrition program.

Kentucky farmers and food banks join forces

Kristen Branscum, right, executive director of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture's marketing office, presents a proclamation to Tamara Sandberg, executive director of the Kentucky Association of Food Banks...

Lexington Farmers' Market voted eighth in nation, first in state

Lexington Farmers' Market was voted the eighth-best large market in the nation and Kentucky's top overall market in America's Favorite Farmers' Markets contest sponsored by American Farmland Trust.

Kentucky Farm Bureau urges heightened driver awareness during fall harvest

Kentucky farmers are busy harvesting crops across the state, and that means drivers are more likely to encounter slow-moving farm equipment on the roadways.

Remember the risk of cyanide poisoning to ruminants

As fall begins, livestock producers should remember that the increasing chance of frost raises the risk some forages have of causing cyanide poisoning in ruminants.

Kentucky Proud businessman Purnell, sportscaster Hammond honored by UK

The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture's Department of Animal and Food Sciences annually recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the department and to Kentucky animal agriculture.

Fall armyworm captures at an all-time high

Captures of fall armyworm moths in Western Kentucky are at a record high.

Highly Erodible Land Initiative offers due by Sept. 30

Offers for the Highly Erodible Land Initiative under the Conservation Reserve Program will be accepted until the state acreage allocation limit is reached or Sept. 30, whichever comes first.

Sorghum eyed as a Southern bioenergy crop

Sweet sorghum is primarily grown in the United States as a source of sugar for syrup and molasses. But the sturdy grass has other attributes that could make it uniquely suited to production as a bioenergy crop, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) studies suggest.

Enjoy Agritourism Month at a fun, family-friendly farm destination

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer encourages all Kentuckians to celebrate Kentucky Agritourism Month in September at a Kentucky farm destination.