Kentucky Ag News
Vol. 8 No. 1  • January 15, 2015


Poster, essay contest deadline approaching

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer reminds Kentucky students that they have until Jan. 27 to submit entries to the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s 2015 Poster and Essay Contest.



Agriculture Commissioner James Comer

Let's build on 2014 successes in 2015

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture kept the Kentucky Proud program growing, helped Kentucky students gain greater access to local foods, and helped restore industrial hemp production to the Commonwealth in 2014.





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Bee die-offs down, bee school interest up

Beekeepers in recent years have been sustaining over 20 percent winter losses in their hives. Tammy Horn, state apiarist with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, says that figure is actually an improvement. (audio)
Schedule of 2015 winter beekeeping schools



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USDA funds conservation projects

Kentucky projects include a nutrient management and conservation project on private lands in partnership with the state Division of Conservation, and a multi-state project intended to enhance 25,000 acres of forest habitat on private lands for cerulean warblers.




Mr. G's Popcorn

Switch to Kentucky popcorn boosts business

One of the best business decisions that Greg Reece ever made was switching suppliers in his Kentucky Proud kettle corn business.





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Farm Bureau taking scholarship apps

Later this spring, the KFB Education Foundation will award college scholarships ranging from $400 to $4,000 to 83 high school seniors pursuing a four-year degree.






Chris and Rebekah Pierce

Kentucky couple wins national honor

Chris and Rebekah Pierce of Pulaski County left the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) 96th annual convention with one of the organization’s top honors – the Young Farmer & Rancher Achievement Award.




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USDA conducting national organic survey

NASS will mail the survey in early January to all known organic producers in the United States.