Kentucky’s retail food prices drop in first quarter Marketbasket Survey

Louisville, KY (April 21, 2015) – For the first time since June 2013, the average price of retail food items across the Commonwealth decreased. According to the Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) Federation’s latest Marketbasket Survey, taken in March of this year, the average total cost of 40 basic grocery...

“Farmer of the Year” applications now being accepted

Louisville, KY (April 20, 2015) – The 2015 Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) “Farmer of the Year” application process is now open, and the organization is seeking the Commonwealth’s finest nominees for this prestigious award. KFB initiated a “Farmer of the Year” awards program as a way to recognize its...

Agriculture: Sustaining Future Generations

By Theresa Seibel My earliest engagement in agriculture was at age one-and-a-half, playing in a hayfield as it was being converted into a commercial vineyard.  My parents aspired to diversify our farm in anticipation of a third generation—a task which was becoming ever more challenging in the face of...

Land and water conservation a priority for Kentucky farmers on Earth Day and year-round

Louisville, KY (April 13, 2015) – As the annual Earth Day celebration returns and encourages communities across the country to applaud their local environmental champions, perhaps the search needs not extend further than the nearest family farm. The men and women tending to Kentucky’s 77,000 farms are...

Collective minds address supply side of local food

LEXINGTON, Ky., – What will it take to grow a thriving local food system? What role can institutions play in supporting local food production, and where will the supply come from? More than 40 farmers, processors, distributors, lenders and market leaders recently convened on the University of...

Cattle market prices down from 2014, but still historically high

In 2014, beef cattle producers were riding some record price highs, but in the first part of the new year, feeder cattle markets dropped by more than $30 per hundredweight. University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment livestock marketing specialist Kenny Burdine said the markets...

Cameron Edwards chosen for Partners in Agricultural Leadership program

Louisville, KY (April 1, 2015) – The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) has chosen a group of 10 young agricultural leaders from across the country to participate in the eighth class of the Partners in Agricultural Leadership (PAL) honors program, and for the second time Kentucky is represented in the...

The Ag Economy Needs Full Immigration Reform

Much of the country is thawing out from a long winter. Farmers are making plans for the coming season, and in some regions crops are already in bloom. A big question for many farmers is whether they’ll have enough workers to harvest those crops. Well, Congress has been busy making plans too. In the last...

USDA Corn and Soybean Plantings Forecast Increases

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 31, 2015 – The Agriculture Department’s Prospective Plantings report indicates that compared to 2014 farmers will plant more acres of soybeans but fewer acres of corn this spring. According to the American Farm Bureau, the USDA raised its estimates on corn and soybean acreage from...

Kentucky National Dairy Show and Sale Returns April 9-11 to Kentucky Exposition Center

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Kentucky National Dairy Show and Sale will return to the Kentucky Exposition Center’s Pavilion for its 53rd edition April 9-11. “This event gives buyers a chance to purchase from some of the best cow families in the business and provides an opportunity for dairy cattle producers...

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