Black buzzards causing a buzz

The protected status of the black buzzard isn’t flying with some Kentucky farmers who have lost cattle to the ominous scavengers. The problem is so prevalent, it’s being discussed at KFB meetings on the state and county levels. “Across the state we are seeing mounting livestock losses,” said KFB...

KFB grant supported award-winning garden

A $500 mini grant from the KFB Women’s program helped establish an educational garden at an Ohio County school that is a source of community pride and state recognition. In a ceremony that attracted nearly 300 people to Beaver Dam Elementary School, Agriculture Commissioner James Comer joined officials...

It’s peak season for deer encounters

Kentucky’s drivers should brace themselves for the annual three-month increase in roadway encounters with the deer. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) estimates that each year white-tailed deer cause car accidents across the nation that are responsible for tens of thousands of injuries and...

Scott County FB went to bat for farm implement dealer

Toyota and urban sprawl have changed Scott County to where agriculture no longer is the dominant force. But farmers there still have clout, and the farm community is united and optimistic about agriculture’s future. Just ask Bill or Jimmy Bevins. They can tell you about the tremendous growth of the...

Halcomb’s Knob is more than a B&B

Traveling down Ky. 954 in Garrard County is best done at a Sunday-driver’s pace. Passing through the tiny town of Cartersville, a sign says “congested area,” referring to several pick-up trucks pulling in and out of Cartersville Grocery store, presumably getting gas from the old-time working pumps or a...

Model Ts and alpacas

It was Model Ts as far as the eye could see at Serano Alpaca and Yarn Farm in Springfield. More than 40 cars from nine states filled with Model T owners and enthusiasts chose Serano as the first stop on their Bluegrass Backroads Model T Ford Club Tour. The farm is a participant in KFB’s Roadside Farm...

Forestry industry is on an upswing

It’s mid-April, and sawmill owner Susan Glasscock is expressing the same concern as a Kentucky farmer: The ground needs to dry up. An incredibly wet 2014 has stifled the timber harvest for Glasscock Sawmill Inc., sticking the 49-year-old family operation in Spencer County with a shortage of sawlogs. With...

Green scheme . . . Wilson Nurseries loves to grow

Wilson Nurseries in Frankfort is among the largest operations enrolled in KFB’s Certified Roadside Farm Markets Program, consisting of a huge retail garden center and nursery, a 75,000 square-foot greenhouse growing operation, a Shelby County farm for growing trees and shrubs, a nine-acre wholesale...

Congressional tour . . . .

Coming on the heels of the long-awaited passage of a farm bill, this year’s Congressional Tour had a more positive tone as dozens of KFB members from throughout the state mingled with the state’s delegation. With the new farm bill in place, KFB leaders now are talking about such issues as reforming farm...

Protecting watersheds is vital

Kentucky has more miles of navigable water than any other state in the mainland U.S.  According to the U.S. Census Bureau, every Kentuckian lives in a watershed and relies on it as the sole source of water. Watersheds are defined as the area of land where runoff flows to a common stream. For farmers,...

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