The Ag Agenda – August 2014

By Bob Stallman, President, American Farm Bureau Federation Americans expect straight talk from their government. If our government says something, you ought to be able to take it to the bank, as the saying goes. The Environmental Protection Agency is not meeting that expectation. Instead of making things...

Celebrate the Food, and the People, of Kentucky Farmers’ Markets Aug. 3-9

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky consumers can buy nutritious local foods and honor the people who produced them at the same time by visiting a farmers’ market during National Farmers’ Market Week Aug. 3-9. “At a Kentucky farmers’ market, you can buy the freshest fruits and vegetables as well as meats and...

Disaster Assistance for 2012 Frost or Freeze Fruit Crop Losses Announced

WASHINGTON, July 21, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) assistance for losses to bush or tree fruit crops due to frost or freeze during the 2012 crop year. The program, authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides supplemental...

More Soybeans and Wheat, Less Corn Forecast

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 11, 2014 – A new report from the Agriculture Department updates projections for the 2014-15 crop marketing year. The report offered a mixed bag of projections on top crops grown by the nation’s farmers, says the American Farm Bureau Federation. A record production for the...

Jay Leno to Address 96th AFBF Annual Convention

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 10, 2014–Acclaimed late night TV host Jay Leno will give the closing session keynote address at the 96th AFBF Annual Convention and IDEAg Trade Show in San Diego on Jan. 12, 2015. About 7,000 Farm Bureau members from across the nation are expected to gather in San Diego Jan. 11-14 to...

KY. Proud Urban Garden Project Breaks Ground to Teach Youth Life Lessons Through Agriculture

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, Louisville officials, and local youth broke ground on a program designed to teach young people about nutrition and how to grow, cook, market, and sell their own food. Commissioner Comer was joined by Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and District 1 City...

Virtual exercise to prepare animal resource coordinators for disaster response

Animals are especially vulnerable during natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and winter storms, because they have to rely on humans for help. The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment is hosting the Multi-jurisdictional Animal Resource Coordination Exercise,...

Wight-Meyer, Old 502 Wineries Make History in Second Kentucky Commonwealth Competition

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Wight-Meyer Vineyard and Winery of Shepherdsville became the first Kentucky winery to win the Commissioner’s Cup for the top Kentucky wine in more than one category at the 2014 Kentucky Commonwealth Commercial Wine Competition & Commissioner’s Cup on Saturday in Lexington. “In...

UK CAFE Alumni Plaza celebrates college mission

Everyone agreed; the approach to W.P. Garrigus Building had seen better days. Well, better days are here again, with the completion of the new College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Alumni Plaza. University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto, CAFE Dean Nancy Cox and former dean Scott Smith were on...

The Ag Agenda: Agriculture’s Time in the Sun

Agriculture’s Time in the Sun Ladies and gentlemen, start your grills! It’s time for Fourth of July celebrations, family reunions, neighborhood gatherings and any other excuse to get together and enjoy the summertime foods we love. I’m partial to a thick beef rib eye, and somehow it seems to taste even...

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