USDA Provides Greater Protection for Fruit, Vegetable and Other Specialty Crop Growers

WASHINGTON, Dec. 12, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that greater protection is now available from the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program for crops that traditionally have been ineligible for federal crop insurance. The new options, created by the 2014 Farm Bill, provide...

Memories to Last a Lifetime

By: Rhonda Cornett There is never a dull moment serving on this committee. During our time on the committee we have had different folks serve as our director. From Jay McCants as our first director getting us acquainted with the committee, to Tony Holloway filling in the gap until Stacy Lowe took over, and...

Yeargan honored as Legend of Entomology

A longtime faculty member in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment was named a Legend of Entomology at the annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America in Portland, Oregon. Ken Yeargan, UK entomology professor, received the honor for his years of mentoring...

KDA Seeks Posters, Essays, Digital Images on ‘Growing the Next Generation of Farmers’

FRANKFORT, Ky. — “Kentucky Agriculture: Growing the Next Generation of Farmers” is the theme of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s 2015 Poster and Essay Contest. “Kentucky’s young people are our future farmers, consumers, and citizens,” Agriculture Commissioner James Comer said. “It’s...

UKAg celebrates land-grant research

LEXINGTON, Ky. Current issues in land-grant research and recognition of award-winning researchers in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment took center stage at the 2014 Celebration of Land-Grant Research. Hosted by its research office, the college welcomed keynote speaker...

First Lady Jane Beshear Announces New Cooking Series Designed for Young Students

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 17, 2014) – Today First Lady Jane Beshear and Nancy Cox, dean of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, launched “Plant, Harvest, Eat” – a  cooking demonstration series for elementary and middle school students. “Plant, Harvest, Eat”...

Kentucky Proud Awareness Spreading to Commonwealth’s Rural Areas, Survey Says

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky Proud was a hit in Kentucky’s two largest cities in its early days but was largely unknown anywhere else in the state. That’s no longer the case, a recent University of Kentucky survey shows. In a survey of Kentucky consumers conducted in October, UK found that recognition of...

Early cold blast prompts livestock cold stress warning

LEXINGTON, Ky. An early blast of arctic cold has landed in the Bluegrass, and that puts pressure on farmers to make sure their animals are ready for the assault. “Some locations may even see the livestock cold stress index dip into the emergency category early next week,” said Matt Dixon, agricultural...

Local girl comes home, brings eclectic style to Main Street

JACKSON, Ky. When Kelsey Sebastian headed off to college, she wanted to eventually come back to live and work in her Eastern Kentucky home. She’s been able to do just that with the help of a comprehensive education and family support. Kelsey’s on Main opened in June in downtown Jackson. Throughout her...

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...

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