KDA marketing chief tells panel Kentucky Proud members benefit from program improvements

Frankfort, Ky. – New program launches, alterations to existing programs, and a stronger emphasis on farm impact are paying off for Kentucky Proud members, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Kristen Branscum told a legislative panel on Wednesday. “Everything we do at Kentucky Proud, we want to...

Enrollment for 2016 Dairy Margin Protection Program to begin July 1

(Lexington, KY) — June 29, 2015 — Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden today announced that starting July 1, 2015, dairy farmers can enroll in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Margin Protection Program for coverage in 2016. The voluntary program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill,...

USDA Opens Enrollment Period for Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage Safety-Net Programs

Washington, DC (June 15, 2015) – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that eligible producers may now formally enroll in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for 2014 and 2015. The enrollment period begins June 17, 2015, and will...

Tobacco oversight panel looks at county agricultural investment

Frankfort, KY (June 3, 2015)—New county agricultural cost share dollars are being rolled out across Kentucky, with over $1.69 million approved last month for programs in 12 tobacco dependent counties. The $1,692,296 in new County Agricultural Investment Program, or CAIP, funds were approved by the state...

USDA announces restart of Biomass Crop Assistance Program for renewable energy

Washington, June 1, 2015 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that incentives will resume this summer for farmers, ranchers and forest landowners interested in growing and harvesting biomass for renewable energy. The support comes through the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP),...

Secretary Vilsack Announces Additional 800,000 Acres Dedicated to Conservation Reserve Program for Wildlife Habitat and Wetlands

Milwaukee, WI (May 29, 2015) – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that an additional 800,000 acres of highly environmentally sensitive land may be enrolled in Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) under certain wetland and wildlife initiatives that provide multiple benefits on the same...

Important Crop Insurance Deadline Near for Kentucky Producers

Jackson, MS (May 12, 2015) — The USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) reminds all producers in Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee, including fruit, vegetable, and nursery producers that they need to have their Highly Erodible Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification form...

First Lady Jane Beshear Dedicates Governor’s Garden at Morehead State University

Morehead, KY (May 27, 2015) – First Lady Jane Beshear today joined Morehead State University President Wayne Andrews and honored guests to dedicate the state’s newest Governor’s Garden at Morehead State University. Mrs. Beshear launched the Governor’s Garden initiative in 2009 to encourage schools...

Kentucky Proud-Kroger Partnership is off to a Strong Start in the First Six Months

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Kentucky Proud members and a Kroger official say they’ve seen positive results in the first six months of the partnership between the supermarket chain and the state’s official farm marketing program. “Consumers love the expanded selection of local, high-quality Kentucky Proud...

UKAg students to speak at Friday’s Harambee graduation ceremony

Lexington, Ky. Two students from the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment will be the featured student speakers at Friday’s university-wide Harambee graduation ceremony. Seniors Alaysia Radford and Xavia Gantz were both selected by the ceremony’s committee to present their...

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