UK competes for Campus Kitchen launch grant

Lexington, Ky. University of Kentucky students will compete against students at four other schools from Oct 14-21 to win a grant to start a Campus Kitchen. If they win the competition, student volunteers would provide free, healthy meals to older adults by using donated food that would otherwise go to waste....

New Breathitt Vet Center has groundbreaking

A groundbreaking took place last month for a new Breathitt Veterinary Center in Hopkinsville. The project was a KFB priority issue for several years prior to the General Assembly authorizing funding during this year’s legislative session. KFB President Mark Haney and Executive Committee colleagues Fritz...

Gov. Beshear expands State Fair Board membership

Frankfort, KY (October 6, 2014) – Governor Steve Beshear today expanded the membership of the Kentucky State Fair Board from 15 members to 19, adding representation from local tourism and agribusiness. Two nonvoting student members were also added. The Fair Board oversees operations for the Kentucky...

Kentucky Department of Agriculture awarded more than $300,000 for specialty crop projects

Frankfort, KY (October 6, 2014) — The Kentucky Department of Agriculture was awarded a Specialty Crop Block Grant for $302,620.11 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to work with the University of Kentucky and other organizations and commodity groups to strengthen markets for specialty crops in...

Stink bugs entering Kentucky homes

Dropping temperatures force insects to start seeking shelter, which means Kentucky homeowners are already getting some unwanted visitors. While it’s only the first part of October, entomologists with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment are receiving complaints about...

USDA Farm Service Agency announces key dates for new 2014 Farm Bill safety net programs

Washington, D.C. (October 2, 2014) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is announcing key dates for farm owners and producers to keep in mind regarding the new 2014 Farm Bill established programs, Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC). The new programs, designed to help...

Farm Bureau survey: Bacon cheeseburgers costing just a bit more

Washington, D.C. (October 2, 2014) – Shoppers are paying slightly more for food at the grocery store compared to the first half of 2014. Higher retail prices for beef and pork products such as ground chuck and bacon, among other foods, resulted in a slight increase in the American Farm Bureau...

USDA unveils key new programs to help farmers manage risk

Washington, D.C. (September 25, 2014) – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack today unveiled highly anticipated new programs to help farmers better manage risk, ushering in one of the most significant reforms to U.S. farm programs in decades. Vilsack also announced that new tools are...

Commissioner Comer, Perdue, local officials launch first ‘Ready, Set, Grow’ school garden

Beaver Dam, KY (September 25, 2014) — Agriculture Commissioner James Comer joined officials from Perdue Farms, the city of Beaver Dam, and Ohio County schools to launch the first “Ready, Set, Grow” school garden in Kentucky today at Beaver Dam Elementary School. “The ‘Ready, Set, Grow’ program...

State urges propane customers to plan now for winter

FRANKFORT, KY (September 22, 2014) — The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) and Kentucky’s propane industry are taking proactive steps to ensure that adequate propane supplies are available to meet the needs of Kentuckians this coming winter. “The most effective short-term actions...

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