USDA Adds More Eligible Commodities for Farm Storage Facility Loans

WASHINGTON, Aug. 17, 2015 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini today announced that the Farm Storage Facility Loan (FSFL) program, which provides low-interest financing to producers to build or upgrade storage facilities, will now include dairy,...

Dispelling “myths” about milk quality

The annual “June Dairy Month” promotion salutes dairy farmers and processors for their work in supplying consumers with quality products. In Kentucky, this relates to just over 700 dairy farms that supply milk to processors like Deans Foods, Winchester Farms (Kroger’s supplier), Flav-O-Rich,...

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,...

Across Kentucky – June 24, 2015

The dairy industry across the country is working to assist in federal programs designed to feed hungry youth during the summer months. Kathy Belcher with the Southeast Dairy Association provides some of the background on the effort which is conducted through local schools...

Across Kentucky – June 1, 2015

Today it’s a salute to the men and women in dairy farming; in the 30’s it was a straightforward marketing effort to deal with a surplus of milk at a time when demand took a summertime dip as school let out. Feldhaus visits with the Southeast Dairy Association’s Kathy Belcher on this month’s...

Sheep cheese maker is unique

History suggests that before people were milking cows, they may have been milking goats. And even before that, sheep. Sheep’s milk is very nutritious with a higher solids content than most other types of milk, meaning it lends itself very favorably to making cheese. Unless you haunt the gourmet cheese...

Across Kentucky – June 16, 2014

“Dairy Packs Power;” that’s the theme of the 2014, June Dairy Month promotion, and Kathy Belcher with the Southeast Dairy Association has details of several celebrations across the state that will highlight dairy farmers and the economic and health contributions that milk and dairy products provide for...

Across Kentucky – December 24, 2013

The MILK program is making a difference on Kentucky dairy farms. Maury Cox, Executive Director of the Kentucky Dairy Development Program, says this relatively new marketing improvement effort is now in place with about 25% of state’s dairymen impacting almost 50% of milk production...

Across Kentucky – October 17, 2013

In July the state ag department announced a major Kentucky Proud partnership between Prairie Farms Dairy in Somerset to supply Walmart with the new Udderly Kentucky brand of 100%, all Kentucky milk. This month Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt Shoppes have announced they too will buy the Udderly Kentucky brand,...