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Local, state and national advocates for industrial hemp recently gathered at the University of Kentucky Research Farm to experience the crop firsthand and celebrate Hemp History Week.In its second year of research, the Kentucky... Read more

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An international group dedicated to fostering community development across a range of disciplines is making its first visit to Lexington, with plans to exchange ideas and best practices found here and far away.The 46th annual... Read more

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Check-off programs are longtime staples for agriculture commodities, helping to produce research and marketing efforts, including high-profile campaigns such as the beef industry’s “Beef, It’s What’s for Dinner” and pork producers’... Read more

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Record cash receipts over the past couple of years attest to the growth of Kentucky’s agriculture economy, with its overall impact to the state’s wider economy following suit.Now a new study from the University of Kentucky... Read more

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The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board (KADB) capped off a record year of investment in December with some sizable investments for state agriculture programs and initiatives.Counting the more than $10 million doled out at... Read more

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While the Bluegrass State is known for many things — notably race horses, fine bourbon, and great basketball — there is a musical side of Kentucky that is just as much a part of the state’s heritage.A long list of famous... Read more

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Upstart craft distillers have built the demand for Kentucky grains.Lexington, KY – It’s a great time to be in the bourbon business, according to a new economic... Read more

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Little time was wasted in getting the hemp initiative moving forward in Kentucky since passage of the Farm Bill.The national agriculture legislation contained a provision to allow hemp research plots in those states where laws... Read more

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A first-ever national conference focused on farming, land use and food policy is coming to Kentucky in the fall.Agriculture Commissioner James Comer gathered with former Gov. and first lady Brereton and Libby Jones, officials... Read more

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Louisville, KY – The state’s agriculture economy is set to break a record according to projections from the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment ag economists.The group told... Read more

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Frankfort, KY – It had a finish fitting of March Madness as time ran down on the legislative clock and a last second shot to pass the hemp bill (Senate Bill 50) hit nothing but net.But the outcome of the game... Read more

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Much of the success the state’s agriculture industry has enjoyed is due in part to having good operating plans — one of them being a five-year strategic plan initiated by the Kentucky Agriculture Council (KAC).The group recently... Read more

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If there is one person who knows Kentucky’s cattle industry, it most assuredly would be Jim Akers, the chief operating officer of the Bluegrass Livestock Marketing Group.Akers has been involved in the cattle industry for many... Read more

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Frankfort, KY - Rep. Tom McKee (D-Cynthiana), chair of the House Agriculture and Small Business Committee, said in a weekend interview that he will call Senate Bill (SB) 50, the industrial hemp bill, up for a vote in... Read more

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Frankfort, KY – The Industrial Hemp Bill (SB 50) seemed to be on a fast track last week, at least when it comes to the Kentucky Senate.Just one week ago, the legislation was passed out of the Senate Agriculture... Read more

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Frankfort, KY – With an overflow crowd on hand, the state’s Senate Agriculture Committee has unanimously passed Senate Bill 50, better known as the Industrial Hemp Bill.The bill, introduced by Sen. Paul Hornback... Read more

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If you are a horse lover, there is no better place to be than in the Bluegrass. But wintertime presents a challenge for those wishing to get closer to their favorite animals.This year, however, a new midwinter event will give... Read more

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Frankfort, KY – Getting a grasp on Congressional action concerning the Farm Bill has been a difficult task through the holiday period.The fiscal cliff dilemma, which overshadowed agriculture and everything else,... Read more

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There is perhaps nothing more annoying than mosquitoes in the summer with their buzzing and biting. Aside from being a nuisance, the insects can also be disease carriers, capable of infecting... Read more

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University of Kentucky researchers are nearing the end of a study that has focused on the use of radio frequency technology to detect potential health issues in cattle.Using an electronic ear-tag transmitting system, the research... Read more

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