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Agriculture

  • Q&A: Candidates for Agriculture Commissioner

    There are seven candidates for the Commissioner of Agriculture: James Comer (R), Robert Farmer (D), Stewart Gritton (D), John Lackey (D), Rob Rothenburger (R), David Williams (D), and BD Wilson (D). The Kentucky Agriculture Report collected responses on key issues from all candidates but Democrat David Williams. Here are their responses based on the order provided.

     

    What do you see as the role of the Agriculture Commissioner in the state?

  • WICHE: Amending the garden and feeding the soil

    The rules on amending the soil have changed over the years.

    Part of the change relates to the fact that good soil is hard to come by in newly developed subdivisions where enormous earth moving equipment is used to level trees and land.

    This equipment not only removes the valuable topsoil, it also compacts subsoil and kills the living organisms that make up a healthy soil system.

    The less we disturb the soil the better, but for many the reality is bleak that some sort of amendment is necessary in order to improve tilth, drainage and nutrition.

  • Cornerstone Christian Academy goes back to the farm with corn crop, ag day

    Cornerstone Christian Academy is getting into the farming business.

    An idea by board member Ray Tucker has led the school to have not only its first Ag Day for students on Tuesday but also to plant the school’s unused 17 acres on Frankfort Road in crops that can in the traditional agricultural manner help support the school.

    Tucker, who with his wife, Stephanie, owns Tucker Farms, has two children who attend Cornerstone, and he recently was voted vice chairman of the board.

  • Ag Report: May 6, 2011

    Hay Day seeks to make

    hay on various fronts

    North Central Hay Day, which seeks to broaden perspectives of producers within the hay industry, will be held May 12 at the Henry County Fair Grounds in Eminence.

    This event is sponsored by Chris McBurney, 37, owner and operator of McBurney Livestock Equipment. During this event, a demonstration of baling hay will be done on hay ground that was donated by Bobby Foree, a Henry County resident.

  • WICHE: Too much water can swamp some plants

    Unless you are cultivating cranberries or rice, all this rain is likely thwarting your spring gardening plans. It sure is for many farmers in our area, which is my primary concern.

    While perspective is important in these matters, many homeowners may see a little stress in their landscapes as a result of over a week of soaking rain.

    So how does excessive precipitation effect plants? Well, in every way possible.

  • Ag Report: April 29, 2011

    Kentucky celebrates

    its large beef industry
    Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer says the beef industry is very important to Kentucky.

    “Kentucky’s beef industry gives us all a reason to celebrate throughout the year,” Farmer said. “Beef is an important part of a healthy, well-balanced diet. The beef industry also is a major driver of Kentucky’s economy.

  • WICHE: Amsonia is 2011 perennial plant of the year

    The 2011 Perennial Plant of the Year is Amsonia hubrichtii, or Arkansas blue star. We have long enjoyed Amsonia tabernaemontana, Arkansas blue star’s less refined cousin, in the garden; but A. hubrichtii takes the prize for superior multi-season interest.

  • Shelby County farms have fewer horses in the fields

    As is the case with most horse breeds, fewer and fewer Saddlebreds are being produced on a national scale than even a few years ago. But many farm owners in Shelby County have kept the breeding wheels turning so they can be ready when the market eventually rebounds.

    Annual registrations of Saddlebreds, which reached an estimated low of 1,930 in 2010, have declined 33.6 percent since 2000, according to data supplied by the American Saddlebred Registry.

  • Saddlebred breeding season can be varied

    Like their human counterparts, equine babies are going to come on the scene when they are darn well ready. The only thing their owners can try to control is the time of year the foals will come.

    Depending on who you are talking with, that horse-birthing time of the year known as foaling season is either in full swing, or has just gotten started.

  • These are Shelby County's studs of Saddlebred breeding

    Behind the four-board fences of some farms in Shelby County is a swirling beehive of activity collectively aimed at getting Saddlebred horses ready to strut their stuff in show arenas across the country.

    But the genesis of these equine athletes begins with multifaceted breeding programs offered by the Saddlebred industry, a diverse mix of elements that boils down to pairing the right stallion with the right broodmare.