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Agriculture

  • Ag report: June 27, 2014

    State offering

    spay/neuter grants

     

    The Kentucky Department of Agriculture is offering grants totaling $150,000 to help Kentuckians spay and neuter their pets.

    Grants are limited to a maximum of $5,000 and the application must be submitted by July 15. The program is funded by sales of Kentucky’s spay/neuter license plate. The Kentucky Animal Control Advisory Board also accepts donations to the program.

  • Hummingbirds in your backyard

    Birdwatchers, gardeners and backyard enthusiasts are busy filling their red plastic feeders with sugar water as summer approaches in hopes of attracting a large selection of the swift, speedy, allusive hummingbird.

    The species include the smallest bird in the world – the bee hummingbird – and they can fly up to 30 miles per hour. When diving, their wings can flap 200 times per second, and they can travel at over 60 miles per hour.

    Hummingbirds hover, fly sideways, backwards and have even been known to go upside-down.

  • Ag report: May 30, 2014

    Comer cheers launch

    of UK hemp pilot program

     

    LEXINGTON, Ky. —The University of Kentucky launched its industrial hemp pilot program Tuesday when hemp seeds were planted at Spindletop Farm, marking another milestone in the drive to restore industrial hemp production to the commonwealth.

  • Ag report: May 23, 2014

    Author, beekeeping expert

    to become state apiarist

     

    A nationally known beekeeping authority and author will join the Kentucky Department of Agriculture as Kentucky’s new state apiarist, Agriculture Commissioner James Comer announced today.

    Tammy Horn of Lexington will assume the post June 1.

  • Ag report: May 16, 2014

    Comer sues U.S. Justice Department

    to get hemp seeds released

    Calling a Drug Enforcement Administration's earlier offer to release hemp seeds a "bait and switch" tactic, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture on Wednesday sued the U.S. Justice Department.

    Agriculture Commissioner James Comer filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Louisville against the Drug Enforcement Administration, Customs and Border Protection, the Justice Department and Attorney General Eric Holder.

  • Ag report: May 9, 2014

    Jonathan McGinnis joins American Angus Association

    Jonathan Tyler McGinnis of Shelbyville is a new junior member of the American Angus Association, according to the St. Joseph, Mo., based organization.

    Junior members of the association are eligible to register cattle, participate in programs conducted by the National Junior Angus Association and take part in Association-sponsored shows and other national and regional events.

  • Ag report: May 2, 2014

    Georgetown College joins

    Farm to Campus program

    Georgetown College last Friday became the seventh higher education institution in Kentucky to join the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Farm to Campus Program.

  • Ag report: April 25, 2014

    KSU opens new

    High Tunnel Complex

     

    Kentucky State University in Frankfort today will host a ribbon cutting and open house for its new High Tunnel Complex. The open house will begin at 10:30 a.m. and the ribbon cutting at 11:30.

  • Ag report: April 18, 2014

    Grow Rural Education

    grant deadline is Monday

    The deadline is fast approaching for local school districts to compete for a grant of up to $25,000, through America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education. Farmers can support their community and strengthen the school district’s application by nominating their local school districts.

    Nominations will be accepted until April 6, and school applications must be completed by Monday.

  • Ag report: April 11, 2014

    USDA’s announces sign-ups for

    disaster assistance programs

    U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency Administrator Juan M. Garcia announced this week that farmers and ranchers can sign-up for disaster assistance programs beginning Tuesday.