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Brannon Family Scholarship established for Murray State students pursuing degrees in agriculture

Murray State University Hutson School of Agriculture Dean Dr. Tony Brannon and his brother, Tim, have recently established and endowed the Brannon Family Scholarship for current and incoming students pursuing a degree in agriculture. Tim graduated from Murray State in 1976. He was an active FFA member at Henry County High School. After earning his degree and student teaching at Hopkinsville High School,...

Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange awarded Art Works grant of $45,000, announces 2019 Learning Cohort

The Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange (RUX) has been awarded an Art Works grant of $45,000 by the National Endowment of the Arts for Art of the Rural. The agency received 1,592 Art Works applications for this round of grantmaking and will award 95 grants in the Presenting and Multidisciplinary Works category of Art Works, which is the Arts Endowment’s principal grantmaking program. “These awards, reaching...

Mini farm at Elliott County High School helps bring agriculture back to Eastern Kentucky community

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky A mini farm at Elliott County High School is teaching students business and entrepreneurship skills they can use in their future careers and showing residents how they can use agriculture to improve their lives. The mini farm is a project of Gary Selby, the high school’s agriculture teacher, and Keith Center, an agent with the University of Kentucky Cooperative...

KFB to offer teacher training and professional development opportunities at workshops

For approximately 20 years, Kentucky Farm Bureau has provided educators with a variety of teacher training and professional development opportunities designed to better enable participants to incorporate agriculture into their daily core curriculum. The workshop registration fee has been waived for all Kentucky educators, compliments of Kentucky Farm Bureau. Please be aware that availability is limited;...

Keven Moore: It’s neither a bird nor a plane — OSHA is now using drones to improve inspections

It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No…it’s an Occupational Safety and Health Administration drone? What? That’s right, folks, OSHA is in the midst of a technological revolution and has moved into the 21st century and is now using Unmanned Aircraft Systems to improve safety inspections. Whether these drones are called Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), Miniature Pilotless Aircraft or Flying Mini...

Locust trace agriculture teacher Daniel Bustle among 21 educators nationwide selected for XLR8 Institute

Daniel Bustle, an agriculture teacher at Locust Trace AgriScience Center, is among 21 individuals nationwide selected to participate in the 2018-19 XLR8 Institute – a professional learning program that began at the National Association of Agricultural Educators annual convention in San Antonio, Texas. Daniel Bustle (Photo from FCPS) The XLR8 program helps those in their seventh to 15th years of...

Climate Change: A look at the latest National Climate Assessment report — and a heads up

Staff report Thirteen federal agencies released findings this week in a 1,600-page report on climate change. The U.S. Global Change Research Program is a consortium of 13 federal agencies that include the Department of Defense, NASA and the Environmental Protection Agency. The fourth National Climate Assessment is the latest of required reports on federal research into climate change. Mandated by...

Minority students at Woodson Academy and Locust Trace AgriScience Center find their ag niche

By Tammy Lane Fayette County Schools Students from Carter G. Woodson Academy and Locust Trace AgriScience Center interact with professionals and build their personal skills through a partnership with the University of Kentucky and its MANRRS chapter. MANRRS (Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences) provides access and opportunities for groups typically underrepresented in...

Rep. James Comer, KACo President-elect Elbert Bennett talk impact of national legislation on Ky.

U.S. Rep. James Comer, R-KY, visited the Kentucky Association of Counties (KACo) this week, to discuss national legislation and how it could impact Kentucky’s counties. One of his constituents and KACo’s next president, Caldwell County Magistrate Elbert Bennett spoke with the congressman about the federal Farm Bill’s local impact, how hemp is creating opportunities in the state and...

Kentucky agricultural cash receipts, net farm income rebound in past year from 2016 levels

Kentucky agricultural cash receipts and net farm income rebounded in the past year from 2016 levels, but are still well below the record levels set earlier in the decade. Agricultural economists from the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment are projecting 2017 farm cash receipts to be $5.6 billion, which is a 3.5 percent increase from 2016. Preliminary indications also...

Rural Blog: Study says lack of affordable health care one of biggest problems facing nation’s farmers

A new study funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture says that lack of access to affordable health care is one of the biggest problems facing American farmers, affecting their risk management, productivity, health, retirement, the need for a secondary source of income, and land access for new farmers. “The rising cost of healthcare and the availability of affordable health insurance have...

Kentucky Farm Bureau sends 300 members to Washington to discuss agriculture issues

Kentucky Farm Bureau’s (KFB) volunteer leaders continue the organization’s grassroots policy development process this month as they head to Washington, D.C., with their list of 2017 national priority issues and a willingness to serve as “The Voice of Kentucky Agriculture.” The group, consisting of nearly 300 KFB members from more than 60 different counties, has scheduled a series of strategic...

More jobs than graduates in food, agriculture, renewable resources and environment, study says

From 2015 to 2020 there will be 57,900 average annual openings for graduates with bachelor’s or higher degrees in food, agriculture, renewable natural resources, or the environment, says a report by Purdue University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. But not enough graduates are expected to be experts in those fields, says the report. Of those jobs, 46 percent will be in management and business,...

Commentary: You can help state's hungry and farmers during Farms to Food Banks Month

By James Comer Special to KyForward   When you donate a part of your state tax refund to the Farms to Food Banks Trust Fund, you’re helping Kentuckians in unfortunate circumstances – some of them your friends and neighbors – gain access to fresh, nutritious, local foods.   You’re also helping Kentucky farmers make a living. It’s good for economic development, and it’s consistent...

Ag radio host Ray Bowman still providing ‘balanced information for a balanced diet’

One of the best-known agriculture communicators in Kentucky, Ray Bowman broadcasts The Food and Farm Show regularly on America’s Web Radio. (Photo from Facebook)   By Tim Thornberry KyForward correspondent   As a longtime agricultural journalist, Ray Bowman has seen technological changes that seemed unimaginable when he started 40 years ago. But the radio broadcaster has adapted –...

The Rural Blog: Vilsack calls for ‘outrage,’
not ‘disappointment,’ at defeat of Farm Bill

By Al Cross Special to KyForward   In his first major speech since last Thursday’s surprise defeat of the Farm Bill, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said rural advocates have failed to express proper outrage about it. And his 42 minutes of remarks at the National Rural Assembly’s gathering near Bethesda, Md., also laid out some of the talking points he thinks they should make to...

Agriculture responsible for $2.4 billion a year, one in nine jobs in Fayette Co., report shows

Fayette County agriculture accounts for one in nine jobs and $2.4 billion in annual revenue, according to a report by University of Kentucky College of Agriculture researchers.   (Photo by Matt Barton, UK College of Agriculture) The study is one of the first to include businesses that are totally dedicated to agriculture, such as veterinary clinics, farm associations, agriculture-specific media...

Tim Thornberry: Even in challenging times, Kentucky agriculture scores a record year

Remember that unofficial creed of the Postal Service? “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”   The idea may be better suited for the agricultural industry these days, at least in Kentucky.   “Neither bad economy nor record heat and drought nor fiscal cliffs nor lack of a Farm Bill can keep our farm...