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Pew Trusts: Many farmers struggle as hemp harvest winds down and markets suffer growing pains

By Sophie Quinton and April Simpson Pew Charitable Trusts Ajit Singh strode across his 16-acre hemp field toward a broken-down harvester. He’d been hoping all day that the mechanic now crouched beside the machine could get it back up and running. It was late October and Singh still had thousands of stinky green and purple cannabis plants across 425 acres to pick, dry and sell before winter. Like...

In a changing economy, more Kentuckians are completing undergraduate degrees

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service More than 23,000 Kentuckians received a bachelor’s degree in 2018, according to a new report. That’s a 2% increase over the previous year. The report also found graduation rates for low-income and minority students were higher than the overall graduation rate. Aaron Thompson, president of the Kentucky Council on Post-Secondary Education, said the state...

Lafayette High School students garner another invitation to Japan for 10 days this summer

The Japan International Cooperation Center has invited as many as 23 students from Lafayette High School to visit to Japan for 10 days this summer. Key expenses will be covered, such as airfare, hotels, most meals and admission fees. The student travel program, called the Kakehashi (Bridge) Project, aims to promote mutual trust and understanding and to build a foundation for future friendship and...

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...

Chris Girdler: Later school start dates would benefit Kentucky’s economy, families and students

This time of year, I find myself reflecting on one of the great witticisms of Yogi Berra, who once said, “It’s like Déjà vu all over again.” Unfortunately, many people across our great Commonwealth find themselves asking, “is summer over already?” For most Kentucky students, the answer is “yes”. In an effort to preserve prosperity enjoyed by Kentucky’s tourism...

Col Owens: Middle class ‘hollowing out;’ we need to rebalance our overall economy for stability, security

Financial advisors recommend that investment portfolios be routinely rebalanced, even when they are doing well, to achieve long-term stability and security. In much the same way, we need to rebalance our overall economy – to achieve long-term stability and security. Our present economy is healthy in several respects. Unemployment is low, and median household incomes have recently increased. However,...

Lexington-Bluegrass Association of Realtors announces $216.8 million in real estate sales in April

Real estate sales by members of the Lexington-Bluegrass Association of Realtors positively impacted the Bluegrass economy with 1,085 reported sales totaling $216,846,681 during the month of April. “As with last spring, the home-purchasing season is competitive this year,” said John Groft, president of LBAR. “Demand is still strong, especially in light of rising mortgage rates. Savvy consumers...

Commentary: Automation’s dominance poses challenges to workforce, economy

By Bob King Special to KyForward It has been striking, watching and listening to the two political campaigns. In both, the challenges seem to be tied to immigration issues, “off shoring” jobs, bad trade deals, terrorism and the personal insults asserting the opposing candidate is unfit to hold high office. While both candidates may attempt to get at the underlying economic concerns of the electorate,...

Commentary: Bolder economic solutions one answer to the anger some Americans are experiencing

By Jason Bailey Special to KyForward The 2016 presidential primaries were marked by a surge in popularity from candidates tapping the anger of those Americans who feel left out and left behind. It’s in states like Kentucky where those feelings are especially raw, with the economic conditions many face a key source of frustration. There’s more going on than economic worries when it comes to the...

Optimistic outlook for breeders in Kentucky boosts Thoroughbred industry confidence

After the breeding slump that followed the downturn of the American economy in the last several years, EquiNews reports there is cautious optimism supported by numbers from 2012 and 2013. Some states have seen more breeding gains than others, but overall the outlook is positive.   Because Kentucky has traditionally been at the forefront of the Thoroughbred industry, growth in this state may boost...

Farm sales tough for 2011, but situation should improve, Lexington Realtor says

  The rolling farmland surrounding Lexington is as much a part of the area’s identity as the University of Kentucky and Keeneland.   From time to time, those properties change hands, and for 31 years, Justice Real Estate has specialized in getting them sold.   KyForward recently discussed the current economic situation and how it has affected farms with the company’s founder, Bill...

Farm sales tough for 2011, but situation should improve, Lexington Realtor says

  The rolling farmland surrounding Lexington is as much a part of the area’s identity as the University of Kentucky and Keeneland.   From time to time, those properties change hands, and for 31 years, Justice Real Estate has specialized in getting them sold.   KyForward recently discussed the current economic situation and how it has affected farms with the company’s founder, Bill...