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Community Ventures receives $51,000 grant from USDA to provide support to rural small businesses

Community Ventures (CV) continues to serve Kentucky’s rural small businesses through an uncertain economic climate, thanks in part to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and its Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program (RMAP). CV will receive an additional $51,000 in grant dollars to provide business training and technical assistance to rural microborrowers and prospective microborrowers....

Quarles says Kentucky to operate hemp program under 2014 Farm Bill provisions for one more year

Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles has announced the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) will use 2020 as a year to transition from a hemp research pilot program to a commercial hemp program. “The 2018 Farm Bill removed industrial hemp from the federal list of controlled substances, a move which has been a catalyst for hemp growers and businesses,” Quarles said. “Wisely, Congress...

U.S. Drought Monitor places parts of Kentucky in ‘severe drought’ category as dry conditions persist

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Dry conditions in Kentucky have led to part of the state being placed in the “Severe Drought” category by the U.S. Drought Monitor this week.

 The U.S Drought Monitor is jointly produced by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

 The...

Jackson Energy Cooperative $2 million zero-interest rural development loan to help recycling co. expand

Southeastern Environmental Solutions is turning recycled material into revenue. A Rural Development Loan through Jackson Energy Cooperative will help the Laurel County-based company grow while decreasing waste products in landfills. The $2 million no-interest loan is offered through the United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development office and the loans are administered by local electric...

Kentucky agribusinesses award USDA farm to school engagement grants for marketing needs

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture has announced ten Kentucky agribusinesses have been awarded United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm to School Producer Engagement grants for training, equipment, and other needs to enable farmers to develop or enhance their farm-to-school marketing efforts. “These grants will enable these Kentucky farm families and agribusinesses to improve their...

Ag commissioner praises signing of new agreement to resume live equine exports to China

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles praised the resumption of live equine exports to China at a signing ceremony in Beijing Monday. The agreement, signed by United States Ambassador to China Terry Branstad and Minister Zhi Shuping of the People’s Republic of China, clears the way for the importation of all breeds of U.S. horses, including high-quality Thoroughbred racing horses, to China, where...

No rest for weary farmers during cold winter months; conservation programs offer support

Henry County farmer Brad Steverson keeps busy rotating his herd of cattle during the colder months. (Photo from USDA)   By Christy Morgan Special to KyForward   Many people think farmers get to take some time off during the winter, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. For livestock farmers like Kentuckian Brad Steverson, winter months bring significant challenges.   When...