FRANKFORT – Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles will host a series of “Restaurant Roundtables” in the coming weeks to thank Kentucky small business owners and chefs for sourcing food from Kentucky farms and hear firsthand about the challenges they faced during the coronavirus …

FRANKFORT – The Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s annual Serving Up Solutions fundraiser is going forward this year, but with a twist. Instead of an in-person dinner to raise funds to combat Kentucky’s food insecurity, the department is encouraging individuals to give online during a Virt…

MURRAY — Dr. Alyx Shultz, chair, agriculture science, Murray State Hutson School of Agriculture, along with MSU Hutson School of Agriculture students who created the curriculum, provided a hands-on seedling project with Murray Elementary School first grade students, (including eight Kentucky…

USDA announces April 23 application cutoff for CSPSpecial to The Ledger LEXINGTON — The next deadline for Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) applications to be considered for funding from NRCS Kentucky this year is April 23. Through CSP, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) helps farmers, ranchers and forest landowners earn payments for expanding conservation activities while maintaining agricultural production on their land. CSP also encourages adoption of new technologies and management techniques. “CSP continues to be a very effective tool for private landowners working to achieve their conservation and management goals,” said Greg Stone, NRCS state conservationist in Kentucky. “It is the largest conservation program in the United States with more than 70 million acres of productive agricultural and forest land enrolled.” While applications are accepted throughout the year, interested producers should submit applications to their local NRCS office by the deadline to ensure their applications are considered for 2021 funding. CSP is offered in Kentucky through continuous signups. The program provides many benefits including increased crop yields, decreased inputs, wildlife habitat improvements and increased resilience to weather extremes. CSP is for working lands including cropland, pastureland, rangeland, nonindustrial private forest land and agricultural land under the jurisdiction of a tribe. For additional information about CSP, contact your local service center. USDA Service Centers are open for business by phone appointment only and field work will continue with appropriate social distancing. While program delivery staff will continue to come into the office, they will be working with producers by phone, and using online tools whenever possible. All Service Center visitors wishing to conduct business with NRCS, Farm Service Agency, or any other Service Center agency are required to call their Service Center to schedule a phone appointment. More information can be found at farmers.gov/coronavirus. n

LEXINGTON — The next deadline for Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) applications to be considered for funding from NRCS Kentucky this year is April 23. Through CSP, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) helps farmers, ranchers and forest landowners earn payments for expan…

WASHINGTON – Throughout the pandemic, farmworkers have remained on the job throughout the nation despite potential exposures to feed Americans and support U.S. exports. As the U.S. Department of Labor recognizes National Farmworker Awareness Week March 25-31, the department’s Wage and Hour D…

FRANKFORT – Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) announcement that it will implement the final rule on hemp production developed under the Trump Administration. 

MURRAY— Murray State University’s Breathitt Veterinary Center in Hopkinsville has been designated as a Level 1 laboratory by the USDA National Animal Health Laboratory (NAHLN) system. Out of 60 diagnostic laboratories nationally in the NAHLN system, the center is now one of 23 state laborato…

WASHINGTON — Agricultural producers can now make elections and enroll in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for the 2021 crop year. The signup period opened Tuesday, Oct. 13.  These key U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) safety-net programs help pro…

WASHINGTON — Last week, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will extend several flexibilities through as late as Dec. 31. The flexibilities allow summer meal program operators to continue serving free meals to all children into the f…

A cowboy twirls his lasso as he prepares to attempt to send it around the neck of a fleeing calf last week during the calf roping competition of the Little Britches Rodeo at the Cherry Expo Center on the Murray State University campus. The event attracted competitors ages 5-18 from multiple states.

A rider manages to stay in the saddle during last week's Little Britches Rodeo at the Cherry Exposition Center on the Murray State University campus. This was one of many events that involved contestants ages 5-18.

FRANKFORT — During its Aug. 7 meeting, the Kentucky Soybean Board elected a new executive committee. Outgoing Chairman Ryan Bivens of Hodgenville accepted the thanks of his fellow board members as he completed his second yearlong term in that role. 

MURRAY — Forage is highly important on farms for the development of livestock and finding ways to make forage production more effective is the idea behind an annual event led by the University of Kentucky.

FRANKFORT — Since 2015, indirect exports of corn and soybeans through beef and pork exports have been the fastest-growing category of corn and soybean use, delivering critical returns for farmers. These producers support the international promotion of American beef, pork and lamb by investin…

Union City, Tenn. — Discovery Park of America  has announced the return of the popular Antique Tractor Show for the fourth year. The unique event, sponsored by First Choice Farm & Lawn - Kubota, will be held Aug. 7-8 at the park in Union City, Tennessee.

Across the nation, the coronavirus has highlighted issues in our food supply chain, our reliance on foreign countries for medical supplies, and the difference between strong, data-driven leaders and weak ones. But for Kentucky families and workers, perhaps the largest problem is one we’ve at…

FRANKFORT  — Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles is optimistic Kentucky agricultural producers will see a much-needed economic boost with today’s implementation of a new trade relationship between the United States and its North American neighbors.

A vehicle equipped with long-reaching mechanisms for applying chemicals, such as insecticide or fungicide, to crops administers its payload in a field a few weeks ago along Hale Road northwest of Murray. This is the time of year where pests and diseases of varying kinds have a tendency to ca…

MURRAY — About two weeks ago, Murray State University graduate student Sarah Forden was joining several other students from the university’s Hutson School of Agriculture at one of the university’s farms in Calloway County. 

WASHINGTON  – Last week, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced the appointment of 33 members to the Farm, Ranch and Rural Communities Committee (FRRCC), including Calloway County farmer and Kentucky Farm Bureau Second Vice President Sharon Furches.

In one image, taken Friday afternoon at a farm northwest of Murray, the many tasks a farm and its people must handle are captured. In the foreground is a freshly-baled roll of hay, while wheat, probably not too far from harvest, waves in the wind short distance from the hay. Completing the p…

FRANKFORT – Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles will lead eight forums across the Commonwealth to strengthen ties between agriculture and manufacturing. The first two forums will occur online in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

FRANKFORT – Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles and Attorney General Daniel Cameron sent a joint letter today to U.S. Attorney General William Barr asking the Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate possible anticompetitive practices in the beef packing sector.

FRANKFORT – Fifty-two local food pantries across Kentucky will soon have more space to store food items, thanks to a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant secured by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA).

MURRAY — In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the financial hardships brought to families with college students, the Calloway County Farm Bureau Board of Directors recently voted to increase their annual scholarship total to $10,000. 

William Dupo, 5, of Murray, had his mask resembling super hero Black Panther over his face Thursday as his family visited the Arboretum at Murray State University. The facility has returned to allowing visitors since Tuesday after cleanup was needed in some places in the wake of damage from …

FRANKFORT – Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles announced the donation of more than 560,000 eggs from Cal-Maine Foods to Feeding Kentucky as part of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Hunger Initiative.

WASHINGTON  — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture intends to make available up to $100 million in competitive grants for activities designed to expand the availability and sale of renewable fuels.

WASHINGTON  —U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced details of $470 million in Section 32 food purchases to occur in the third quarter of fiscal year 2020, in addition to purchases previously announced, which will enable USDA to purchase surplus food for distribution to c…

LOUISVILLE — Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue today regarding the state of Kentucky’s agriculture economy in light of the coronavirus pandemic. In the coming days and weeks, USDA will issue guidance on how…

FRANKFORT – Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles released the following statement after President Donald J. Trump announced plans to invoke the Defense Production Act to order meat-processing plants to remain operational and provide protective equipment to workers in the industry.

FRANKFORT – After holding a digital round table with Kentucky farmers’ markets managers, Commissioner Ryan Quarles has announced a new Kentucky Proud social media advertising campaign that will support farmers’ markets during the coronavirus pandemic.

Phil Morris of Murray, left, prepares to place his collection of plants into the back of his vehicle a few weeks ago during the first installment of the Calloway County High School FFA Plant Sale. Watching Morris is FFA advisor Jacob Falwell. The second installment of the sale is set for 9 a…

FRANKFORT – The Kentucky State Board of Agriculture (SBOA) Wednesday unanimously approved Dr. Katie Flynn to serve as the new deputy state veterinarian at the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA).

FRANKFORT — Feeding Kentucky has purchased 3,408 pounds of Kentucky ground beef with funds from Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance’s historic half-million dollar donation as part of Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles’ Kentucky Hunger Initiative. The purchase translates into more than 13,0…

MURRAY — Perhaps it was fitting that Saturday’s 2020 Calloway County High School FFA Plant Sale was hosted across the street from the Cherry Expo Center at Murray State University. 

LOUISVILLE  — In response to rising food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic, Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) Mutual Insurance Company and the Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance Foundation will donate a total of $500,000 to hunger relief charities as part of Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quar…