FRANKFORT – It’s “Crunch Time” in Kentucky as the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) celebrates Farm to School Month throughout October. The month serves to encourage school nutrition staff to connect with local farmers and small businesses to create farm-fresh, nutritious meals for Ke…

Pictured, from left, are Jacob Akin, coach, Sophie Hendley, Addison Shumacher, Lillie Thorn and Sunny Clark who competed in the Future Farmers of America Land Judging Contest and were named regional champions. They will be competing at the state land judging contest on Nov. 4 with a chance t…

FRANKFORT – Commissioner of Agriculture Dr. Ryan Quarles has appointed a new member to the Kentucky Agricultural Finance Corporation (KAFC) Board of Directors.

LOUISVILLE – Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles will host the annual conference of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) Sept. 19 – 22 in Louisville, Kentucky, as he wraps up his tenure as president of the organization. NASDA is a nonpartisan, no…

FRANKFORT — The Kentucky Department of Revenue (DOR) is now accepting applications from eligible farmers for new agriculture exemption numbers designed to protect the sales and use tax exclusions available to the agricultural community.

WASHINGTON —The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Thursday announced that beginning Monday, it will issue two new USDA Market News reports based on Livestock Mandatory Reporting data that will provide additional insight into formula cattle trades and help promote fair and competitive mar…

Commissioner of Agriculture Dr. Ryan Quarles joined Father Jim Sichko, a Catholic priest and a Papal Missionary of Mercy commissioned by Pope Francis, at God’s Pantry Food Bank in Lexington earlier today for a donation of 1,000 pounds of ground beef to hungry Kentuckians.

BOWLING GREEN  – The Kentucky Agricultural Finance Corporation (KAFC) approved $1,948,136 in 11 agricultural loans for projects across the commonwealth at its monthly board meeting.

Blake Kennedy, an ag systems student and Murray State University drone/UAS summer intern from Puryear, Tennessee, left, tells Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear about a spray drone that the Murray State Hutson School of Agriculture is using during a visit the governor made to the Hutson School’s Wes…

MURRAY — At an event in Murray last week, the secretary of the Kentucky Energy and Environmental Cabinet said that solar energy can be the next big thing in the commonwealth’s agricultural exploits.

UNION CITY, Tenn. – Discovery Park of America has announced details for the return of the popular Antique Tractor Show for the fifth year. The event is sponsored by Blue Bank Resort and First Choice Farm & Lawn - Kubota and will be held on Fri., Aug. 6 and Sat., Aug. 7, at Discovery Park…

FRANKFORT  – Nothing says summer like fresh flowers. This July, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and the Kentucky Horticulture Council (KHC) are celebrating that fact with the second annual Kentucky Grown Cut Flower Month.

WASHINGTON -- The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is releasing the National Aquaculture Health Plan and Standards (NAHPS). The plan details how USDA will provide oversight of the health certification, movement and trade of a…

FRANKFORT  – Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture Dr. Ryan Quarles announced the winners of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s annual Poster and Essay Contest during an awards ceremony last week at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. The theme of the contest, “Kentucky Agriculture Never Stops,” ho…

For the first time, four nutritional compounds found in different flowers have been directly proven to enhance gut health of honey bees, boosting their immune system and increasing lifespan, based on a study by U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service scientists.

MAYFIELD  – River Valley AgCredit is excited to announce its gift of $15,000 worth of scholarships in Kentucky and Tennessee. Up to three $1,500 scholarships are given to upcoming college freshmen pursuing agricultural programs and two $1,500 awards to students currently enrolled in agricult…

FRANKFORT  – Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture Dr. Ryan Quarles congratulated Dr. Marcus Bernard, an associate professor at Kentucky State University, on his election as national president of Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANNRS).

FRANKFORT – When the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered workplaces and left many people out of a job, farmers’ roles became even more pivotal. While navigating hardships and uncertainty of their own, dairy farmers across the state partnered with local food banks and other agencies to donate milk an…

FRANKFORT – Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture Dr. Ryan Quarles is renewing his call for Governor Andrew Beshear to immediately end Kentucky’s participation in the federal pandemic unemployment assistance program and instead offer a “back-to-work” bonus to encourage Kentuckians to reenter …

The opening of the Downtown Farmers Market was met with a large crowd Saturday morning as dozens of people walked Maple and Fifth streets purchasing fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, crafts and other items. The market will be available to shoppers again this week, from 7 a.m. to noon…

FRANKFORT — Memorial Day weekend is widely known as the traditional kickoff to summer, and Kentucky’s livestock and poultry producers are looking forward to grilling season being in full swing. Whether you choose hamburgers and hot dogs, steak and ribs, or something more adventurous for your…

FRANKFORT – As planting season begins, Kentucky’s produce growers are entering a busy time of year. While producing delicious, nutritious food is the ultimate goal, Kentucky producers always work hard to put safety first.

LOUISVILLE — The Kentucky Berry Patch & Produce of Calloway County is one of the 108 markets across the Commonwealth accepted into the 2021 Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) Certified Farm Market Program.  

Calloway County High School senior student Olivia Mikulcik uses a long-handled sprayer ti water some of the plants that were offered as merchandise during the 2021 Calloway County High School FFA Plant Sale inside the campus’ greenhouse. This FFA program has hosted this sale for many years a…

FRANKFORT  – After a year marked by a global pandemic that disrupted the nation’s supply chain and cattle prices, Kentucky cattle producers joined Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture Dr. Ryan Quarles to commemorate the month of May as “Kentucky Beef Month.”

FRANKFORT — Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture Dr. Ryan Quarles announced the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) has licensed 445 hemp growers to cultivate up to 12,000 acres and 140 hemp processors and handlers for 2021. The Department has also licensed 3.7 million square feet of gr…

FRANKFORT (KT) – It’s now planting season in Kentucky, and the Kentucky Soybean Board reminds those driving farm equipment and passenger vehicles alike to share the road.

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…