kentucky agriculture http://wfpl.org en Hemp Industry Won't Grow Overnight, Agriculture Economists Say http://wfpl.org/post/hemp-industry-wont-grow-overnight-agriculture-economists-say <p>As Kentucky and federal lawmakers consider<a href="http://www.wfpl.org/post/hemp-commission-will-work-proposal-economic-impact-study"> legalizing industrial hemp, </a>the chair of the University of Kentucky's agriculture economics department notes that such an industry won't rise overnight.</p><p>It's a matter of economic viability. The main question being: With <a href="http://www.wfpl.org/post/despite-drought-ky-agriculture-revenues-could-set-records">corn, soybeans and other crops selling at record high levels, </a>what would entice farmers to switch to hemp instead?</p> Sun, 09 Dec 2012 13:05:00 +0000 Kenny Colston 2854 at http://wfpl.org Hemp Industry Won't Grow Overnight, Agriculture Economists Say Despite Drought, Ky. Agriculture Revenues Could Set Records http://wfpl.org/post/despite-drought-ky-agriculture-revenues-could-set-records <p>Despite experiencing one of the worse droughts in U.S. history, agriculture economists in Kentucky are projecting record cash receipts for the state’s farmers.</p><p>During their annual outlook during the Kentucky Farm Bureau conference, economists from the University of Kentucky say they think Kentucky will break the $5-billion barrier in revenues this year.</p><p>Lead economist Will Snell says high prices for many crops -- along will increased exports and insurance payouts &nbsp;-- helped offset the drought for many agricultural industries in Kentucky.</p> Thu, 06 Dec 2012 19:10:50 +0000 Kenny Colston 2843 at http://wfpl.org Despite Drought, Ky. Agriculture Revenues Could Set Records Drought Devastates Kentucky Corn Crop http://wfpl.org/post/drought-devastates-kentucky-corn-crop <p><a href="/post/drought-deepens-hardest-hit-parts-us">The hot, dry summer</a> has taken a toll on Kentucky&#39;s corn crop, which could result in the lowest yields in nearly 30 years.</p><p>A government report issued Friday predicts an average statewide corn yield of 65 bushels an acre. That&#39;s down 74 bushels from last year&#39;s crop. And it would be the lowest yield since the 1983 crop produced 48 bushels per acre.</p><p>Corn production in Kentucky is forecast at nearly 97 million bushels, down 46 percent from last year.</p> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 20:24:49 +0000 The Associated Press 1286 at http://wfpl.org