agriculture http://wfpl.org en Mint in Juleps Keep Churchill Downs Local on Kentucky Derby Day http://wfpl.org/post/mint-juleps-keep-churchill-downs-local-kentucky-derby-day <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The thoroughbreds that run in the Kentucky Derby hail from Central Kentucky, Florida, Louisiana. The dresses and hats are made all over the world. But there’s one Derby week tradition you’ll find every year at Churchill Downs that’s still made right here at home—the mint garnishing every signature julep is grown at </span>Dohn<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> &amp; </span>Dohn<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Gardens, a small family farm in southern Jefferson County.</span></p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 18:04:35 +0000 Erin Keane 9247 at http://wfpl.org Mint in Juleps Keep Churchill Downs Local on Kentucky Derby Day Up Front TV: Kentucky Ag Commissioner James Comer on Hemp, GOP's Future, Felon Voting Rights http://wfpl.org/post/front-tv-kentucky-ag-commissioner-james-comer-hemp-gops-future-felon-voting-rights <p>Many see state Agriculture Commissioner James Comer as the rising star in the Kentucky Republican party. His name is frequently floated as a candidate for Governor in 2015. We spoke about his push for hemp, a dating violence bill he supports in the general assembly, and the economic future of Eastern Kentucky.</p><p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 16:53:09 +0000 Jonathan Bastian 8493 at http://wfpl.org Up Front TV: Kentucky Ag Commissioner James Comer on Hemp, GOP's Future, Felon Voting Rights Former Kentucky Ag Commissioner Richie Farmer Sentenced to 27 Months http://wfpl.org/post/former-kentucky-ag-commissioner-richie-farmer-sentenced-27-months <p>Former Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner and University of Kentucky basketball star Richie Farmer has been sentenced to 27 months in prison.</p><p>Farmer previously plead guilty to corruption charges for misappropriating government resources while in office. The sentence also requires Farmer to pay over $120,000 in restitution&nbsp;for abusing his power.</p><p>Farmer’s attorney Guthrie True says he's disappointed in the ruling. He'd sought to have Farmer serve only 21 months.</p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 23:06:00 +0000 Jonathan Meador 8240 at http://wfpl.org Former Kentucky Ag Commissioner Richie Farmer Sentenced to 27 Months Report: Soil Conservation Could Help Reduce Climate Change-Related Crop Losses http://wfpl.org/post/report-soil-conservation-could-help-reduce-climate-change-related-crop-losses <p>A new report says farmers are relying too much on crop insurance to manage the risks of farming, and soil conservation would be a better long-term solution.</p><p>From 2001 to 2010, the Federal Crop Insurance Program averaged about $4 billion a year in payouts to farmers for lost crops. Last year, that amount was a record-breaking $17.3 billion to farmers across the country…nearly all for crops lost because of drought, heat and hot wind. More than $1.5 billion of that money went to farmers in Kentucky and Indiana.</p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 18:51:32 +0000 Erica Peterson 6622 at http://wfpl.org Report: Soil Conservation Could Help Reduce Climate Change-Related Crop Losses Bill Would Give Kentucky Farmers Tax Credit for Food Bank Donations http://wfpl.org/post/bill-would-give-kentucky-farmers-tax-credit-food-bank-donations <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kentucky farmers who donate produce to food banks would get a tax credit under a bill being considered in Frankfort.</span></p><p>The measure is sponsored by House Agriculture Committee Chairman Tom McKee.&nbsp; He says the ten percent credit could help get more fruits and vegetables to a growing number of families in need.</p> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 18:40:47 +0000 Kentucky Public Radio's Dan Conti 4096 at http://wfpl.org Bill Would Give Kentucky Farmers Tax Credit for Food Bank Donations Agriculture Education, New Markets Focused in New 5-Year Strategic Plan http://wfpl.org/post/agriculture-education-new-markets-focused-new-5-year-strategic-plan <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kentucky's agriculture leaders are supporting a new five year strategic plan to help the industry in the state.</span></p><p>The plan, put together by the Kentucky Agriculture Council, puts emphasis on agriculture education, creating new markets and recruiting new people to farming.</p><p>The plan runs through 2018 and has the support of Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer.</p><p>Gov. Steve Beshear also supports the plan, which he says is a extension of the first agriculture strategic plan presented to him five years ago.</p> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 17:02:03 +0000 Kenny Colston 4073 at http://wfpl.org Agriculture Education, New Markets Focused in New 5-Year Strategic Plan Comer Says Corn, Soybean Yields Better Than Expected http://wfpl.org/post/comer-says-corn-soybean-yields-better-expected <P>The drought last summer will reduce corn and soybean harvests in Kentucky, but not to the degree once feared. That’s the assessment of state Agriculture Commissioner James Comer.<p> <P>"Yields are a little better than what we thought they were going to be, which says a lot about technology about the corn seed, because there are a lot of those counties, in Fulton County and Calloway County, that didn’t’ get any rain in May, June or July but they still yieled something. Thu, 27 Sep 2012 19:54:36 +0000 Dan Conti, Kentucky Public Radio 1815 at http://wfpl.org Comer Says Corn, Soybean Yields Better Than Expected More Indiana Counties Under Drought Disaster http://wfpl.org/post/more-indiana-counties-under-drought-disaster <p>The lingering drought has led the U.S. <a href="http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?navid=DISASTER_ASSISTANCE">Department of Agriculture</a> to declare a natural disaster in 14 more of Indiana&#39;s 92 counties.</p><p>The USDA added the north-central Indiana counties today.&nbsp; Along with adjacent counties, they qualify for low-interest relief loans from the federal government.</p><p>Fifty counties earlier had been declared natural disaster areas.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 25 Jul 2012 19:50:28 +0000 Rick Howlett & Associated Press 1122 at http://wfpl.org More Indiana Counties Under Drought Disaster Farmers Welcome Federal Drought Aid http://wfpl.org/post/farmers-welcome-federal-drought-aid <p>Federal aid is available for farmers in 1,016 drought-stricken counties across 26 states.</p><p>A federal disaster declaration will allow the farmers to apply for low-interest loans and it will reduce the penalties for grazing livestock on land set aside for conservation.</p><p>Farmers across the country have been hard-hit by the hot and dry weather that has persisted in many parts of the country since the growing season began.</p><p>As WFPL <a href="http://www.wfpl.org/post/drought-endangers-corn-crops-could-raise-food-prices" target="_blank">reported on Monday</a>:</p> Thu, 12 Jul 2012 22:31:52 +0000 Gabe Bullard 990 at http://wfpl.org Drought Endangers Corn Crops, Could Raise Food Prices http://wfpl.org/post/drought-endangers-corn-crops-could-raise-food-prices <p>Despite scattered thunderstorms during the past week, parts of Indiana and Kentucky remain in a drought. That condition is hitting corn and soybean farmers particularly hard.</p><p>Half of Indiana&rsquo;s and nearly half of Kentucky&rsquo;s corn crop are in jeopardy, rated as &ldquo;poor&rdquo; or &ldquo;very poor&rdquo; by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Purdue University agricultural economist Chris Hurt says once a crop is rated &ldquo;very poor,&rdquo; there&rsquo;s not much that can be salvaged.</p> Mon, 09 Jul 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Erica Peterson 923 at http://wfpl.org