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2015-2016 Kentucky Agricultural Economic situation and outlook

Following record breaking years, the Kentucky agricultural economy, like the overall U.S. agricultural economy, slumped in 2015, with concern looming for 2016. On the national front, USDA is projecting 2015 net farm income to plummet to $56 billion, down 28 percent from 2014...
Posted On 30 Mar 2016
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Eastern Tent Caterpillar egg hatch begins in central Kentucky

“This year’s first observed eastern tent caterpillar egg hatch is seven days earlier that 2015, reflecting the warm spring temperatures,” said Lee Townsend, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Extension Entomologist. “The hatch is not synchronized;...
Posted On 23 Mar 2016
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Timely tips – spring calving cows

• Stay alert!  The spring calving season should be in full swing now, top priority should be to get a live calf and keep cows in sufficient body condition to rebreed early. Calving areas should be accessible and as clean and as free of mud as possible. Pastures which have good...
Posted On 16 Mar 2016
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Ag producers can work with Kentucky Division of Water to comply with regulations

The Kentucky Division of Water may contact you for a variety of reasons. The division’s mission is “to manage, protect and enhance the quality and quantity of the commonwealth’s water resources for present and future generations through voluntary, regulatory and educational...
Posted On 07 Mar 2016
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Kentucky easing poultry restrictions after bird flu concerns decrease

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) lessened restrictions on poultry February 22 – the same day Indiana officials gave the all clear. After some devastating bird flu incidents in the United States since December 2014, KDA put into place several restrictions...
Posted On 01 Mar 2016
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Choosing housing for small poultry flocks

Raising small poultry flocks on the farm or in the backyard has become very popular. The most important things to remember when choosing the type of housing are provisions for adequate shelter from weather, adequate ventilation and also protection from predators. You should...
Posted On 25 Feb 2016
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Choosing housing for small poultry flocks

Raising small poultry flocks on the farm or in the backyard has become very popular. The most important things to remember when choosing the type of housing are provisions for adequate shelter from weather, adequate ventilation and also protection from predators. You should...
Posted On 25 Feb 2016
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Fat is not always a bad word

Is fat a bad word? Not necessarily. Simply put, fat is just the body’s storage form for energy. If an animal consumes more energy than it uses, its body will store the excess calories as fat – like money in the bank they can use in an energy shortage (think cows calving in...
Posted On 05 Feb 2016
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Blister beetles and Alfalfa: A potentially lethal mix

Blister beetles belong to a family of plant-feeding insects (Meloidae) that produce cantharidin, a toxic defensive chemical. Contact with it in the blood of live or dead beetles causes blistering of the skin or mucous membranes of sensitive mammals, especially horses. Cantharidin...
Posted On 03 Feb 2016
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