Thursday, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell issued a statement of support for Agriculture Commissioner James Comer and the effort to re-introduce industrial hemp into Kentucky agriculture. Leader McConnell’s office issued the following statement:
In a time when we all seek advice from experts, it is not only important to know what plants you have, but also to understand the nomenclature of symptoms caused by insect and disease problems. “I’ve got this thing on my wacha-ma-call-it” won’t get you very far with a Google search or in person. We need to know how to describe the “things” that we find on our plant material so a proper diagnosis and treatment can follow.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds producers that the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 extended the authorization of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (the 2008 Farm Bill) for many Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) commodity, disaster, and conservation programs through 2013. FSA administers these programs.
The latest Marketbasket Survey, conducted by the Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation in December 2012, indicates that average retail food prices in supermarkets across the state fell slightly during the fourth quarter of the year. According to the survey, the total cost of 40 basic grocery items was $115.53. This total reflects a decrease of $0.38, or 0.3 percent, from the same list of items reported in the previous quarter.
We had our Scag mower serviced a few weeks back, she had suffered from some sort of oil leak all summer and looked a little weary and unkempt, so I felt a bit negligent when I dropped her off. Taking care of your lawn and garden equipment was something that was pounded into my world view of farm responsibilities when I was growing up. Plus, I am well aware that if you don’t take care of your stuff it means it doesn’t work when you need it.
Many Kentuckians burn firewood as their main source of heat during the winter. Others use it to supplement their heating sources. For many families that means purchasing wood. To gain the most from your investment, pay attention to the seasoning, density and quantity of firewood.