September 2, 2014

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Legislative perspective on Kentucky General Assembly

For education and agriculture alike, August is a month of anticipation.  Farmers wonder what effect the summer’s weather will have in the fall on their crops, while students wonder what a new school year will bring.

The outlook for many farmers, of course, is well known.  Hot, dry conditions during June and July – while helped a little from some welcome rain last month – have been devastating in fields across the commonwealth.  The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture has designated 28 counties, almost all in Western Kentucky, as drought disaster areas.  All told, 33 states have at least one county qualifying for federal drought assistance.

Last week’s USDA report reflected the true impact of the weather, when it found that three-fourths of Kentucky’s corn crop was poor or very poor.  Nearly half of our soybean crop fell in those same two categories, though on the bright side, more than a fifth was declared to be good or excellent.