April 24, 2014

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Comer seeks clarification of federal hemp position Print E-mail

Kentucky farmers should be permitted to grow industrial hemp under existing federal and state law, Agriculture Commissioner James Comer and other Kentucky leaders wrote in a letter to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration seeking clarification of the agency’s position on industrial hemp.

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Make your holidays green Print E-mail

Often we associate environmental topics with spring time, but you can be environmentally friendly any time of the year.  Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, Americans produce an extra one million tons of trash per week. The holidays are a great time to reduce your waste and get young people interested in the environment.

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Cooking with a pressure cooker Print E-mail

At the end of a busy day, many of us would love to quickly produce a tasty, nutritious, home-cooked meal with minimal effort. One way you can achieve this is by utilizing an electric pressure cooker.

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Using manure can help reduce fertilizer bills Print E-mail

With the high costs of fertilizer, you may want to consider animal manure from your own farm or one nearby to provide nutrients to your crops and reduce your fertilizer bill at the same time.

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Teaching the importance of compassion to children Print E-mail

The holiday season is a time for giving thanks and giving back.  Now is the perfect time of year to teach children the importance of community service and nurture the spirit of giving.

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Understanding your risks for ovarian cancer Print E-mail

Ovarian cancer is often considered a silent killer, because many times, women do not know they have it until it is too late. Ovarian cancer accounts for 3 percent of all cancers diagnosed in women and is the deadliest gynecological cancer.

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Poinsettias for the holidays Print E-mail

Traditional red and green colors are well represented in the flowers available for the holidays. Poinsettias, the most popular and spectacular holiday flowers, can combine both these colors.

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Why Kentucky needs a farm bill Print E-mail

By: John W. McCauley, Farm Service Agency & Thomas G. Fern, Rural Development

This fall, Congress has an important opportunity to create jobs and grow the economy by passing a long-term, comprehensive Food, Farm and Jobs Bill. The Farm Bill impacts every American, every day by providing a wide range of programs that strengthen our nation.

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Homegrown by Heroes goes national: Kentucky brand will help veterans across the United States Print E-mail

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer announces that Kentucky’s Homegrown by Heroes program will be expanded to the national level. Photo by: Kentucky Department of Agriculture.

A Kentucky initiative to identify farm products produced by veterans will become a national brand, Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer announced on Veterans Day at the Frazier History Museum in Louisville.

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The Ky. Agriculture Water Quality Act Print E-mail

The Agriculture Water Quality Act was passed by the Kentucky Legislature in 1994. It states that landowners with 10 or more acres in agricultural production must develop a water quality plan. If you farm 10 or more acres or plan to harvest trees on 10 or more acres in Kentucky, then you are required by state law to implement an agriculture water quality plan.

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