Agriculture and the industries that use agriculture products in Kentucky provide many job opportunities. In fact, 1 out of every 5 jobs in the Commonwealth is related to agriculture in some way. Educational opportunities also abound for students looking to study agriculture subjects. Click on a story to learn more.
For both Albert Peterson and Charlie Masters, the familiar saying “you can take the boy off the farm, but you can’t take the farm out of the boy” proved true. Today, these Kentucky natives help operate their respective farms – Peterson Farms and Masters Acres – with their families, proudly continuing traditions that earlier generations set in motion.
KFB Candid Conversations presents a discussion about the topical issues facing the agricultural industry in a question and answer format with a member of Kentucky’s agricultural community.
From a logistical standpoint, Auburn, Alabama and Kentucky are far apart from each other and different in many ways. But for thousands of students who hail from the Bluegrass State, Auburn, in particularly, Auburn University’s College of Veterinarian Medicine (AU Vet Med), has been a home-away-from home for nearly three generations.
In the world of Kentucky agriculture, it doesn’t get much more traditional than tobacco and horses. The state leads the nation in burley and dark tobacco production while the equine industry ranks number one in horse sales.
John Edwards and Chris Wright grew up together, worked for the same company, and now are co-owners of their own Kentucky Proud meat-processing business.
If the rest of the state felt the ground beneath them suddenly slope toward Lexington recently, there was good reason. A record-breaking number of high school students descended on the University of Kentucky campus for the 46th annual FFA/4-H UK Field Day.
In early 1809, Thomas Lincoln bought a 300-acre farm near Hodgenville, KY at Nolin Creek in Larue County. The property was named Sinking Spring Farm for the “magni cent spring that bubbled from the bottom of a deep cave.” On February 12, 1809 Abraham Lincoln was born.
Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles pledged to run an ef cient, transparent Kentucky Department of Agriculture that advocates for Kentucky’s agriculture industry as he and other state constitutional officers were sworn into office today in the Capitol Rotunda.
Known to his neighbors as “the tree man,” Charlie Williams owns and manages West Wind Farm, just about 15 miles from the geographic center of Kentucky.
Anytime you start a new job, it can be hectic as you learn the ropes. That certainly is true for a public official, who must get to know her or his staff and hit the ground running – the public’s business doesn’t stop to allow a new office holder to get settled in.
In the mid-1970s, the extended Strode family, farming on Ohio River bottomland west of Owensboro, suffered a setback when the great grandfathers of the family passed away in quick succession. One man had two children; the other had one.
Sherwood Acres started as a dream for Jon and Sylvia Bednarski in 2000, when they purchased 35 acres of unimproved land along Harrods Creek in Oldham County.
Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles pledged to run an efficient, transparent Kentucky Department of Agriculture that advocates for Kentucky’s agriculture industry as he and other state constitutional officers were sworn into office today in the Capitol Rotunda.
The California Milk Advisory Board is right. Great cheese does come from happy cows.
Kenny Mattingly can attest to that.
Don Halcomb doesn't want to be the proverbial frog in a pot.
He looks across his fields and tries to picture what his Logan County farm will look like in the future.
Beginning with just 20 acres and a small home right after high school, Wesley Poole, and now his wife, Jennifer, have worked diligently over the past 11 years to build their Daviess County farm into its current 625-acre size.
Scott Lowe is a first-generation farmer who took his boyhood fascination with farming and turned it into a reality.
Growing up on his family’s dairy and tobacco farm in Hart County, Brad Hines worked as a diesel technician at Jacobi Sales and ran his own diesel truck and farm equipment repair business after graduating college.
Kathy Wheeler, owner of STAR Farm in Hardyville, Ky., never imagined a trip to her local farmers market would change her life.
Ray Allan Mackey of Meadow View Farms in Elizabethtown, has been a part of the farming industry for more than 30 years. Through diversification, he preserves the family farm for the future.
Some days my enthusiasm for sharing agriculture’s story overflows, and then there are days I just want to stay in bed and pull the covers over my head.
I grew up on a family farm. Farming is in my genes and in my heart.
This week is National Ag week, and today is National Ag Day. It is celebrated to recognize the involvement agriculture has in everyday lives. You may not realize that agriculture touches everyone in some way. In today’s society most people are three to four generations removed from the farm.
About a month ago I was sitting in front of the Kentucky House Agriculture and Small Business Committee Meeting talking about leadership within the farm community, and I was thinking to myself, how on earth did I – the child of low income, blue collar parents – get here?
The Kentucky Agricultural Leadership Program recently traveled to South Africa to learn about their farming enterprises, culture and society. Jennifer Elwell, KyCorn Communications Director and KALP class member provides a summary of the journey.
Have you thanked a veteran lately? Thanks to Kentucky’s own Homegrown by Heroes program, it can be as easy as buying fruits and vegetables.
In a state with fertile soil and a rich tradition of farming and breeding, it is no wonder that there are more than six thriving higher education programs that promote the future of agriculture to Kentucky’s youth.
As someone who grew up on a farm, Kevan Evans still admits to being surprised by something he sees almost every day.
This fall (October 2012) I was honored to be selected for Class 10 of the Kentucky Agricultural Leadership Program, “an intensive 18-month program designed for young agricultural producers and agribusiness individuals who want to be on the 'cutting edge' of decisions that affect agriculture, rural communities and society in the 21st century.”