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Campbellsville University, Ky. Proud

Kentucky Proud Farm to Campus Program gains new member

"Campbellsville University is very pleased to participate in the Farm to Campus program," CU President Michael V. Carter said. (Linda Waggener, Campbellsville University)

by Kentucky Department of Agriculture  |   April 15, 2014

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. — Campbellsville University and Kentucky farmers alike will benefit from CU's entrance into the Kentucky Department of Agriculture's Farm to Campus program, Agriculture Commissioner James Comer said.

"By joining the Farm to Campus program, Campbellsville University is making more local food available for students, faculty, and staff," Commissioner Comer said in a ceremony during a meeting of the CU Board of Trustees.

"At the same time, you are helping Kentucky family farmers and small businesses make a living. On behalf of all Kentucky farmers, thank you, CU, for being a part of the Farm to Campus program."

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Campbellsville University, Ky. Proud

    

    

HEMP UPDATE ...

Hemp already drawing corporate interest

Ky. passed state legislation legalizing hemp production last year

Kentucky's Department of Agriculture Commissioner James Comer and Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway, above, are drafting regulations to administer seven pilot programs at Kentucky universities to cultivate hemp.

by Braden Lammers, Louisville Business First  |   April 9, 2014

The details are still being hammered out, but the programs are as diverse as the crop's potential uses.

Kentucky's Department of Agriculture Commissioner James Comer and Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway are drafting regulations to administer seven pilot programs at Kentucky universities to cultivate hemp.

A provision included in the federal Farm Bill passed in February paved the way for the pilot programs to move forward in Kentucky, according to a previous report in Business First.

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GOING LOCAL ...

Promoting local foods on a national level

Local Food Association unites small-scale initiatives across the country

Mark Hack, left, executive director of Local Food Association, listens to a discussion Friday during LFA's first-ever board meeting at First Southern Bank in Stanford. Board members Preston Correll, Bill Johnson and Rudy Arrendondo also listen in. (Todd Kleffman)

by Todd Kleffman, The Advocate Messenger  |   April 1, 2014

STANFORD, Ky. — A national trade organization to promote local food seems to be an oxymoron. The words "national" and "local" are in conflict, contradictory, incongruous. Like dill pickles and blackberry jam.

Yet, that is the mission of the Local Food Association, a first-of-its kind trade group that held its first-ever board of directors meeting recently in Stanford.

LFA's purpose is to bring together all of the diverse and far-flung interests of the burgeoning local food movement, helping it prosper by aiding small-scale, sustainable operations across the country gain a bigger slice of the food industry pie while offering...

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EDUCATION ...

Ag opportunities during BrAg Week

BrAg Week runs March 31-April 4, raises agriculture awareness

Daily events are planned throughout the week to highlight agriculture and the college, which is ranked as a top 10 agricultural research program.

by Katie Pratt, UKNOW  |   March 31, 2014

It's time to BrAg about agriculture and related fields. The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment is hosting BrAg Week March 31-April 4, a campus event to raise awareness and to promote agriculture and related career opportunities.

"Agriculture impacts so many areas of life from food consumption to clothing, health care, recreation, technology and family life," said Jason Headrick, the college's director of student relations.

"We also want this week to serve as an avenue for students to talk about their major, their experiences and their personal ties to the ag industry."

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Ag opportunities during BrAg Week

    

    

EXCITEMENT GROWS ...

Farmers wanted for 'Grow McCreary'

Grow McCreary initiative working on agriculture database

With some 50 McCrearians participating in Grow Appalachia, organizers are hard at work finalizing plans to establish a co-op and open the McCreary Farmers Market in June.

by Janine Slaven, McCreary County Record   |   March 27, 2014

WHITLEY CITY, Ky. — The Agriculture Council of America declared March 25 National Agriculture Day to celebrate an industry which not only provides our food supply but also produces the raw materials for clothing and other manufactured products.

Kentucky's 77,064 farms sold more than $5 billion worth of farm products in 2012, according to preliminary results from the latest available USDA Census of Agriculture.

McCreary County is not generally known as a farming community but that may be changing with the recent excitement surrounding the county's agribusiness plan.

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CHICKEN FIGHT ...

California flies the constitutional coop

Mandating cage-free housing for chickens is costly and legally dubious

In 2010, the legislature in Sacramento decreed that no out-of-state business could sell eggs in California unless the hens also were raised in larger cages, or cage-free.

by Will Coggin, The Wall Street Journal  |   March 26, 2014

Six states—Missouri, Alabama, Iowa, Oklahoma, Kentucky and Nebraska—sued California in federal court last month. If they are successful, the U.S. Constitution will be vindicated, and Californians may be spared having to pay through the nose for an omelet.

The controversy is all about eggs. A California ballot initiative, Proposition 2, passed in 2008 and mandated that by 2015 all California egg producers must shift to larger cages or "cage-free" housing for its chickens.

The Humane Society of the U.S. funded the initiative to the tune of $4.1 million. Anne Wojcicki, wife of Google co-founder Sergey Brin, shelled out $100,000 for the initiative. Hedge-fund billionaire Tom Steyer gave $25,000.

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FOOD SECURITY ...

Hopkins native sows seeds to end hunger

William Ronnie Coffman, Ph.D., works with farmers around the world

William Ronnie Coffman, Ph.D., sows seeds that could prevent hunger in third world countries.

by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY  |   March 24, 2014

Little did a young man from Hopkins County realize as he worked the soil of the family farm, that he would one day help sow the seeds that could feed millions of people around the world.

William Ronnie Coffman, Ph.D., grew up in the small town of Stoney Point about four miles from Dalton in western Hopkins County. The son of Floyd and Gladys Coffman, he attended and graduated from Dalton High School in 1961.

Being greatly influenced by math teacher and principal A.O. Richards, Coffman followed the education trail to Henderson Community College with aspirations of becoming a math teacher. But after transferring to the University of Kentucky...

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Hopkins native sows seeds to end hunger