February 10, 2017

Wildlife Issues High on the KFB Priority List

Kentucky Farm Bureau

During Kentucky Farm Bureau’s recent annual meeting, one of the priority issues approved by its board related to wildlife populations. Specifically, the priority issue sought to, “Seek effective wildlife management that will reduce the wildlife population in an effort to alleviate continued crop and livestock losses, automobile accidents, human injuries, and loss of life.”

Farmers are no strangers to the damage and danger caused by populations of certain wildlife species to crops and property.

The USDA notes that, “Each year, wildlife cost property owners millions of dollars in damage, underscoring the need for responsible wildlife damage management.”

While total numbers for crop damage are hard to quantify, producers have long felt losses to their budgets due to decreased yields and replanting costs.

Quarles backs bill to make Kentucky agriculture more competitive

Legislation would extend weight tolerance for vehicles carrying farm products, feed
Kentucky Department of Agriculture

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles, second from right, testifies in support of House Bill 174 in Wednesday’s meeting of the House Agriculture Committee in Frankfort.

February 6, 2017

Ag Responds as Trump withdraws from TPP

By Adam Capps, The Farmer's Pride

President Trump is already raising eyebrows and causing a great deal of apprehension in the agriculture community after signing an executive order that will withdraw the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

TPP was a 12-nation trade pact that was created to help give the U.S. more trade opportunities among Pacific Rim countries like Japan, Vietnam, Singapore. and Malaysia.

Just last week, Tracy Brunner, president of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association said, "TPP and NAFTA have long been convenient political punching bags, but the reality is that foreign trade has been one of the greatest success stories in the long history of the U.S. Beef Industry."

Livestock farmers aren't the only ones who will be affected if new plans aren't put into place soon. Over  the past two years, corn and soybean prices in the U.S. have dropped significantly as farmers are making less and less even though they are producing more yield from their fields.

February 3, 2017

KFB president: 'Keep our ag export markets vibrant and growing'

Commentary by Kentucky Farm Bureau President Mark Haney

Kentucky Farm Bureau

Agriculture exports are critical to growing ag-related and rural economies. A substantial amount of Kentucky’s agricultural sales comes from exports, and while the majority of our farms in the Commonwealth are smaller, family-owned operations, each one has a role to play in providing these goods that are in demand around the world. Those operations also depend heavily on the income created by export markets. The saying about the world being smaller is true when it comes to international trade.

During our last annual meeting, the KFB board approved national priorities including the support of fair and open multilateral trade agreements that will open new markets and expand existing markets for U.S. agricultural products.

February 2, 2017

UK snake ID website sheds old skin for new, more informative one

By Carol Lea Spence, UKAgNews

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, people are fascinated by snakes. The University of Kentucky’s updated snake ID website has enough information to satisfy just about any question a person could have concerning the slitherer cutting across their patio or field.

The new website, updated by Steven Price, assistant professor of stream and riparian ecology in the UK Department of Forestry, and Andrea Drayer, UK forestry research analyst, highlights life histories, color patterns, physical characteristics and ecological roles of the animal Price terms as “perhaps the most maligned” in Kentucky. It provides the user with the information needed to identify snakes they might encounter in their yards, on their farms, or out and about in wetlands and rivers, woodlands and prairies.