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CBD Uncertainty: Sales Soar But Science Lags On Hemp Health Effects

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Inside the Bluegrass Hemp Oil store in Lexington, Kentucky, the CBD oils and lotions lining the walls have an origin story — a story of a family’s struggle. “We took a huge risk, to be perfectly honest, because we didn’t know. We weren’t trying other people’s CBD products that were out there,” Bluegrass Hemp Oil… Read More

As Some Midwest Farmers Struggle With Historic Flooding, Ohio Valley Ethanol Producers See Profit Boost

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Mick Henderson runs the Commonwealth Agri-Energy ethanol plant in west Kentucky. He said the past year for U.S. ethanol producers, including in the Ohio Valley, has been rough. “We’ve just passed our 15th anniversary just now, and this is going to be one of our weakest years,” Henderson said. Ethanol prices have been down the… Read More

Distress Grows For Ohio Valley Farmers As Trade Deals Stall

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West Kentucky Farmer Barry Alexander doesn’t have an answer on when the Trump administration will reach a trade deal with China, now a year into tariffs that have hamstrung some Ohio Valley industries. Alexander is optimistic these continued negotiations will be worth it, but his plan in the meantime lies in massive, silver storage bins on Cundiff… Read More

Rural Broadband Funding Could Connect More Ohio Valley Communities To High-Speed Internet

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Vivian Livingood is the mayor of Gilbert, a southern West Virginia  town of under 500 people that has struggled for years without reliable internet. Livingood said that hampers Gilbert’s tourism, businesses and schools. “We get kicked off the internet here every two minutes, and that’s if we can afford the internet,” Livingood said. “And it’s… Read More

Hemp’s Heyday: It’s Finally Legal. Now, Can Ohio Valley Farmers Cash In?

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Inside Winkin’ Sun Hemp Company in downtown Wheeling, West Virginia, store owner Doug Flight tries to position himself in front of a camera crew. His experience with growing and selling hemp spans years. But memorizing lines for what he says could be the first hemp TV commercial in the state is another issue. “I know,… Read More

Farmers Still Dealing With Effects Of Government Shutdown

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The federal government shutdown is over but some Ohio Valley farmers are still dealing with its effects as they try to sign up for federal relief payments and find ways to substitute for  missing information caused by a delay in important government reports. The American Farm Bureau Federation said 62 reports were delayed during the shutdown. These reports range… Read More

Limited USDA Service During Government Shutdown Sows Confusion For Farmers

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The Farm Service Agency office in Mayfield, Kentucky, is so quiet you can hear the tick of the Department of Agriculture-branded clock on the wall. Eleven employees usually make up this busy office. Only three were called in Thursday morning as the U.S. Department of Agriculture reopened Farm Service Agency offices across the country on Thursday. The… Read More

Trump Doubles Down On Trade War As Farmers Feel Pain From Tariffs

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As President Donald Trump addressed farmers at a national conference Monday Ohio Valley agriculture leaders said they are standing by his effort to renegotiate trade deals. But some leaders cautioned that costly tariffs on farm products need to end soon. President Trump doubled down on his fight for better trade deals during his speech to American Farm… Read More