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“Everything is just scary,” Folz says of the uncertainty around trade.

Awash In Relief Money, Ohio Valley Farmers Reflect On Trump Promises — And Their Ballots

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CALLOWAY COUNTY, Ky. (OVR) — Rick Murdock drives past his neighbors on rural back roads in southwest Calloway County, Kentucky, most days in his pickup truck, where he’ll pass by some signs of the season — “Trump 2020” flags and signs. Murdock said he’s never been the type to put up signs or banners himself… Read More

The Letcher County Farmers Market on a September weekend.

Back To The Land: The Future Challenge And Opportunity Of Appalachian Agriculture

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WHITESBURGH, Ky. (OVR) — A line of blue and yellow pop-up tents stand along the North Fork of the Kentucky River during a sunny September weekend in downtown Whitesburg, Kentucky, and Valerie Horn is doing her part to keep the Letcher County Farmers Market rolling. Pumpkins and watermelons fill tarps laid out on the ground next… Read More

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Ky. Health Officials Suggest Revisions To Food Producer Fee Proposal After Blowback

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (OVR) — Kentucky health officials are suggesting revisions to a proposed regulation that would have dramatically increased food safety inspection fees for some small food producers. Department officials said they received hundreds of public comments on the proposal with concerns about fee increases and they now plan to limit fees according to a producer’s… Read More

A packet of unsolicited seeds received by an Ohio citizen in the mail.

Ohio Department Of Agriculture: Don’t Plant Mysterious Seeds

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WYSO) — Unsolicited packages of seeds have been showing up on some Ohioans’ porches. Late last week, the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) started getting reports of citizens receiving packages of seeds in the mail that they never ordered. Authorities think the packages appear to be sent from China, and they are urging anyone who… Read More

Goodman’s family farms 4,000 acres of corn and soybeans in Fulton Co., KY.

WATCH: Is There Help for Farmers Impacted by the Coronavirus?

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Most farmers should be able to take out loans as a result of the relief bill, either through Economic Injury Disaster Loan program or the Paycheck Protection Program, which is meant to cover payroll for the short-term for small businesses. PBS NewsHour’s Lisa Desjardins and Dan Bush answered this question and others about the coronavirus… Read More

Protein powder derived from hemp

Ohio Accepting Applications for Hemp Cultivation, Processing

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The Ohio Department of Agriculture is accepting online applications from those interested in growing and processing hemp. Officials say the application window for the 2020 growing season opened Tuesday. The state Legislature legalized industrial hemp cultivation and CBD use and production last year in a bill Republican Gov. Mike DeWine signed… Read More

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GAP Safety Training


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Join Rural Action and OSU extension for a day of farm-food safety training that also counts toward GAP certification. Topics include: Water Quality Worker Training, Health & Hygiene Manure and Compost Handling Domestic and Wild Animals The OSU Extension GAP training is one way to satisfy the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule… Read More

Goodman’s family farms 4,000 acres of corn and soybeans in Fulton Co., KY.

Major Trade Agreements Have Ohio Farmers Expressing Optimism

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The U.S. has reached two major trade agreements with international partners in the past month, with the Trump administration pitching these deals as a way to ease the burden farmers have shouldered during the trade war with China. During the nearly two-year trade dispute, Ohio farmers have battled falling commodity prices and a struggling market…. Read More

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Season Creation Workshop


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Join Green Edge Organic Gardens and Rural Action for a highly acclaimed, on-farm workshop. This training teaches participants about the use of gabled high tunnels for winter production, focusing on multiple aspects of the Green Edge model of year-round farming. The workshop includes both on-farm and classroom portions covering farm infrastructure, planting schedules, crop monitoring,… Read More

Huff (left) and Fuller (right), next to hemp

Over-Hyped Hemp? Amid Price Drop and a Big Bankruptcy, Some Farmers Feel Burned

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John Fuller is waiting for another farmer he’s never met before to talk about a situation he never imagined he would be in. It’s an overcast January day on his farm in west Kentucky, where he grew 18 acres of hemp last year, investing more than $250,000 of his own cash. He’s one of nearly… Read More

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CPA Incubator Farm Now Accepting Applications


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The Rural Action Incubator Farm application is open for the 2020 growing season! The Incubator Farm program helps beginning farmers start their own sustainable farm businesses from the ground up — providing farm plots, educational resources, startup capital, and mentorship. This program is designed for individuals who are serious about starting their own sustainable farm… Read More

The coal power station on the border between WV and PA

2020 Hindsight: The Ohio Valley’s Decade in Data

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The year: 2009. A Senator from Illinois named Barack Obama has just made history upon taking the presidential oath of office. The national economy is at a low point in the Great Recession. And the Pittsburgh Steelers are the first NFL team to win six Super Bowls. Ten years later, as 2019 gives way to… Read More

Goodman’s family farms 4,000 acres of corn and soybeans in Fulton Co., KY.

WATCH: How Building a Community of Care Can Improve Farmworkers’ Health

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Farmworkers face major challenges when it comes to staying healthy. They often spend hours daily performing physical labor that taxes the body, while language barriers and lack of employer-paid health insurance complicate their access to care. But the Southeast Arizona Area Health Education Center is working on a unique way to improve health care for… Read More

Protein powder derived from hemp

Hemp Application Period Underway in Kentucky

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles says the state’s hemp licensing program for 2020 is underway. Grower applications must be submitted by March 15 of next year. Processor applications may be submitted year-round. For the first time, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture is hosting an online application portal on its hemp webpage…. Read More

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Ohio-grown Christmas Trees Headed to Troops Overseas

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Tree farmers in Ohio are joining forces with the state to send a little holiday cheer to the troops overseas. The Ohio Department of Agriculture and the Ohio Christmas Tree Association are partnering on an effort that will ship more than 100 Christmas trees to military members stationed overseas. Growers will… Read More

Christian Co., Kentucky, farmer Kendall Clark is betting big on these fields sown with hemp.

Ohio Bill Makes It Easier To Keep Farms In The Family

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Ohio farmers who want to sell their property to a younger farmer in their family might soon get a tax incentive to do that. Ohio lawmakers are considering a bill that would give older farmers a tax incentive when they sell their farms to younger members of the family. The bill previously only allowed farmers to get the credit… Read More

Tony Silvernail with a handful of crumbled hemp, on his farm near Frankfort, Kentucky.

Hemp Farmers Form Cooperatives Amid Growth And Uncertainty

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Tony Silvernail swings a heavy machete at a stalk of bushy hemp and chops the plant near the root, grabbing the five-foot-tall shoot with his sun-weathered hand. It’s an unusually hot October day on his farm, Beyond The Bridge LLC, tucked in the hills outside of Frankfort, Kentucky. But the heat doesn’t faze Silvernail, sporting… Read More

Western KY farmer Tom Folz fears a prolonged trade war could push some farmers out of business.

Farmer Fatigue: Farmers Grow Weary Of Trade War, But Most Stick With Trump

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Tom Folz drives around on a sunny, August afternoon and surveys the thousands of acres of dark green, leafy soybean plants and tall stalks of corn he grows on his sprawling farm in Christian County, Kentucky. At 54, Folz has wispy, white hair matching his white mustache. It’s taken him several long work weeks to… Read More