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Rain a mixed blessing for Kentucky growers

Above-average rainfall fell on Kentucky crops last week.  USDA reporters say on average, the state received just over 1.3 inches of rain.  Seventy-three percent of Kentucky’s topsoil now has adequate moisture, with 12% surplus and 13% short.  Statistician David Knopf says farmers were able... Read More.

Cherry growers use harvest to talk issues

Cherry growers are raising labor and farm bill concerns with key state and federal officials during harvest. Head of the Cherry Marketing Institute Julie Gordon tells Brownfield a 12 percent increase in labor costs for growers using the H-2A seasonal guest worker program this... Read More.

Specialty crop growers say farm bill is woefully short

Specialty crop growers stressed their needs for the 2023 Farm Bill during a U.S. Senate subcommittee hearing Wednesday. Charles Wingard is Vice President of Field Operations for his family’s fresh vegetable operation Walter P. Rawl which farms across South Carolina, Florida, Pennsylvania, and Michigan,... Read More.