kentucky agriculture

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Boosted by continued gains in its equine and poultry industries, Kentucky's farm cash receipts stayed relatively stable this year as higher yields for most crops helped offset lower prices hitting some sectors, agricultural economists said Thursday.

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 A decision by China to lift the beef embargo on the U.S. has a Kentucky cattle group optimistic.

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Republican Kentucky Congressman James Comer (1st Dist.) recently returned from a five-member congressional agricultural trade mission to Cuba. Comer said lifting the Cuban embargo on trade is a "no brainer" and plans on being a leader in Congressional efforts to do so. Matt Markgraf speaks with Comer about how the U.S. and Kentucky's first district could stand to gain from easing restrictions and expanding trade relations with the Caribbean island.

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  Kentucky farmers growing fresh produce will have up to two years to meet new compliance regulations set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The FDA announced the final Produce Safety Rule Friday, a proposal they have been revising since 2013.

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  Kentucky is the largest producing cattle industry east of the Mississippi River. Those cattle farmers, however, are getting older. According to a recent survey by The Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association the average cattle producer in the Commonwealth is 62-years-old.

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  Officials in Christian County are awaiting the results of a study aimed at assessing the economic impact of agriculture in the area.