• Blandford will run the Kentucky Proud farm marketing program

    FRANKFORT — A global brand manager for a Kentucky-based multinational corporation is the new executive director of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s marketing office.
    Melanie Blandford of Nicholasville assumed her new post today. As the KDA’s executive director of marketing, Blandford will be responsible for Kentucky Proud, the official state farm marketing program.

  • The week in Frankfort

    Legislative Research Commission
    FRANKFORT—College basketball fans have been enjoying buzzer-beating basketball tournament finishes for the last two weeks, but the General Assembly may have one more “buzzer beater” for them as time dwindles for the 2016 regular session.

  • With USDA microloans, your farming idea is closer than you think

    By John W. McCauley
    Access to reliable credit has been an important issue for farmers and ranchers long before President Woodrow Wilson signed into law the Federal Farm Loan Act back in 1916. In fact, even a century later, with all of the financial options available today, one of the biggest challenges to entering agriculture - or even growing an existing farming or ranching operation - still can be the cost of land and equipment.

  • Tech center offers dual credit courses

    Special to The Trimble Banner

  • USDA offers protections for noninsured crops against weather losses

    By John W. McCauley
    USDA Farm Service Agency   State Executive Director
    In agriculture, opportunity is often created from overcoming challenges. So when I hear people say “work for the best and prepare for the worst,” it is the American farmers and ranchers who come to mind because they characterize the optimism and resilience of the very concept, especially when it comes to overcoming severe weather.

  • KDA seeks applications for specialty crop projects

    FRANKFORT — Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles announced that farmers and other eligible applicants in Kentucky may seek funding from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture for producing and marketing “specialty crops.”
    Specialty crops are defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, and horticulture and nursery crops.

  • Farmers across Kentucky celebrate National Ag Day

    Louisville, KY – Kentucky Farm Bureau joined the Agriculture Council of America and farming organizations across the country to celebrate National Agriculture Day on Tuesday, March 15. This day has been set aside annually since 1973 to highlight the many ways America’s food system improves the quality of life for everyone.
    “Farmers contribute so much to our nation’s prosperity, independence, security and overall well-being that it just makes sense to designate a day celebrating their accomplishments,” said KFB President Mark Haney.

  • State police conducting traffic safety checkpoints

    The Kentucky State Police will be conducting traffic safety checkpoints in the counties of Oldham, Trimble, Henry, Owen, Carroll and Gallatin during the period of March 1-31.
    The intent of a traffic safety checkpoint is to provide for high visibility public safety service, focusing on vehicular equipment deficiencies, confirming appropriate registration of vehicles, the licensing of drivers, and detection of impaired drivers. Violations of law or other public safety issues that arise shall be addressed in accordance with Kentucky traffic and regulatory laws.

  • Madison investigating explosion at City Hall

    On Sunday, March 6, 2016, the Madison Police Department responded to a report of an explosion near the City Hall parking lot and the 300 block of Central Avenue, according to Madison Police Chief Dan Thurston.
    Lieutenant Dan Slygh, Lieutenant Bruce Heaton, Sergeant Ben McKay, and Patrolman James Lee responded to the scene. It was determined that an explosive device was detonated near the entrance to the City Hall parking lot from Central Avenue. The Indiana State Police Explosive Ordinance Destruction team was contacted.

  • KSP commissioner announces retirement

    Kentucky Press News Service
    FRANKFORT  – The leader of the Kentucky State Police is retiring Feb. 29 after 34 years of service to the agency. Rodney Brewer, who has served eight-and-one-half years as commissioner, was appointed by former Gov. Steve Beshear and sworn in December 2007.