We strive to educate our communities and provide the most current information on relevant agricultural topics. Each issue is comprised of articles written by our extension faculty on topics ranging from global trade to the economics of small vegetable farms. 

2020 Newsletters


January Newsletter

  • Making the ARC vs PLC Decision for the 2019 and 2020 Crop Years
  • Cow-Calf Profitability Estimates for 2019 and 2020
  • Trade Resources for Local Global Marketers 
  • Understanding Equipment Costs on the Small Commercial Vegetable Farm
  • What is Your Tax Management Strategy?

February Newsletter

  • USDA Cattle Inventory Report Confirms that Beef Herd Liquidation is Underway
  • Compost Bedded Pack Barn The Solution to the Winter Feeding Problem for Cow-Calf Operators?
  • Farm Income and Debt: Looking into the Future
  • 2020 Potential Revenue Protection Projected Prices and Revenue Guarantees for Corn and Soybeans

March Newsletter

  • Ag, Food, and Credit Markets Amidst the COVID-19 Crisis
    • Macro Issues
    • Livestock Markets
    • Grain Markets
    • Tobacco
    • Specialty Crops and Local Food Systems
    • Interest Rates and Credit Markets
    • Hemp

2019 Newsletters

January Newsletter 

  • Trying to Make Sense of the Current Cull Cow Market
  • Potential 2019-2020 Corn and Soybean Balance Sheets and Price Potential
  • Nutrient Value of Feeding Hay
  • Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill)

February Newsletter

  • Economists' Viewpoints Surrounding the Hemp Boom: Part I
  • Farm Bill Dairy Subtitle and Changes in Class I mover Calculation
  • Swinging for the Fences: High-Input Grain Farming
  • 2019 Revenue Protection Insurance Safety-Net for Corn and Soybeans

March Newsletter

  • The Economics of Hemp Production in Kentucky
  • 2019 Farm Income Forecast
  • Summer Stocker Outlook for 2019
  • Does 2019 Mark the End of Beef Herd Expansion?
  • Maximizing Value: Spring Application of Broiler Litter of Grain Crop Production

April Newsletter

  • The Impact of Fixed Costs on Hay Enterprise Profitability
  • Depreciation: The Largest Check You’ll Never Write
  • Kentucky Highlights from 2017 USDA Census of Agriculture
  • Census Data Confirms Continued Decline in Kentucky Tobacco Farms
  • Regional Specialty Crop Sales Growth Updated from 2017 Census

May Newsletter

  • May WASDE Quickly Over-Shadowed by Trade and Weather News
  • Can Your Farming Operation Be Too Diverse?
  • Early Observations on the 2019 Kentucky Tobacco Outlook
  • High Tunnel Growth in Kentucky

June Newsletter

  • MFP Payments for 2019
  • Farm Numbers and Concentration
  • Local Food Vitality Index – Louisville, KY
  • U.S. Ag Imports Continue to Grow
  • Historical Net Farm Income (NFI) for Crop Farms in the Kentucky Farm Business Management (KFBM) Program, 2008-2018

July Newsletter

  • Are Farmers Getting Older? Of Course!
  • Lender Relationships
  • Dairy Margin Coverage Very Attractive for 2019
  • Latest Round of MF Payments Announced

August Newsletter

  • Mid-year Cattle Inventory Suggests Halting Expansion
  • August Reports Leave Many Questions Unanswered
  • Protecting Your Broiler Flock (And Wallet) From the Bird Flu
  • Equity, Cash Flow? What’s the Big Deal?

September Newsletter

  • Market Demand for Specialty Small Grains in Kentucky
  • What to do When You Have "Too Much" Money
  • Fall 2019 Wheat Planting Decision

October Newsletter

  • Prospects for Winter Backgrounding in 2019/2020
  • Fifty Years of Net Cash Farm Income
  • Three Ways to Help Farmers Communicate with Bankers
  • USDA Updates Corn, Soybean, and Wheat Ending Stocks for 2019-2020

November Newsletter

  • 2019 National Land Values Summary
  • The Economic Value of Applying Broiler Litter in the Fall
  • Have We Seen the Worst of this Cattle Cycle?
  • Highlights from the USDA's "Interim Final Rule" Governing Hemp

December Newsletter

2019-2020 Kentucky Agricultural Economic Situation and Outlook

Contributors: Kenny Burdine, Todd Davis, Jerry Pierce, Will Snell, Tim Woods, (Ag Economics), Jeff Stringer and Bobby Ammerman (Forestry). December, 2019.