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. 

COVID-19 and Food Price Inflation

Will Snell  |  June 29th, 2020

A major disruption in our food supply chain coupled with an initial surge of panic buying by consumers would suggest that food prices would increase. But how much extra are we paying to feed our families? Read more >>

Locally Produced Beef and Coronavirus Impacts

Greg Halich  |  June 29th, 2020

The Coronavirus has had major impacts to the beef supply, as well as other meats in this country since mid-March. Unlike the conventional beef segment, Kentucky beef producers who process and market their own meats locally have seen mostly positive changes. Read more >>

Cattle Markers Continue to Chase Stability

Kenny Burdine  |  June 29th, 2020

USDA has announced details of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) designed to compensate farmers who have suffered lAt its lowest point this spring, federally inspected cattle slaughter was running 35% below 2019 levels.  Last week, federally inspected cattle slaughter was within 2% of 2019 levels and within 4% of the weekly peak in late March of this yearRead more >>

Updates to the PPP Loan Program

Tony James  |  June 29th, 2020

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) administered through the Small Business Association (SBA) continues to evolve and there are some noteworthy updates that have occurred during the past few weeks. Read more >>

Workforce Planning in the TIme of COVID

Steve Isaacs  |  June 29th, 2020

Managing a workforce or even (maybe especially) a family business has never been a simple task and it’s become even more difficult in 2020. Strong active leadership and planning (strategic and tactical) are even more important in crisis times. Read more >>

Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) Update

Will Snell and Kenny Burdine  |  Updated May 27th, 2020

USDA has announced details of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) designed to compensate farmers who have suffered losses due to COVID-19. On April 17, 2020, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the CFAP which evolved from funding provided in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA),... Read more >>

PPP Loan Forgiveness

Jennifer Rogers  |  May 27th, 2020

Several weeks ago, Congress passed the CARES Act, which included legislation to provide loans to small businesses.  One of the loans administered through the Small Business Administration (SBA) became commonly referred to as PPP loans, or Paycheck Protection Program. Read more >>

Kentucky Specialty Crop Impacts of COVID-19

Cindy Finneseth  |  May 27th, 2020

It has been comforting and exciting to see the resiliency shown by Kentucky specialty crop producers this spring during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here, unlike other states, all specialty crop operations were considered essential businesses and therefore able to continue to provide valuable products and services to consumers. Read more >>

What Farmers Need to Know: SBA Paycheck Protection Program Loan (PPP)

Jonathan Shepherd, Lacey Williams, Tyler Mark, and Jerry Pierce  |  April 22nd, 2020

On April 2, 2020, the Small Business Administration (SBA) issued Interim Final Rules for the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) pertaining to the Payroll Protection Program (PPP).  At the time of this writing, the funds allocated for this program are exhausted; however, Congress is currently debating further appropriations to fund the program. Read more >>

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