Kentucky agriculture tools, from soil testing to soil conservation, could be used to help farmers who want to protect or restore soil quality.
But many of the farmers are struggling to keep up with the demand for their products, and some are starting to lose confidence in the products they produce.
The article explores how farmers and environmental groups are working together to address these issues.
The article looks at the challenges farmers face as they try to find ways to produce high-quality products for local and regional markets, and it looks at how the Kentucky Agricultural Marketing Board is working to make the state more competitive.
Kentucky agriculture tools can be a crucial tool for farmers who need to protect soil qualityKentucky Agricultural Marketing board (KAMP) chairwoman and agriculture economist Jennifer DeBoeuf explains the key benefits of agriculture tools:1.
A tool that can be used by all of us2.
The farmer can keep up to date on soil health3.
The product is environmentally sustainable4.
Farmers can use the tool to measure the quality of soil5.
The tool can be easily transported to a farm and the product is delivered to the consumer.KAMP uses a series of soil tests, and in the past two years the agency has been using the soil tests to help determine the quality and viability of farmland.
“It’s not only about the testing, it’s about the monitoring of soil quality,” DeBoes said.
“You can look at a plot and it will say there is no organic matter in the soil.
But if you do an analysis and you see a lot of organic matter, you know it’s good soil.”
Kentucky is one of the top 20 states for agricultural research.
In 2017, the Agriculture Department released a report which stated that agricultural research was “one of the fastest growing and most critical areas of science and technology for the state.”
The Kentucky Agriculture Marketing Board has been working to improve the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of Kentucky agriculture, DeBoses said.
The board is also working with a variety of community partners to better educate farmers about the science and benefits of using agricultural tools.
“This has really been a collaborative effort with a range of organizations,” De Boes said, “but especially with local, county and state officials, who have really been helping us in the process.”
“Our community has been great, the community has supported us and we have really tried to stay on top of what they have been doing, and we’re going to continue to do that,” she added.
Kentuckians who are concerned about their soil or their water quality should consider using a soil test, De Boeuf said.
The KAMP test has been proven to be accurate and can be delivered to a farmer or a customer at a convenient time and location.
Kent State University Extension Extension Specialist Emily De Bueys is an extension educator at Kentucky State University.
De Bues work is focused on rural issues.
She has experience in helping farmers develop their products and to increase the availability of tools.
Debs work is conducted at local farmers markets, farmers markets cooperatives and farm schools.
“I think a lot more people are really looking for things that they can do to protect and preserve their soil, which is why I really love the KAMP,” Debs said.
“They’re really doing a lot for the farmers, but I think it’s really important for farmers to have the tools, and a tool is really what’s going to really help farmers.”
DeBoes work is available online at www.kamp.ky.gov and at the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s farm offices.