Kentucky Industry

Lawmakers discuss expanding solar energy in Kentucky

Advocates are urging Kentucky to develop solar energy projects on farms and abandoned coal mines as the state considers expanding its renewable energy portfolio. Developers have been planning and building large-scale solar projects around the state — some more successfully than others — as the technology becomes more affordable and pressure increases to develop renewable energy.
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Farm Safety and Health Week in Kentucky Sept. 19-25

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Commissioner of Agriculture Dr. Ryan Quarles has proclaimed Sept.19-25 as Farm Safety and Health Week in Kentucky to encourage farmers and farm workers to put their health and safety first at all times. The theme for this year’s safety week is “Farm Safety Yields Real Results.”
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Legislative committees met to discuss the future of Solar Energy in Ky

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Interim Joint Committee on Natural Resources and Energy, co-chaired by Representative Jim Gooch of Providence, met for a combined meeting with the Interim Joint Committee on Agriculture, co-chaired by Representative Richard Heath of Mayfield, to discuss land use and zoning regulations for solar power farms in Kentucky.
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Increased demand for coal as economy rebounds could benefit Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The demand for coal to generate electricity increases as businesses reopen after COVID-19 shutdowns, and some Kentucky mines could reap the benefits. Increased electricity and high natural gas prices have elevated the demand for coal. Some Kentucky mines could reap benefits of uptick. Trend expected to last...
Lexington Herald-Leader

Industrial solar proposals on Kentucky farmland are complex. They need more scrutiny.

While the global pandemic has gripped the nation and dominated headlines, a different outbreak has been playing out in Kentucky’s agricultural heartland. For much of the last year, Kentucky’s acclaimed rural landscape has been quietly besieged by out-of-state and foreign interests seeking to convert tens of thousands of acres of productive farmland into industrial solar facilities.

Ky. lawmakers discuss impact of solar power across the state

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - A state that was once known for coal, could become a haven for solar power. Wednesday afternoon Kentucky lawmakers talked about the impact solar power is having across the state. “Costs have declined enough to be price competitive with our coal and natural gas resources,” said...
Princeton Times Leader

Process explained to enter the ham contest

The 2021 4-H Country Ham Contest was held on Aug. 19 at the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville. There were 14 youth from Caldwell County that competed in the contest by entering a ham and giving a 3-5-minute speech. The 4-H’ers are scored on their ham and their speech, as well as a combination of both.

Kentucky: Soybean Cyst Nematode Management Starts with Fall, Spring Soil Sampling

The soybean cyst nematode (SCN) (Figure 1) causes greater annual yield losses in Kentucky than any other pathogen of soybean. The last time a formal survey was conducted by the University of Kentucky in 2006 and 2007, approximately 76% of soybean fields in the state were infested with SCN. Preliminary results from an on-going SCN survey initiated in 2019 show that approximately 80% of Kentucky fields are infested with SCN.

Memphis-based nexAir plans to expand with new facility in Kentucky

“As our customer base and our operating territory continues to grow, we need to ensure the nexAir footprint has the capacity to meet those expanding demands." Nominations for the tenth annual Building Memphis are now open. The awards program honors commercial construction projects completed during the calendar year of 2021 that reflect professional excellence in the areas of architecture, design, engineering, and development; that represent significant economic impact through capital investment, job creation, and long-lasting revitalization; and positively impact the city through community vision, sustainability, and beautification. Building Memphis honors the project’s major players, including owners/developers, engineers, architects/designers, contractors, and financial lenders. You can show your support of the city by nominating today.

New tool helps Kentucky businesses and residents support 100% renewable energy

When it comes to energy use, residents and businesses alike are increasingly searching for solutions to help meet their personal or professional sustainability goals and support renewable energy generation. “Change is inevitable, and we have to embrace it,” said Arthur Blazin, office manager of Muth’s Candies on Market Street in...

AEP subsidiaries ask WV ratepayers to pick up multimillion-dollar cost burden for plant upgrades denied by KY, VA

American Electric Power’s subsidiaries serving West Virginia have proposed making its customers pay millions of dollars more for federally required upgrades at three in-state coal-fired power plants after utility regulators in two other states denied those upgrades following findings that they were uneconomic. Appalachian Power and Wheeling Power on Wednesday...