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UPIKE hosts USDA Farm Service Agency listening session

June 20, 2016 12:00 AM
Pikeville, Ky.
Representatives from the Farm Services Agency of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture joined representatives from Pikeville Farmers’ Market and University of Pikeville student entrepreneurs who make up Team Rhizofeed for an informal discussion and listening session on services available in the region.

“We must explore every avenue available to us to expand our economy,” said Paul Patton, University of Pikeville chancellor. “Small scale agriculture is one of those avenues. The Farm Service Agency is one of the federal government agencies with resources including loans and grants that can help our farmers. More of our citizens should be taking advantage of their programs.”

Rhizofeed has developed an organic feed additive for the poultry industry made from bloodroot grown in Eastern Kentucky. Their all-natural, patented product was created to replace antibiotic use in the poultry industry and enable farmers to raise healthier, larger chickens while also reducing their feed costs.

Pictured, from left, Joe Spalding, Farm Service Agency state committee member, Marion County; Lee Roeey, Farm Service Agency state committee member, Logan County; James L. Kay, Farm Service Agency state committee member, Versailles; Patton E. Patton, chancellor of the University of Pikeville; John McCauley, state executive director of Farm Service Agency U.S. Department of Agriculture; David R. Duncan Jr., chairman of U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency state committee; and Carrie Divine, Farm Service Agency committee member, Union County.


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