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Barn-based agri-tourism business continues to grow

By Toni W. Riley

Keith and Sara Shepherd had no idea when they took over the Shepherd family farm, that someday they would have an agri-tourism business where brides and grooms would be toasted in the barn that once held prized Shorthorn cattle.

A wedding venture might not be what first comes to mind when thinking of an agri-tourism business, but Kelly Jackson, Christian County agent for horticulture who works with the Pennyrile Region Agri-tourism Committee, says agri-tourism is any activity that brings people to a farm or a farm-like setting. Continue reading

‘Meals on wheels’ takes on new meaning for farm families

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By Rae Wagoner

Kentucky Soybean Board

When most people think of tailgating, images of ball games or other sporting events come to mind. For farm families, though, a truck-tailgate picnic in the field may be the only way Dad gets dinner during planting and harvest seasons. It may be the only family time spent together on any given day, a bright spot in an otherwise long and weary 24-hour period.

With the soybean crop thriving and record acres planted this year, some farmers will work from before daylight to long after dark, pausing only to shower and grab a few hours of sleep before returning to the combine this harvest season. They’ll be mighty glad to see the wife and kids arrive with “meals on wheels.” A precious half-hour with the little ones along with the evening meal is a welcome respite from row after row of the same view. Continue reading