UPIKE hosts USDA Farm Service Agency listening session


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PIKEVILLE – 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 on Monday.

“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.

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