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Economists to discuss agricultural outlook

Dec. 07, 2012 @ 07:29 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The economic outlook for farmers will be the topic as agricultural economists lead a discussion at this year’s Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation convention in Louisville.

The economists from the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture will discuss developments and opportunities for Kentucky farmers in 2013 as well as wrap up the past year. UK says topics will include economic outlooks on livestock, grain, tobacco, horticulture, and forestry and timber, as well as farm production costs and an overview of the state and national farm economy.

The event is at 10 a.m. EST Thursday in the Carroll/Ford Room of the Galt House downtown.

Armstrong to hire 145 workers at W.Va. plant
CHARLESTON — Armstrong World Industries plans to hire 145 workers at its Randolph County hardwood plant to meet increasing demand.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin confirmed the hirings Thursday at the 575-worker plant in Beverly.

The Lancaster, Pa.-based company makes flooring, ceilings and cabinets.

The company plans job fairs at the plant on Dec. 8 and 15, and on Jan. 5 and 19.

In April, the company recalled dozens of workers who were laid off in November 2011.

Survey: Sandy weakened hiring by small business
NEW YORK — Superstorm Sandy further weakened hiring at small businesses in November, according to a survey released Thursday.

The survey by the National Federation of Independent Business shows that nationwide, the number of workers in small businesses fell by 0.04 workers last month. In October, the number rose by 0.02 workers.

NFIB Chief Economist William Dunkelberg called Sandy’s impact on hiring “substantial.”  The Oct. 29 storm shut down thousands of small businesses along the East Coast, and a large number of companies are still closed and have laid off workers. Moreover many residents have suffered heavy damage to their homes and aren’t spending money at businesses in their communities.

The results are in line with a report Wednesday from payroll services company ADP.

It said small businesses hired 19,000 workers last month, the smallest amount this year.

Business owners have been reluctant to hire this year because of the uncertain economy and because they

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