Coffey named chair of UK Department of Animal and Food Sciences

LEXINGTON, Ky., (Oct. 22, 2014) – The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment has named Richard Coffey chair of the Department of Animal and Food Sciences. Coffey is the current director of the UK Research and Education Center in Princeton, a longtime swine extension specialist...

Beef and pork prices push Kentucky retail food costs higher in third quarter of 2014

Louisville, KY (October 15, 2014) – According to the Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) Federation’s latest Marketbasket Survey, the rising cost of beef and pork products at supermarkets across the state led to an overall 3.9 percent jump in retail food prices during the third quarter of the year. The survey,...

UK competes for Campus Kitchen launch grant

Lexington, Ky. University of Kentucky students will compete against students at four other schools from Oct 14-21 to win a grant to start a Campus Kitchen. If they win the competition, student volunteers would provide free, healthy meals to older adults by using donated food that would otherwise go to waste....

New Breathitt Vet Center has groundbreaking

A groundbreaking took place last month for a new Breathitt Veterinary Center in Hopkinsville. The project was a KFB priority issue for several years prior to the General Assembly authorizing funding during this year’s legislative session. KFB President Mark Haney and Executive Committee colleagues Fritz...

2015 Certified Roadside Farm Market enrollment period now open

Louisville, KY (October 9, 2014) – The season for roadside farm markets is far from over, but Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) wants to help market owners get next year’s efforts off to a great start. Enrollment for the 2015 Certified Roadside Farm Market program is now open. During the 2015 season, KFB...

Gov. Beshear expands State Fair Board membership

Frankfort, KY (October 6, 2014) – Governor Steve Beshear today expanded the membership of the Kentucky State Fair Board from 15 members to 19, adding representation from local tourism and agribusiness. Two nonvoting student members were also added. The Fair Board oversees operations for the Kentucky...

Kentucky Department of Agriculture awarded more than $300,000 for specialty crop projects

Frankfort, KY (October 6, 2014) — The Kentucky Department of Agriculture was awarded a Specialty Crop Block Grant for $302,620.11 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to work with the University of Kentucky and other organizations and commodity groups to strengthen markets for specialty crops in...

Stink bugs entering Kentucky homes

Dropping temperatures force insects to start seeking shelter, which means Kentucky homeowners are already getting some unwanted visitors. While it’s only the first part of October, entomologists with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment are receiving complaints about...

Farm Bureau survey: Bacon cheeseburgers costing just a bit more

Washington, D.C. (October 2, 2014) – Shoppers are paying slightly more for food at the grocery store compared to the first half of 2014. Higher retail prices for beef and pork products such as ground chuck and bacon, among other foods, resulted in a slight increase in the American Farm Bureau...

Commissioner Comer welcomes Murray State to the Kentucky Proud Farm to Campus program

Murray, KY (September 30, 2014) — Murray State University’s entry into the Kentucky Proud Farm to Campus Program is a milestone in the rich agricultural heritage of the Purchase region, Agriculture Commissioner James Comer said in a ceremony Tuesday on the MSU campus. “This region is one of the most...

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