Commissioner Quarles urges passage of legislation to assure fresh water supply for Kentucky agriculture

FRANKFORT (March 11, 2016) — Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said on Friday he supports state legislation to develop a plan for ensuring that Kentucky has a steady, plentiful supply of water for agricultural uses. “House Bill 529 provides a comprehensive approach for assessing Kentucky’s fresh...

Kentucky Farm Bureau Members from Across the State Visit Frankfort to Advocate for Agriculture

Louisville, KY (March 4, 2016) –Scores of Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) members made their way to Frankfort this week to meet with their state legislators during the KFB Legislative Drive-In/Food Check-Out Day. Traditionally the event has taken place on two separate days; one reserved as an opportunity for...

Chefs in Schools Collaborative will help schools serve fresh local foods to Kentucky students

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Schools in eight Kentucky counties will receive face-to-face instruction from chefs to help them serve fresh local foods to their students under two pilot projects led by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Farm to School Program in partnership with the Community Farm Alliance and...

UKAg diversity director recognized as a Game Changer

By Aimee Nielson LEXINGTON, Ky., (Aug. 17, 2015) – University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment assistant dean and director of the Office of Diversity, Quentin Tyler, was recently named a Game Changer by Workforce Magazine. The human resources publication annually gives the Game...

Scott County FB went to bat for farm implement dealer

Toyota and urban sprawl have changed Scott County to where agriculture no longer is the dominant force. But farmers there still have clout, and the farm community is united and optimistic about agriculture’s future. Just ask Bill or Jimmy Bevins. They can tell you about the tremendous growth of the...

Halcomb’s Knob is more than a B&B

Traveling down Ky. 954 in Garrard County is best done at a Sunday-driver’s pace. Passing through the tiny town of Cartersville, a sign says “congested area,” referring to several pick-up trucks pulling in and out of Cartersville Grocery store, presumably getting gas from the old-time working pumps or a...

Family-owned meat processor makes a mark

If you do your food shopping at Kroger or WalMart, you may have come across products made by a company located in rural Union County in West Kentucky. You had no way of knowing that —  unless you carefully checked the label’s small print. Jim David Meats and the affiliated Little Kentucky Smokehouse...

New courses in the UK College of Agriculture will support state’s vineyards

As interest in vineyards and wineries in the state has seen a resurgence in recent years, the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture has assisted producers in the re-establishment of these enterprises. This fall, the college will begin assisting on another level – by offering courses that will...

Gagel’s Farm is firmly planted in the suburbs

George Gagel’s Truck Farm is a signature business in heavily-populated southwest Jefferson County. Creating a break in the line of homes along Lower Hunters Trace Road in the Louisville suburb of Pleasure Ridge Park, Gagel’s is a farm market where loyal customers come in the spring for plants and...

Kenny’s Farmhouse Cheese has aged well

For years, Kenny Mattingly was the only farmer in Kentucky making cheese from milk produced by his cows. Others are doing that now, but have a long way to go to match the success of Kenny’s Farmhouse Cheese. The high quality of his farm-made cheese, coupled with his marketing successes, has made Kenny...

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