A New Market on Main: Pleasureville Farmers Market Grand Opening

The small town of Pleasureville welcomed a big addition to Main Street this past week with the grand opening of the Pleasureville Farmers Market.     The Kentucky Center for Agriculture and Rural Development (KCARD) team began working with Pleasureville community leaders Susan Schlosnagle, Cheryl Clark,...

Farmers’ markets expand access for low-income Kentucky families

Frankfort, Ky. – Low-income families can use their SNAP benefits to buy fresh, nutritious local foods at more Kentucky farmers’ markets than ever before, Agriculture Commissioner James Comer said. Up to 225 farmers’ markets and individual producers now use Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) equipment...

Vote for your Local Food Hero through Aug. 5

Frankfort, Ky. — Kentuckians are invited to select their favorite farmers in online voting for the 2015 Local Food Heroes through Aug. 5. The Local Food Heroes awards are a partnership of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, Seed Capital KY, and Louisville Metro Government and are sponsored by Farm...

New state database lists lost, abandoned horses

Frankfort, Ky. – Kentuckians whose horses have gone missing can search for them on the Internet using a new database created by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. The state veterinarian’s office has launched a Stray or Abandoned Equine Database where people can browse listings of horses that have...

USDA accepting more farmland for wildlife habitat in Kentucky

Lexington, KY –July 20, 2015– U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Kentucky Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director John W. McCauley  today announced that an additional 1,100 acres of agricultural land in Kentucky is eligible for funding for wildlife habitat restoration. The initiative, known as...

Livingston becomes first Kentucky Proud town

Livingston, Ky. – The mayor of Livingston sees Kentucky Proud as a way to jump-start his town’s economy. On Tuesday, Agriculture Commissioner James Comer joined Livingston Mayor Jason Medley to welcome the Rockcastle County community as the first municipality to join the Kentucky Proud program. “Mayor...

USDA announces conservation incentives for working grass, range and pasture lands

Washington, July 15, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that beginning Sept. 1, farmers and ranchers can apply for financial assistance to help conserve working grasslands, rangeland and pastureland while maintaining the areas as livestock grazing lands. The initiative is part of the...

Record number of farmers and ranchers certified under 2014 Farm Bill Conservation Compliance

Overwhelming Number of Farmers and Ranchers Certify to Follow Conservation Compliance Guidelines, Building on Long-Standing Participation through Other USDA Programs Washington, July 10, 2015 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that over 98.2 percent of producers have met the 2014 Farm...

KDA marketing chief tells panel Kentucky Proud members benefit from program improvements

Frankfort, Ky. – New program launches, alterations to existing programs, and a stronger emphasis on farm impact are paying off for Kentucky Proud members, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Kristen Branscum told a legislative panel on Wednesday. “Everything we do at Kentucky Proud, we want to...

Enrollment for 2016 Dairy Margin Protection Program to begin July 1

(Lexington, KY) — June 29, 2015 — Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden today announced that starting July 1, 2015, dairy farmers can enroll in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Margin Protection Program for coverage in 2016. The voluntary program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill,...

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