Agriculture: Sustaining Future Generations

By Theresa Seibel My earliest engagement in agriculture was at age one-and-a-half, playing in a hayfield as it was being converted into a commercial vineyard.  My parents aspired to diversify our farm in anticipation of a third generation—a task which was becoming ever more challenging in the face of...

Collective minds address supply side of local food

LEXINGTON, Ky., – What will it take to grow a thriving local food system? What role can institutions play in supporting local food production, and where will the supply come from? More than 40 farmers, processors, distributors, lenders and market leaders recently convened on the University of...

Cattle market prices down from 2014, but still historically high

In 2014, beef cattle producers were riding some record price highs, but in the first part of the new year, feeder cattle markets dropped by more than $30 per hundredweight. University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment livestock marketing specialist Kenny Burdine said the markets...

USDA Corn and Soybean Plantings Forecast Increases

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 31, 2015 – The Agriculture Department’s Prospective Plantings report indicates that compared to 2014 farmers will plant more acres of soybeans but fewer acres of corn this spring. According to the American Farm Bureau, the USDA raised its estimates on corn and soybean acreage from...

Kentucky National Dairy Show and Sale Returns April 9-11 to Kentucky Exposition Center

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Kentucky National Dairy Show and Sale will return to the Kentucky Exposition Center’s Pavilion for its 53rd edition April 9-11. “This event gives buyers a chance to purchase from some of the best cow families in the business and provides an opportunity for dairy cattle producers...

Sonny’s BBQ Hosts Kentucky Proud Night Tuesday With Products From The Chop Shop, Pilgrim’s Pride

RICHMOND, Ky. – Sonny’s BBQ in Richmond invites customers to enjoy local foods at Kentucky Proud Night on Tuesday. The event will begin at 5 p.m. and continue until closing at the restaurant at 1001 Center Drive. Sonny’s BBQ will serve pork, beef, ribs, and hamburger from The Chop Shop, a Wolfe County...

Kentucky Named to Farm-to-School Initiative Funded By Walmart Foudation Grant

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Kentucky is one of three states that will partner with The Walmart Foundation and the National Farm to School Network to expand efforts to get more local foods into schools, the network announced Thursday. “Kentucky has led the way in helping schools locate and purchase local foods for...

Comer Touts Homegrown By Heroes in Meeting With Joint Chiefs Officials

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Agriculture Commissioner James Comer on Monday told national military officials that Homegrown By Heroes “is one small thing that we can do to show our appreciation for our military veteran farmers.” Commissioner Comer hosted a presentation about Homegrown By Heroes for Col. James P....

Conway, Comer, Grimes encourage Kentuckians to help solve hunger

Frankfort, KY (February 5, 2015) – Attorney General Jack Conway, Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes and several state lawmakers spent the morning at the Capitol Rotunda Wednesday rallying Kentuckians to join the fight against hunger. According to the USDA,...

During Farms to Food Banks Month, You Can Help Kentucky’s Hungry – and Kentucky’s Farmer

By Agriculture Commissioner James Comer When you donate a part of your state tax refund to the Farms to Food Banks Trust Fund, you’re helping Kentuckians in unfortunate circumstances – some of them your friends and neighbors – gain access to fresh, nutritious, local foods. You’re also helping...

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