Across Kentucky – November 25, 2015

A report with Marine veteran, part-time Jefferson County pepper farmer, Kris Wissing, whose Paradise Jelly will soon be on the shelves of dozens of Kentucky Kroger stores. Wissing says the Ky Ag Department’s Homegrown By Heroes program helped him make that marketing connection and he encourages other...

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...

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....

Kentucky State Fair Awards Include KDA Youth, Veterans Programs

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Kentucky State Fair brought home numerous awards from the International Association of Fairs and Expositions Convention in Las Vegas, including two that involved Kentucky Department of Agriculture programs. “The Kentucky State Fair is one of the premier fairs in the nation, and...

Across Kentucky – December 10, 2013

The state’s Homegrown by Heroes branding program is now being used as a model for a national effort to put “veteran grown or processed” food products on store shelves everywhere. Feldhaus features Mike Lewis with the Growing Warriors program to help returning vets get into farming. Lewis gives the...

Comer: ‘The state of Kentucky is outstanding’

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer hailed a banner year for Kentucky agriculture and laid out a vision of effective government that works with the private sector in his annual State of Kentucky Agriculture address today during the Commodity Luncheon at Kentucky Farm Bureau’s...

Across Kentucky – December 4, 2013

A report on Kentucky’s “Homegrown by Heroes,” marketing program being selected by a national veterans group to be used as a model for assisting veteran farmers and agribusinesses across the country. Comments with Ky Ag Commissioner James Comer, Michael O’Gorman with the Farmer Veteran Coalition, and...

Homegrown by heroes goes national: Kentucky brand will help vets across the U.S.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A Kentucky initiative to identify farm products produced by veterans will become a national brand, Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer announced on Veterans Day at the Frazier History Museum in Louisville. The Farmer Veteran Coalition will administer the Homegrown by Heroes...

Comer and Fischer honor local food heroes

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer recognized three of Kentucky’s Local Food Heroes in a ceremony Aug. 23 at the Kentucky State Fair. Mike Lewis of Gaining Ground Farm in Berea, Clay Turner of Turner Valley Produce in Russellville, and Ramsi...