Agriculture commissioner’s “Measure the Candidates” forum focuses on state and national issues

Louisville, KY (October 6, 2015) – Kentucky Farm Bureau’s (KFB) Board of Directors met today with agriculture commissioner candidates Ryan Quarles and Jean-Marie Lawson Spann to discuss their positions on issues affecting the state’s agriculture industry. In sharing their vision for the future of the...

Across Kentucky – August 21, 2015

Feldhaus files a follow-up report on behind-the-scenes training efforts in the Kentucky Proud program designed to make local farmers more comfortable and effective in making commercial connections with retailers like Kroger.  KDA’s Kristin Branscum says that regional food distributors in the state have...

Commissioner Comer honors Kentucky Farmers’ Markets

Frankfort, Ky. – Kentucky’s farmers’ markets always show their appreciation to their customers, but next week they’ll kick it up a notch. Agriculture Commissioner James Comer has proclaimed Aug. 2-8 Farmers’ Market Week in Kentucky. “Farmers’ markets offer farm-fresh fruits and vegetables,...

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...

Kentucky Department of Agriculture offers grants for spay/neuter programs

Frankfort, KY (June 1, 2015) – Local governments and nonprofits are invited to apply for grants from the Kentucky Animal Control Advisory Board to help Kentuckians spay and neuter their pets. “This funding will enable citizens to care for their pets while addressing a public health and safety issue,”...

Across Kentucky – May 20, 2015

From the traditional jumping frog competition to the Duck Dynasty look-alike contest, county fairs across the state are the source of great fun for the whole family.  The Ky Ag Department’s Chris Caudill discusses the upcoming season, the broad positive economic impact of county fairs, and cost share help...

KDA initiates beef grading program

By Ray Bowman Not all cows are created equal. Considering the variability of beef carcasses, the grade of a cut sold at retail can be important to some consumers when it comes to selecting what’s for dinner. A new service being provided by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture helps both growers and...

Across Kentucky – April 14, 2015

Almost $300,000 in USDA grants is now available in Kentucky for projects to increase the economic impact of “specialty crops” for the state. Josh Lindau, Ky Ag Department horticulture specialist, lays out eligibility requirements for the projects and describes successful efforts in past...

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...

Across Kentucky – March 19, 2015

January and February are usually down time for the KY Ag Dept’s forage testing program. Program coordinator, Kim Field, says that program has become increasingly popular among livestock owners who, more often these days, take advantage of the program to get strong nutritional data on their hay, with which...

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