Kentucky Farm Bureau Reports – August 2015

On this edition we visit a policy development meeting as well as the Measure the Candidates forum for Kentucky Governor.

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,...

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...

Across Kentucky – January 2, 2015

There’s a new push between USDA and the Ky Department of Ag to make credit card-type buying transactions available at farmers markets to allow those on food assistance programs to make purchases there. KDA’s Sharon Spencer says USDA is providing the equipment free of charge to enable their clients to...

Across Kentucky – August 22, 2014

A feature report on how farmers markets are becoming valuable community resources and are expanding their activities well beyond serving as a reliable source for healthful, locally grown food. The Ky Ag Department’s Sharon Spencer says youth activities are a focus for expansion, and that local leaders are...

Across Kentucky – August 4, 2014

This week, August 3-9, has been designated by USDA as National Farmers’ Market Week across the country. Feldhaus checks in with Sharon Spencer who heads up that division for the Ky Ag Department to get a snap shot of the growth in this marketing opportunity for farmers, and a venue for fresh, wholesome,...

Across Kentucky – March 7, 2014

The Ky Ag Department’s directory of farmers’ markets is always a ‘work in progress’ says program coordinator Sharon Spencer. Both vendors and customers can to to: kyagr.com and click on farmers markets to find the nearest market in the area and for vendors to access the work book on how to get...

Across Kentucky – August 23, 2013

The biggest part of the farmers’ markets season still lies ahead of us, and Sharon Spencer with the Ky Ag Department provides an update on the growth and expansion of these markets across the state. Several new venues have just come on line this season and several others have successfully snagged some ag...

Across Kentucky – September 28, 2012

An update report on the application period (through Oct 26) for the LEAD program for leadership development among active young farm leaders in Kentucky. Past participant, Sharon Spencer, currently the Franklin County Farm Bureau President, discusses this opportunity for the 15 successful applicants who will...

Across Kentucky – September 6, 2012

Despite the drought year Kentucky’s farmers’ markets seem to be having a fairly successful 2012 season. Ky Ag Dept “farmers’ markets specialist, Sharon Spencer, says she was surprised when market vendors told her that the drought actually “helped”...