Kentucky Proud

Kentucky Proud Connection
Vol. 4 No. 9 • September 10, 2014

Local Food Heroes ceremony

Local Food Heroes live up to the name

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer believes the second annual crop of Kentucky’s Local Food Heroes are just as their name implies – heroes.






Eli Capilouto and James Comer

Partnership promotes local food economy

University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto — flanked by state and corporate leaders as well as Kentucky farmers — announced a $5 million public-private partnership designed to elevate and promote a vibrant, healthy, sustainable food economy in Kentucky.



Honey Princess Elena Hoffman and State Apiarist Tammy Horn

Honey Princess' tour stops in Kentucky

American Honey Princess Elena Hoffman spent five days, Aug. 20-24, at the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville.







Kentucky Farm Bureau

KFB launches ag innovation program

KFB is calling for applicants in this new competition now through Oct. 1.






Bluegrass and Backroads

Bluegrass & Backroads launches 11th season

Exploring everything from festivals to the FFA and bowling ball manufacturers to local bed and breakfasts, Season 11 of Bluegrass & Backroads will offer its viewers a look at many of Kentucky’s unique cultural and agricultural aspects.




Kentucky Farm Bureau

Writing, art contests open for entries

Students in grades 1-12 are encouraged to create and submit short essays and artistic entries for the annual Conservation Writing and Art Contests, sponsored by Kentucky Farm Bureau and the Kentucky Association of Conservation Districts.




Kentucky Agricultural News

Dirt Revival honors stewards of the soil

The Organic Association of Kentucky (OAK) will celebrate organic farming with local food and live music at The Dirt Revival Sunday, Sept. 14 from 3 to 7 p.m. at Raising Hope Organic Farm in Fisherville.





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Livestock producers: Enroll for disaster aid

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is encouraging producers who have suffered eligible disaster-related losses to act to secure assistance by Sept. 30, 2014, as congressionally mandated payment reductions will take place for producers who have not acted before that date.




Kentucky Agricultural News

Women a growing force in U.S. ag

Terry Gilbert, chair of the American Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee and a Kentucky farmer, says many women gravitate toward specialty-type and value-added farming, such as vegetable and fruit production for local markets.


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KCARD clients awarded $400K

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced five Kentucky agribusinesses will be awarded $412,846 for the USDA Value-Added Producer Grants.