Kentucky Proud

Kentucky Ag News
Vol. 10 No. 20 • October 18, 2017


Hemp program taking applications

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles announced that the Kentucky Department of Agriculture has opened the application period for Kentuckians wishing to participate in the state’s industrial hemp research pilot program in 2018.




Farmers' market

Growers, buyers invited to Nov. 8 meeting

Kentucky Proud fruit and vegetable producers and buyers are invited to a meeting Nov. 8 aimed at helping participants make connections that will generate business opportunities.





Heaven Hill expansion announcement

Quarles congratulates Heaven Hill

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles released a statement regarding Heaven Hill’s expansion and its partnership with Dare To Care Food Bank.





Commissioner Ryan Quarles

Fall into Kentucky agriculture this autumn

Autumn provides a great opportunity for Kentuckians to get outside and explore the many agricultural destinations in our state.






Commissioner Quarles, DH, Scott Eidson

Quarles marks Kentucky Proud Beer Week

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles joined lawmakers and representatives of the Kentucky Guild of Brewers and the Kentucky Hop Growers Alliance on Oct. 13 at Country Boy Brewing in Georgetown.




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Gail and Eric Silverman

Yankee family is Kentucky Proud

Gail and Eric Silverman and their son, Justin, are East Coast transplants – and that may be one reason why they’re so excited about Kentucky Proud products.




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Across Kentucky

KDA program continues to evolve

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture's David Wayne talks about the success and growth of the Rinse and Return program. (audio)





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KDA's Junior Chef program is going viral

The Kentucky state Junior Chef competition helped prompt Southeast Child Nutrition state agencies to work with the Food and Nutrition Service's Southeast Regional Office to develop a regional competition.




Aaron and Laura Briner

USDA microloan helps Ky. Proud farmer

“Without the Microloan obtained through USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), we would not have been able to expand to the operation we have now,” said Aaron Briner, co-owner of Laughing Lab Acres in Henderson County.




Kentucky Farm Bureau

Outstanding Young Farmer finalists named

The state finalists are Matt and Amanda Gajdzik of Shelby County, Ben and Katie Furnish of Harrison County, and Nicholas and Bethany Hardesty of Meade County.





University of Kentucky College of Agriculture

Soybean Delivery App released

The Kentucky Soybean Board partnered with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment to develop an app to help soybean producers accurately calculate and compare the price offered by elevators




National Agricultural Statistics Service

Ky. soybeans forecast to break records

Soybean production for Kentucky is forecast at 103 million bushels, up five percent from the September forecast and up 16 percent from 2016.





Kentucky Farm Bureau

Survey: Food prices remain steady

This third quarter increase of just .15 percent or $.17 is a minimal rise especially compared to the 1.76 percent drop in prices realized during that first quarter of this year.