Agriculture Commissioner James Comer speaks to the crowd at a ceremony adding Murray State University to the Kentucky Proud Farm to Campus Program. (Murray State University photo)
Commissioner Comer welcomes Murray State to the Kentucky Proud Farm to Campus Program
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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MURRAY, Ky. — Murray State University’s entry into the Kentucky Proud Farm to Campus Program is a milestone in the rich agricultural heritage of the Purchase region, Agriculture Commissioner James Comer said in a ceremony Tuesday on the MSU campus.
“This region is one of the most productive areas in the nation, with a top-notch agriculture school, so it’s only fitting to have Murray State in the Farm to Campus program so they can share more of the abundance of this area’s farmers and food producers,” Commissioner Comer said. “On behalf of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, we look forward to helping MSU find more local foods for its students, faculty, and staff.”
“We are ‘Kentucky Proud’ to join the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Farm to Campus network of universities across the Commonwealth,” said Tony Brannon, dean of the Hutson School of Agriculture at MSU. “Working together, our Dining Services, University Bookstore, and the Cherry Exposition Center have identified several Kentucky Proud products that can be utilized in our operations.
“As citizens of our great country, we have become accustomed to the most abundant, safest, and cheapest food in the world, and it’s even better when that food comes from a local farmer or food processor. Some of our students and faculty are involved in producing Kentucky Proud products, and we look forward to helping market them on campus.”
Farm to Campus is the official state program for connecting Kentucky farmers and food producers with Kentucky higher education institutions. Under Farm to Campus, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture helps participating institutions locate and procure fresh Kentucky Proud products to serve in their foodservice systems and shelf-stable Kentucky Proud products to sell in their campus bookstores.
Murray State is the eighth Kentucky college or university in the Farm to Campus program, joining Asbury University, Campbellsville University, Eastern Kentucky University, Georgetown College, the University of Louisville, Morehead State University, and the University of Pikeville.