Kentucky Proud

Press Releases

Commissioner Quarles to launch first-ever Kentucky Hunger Initiative

One out of every six Kentuckians – including one in four children – is food insecure. Through the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Hunger Initiative, farmers, businesses, charitable organizations, faith groups, community leaders, government entities, and other Kentuckians will work together to search for ways to combat hunger in the Commonwealth.


5/19/16 - Discussion begins on hops production in Kentucky
5/10/16 - Commissioner Quarles praises Fair Board appointments

5/10/16 - State ag department launches Food to Fork Program

5/9/16 - Kentucky ag, health departments work together to prevent Zika virus in the Commonwealth

5/4/16 - Quarles commends veterinary school graduates

5/2/16 - Kentucky Proud sets the pace at Derby Festival

4/28/16 - Commissioner Quarles: Legislative session successful for Kentucky agriculture

4/14/16 - Sullivan University to host state wine competition

4/1/16 - Former Alltech executive named to head Kentucky ag department's marketing office

3/24/16 - Grain Insurance Fund protects Kentucky producers

3/18/16 - 'Our Farms, Our Food, Our Future' topic of KDA contest

3/11/16 - Commissioner Quarles urges passage of legislation to assure fresh water supply for Kentucky agriculture

3/10/16 - Accident victims will share stories of life after tragedy

3/3/16 - KDA seeks applications for speciality crop projects

2/24/16 - KFB Beef Expo generates sales of $1.2 million

2/19/16 - Dairy meetings will help farmers boost production and profits

2/17/16 - Commissioner Quarles: Give to the Ag Tag Fund to support the future of Kentucky agriculture

2/8/16 - Commissioner Quarles names Tim Hughes deputy executive director of KDA's marketing office

1/30/16 - Statement from Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles on Blue Grass Stockyards fire

1/28/16 - 'Lucky' day for Kentucky Proud: Colorado-based chain opens second Kentucky location in Lexington

1/27/16 - State veterinarian's office acts to protect backyard poultry flocks, commercial operations

1/26/16 - Chefs in Schools Collaborative will help schools serve fresh local foods to Kentucky students

1/15/16 - Kentucky re-enacts bird sales, movement restrictions as proactive response to Indiana avian flu outbreak

1/14/16 - Quarles names Delaney-Ellis to head KDA's budget office; Britton selected as executive assistant

1/8/16 - Brent Burchett named director of Value-Added Plant Production division

1/8/16 - Full slate of beekeeping schools scheduled this winter in Kentucky

1/4/16 - Georgetown native Ryan Quarles sworn in as Kentucky's commissioner of agriculture

12/11/15 - Farm to School Art Contest winners honored

11/18/15 - Sonny's BBQ to serve Kentucky Proud foods Nov. 24

11/17/15 - Kentucky's best wines are recognized at Kentucky Commonwealth wine gala

11/13/15 - Commissioner Comer launches new mobile unit to teach eastern Kentucky students about agriculture

11/12/15 - Kentucky Department of Agriculture awarded nearly $300,000 for specialty crop projects

11/5/15 - Homegrown By Heroes opens retail doors for Kentucky military veteran farmers

10/20/15 - Toyota serves Kentucky Proud foods at event to unveil the new Kentucky-made Lexus ES 350

10/19/15 - Sonny's BBQ to serve Kentucky Proud foods Oct. 22
10/12/15 - Students to draw 'Farm to School Lunch Snapshot' in Kentucky ag department's annual contest

10/9/15 - 2016 industrial hemp project applications sought

10/5/15 - Bourbon Social's Main Event tickets available; partial proceeds benefit Kentucky veteran farmers

9/29/15 - Kentucky Proud custom meat processor opens in McLean County to serve the region

9/28/15 - Comer predicts big future for industrial hemp in speech to Hemp Industries Association

9/24/15 - Kentucky Proud, Kroger expand partnership in northern Kentucky Kroger supermarkets

9/22/15 - Louisville athletics joins Kentucky Proud team to offer local foods to Cardinals sports fans

9/22/15 - Bourbon Social features Kentucky's native spirit, Kentucky Proud foods, and veteran farmers

9/21/15 - Homegrown By Heroes rancher hosts alpaca dinner to benefit national farmer-veteran organization

9/15/15 - Comer proclaims Farm Safety and Health Week to encourage farmers and motorists to stay safe

9/11/15 - Kentucky Proud women share the spotlight at 'A Grateful Plate' farm-to-table dinner

9/8/15 - KDA aquaculture specialist named to national task force

8/28/15 - Anderson County captures 2015 Junior Chef crown

8/27/15 - Danville, Lawrenceburg, Lexington producers named 2015 Local Food Heroes

8/19/15 - Students will cook for scholarships at the third annual Junior Chef competition

7/30/15 - Commissioner Comer honors Kentucky farmers' markets

7/28/15 - Farmers' markets expand access for low-income families

7/27/15 - Vote for your Local Food Hero through Aug. 5

7/21/15 - New state database lists lost, abandoned horses

7/17/15 - Kentucky will give farm safety demonstration at Tennessee young farmers conference

7/16/15 - Livingston becomes first Kentucky Proud town

7/2/15 - KDA marketing chief tells panel Kentucky Proud members benefit from program improvements

6/11/15 - Kentucky restricts sales and movement of birds as proactive response to avian flu outbreak

6/5/15 - Commissioner Comer urges Kentuckians to join the June Dairy Month celebration

6/1/15 - Kentucky Department of Agriculture offers grants for spay/neuter programs

5/25/15 - Kentucky National Guard Memorial guests enjoy a luncheon of Kentucky Proud products

5/14/15 - Kentucky Proud-Kroger partnership is off to a strong start in the first six months

5/12/15 - Lucky Clover heirloom tomato plants are in season at Kroger and on the Web

5/6/15 - Kentucky schools encouraged to apply for $5,000 Farm-to-School mini-grants

5/5/15 - Comer, growers, industry leaders announce array of hemp projects and business initiatives

4/29/15 - Homegrown By Heroes receives donation from Kentucky Derby Festival

4/22/15 - USDA, KDA to host farmers' market training April 27 in Warren County

4/6/15 - Support the 'home team' when you buy Kentucky Proud Popcorn at the ballpark

4/2/15 - Meet Kentucky Proud producers, buy local at the inaugural Kentucky Proud Expo

3/31/15 - Kentucky Agriculture Department seeks applications for specialty crop projects

3/30/15 - Kentucky National Dairy Show and Sale returns April 9-11 to Kentucky Exposition Center

3/16/15 - Comer welcomes Western Kentucky University to the Kentucky Proud Farm to Campus Program

3/13/15 - Kentucky named to farm-to-school initiative funded by Walmart Foundation grant

3/13/15 - KDA Poster and Essay Contest winners honored

3/12/15 - Sales records smashed at 2015 Beef Expo

3/10/15 - Comer touts Homegrown By Heroes in meeting with Joint Chiefs officials

3/2/15 - Farm Safety Symposium ponders 'A Parent's Worst Nightmare'

2/20/15 - Junior Chef application deadline extended

2/19/15 - KDA cuts ribbon on new safety display

2/3/15 - State ag department is taking applications for 2015 Farm to School Junior Chef competition

2/2/15 - During Farms to Food Banks Month, you can help Kentucky's hungry - and Kentucky's farmers

1/28/15 - Students have until Jan. 31 to enter KDA's Poster and Essay Contest

1/12/15 - Comer reminds students of Jan. 27 deadline for KDA's Poster and Essay Contest

2014 Kentucky Agriculture Press Releases

2013 Kentucky Agriculture Press Releases

2012 Kentucky Agriculture Press Releases
8/14/12 Kentucky Department of Agriculture Will Present New Displays at the 108th Kentucky State Fair
8/14/12 Purple Toad, Wight-Meyer Lead Medal Parade at the Kentucky State Fair Wine Competition
8/9/12 Commissioner Comer Appoints Grayson Smith Director of Rural Economic Development
8/6/12 Commissioner Comer: Kentucky Ag Department Can Help Drought-Plagued Farmers Find Forages
7/20/12 Agriculture Commissioner James Comer to Appear on Fox Business Program
7/9/12 Commissioner Comer to Speak at West Kentucky AgBioworks Meeting
7/3/12 Commissioner Comer Appoints Task Force to Study Fuel Testing Laboratory
6/27/12 New Law Taking Effect in July Aims to Protect Agritourism Operators and Participants
6/26/12 Commissioner Comer to Join in Celebration of Improvements at Anderson County Fairgrounds
6/21/12 Commissioner Comer to Join in Celebration of Improvements at Shelby County Fairgrounds
6/18/12 Comer to Participate in Groundbreaking for Pavilion at Elliott County Fairgrounds
6/8/12 Commissioner Comer Appoints Fred Nesler to Executive Post in Kentucky Ag Department
5/31/12 Commissioner Comer to Participate in Roy Strange Memorial 4-H Golf Scramble
5/18/12 Commissioner Comer to Visit Schools to Promote Healthy Food for Students
5/15/12 Commissioner Comer to Participate in Grand Opening of Albany Stockyards
5/7/12 Comer Encourages Producers and Organizations to Apply for Specialty Crop Grant Funding
4/16/12 Comer Appoints Grayson County Man to Serve as State's Top Beekeeper
4/12/12 Commissioner Comer Honors Roy Rich for Service on Pest Control Advisory Board
4/3/12 Kentucky National Dairy Show and Sale Commemorates 50 Years of Excellence
3/28/12 Commissioner Comer Warns Equine Owners Conditions are Ripe for West Nile Activity
3/27/12 Comer Praises Team Effort in Eastern Livestock Case; Victims Will Recover Losses
3/8/12 Kentucky Farm Bureau Beef Expo Cracks $1 Million in Gross Sales
3/2/12 Commissioner James Comer To Speak at Louis Crosier Farm Safety Symposium
3/2/12 Commissioner Comer To Address Purchase Area Cattle Producers
2/24/12 Commissioner Comer commends Weisenberger Mill on nearly 150 years as a family business
2/14/12 Alaska Patterns Restaurant Rewards Program After Popular Kentucky Proud Initiative
2/13/12 Commissioner Comer Asks Kentuckians to Join In National FFA Week Celebration
1/26/12 Kentucky Ag Department Safety Expert Will Share 'Life, Death, and Reality' Message
1/24/12 Agriculture Commissioner James Comer aids farmer denied payment for his grain
1/19/12 Rep. Henderson, Commissioner Comer Stand In Support of Hemp Bill
1/11/12 Agriculture Commissioner James Comer Asks State Auditor to Examine Previous KDA Administration
1/10/12 Commissioner Comer Invites Students to Enter Poster and Essay Contest
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Upcoming Public Meetings

  • Kentucky Agricultural Development Board
    Friday, May 20, at 10 a.m. EDT
    Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History
    Brown-Forman Room
    100 West Broadway

    Frankfort, Ky