Plant marketing serves Kentucky farmers looking to enhance or develop markets for a variety of horticultural crops. Our marketing specialists serve farmers' markets, fruit and vegetable growers, ornamental agriculture producers, and certified organic farmers.
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a fast growing movement in which a community of individuals share both the bounty and the risk of a farm or group of farms. Typically, members of the CSA pay the farmer(s) in advance for weekly shares of the farm's harvest. Find one near you today!
Want to buy fresh, local food straight from the farm? Kentucky has over 150 farmers' markets across the Commonwealth and as of 2012 over 2,500 vendors are registered with us.
The Kentucky Department of Agriculture offers a forage testing service which provides nutritional value information. A KDA staff member will take sample(s) of hay and/or haylage at the farm and analyze them in the KDA Forage Laboratory located in Frankfort.
Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) is a set of production guidelines designed to reduce the likelihood of microbial or other contamination of fresh fruit and vegetables. It focuses on utilizing safe techniques and inputs on all levels of the farm to fork food chain. When a farmer utilizes GAP principles in their production it means they are proactively taking steps to reduce the possibility of producing unsafe produce.
The Kentucky Department of Agriculture administers and certifies all ginseng types for export out of the Commonwealth. Any one buying and selling ginseng (other than harvesters) within Kentucky needs to be a licensed dealer.
Kentucky has over 113 grape producers growing 583 acres of grapes; 280 acres are ready for production. There are many industry associations including the Kentucky Grape and Wine Council, Kentucky Vineyard Society, Kentucky Wine Growers Alliance, Western Kentucky Grape Growers Association, and Northern Kentucky Vineyard and Winery Association. Get involved today!
Horticulture is the science, business and technology involved in plant cultivation for human use and consumption. It incorporates food plants and non-food crops like woods, turf grass and ornamental plants.
The ornamental program maintains and distributes the Kentucky Landscape Plant Availability Guide and works to develop new markets by representing Kentucky's green industry through regional and national tradeshows.
The Division of Value-Added Plant Production participates annually in the Kentucky Vegetable Growers Association and Horticulture Society meetings in Lexington and provides marketing assistance for Kentucky growers.
The Kentucky Department of Agriculture offers a variety of programs and services ranging from landowner assistance and master logger training to forest health protection and wildland fire management. The division is also involved in the operation of tree seedling nurseries, urban forestry assistance and forestry education.
The market for organic produce and meat is growing by the year. The Kentucky Department of Agriculture is accredited by the United States Department of Agriculture National Organic Program as a Certifying Agent for the scopes of Crops, Wild Crops, Livestock, and Handling Operations.
- CSA-Community Supported Agriculture
Licensing and Laws
- Markets/Farmlot Hotline (800) 372-6568
- Forage Testing Hotline (800) 248-4628