Vol. 5 No. 12 • Sept. 4, 2012
First Lady Jane Beshear and Agriculture Commissioner James Comer recently launched Ready, Set, Grow: A Kid’s Guide to Gardening - a joint initiative by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and the Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy. (Photo by Ted Sloan)
September is Agritourism Month in Kentucky, and the celebration continues through October and beyond.
Connecting Farm$ to Local Market$: Networking workshop is designed to introduce Kentucky growers to wholesale and retail market opportunities
Agriculture Commissioner James Comer will be the keynote luncheon speaker at “Connecting Farm$ to Local Market$,” Sept. 14 at the National Corvette Museum Conference Center.
This year’s competition, featuring a Writing Contest for grades 6-12 and the Jim Claypool Conservation Art Contest for grades 1-5, is themed “Kentucky’s Forests: Branching Out.”
Cody's banner day
Cody Heath, 4, helps big sister Jaycie of Shelby County 4-H at the auction of her reserve champion and Kentucky Proud grand champion market goat during the Sale of Champions Aug. 23 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. Look for more photos from the 108th kentucky State Fair on Commissioner Comer's page and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture's page on Facebook. (Photo by Ted Sloan)
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Aug. 29 announced a two-month extension for emergency grazing on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres, freeing up forage and feed for ranchers as they look to recover from this challenging time.
Many producers look at the prices of bred heifers in replacement sales and immediately decide that they can do it cheaper themselves.
In Indonesia, farmers use cows to plow their rice paddies, growers plant pineapples by hand at one of the largest pineapple plantations in the world and picking coffee beans by hand turns out to be extremely difficult work.
Kentucky Farm Fact
Kentucky has about 340 farm destinations open to the public that offer u-pick pumpkins and apples, hay slides, corn mazes, live music, wine tastings, Kentucky Proud food, trail rides, overnight stays, and much more. Go to www.kentuckyfarmsarefun.com to find an agritourism site near you.