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Kentucky Proud Connection

Vol. 2 No. 2  • February 13, 2012 


If you like to sock the little white ball,
Shawn Malloy has the sock for you

Shawn Mallory and his golf socks


Kentucky Royalty Performance Sock Co. went from the farm to your feet with its Adventure Socks, made with alpaca fleece.

Now it’s going from the farm to “Fore!”

The Springfield, Ky., designer and sock manufacturer unveiled its new Surino Golf Sock last month at the 59th Professional Golfers Association of America (PGA) Merchandise Show in January in Orlando, Fla. ... more






Agriculture Commissioner James R. Comer




Agriculture Commissioner James R. Comer

If you’re a beef cattle producer looking to upgrade your herd, there’s no better place to be March 2-4 than the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. Exhibitors at the 26th annual Kentucky Farm Bureau Beef Expo will show and sell some of the best beef cattle genetics Kentucky has to offer. ... more


Alaska patterns Restaurant Rewards program after popular Kentucky Proud initiative

A Kentucky program that partially reimburses restaurants for buying Kentucky Proud foods has been copied in Alaska. ... more

Backgrounders, prepare for 'sticker shock' and find the break-even price for stocker cattle

Feeder cattle prices have surged upward over the last year and are showing little sign of coming back down. ... more

'Bluegrass & Backroads' launches ninth season on Feb. 12

Kentucky Farm Bureau’s Emmy® Award-winning television program, Bluegrass & Backroads, will celebrate its ninth season on the air, and second year in the broadcast lineup of Kentucky Educational Television, beginning February 12. ... more

Kentucky farmers adding value to their businesses

Nine Kentucky agribusinesses will receive business development assistance in the most recent round of Value-Added Producer Grants (VAPG) awards. ... more

USDA unveils new plant hardiness zone map

The U.S. Department of Agriculture released the new version of its Plant Hardiness Zone Map (PHZM), updating a useful tool for gardeners and researchers for the first time since 1990 with greater accuracy and detail. ... more

Study: Sampling drives sales at markets

A very large study of more than 3,400 farm market patrons from eight states, including Kentucky, is being completed.  Preliminary findings are quite interesting and may be helpful for market vendors planning for this upcoming market season. ... more


Kentucky Proud opportunities

Homebased Processing and Microprocessing Workshops

GOAP farmers' market infrastructure grants

KCARD Agribusiness Grant Facilitation Program

Aquaculture Basics workshop


Kentucky Proud forms

Kentucky Proud membership application

Kentucky Proud membership application (Spanish)

Kentucky Proud Livestock Tag Program application

Kentucky Proud livestock tag order form

Restaurant Rewards program guidelines

Kentucky Proud Promotional Grant application


Coming up

Southeast Kentucky Beekeeping School

Mountain Monday Series - Corn Silage: Production & Economics for Beef Cattle

National Farm Machinery Show

Kentucky Farmers Care Conference

Mid-South Stocker Conference

Kentucky Alfalfa Conference

Northeast Kentucky Beekeeping School

2nd Annual Organic Conference

Kentucky Farm Bureau Beef Expo

Audubon Beekeeping School

2012 Cooperative Extension Service Agritourism Conference

Managing Woodlands for Specialty Forest Products

Bluegrass Beekeeping School

Kentucky National Dairy Show and Sale


Kentucky Proud Fact

The Kentucky Proud Restaurant Rewards program is open to any Kentucky restaurant that purchases Kentucky Proud products that have direct Kentucky farm impact and promotes the use of Kentucky Proud products and agriculture. Participating restaurants may be reimbursed for up to 20 percent of the value of their Kentucky Proud purchases. For more information on the Kentucky Proud Restaurant Rewards program, go to