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Kentucky Proud Connection

Vol. 2 No. 1  • January 18, 2012 


A new day and a new way at the KDA

Commissioner Comer takes the oath of office

Agriculture Commissioner James R. Comer hit the ground running in his first two weeks in office. Right: Commissioner Comer takes the oath of office as his wife, T.J., holding their infant daughter Aniston, looks on. Their children Reagan and Harlan also were on hand for the ceremony on Jan. 2 in Frankfort. (Photo courtesy Tim Thornberry) Below left: Commissioner Comer announces Jan. 11 that he has asked state Auditor Adam Edelen, left, to conduct an audit of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. (Photo by Chris Aldridge) Below right: Commissioner Comer chats with former Agriculture Commissioner Billy Ray Smith at the Kentucky Cattlemen's Association convention Jan. 13 in Lexington. (Photo by Chris Aldridge) Look for more pictures from Commissioner Comer's first two weeks in office on the Kentucky Department of Agriculture's page on Facebook.



Commissioner Comer and State Auditor Adam EdelenCommissioner Comer and former Commissioner Smith












Agriculture Commissioner James R. Comer




Agriculture Commissioner James R. Comer

Words cannot express how grateful I am for the opportunity you have given me to serve as your Commissioner of Agriculture. I am humbled by your confidence in my leadership, and I pledge to work hard every day to live up to your expectations. ... more


CSAs help producers cushion the risk while sharing the bounty of their labors

CSA subscribers pay up front to ensure that they get their share of the farm’s bounty, but they also share the risk with the farmer that their basket may not be as full sometimes due to a poor crop. ... more

Jean Farris Winery strikes double gold in San Francisco

Jean Farris Winery earned a double gold medal for its 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon from the 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. The award is the greatest achievement to date of any Kentucky wine in the nation’s largest competition of American wines. ... more

Kentucky Horse Council asks horsemen to participate in Kentucky Equine Survey

The Kentucky Horse Council is asking Kentucky horsemen to participate in a full, statewide survey of all breeds and disciplines of horse, ponies, mules, and donkeys, the first such survey in Kentucky in 35 years. ... more

Kentucky's food prices fall in fourth quarter of 2011

The latest Marketbasket Survey, conducted by the Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation in December 2011, indicates that average retail food prices in supermarkets across the state decreased by 1 percent during the most recent quarter. ... more

50 years of helping farmers manage their business

Kentucky Farm Business Management specialists helping producers from all commodity groups get a better handle on their finances through accurate farm records. ... more



Kentucky Proud opportunities

MarketReady training

GOAP farmers' market infrastructure grants

Tennessee Motor Coach Association annual meeting

KCARD Agribusiness Grant Facilitation Program



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

Midsouth Eventing and Dressage Association annual meeting and awards luncheon

Kentucky Commodity Conference

Kentucky Pork Producers Association annual meeting

Eastern Kentucky Beekeeping School

Heart of America Grazing Conference

Kentucky Landscape Industries winter conference

Mid-States Horticultural Expo

Allen County Beekeeping School

Southeast Kentucky Beekeeping School

National Farm Machinery Show

2nd Annual Organic Conference

Kentucky Farm Bureau Beef Expo


Kentucky Proud Fact

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) arrangements enable producers to earn their income from subscribers up front and share some of the inherent risks of farming with their subscribers. For more information on how a CSA works and how to get started, go to the Kentucky Department of Agriculture's CSA page.