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Kentucky Proud Connection

Vol. 2 No. 6  • July 12, 2012 


Seeds of growth

Pat Caudill, Commissioner James Comer, and Dan Caudill


In 1947, Forrest Caudill started traveling to farms and military reservations such as Fort Knox, collecting the seeds from fields of tall bluegrass using old-fashioned threshing machines and splitting the crop with the property owners. ... more (Photo by Chris Aldridge)




Agriculture Commissioner James R. Comer




Agriculture Commissioner James R. Comer

Kentuckians have a knack for putting a humorous spin on even the most dire situation. So it has been that, on my recent travels across the state, a few people have asked me if I could use the powers of my office to make it rain. ... more


Across Kentucky: Farm to School Program introduces new resources

Kentucky’s Farm to School program is designed to get more healthy foods into the state’s schools, improving nutrition for students and economic potential for local farmers. The Kentucky Ag Department’s Tina Garland talks about two new major developments for that program. ... more (audio)

New law to protect agritourism operators and participants takes effect in July

The law requires venues such as wineries, orchards, and corn mazes to warn visitors that they are assuming the risk of participating in the activities of the operation. ... more

Commissioner Comer tours Ale-8-One plant
Fielding Rogers, Jennifer Mueller, Agriculture Commissioner James Comer

Fielding Rogers, left, president of Ale-8-One in Winchester, talks to Agriculture Commissioner James Comer and Kentucky Proud director Jennifer Mueller about his company's soft drink and salsa bottling business July 10. See more photos from Commissioner Comer's tour of the Ale-8-One plant on the Kentucky Department of Agriculture's page on Facebook. (Photo by Chris Aldridge)







Legislation enables taxpayers to contribute to Farms to Food Banks

At a time when food banks are experiencing unprecedented demand for emergency food assistance, Kentucky residents will soon have a new opportunity to join the fight against hunger. ... more


Kentucky Proud opportunities

MarketReady training

On-Farm Energy Efficiency and Production Program

Homebased Processing and Microprocessing Workshops

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

Southeastern Equestrian Trails Conference

Northern Nut Growers Association annual meeting

Field to Fork Festival

Kentucky Junior Livestock Expo - West

National Nut Growers Association annual meeting

Kentuckiana Dairy Exchange

Woodland Owners Short Course

Kentucky State Fair

Connecting Farm$ to Local Market$


Kentucky Proud Fact

Kentucky has nearly 150 farmers' markets that offer farm-fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, jams, jellies, sauces, salsas, cut flowers, crafts, and much more. Click here to find a farmers' market near you.