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Kentucky Proud Connection

Vol. 2 No. 5  • June 15, 2012 


Jean Farris takes top-drawer Kentucky wine and food from coast to coast

Commissioner Comer chats with Jean and Ben O'Daniel

With a tobacco field on one side and a horse farm on the other, the 14-acre rural setting of Jean Farris Winery and Bistro is pure Kentucky. Those Kentucky roots didn’t impress the other 1,300 wineries competing in January’s San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the largest competition of American wines in the world, which attracted a record 5,500 entries. They were not impressed, that is, until Jean Farris owners Ben and Jean O’Daniel took a prestigious double gold medal back to Kentucky for its cabernet sauvignon. ... more














Agriculture Commissioner James R. Comer




Agriculture Commissioner James R. Comer

June is Dairy Month, and I hope you will join me in saluting Kentucky’s hard-working dairy farm families. They provide the milk and other dairy products that we all depend on. And they do it every day. A dairy cow never takes a day off. ... more


Commissioner Comer appoints Fred Nesler to executive post in Kentucky ag department

Commissioner James Comer announced that former State Representative Fred Nesler from Mayfield has joined the team at the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. Nesler is serving as the deputy executive director in the Office of Strategic Planning and Administration, which oversees daily operations at the Department. ... more

KDA director: Kentucky Proud works

Jennifer Mueller, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture's business development director, told Kentucky Farm Bureau's Mike Feldhaus in May that the Kentucky Proud brand entices consumers to buy Kentucky farm products. ... more (audio)


Commissioner Comer visits Caudill Seed

Commissioner Comer, Fred Kapp and Dan Caudill at Caudill Seed

Fred Kapp, center, and Dan Caudill, right, show Agriculture Commissioner James Comer some of the organic and natural products that are packaged at the Whole Alternatives plant in Louisville during a tour June 7. Caudill is a second-generation co-owner of Caudill Seed, and Kapp is director of operations and director of quality assurance for Whole Alternatives, a subsidiary of Caudill Seed. To see more photos from the tour, go to Commissioner Comer's page and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture's page on Facebook. (Photo by Chris Aldridge)



The importance of exports to the Kentucky ag economy

Kentucky agriculture, like the entire U.S. agricultural economy, is experiencing impressive growth amidst an overall struggling general economy. Much of this recent growth can be attributed to a booming export market for U.S. agriculture. ... more

234 students awarded Kentucky Farm Bureau scholarships

Two-hundred and thirty four Kentucky students have been chosen to receive college scholarship grants totaling $302,450 from county and state programs administered through the Kentucky Farm Bureau Education Foundation and by individual county Farm Bureaus. ... more



Kentucky Proud opportunities

On-Farm Energy Efficiency and Production Program

Homebased Processing and Microprocessing Workshops

GOAP farmers' market infrastructure grants

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

All American Angus Breeders Futurity

Kentucky Junior Livestock Expo – Western Rivers

2012 Sustainability Symposium

Kentucky State 4-H Horse Show

Advanced Kentucky Grazing School

Southeastern Equestrian Trails Conference


Kentucky Proud Fact

Kentucky dairy farmers took in more than $232 million in farmgate cash receipts from milk sales in 2011.