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Kentucky Proud Connection

Vol. 2 No. 4  • May 14, 2012 


Commissioner Comer proclaims May Beef Month

David Maples, Mike Bach, Commissioner Comer, and Chuck Crutcher


Agriculture Commissioner James Comer proclaimed May as Beef Month in Kentucky in honor of one of the Commonwealth’s most significant agricultural industries. Commissioner Comer issued the proclamation in a ceremony April 23 in his Frankfort office. “As one of nearly 40,000 beef cattle producers in Kentucky, I understand the importance of the industry to the state’s economy,” Commissioner Comer said. ... more




Agriculture Commissioner James R. Comer




Agriculture Commissioner James R. Comer

Agriculture is adjusting well to production pressures and is doing more with less while also improving the state of the environment and animal comfort. Unfortunately, these amazing improvements go mostly unnoticed by the public. ... more


Comer encourages producers and organizations to apply for specialty crop grant funding

Kentucky producers and organizations may apply to the Kentucky Department of Agriculture for funding from the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. ... more

A Kentucky Proud profile:

Purnell's has succeeded with popular products, an iconic slogan, and a positive company culture

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer called the F.B. Purnell Sausage Co. “a real success story” after touring the Kentucky Proud company’s plant May 2. "Kentucky and the Kentucky Proud program are sure lucky to have them," he said. ... more
Third-generation Kentucky Proud business started with a Tennessee railroad worker and his family sausage recipe

Commissioner Comer honors Lexington winery

Tyler Madison, Jeanie and Ben O'Daniel, and Commissioner James Comer.


Agriculture Commissioner James Comer traveled to Jean Farris Winery and Bistro near Lexington recently to tour the facility and present owners Jeanie and Ben O'Daniel with an Honorary Commissioner of Agriculture award. Jean Farris Winery and Bistro earned a double gold medal for its 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition in January. See more pictures from Commissioner Comer's visit on the Kentucky Department of Agriculture's page on Facebook.





Alta Mae Core has rolled with the changes in a lifetime in Kentucky's dairy industry

Things have changed mightily in the dairy industry, both in Kentucky and nationwide, in the nearly half-century since the curtain was raised on the Kentucky National Dairy Show and Sale. ... more

Public comment sought on Kentucky Nonpoint Source Management Plan

The Kentucky Division of Water has released the 2012 Kentucky Nonpoint Source (NPS) Management Plan for public review. Public comments will be accepted until May 31. ... more

Kentucky Proud Partner in Excellence Award winners recognized

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture presented Kentucky Proud “Partner in Excellence Award” during the boys and girls state basketball tournaments in March. ... more

Produce Marketing and Planting Intentions Survey

The majority of all produce growers continue to use direct market channels to reach consumers. ... more


Kentucky Proud opportunities

Farmers' Market Promotion Program grants

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

UK Mountain Monday Series: Beef Cattle De-worming, Vaccination and Fly Control

Livestock Investigation Training Level I

43rd Annual Sheeprofit Day

Kentucky Sheep and Fiber Festival

Kentucky Wine & Vine Fest

Alltech International Symposium

Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association national conference

Fort Harrod Beef Festival

Kentucky Women in Agriculture summer tour

Kentucky 4-H Teen Council meeting

Eweprofit School I

Kentucky 4-H Teen Conference

Kentucky FFA Convention


Kentucky Proud Fact

Cattle accounted for more than $615 million in cash receipts to Kentucky farmers in 2010.