Kentucky Ag News
Vol. 7 No. 4  • February 19, 2014

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Comer launches Appalachia Proud

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, alongside U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, launched a new Kentucky Proud brand designed to revitalize the Eastern Kentucky economy through agriculture in an event Feb. 17 at the Knott County Sportsplex.



Shannon Sparks, Whitney Turney, Dale Dobson, Commissioner James Comer

Farm Machinery Show returns to Kentucky

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer stopped by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture's farm safety display and visited with friends old and new at the National Farm Machinery Show Feb. 13 at the Kentucky Exposition Center. Look for pictures from Commissioner Comer's visit on the Kentucky Department of Agriculture's page on Facebook


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Art Eatables is the truffle of the stars

Every guest attending the 86th Academy Awards on March 2, which will be televised on ABC, will receive a box of truffles hand made by Art Eatables, a Kentucky Proud business in Louisville.



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National conference coming to Kentucky

Experts from throughout the nation will meet in Lexington in October for the first nationwide conference focused on farming, land use, and food policy.





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Magazine celebrates our homegrown heroes

The 2014 Kentucky Proud Magazine, now available online, features Homegrown by Heroes, Udderly Kentucky, the mobile science activity centers, hemp, the North American, and many more Kentucky Proud products and projects.





Kentucky Nonprofit Network honors Kentucky Association of Food Banks

Ky. Nonprofit Network honors KAFB

Kentucky Nonprofit Network, Inc., Kentucky’s state association of charities, recognized nonprofit members and legislative and government officials for their advocacy efforts in 2013 at a recent “More Than Charity” rally in the Capitol Rotunda as part of their ninth annual Kentucky Nonprofit Day at the Capitol.

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Chop Shop fills a void for Eastern Kentucky

Jonathan Whitt of JSW Farm in Wrigley had a dream to own a stockyard and a processing facility. He already owned Lee City Stockyards, so his dream came true last fall when he opened The Chop Shop, now the largest U.S. Department of Agriculture inspected processing facility in Eastern Kentucky.


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KFB celebrates Food Check-Out Week

Kentucky Farm Bureau leaders across the state are celebrating national“Food Check-Out Week,” through Feb. 22 to mark the time of year when the average American has earned enough income to meet his or her annual cost of food.





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  • Appalachia is home to one of the largest tomato producers in Kentucky, the largest high school farm in the state, three members of the Kentucky Proud Farm to Campus Program, the exhibitor of the grand champion steer at the 2013 state fair, the processor for Udderly Kentucky milk, and much more. To find out more about Eastern Kentucky agriculture and Agriculture Commissioner James Comer's plan for the region, go to