Kentucky Ag News
Vol. 8 No. 23 • December 15, 2015

Agriculture Commissiner James Comer

Thank you, Kentucky for four great years

As my term as your Commissioner of Agriculture draws to a close, here is my report card to you.






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KDA officials talk bees, specialty crops

State Apiarist Tammy Horn says Kentucky's beekeeping industry is headed in the right direction. The KDA's Josh Lindau says grants are targeted to help Kentucky's specialty crop industry grow. (audio)




Bee Boys honey

Honey sideline becomes growing business

Bee Boys Steve Smith and George Raque started with five hives. Seven years later, they number more than 100.






Atherton High School cafeteria

Louisville high school features local foods

A select group of Atherton students prepared burritos, jicama slaw, and Mexican corn salad for their classmates. It was all part of the Farm to School program where JCPS introduces fresh ingredients to the menu. (Jefferson County Public Schools video)



University of Kentucky College of Agriculture

UK: Demand for local food is no fad

People involved in a wide variety of food venues in Lexington are enthusiastic about the increasing demand for local food, a University of Kentucky study found.






Ag investments provide healthy returns

Marketing and promotion projects provided the best return on investment for ventures that received Kentucky tobacco settlement dollars between 2007 and 2014, according to a new report.




2015 Kentucky cash receipts

Kentucky ag economy slumps in 2015

Kentucky agricultural cash receipts in 2015 are projected to be off 8 percent from last year’s record high, falling to $6 billion—still the third highest on record.





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2016 enrollment period underway

Producers who chose coverage from the safety net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill may enroll for coverage until Aug. 1, 2016.