Kentucky Ag News
Vol. 9 No. 15 • August 16, 2016

KDA Kentucky State Fair display

Quarles, KDA ready for 2016 state fair

The Kentucky State Fair will attract thousands of people to the Kentucky Exposition Center for its 112th running Aug. 18-28, and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture will be there to help keep the fair running smoothly.




Warren Beeler, Commissioner Ryan Quarles, Carla Baumann

'Double Dollars' program expands

People receiving governmental nutritional assistance may double their spending power at 25 Kentucky farmers' markets and two Fresh Shops markets in Lexington.





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Hunger Task Force swings through W. Ky.

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles led regional Hunger Initiative meetings in Mayfield Aug. 4 and Owensboro Aug. 9 to learn what is being done at the local level to combat food insecurity.




Across Kentucky

KDA gives sweet sorghum growers new tool

David Wayne of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture explains how the KDA provided sweet sorghum growers with a new weapon against a destructive pest. (audio)





The Hardesty family

Why I Farm: The Hardesty family

Farming is tough. The pride that a successful harvest brings doesn’t come without heartache, stress and sacrifice. The Hardesty family knows this well.





National Agricultural Statistics Service

Forecast: Ky. corn higher, soybeans lower

Kentucky corn production is expected to increase, while soybean production is forecasted lower, according to the Crop Production report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.




University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment

UK tractor team third in competition

University of Kentucky students again put together a successful team that built one of the top entries at the recent American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers International Quarter-Scale Tractor Student Design Competition.





Tobacco still 'greens' Kentucky economy

The number of Kentucky tobacco growers has fallen to 4,500, but tobacco is still very much alive across the state.






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Kentucky winery takes prizes at Indy

Purple Toad Winery of Paducah took home a coveted Best of Class award in Berry Fruit Wine for its Black Currant wine at the 2016 Indy International Wine Competition earlier this month.




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Kentucky Farm Fact

  • Kentucky State Fair attendance totaled more than 600,000 in 2015, a 16 percent increase over the previous year. For information about this year's state fair, go to