Kentucky Ag News
Vol. 10 No. 4 • February 15, 2017

Hunger Initiative

Quarles urges action on hunger

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles gave an update of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Hunger Initiative and urged all Kentuckians to help fight hunger in a rally to raise awareness of Kentucky’s hunger problem.

Video: Pork producers give to food banks




Commissioner Ryan Quarles and Jamie Guffey

Commissioner backs HB 174

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles endorsed legislation that would help Kentucky farmers transport their goods more efficiently.

Video: HB 174 will help the poultry industry






Quarles offers support to Harper's

Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles released the following statement on the fire that occurred at Harper’s Country Hams in Hickman County. (Photo courtesy West Kentucky Journal)





Across Kentucky

KDA deputy talks trade, grain insurance

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture's chief of staff, Keith Rogers, lays out a few plans ahead for the department as it will be working toward direct export trade with international destinations. (audio)




Commissioner Ryan Quarles

Bourbon boom adds $1B to economy

Kentucky’s skyrocketing Bourbon industry shows no signs of slowing down, as the signature spirit increased its economic output by $1 billion in the last two years alone.

Quarles: Kentucky bourbon and Kentucky corn



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Lori and Keith Crigger

Bourbon, honey: A match made in Kentucky

Crigger Farm, a Kentucky Proud agribusiness in Gallatin County, has added a new twist to creamed honey.



Blue line



University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment

Henning leaves post, returns to the field

Jimmy Henning will step down as associate dean for extension and director of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service on Feb. 15.





Burley Tobacco Growers Cooperative

Burley Co-op announces scholarship

The Burley Tobacco Growers Cooperative Association (BTGCA) is proud to announce that the 2017 BTGCA Scholarship applications are now being accepted.





Unbridled Spirit

Breeders' fund awards $10.8 million

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission announced the release of the 2016 Kentucky Thoroughbred Breeders’ Incentive Funds.