Kentucky Ag News
Vol. 10 No. 5 • March 2, 2017

Commissioner Ryan Quarles

Make ag tag donation, invest in Ky. youth

When you renew your farm plates – or “ag tags” – you have the opportunity to make a voluntary donation to the Ag Tag Fund to help support and promote Kentucky agriculture.





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KDA staff to attend home and garden shows

Kentuckians with questions about pests and pesticides can get answers from Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) experts at home and garden shows across the Commonwealth in March.



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Junior Chef team applications due soon

Opening Day is almost here. That’s right – the fifth season of Farm to School Junior Chef competition will open soon, and high school cooking teams have until March 15 to sign up.






Poster and Essay Contest deadline is near

Kentucky students have until April 7 to submit original works on how "Kentucky Farmers Feed the Hungry" in the m’s 17th annual Poster and Essay Contest.






Commissioner applauds passage of HB 265

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles applauded the Kentucky House of Representatives for passing House Bill 265, which will help Kentucky farmers transport farm implements on Kentucky roadways.




Across Kentucky

Quarles discusses legislative agenda

On Kentucky Farm Bureau's "Across Kentucky" podcast, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles talks about legislation to streamline efforts to feed the hungry. (audio)





Scott Pruitt

Quarles praises Pruitt EPA confirmation

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles congratulated Oklahoma Attorney General and Kentucky native Scott Pruitt on his confirmation as administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.




Cabinet for Economic Development

Company to build Pikeville greenhouse

Agricultural startup AppHarvest plans to build a $50 million high-tech greenhouse, creating 140 full-time jobs in Pikeville at a former surface coal mine repurposed for new industry, Gov. Matt Bevin announced in February.





2017 Master Cattleman programs under way

More than 4,000 beef producers have already participated in the comprehensive program and put the management strategies they learned into practice in their operations.




University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment

Early caterpillar egg hatch anticipated

It is likely eastern tent caterpillars will begin to hatch soon, according to Lee Townsend, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment extension entomologist.




National Agricultural Statistics Service

Soybean production, yields set records

“It was good year for corn and a great year for soybeans,” said David Knopf, director of the NASS Eastern Mountain Regional Office in Kentucky.






Bids sought on four bison

The Kentucky Department of Parks is accepting bids on four bison at Big Bone Lick State Historic Site in Union, Ky.