Kentucky Ag News
Vol. 10 No. 6 • March 16, 2017

Commissioner Ryan Quarles

Consider ag's importance all year long

National Ag Day is Tuesday, March 21, and it is a good time to reflect on some of the many ways agriculture affects us every day.





Deidre Mahlan and Commissioner Ryan Quarles

Bulleit Distilling celebrates new plant

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles joined other elected officials and dignitaries to officially open the new Bulleit Distilling Co. facility in Shelby County on March 14. (photos)

VIDEO: "Thank you for investing in Kentucky farmers."




Across Kentucky

Ag tag donations benefit youth organizations

March is the month in Kentucky when farmers renew their farm license plates. Sheldon McKinney, executive director of the Kentucky FFA Foundation, says it’s also time for them to consider a $10 donation to the Ag Tag Fund. (audio)




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Commissioner Ryan Quarles and Mark Jensen

Take the middle fork to a Ky. Proud meal

Mark Jensen isn’t comfortable with describing his Kentucky Proud restaurant as “farm to table.” He feels that should be the role of every restaurant.



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Quarles praises hemp bill approval

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles celebrated the passage in the Kentucky House of Representatives of landmark legislation that aligns Kentucky’s industrial hemp research pilot program with the federal Farm Bill and adds important law enforcement provisions.



Kentucky Farm Bureau

Beef Expo sales top $1 million again

Sales at the 31st annual Kentucky Farm Bureau Beef Expo March 3-5 exceeded $1 million for the sixth consecutive year.






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Quarles asks FDA to withdraw proposal

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles has asked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to withdraw a proposed regulation on smokeless tobacco products that would have a “devastating” economic impact on dark tobacco growers and businesses in Kentucky.




Kentucky Ag Council

Deadline for Leopold nominations is near

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles reminds Kentucky farmers that applications for the 2017 Leopold Conservation Award in Kentucky are due by April 1.





University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment

Freezing temperatures could damage crops

Wheat in the jointing stage will be damaged if temperatures reach 24 degrees Fahrenheit and below for at least two hours.





Zippy Duvall

Candid Conversation: Zippy Duvall

Kentucky Farm Bureau interviews American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall about national farm policy.