Kentucky Ag News
Vol. 10 No. 8 • April 18, 2017

Kentucky Proud

The hunt for local food gets easier

Kentucky Proud has unveiled Buy Local, a new program intended to encourage restaurants and other food service businesses to purchase locally produced food products, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles has announced.




Commissioner Ryan Quarles

Derby season is prime time for Ky. Proud

The Kentucky Derby elevates the Commonwealth to a global stage. The Derby – as well as the Kentucky Oaks and the run-up to Thoroughbred racing’s biggest weekend – also gives Kentucky Proud foods a chance to shine.




Commissioner Quarles and Commissioner Rudgers

Conversation with the commissioners

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles and former New York Agriculture Commissioner Nathan Rudgers talked about the job of the ag commissioner, the upcoming Farm Bill talks, the future of agriculture, and many other topics. (video)




LaRue County AgStravaganza

KDA taking applications for Farm to Fork

Community organizations are invited to apply to host Kentucky Proud dinners now through the fall of 2017.






State vet lifts AI surveillance zones

State Veterinarian Robert C. Stout has released surveillance zones surrounding two Christian County farms following negative test results for low pathogenic avian influenza.





Kentucky Proud logo

Kentucky Derby Festival logo

Raise a glass to Ky. wines at WineFest

Thirteen Kentucky wineries have been confirmed to participate in the 13th annual Kentucky Proud Derby Festival WineFest May 2-3 on The Belvedere at Waterfront Park in downtown Louisville.



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Farm to School logo

Chefs assigned to Kentucky schools

Three chefs have begun work with Kentucky schools in the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Chefs in Schools program.





MacKenzie Jones and Commissioner Ryan Quarles

Murray State student gets 'buzzy' with bees

MacKenzie Jones, a former Kentucky Department of Agriculture intern from Frankfort, is building a bee farm, or apiary, on Murray State’s 40-acre facility dedicated to student learning.




National Agricultural Statistics Service

Kentucky farmers invited to Twitter chat

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service invites farmers and other people who have answered a NASS survey to participate in a social media chat Friday at 1 p.m. EDT at #StatChat on Twitter.




University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment

MANRRS top chapter in the nation again

For the fifth consecutive year, the University of Kentucky MANRRS chapter was named National Chapter of the Year at the recent 32nd annual conference for Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences.




Kentucky Farm Bureau

Retail food prices down 1.76 percent in Ky.

With this decrease, food prices in Kentucky have dropped four of the last five quarters according to the survey which measures 40 basic food items.