Kentucky Agricultural News Online

Vol. 5 No. 6  •  May 4, 2012

Commissioner Comer joins Auditor Adam Edelen
in release of audit of agriculture department

Commissioner James Comer and state Auditor Adam Edelen

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, left, and state Auditor Adam Edelen shake hands at a Frankfort news conference where they unveiled Edelen's wide-ranging audit of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. (Photo by Chris Aldridge)

Read the audit

Read the state auditor's news release

Read some of Commissioner Comer's remarks and see photos from the news conference on the Kentucky Department of Agriculture's page on Facebook.


Agriculture Commissioner James R. Comer



Agriculture Commissioner James Comer

Agriculture is adjusting well to production pressures and is doing more with less while also improving the state of the environment and animal comfort. Unfortunately, these amazing improvements go mostly unnoticed by the public. ... more


Commissioner Comer proclaims May Beef Month

“As one of nearly 40,000 beef cattle producers in Kentucky, I understand the importance of the industry to the state’s economy,” Commissioner Comer said. ... more

Comer encourages producers and organizations to apply for specialty crop grant funding

Kentucky producers and organizations may apply to the Kentucky Department of Agriculture for funding from the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. ... more

Alta Mae Core has rolled with the changes in a lifetime in Kentucky's dairy industry

Things have changed mightily in the dairy industry, both in Kentucky and nationwide, in the nearly half-century since the curtain was raised on the Kentucky National Dairy Show and Sale. ... more

Public comment sought on Kentucky Nonpoint Source Management Plan

The Kentucky Division of Water has released the 2012 Kentucky Nonpoint Source (NPS) Management Plan for public review. Public comments will be accepted until May 31. ... more

Emerald ash borers emerging

The first case of emerald ash borers emerging this spring was found the week of April 16 in Jefferson County. ... more

Comer appoints Grayson County man to serve as state's top beekeeper

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer has appointed Sean Burgess of Grayson County to the position of Kentucky state apiarist, also known as the “state beekeeper.” ... more

Commissioner Comer honors Roy Rich for service on Pest Control Advisory Board

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer named Elizabethtown businessman Roy Rich an “Honorary Commissioner of Agriculture” in recognition of almost a quarter-century of service to the Commonwealth.  Rich, who owns the successful business E-town Exterminating, is resigning as chairman of Kentucky’s Pest Control Advisory Board. ... more

Kentucky Proud Partner in Excellence Award winners recognized

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture presented Kentucky Proud “Partner in Excellence Award” during the boys and girls state basketball tournaments in March. ... more

Nominations accepted for Kentucky Agricultural Leadership Program

The Kentucky Agricultural Leadership Program is accepting applications for Class X. KALP is an intensive two-year program designed for young agricultural producers and agribusiness individuals from Kentucky and Tennessee. ... more

UK researchers find important new disease

University of Kentucky College of Agriculture specialists are encouraging Kentucky wheat producers and crop consultants to scout their fields for a new disease that could have important implications for future crop years. ... more

Certified Roadside Farm Market Program celebrates 107 members

Certified Roadside Farm Markets are located across the Commonwealth, from Kuttawa to Greenup. ... more

Produce Marketing and Planting Intentions Survey

The majority of all produce growers continue to use direct market channels to reach consumers. ... more

Matt Ingram appointed director of Organization Division and assistant to EVP for KFB

In his new role, Ingram will lead the Organization Division’s efforts to promote and implement effective programming for the Young Farmer, Women, Ag Education, and Member Services program areas, as well as coordinate the responsibilities of the division’s 10 area program directors. ... more


Kentucky agriculture broadcast schedule

U.S. Food and Drug Administration


Coming up

Kentucky Proud Festival

Livestock Investigation Training Level I

UK Mountain Monday Series: Beef Cattle De-worming, Vaccination and Fly Control

43rd Annual Sheeprofit Day

Kentucky Sheep and Fiber Festival

Kentucky Wine & Vine Fest

Alltech International Symposium

Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association national conference

Fort Harrod Beef Festival

Kentucky 4-H Teen Council meeting

Eweprofit School I

Kentucky 4-H Teen Conference

Kentucky FFA Convention


Kentucky Farm Fact

Cattle accounted for more than $615 million in cash receipts to Kentucky farmers in 2010.