Kentucky Agricultural News Online

Vol. 5 No. 11  •  Aug. 16, 2012

Commissioner Comer blasts handling of Eastern Livestock scandal;
says victims deserve better

David Maples, Commissioner James Comer, and Jim Akers


Surrounded by members of the agriculture community at the Kentucky State Fair, Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer slammed the bankruptcy process that has failed to provide justice to the farmers, markets, truckers, veterinarians and others whose cattle or services were stolen in the collapse of Eastern Livestock. (Photo by Chris Aldridge)



Agriculture Commissioner James R. Comer




Agriculture Commissioner James Comer

American farmers produce more food on fewer acres with fewer resources than at any time in history. That certainly is true of the nation’s beef cattle industry.



Kentucky Department of Agriculture will present new displays at the 108th Kentucky State Fair

Visitors to the 108th Kentucky State Fair will notice a new appearance to the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s exhibits in the Kentucky Exposition Center’s West Wing and an interactive computer display in the South Wing.

Commissioner Comer: Kentucky Ag Department can help drought-plagued farmers find forages

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer reminds Kentucky livestock producers that the Kentucky Department of Agriculture can help them find badly needed forages for their animals as many Kentucky pastures and hay fields have dried up in this year’s drought.

USDA announces low-interest emergency loans now available to producers in 172 additional counties due to drought

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today designated 172 additional counties in 15 states as primary natural disaster areas due to drought and heat, making all qualified farm operators in the areas eligible for low-interest emergency loans. The list includes 68 additional counties in Kentucky.

Farmers persevering through drought

For Hart County farmer Tim Isaacs, this was the year he was going to expand his registered Angus operation, with his son Matt returning to the farm. However, the drought stalled the expansion.

Kentucky Farm Bureau seeking participants for 2013-14 LEAD class

Up to 15 individuals will be selected for this intensive learning experience as a way to equip the next generation of agricultural leaders with the tools to manage tomorrow’s challenges.

Strong growth in Kentucky's produce sector

The state’s produce industry continues to expand in terms of producers, volume, marketing outlets and sales, which are likely to exceed a record-breaking $33 million in 2012.

Kentucky forecasted corn yields lowest since 1983

Corn production in Kentucky was forecast at 96.9 million bushels, down 46 percent from the previous crop.


Kentucky agriculture broadcast schedule

U.S. Food and Drug Administration


Coming up

Kentucky State Fair

Eastern Kentucky Food System Collaborative Gathering

Kentucky Nursery & Landscape Association 13th Annual Summer Outing

Kentucky Grazing School

Connecting Farm$ to Local Market$

Beef Bash 2012


Kentucky Farm Fact

Nearly 600,000 people will visit the 108th Kentucky State Fair. Go to for information on livestock shows, entertainment, and more.