Kentucky Agricultural News Online

Vol. 5 No. 12  •  Sept. 4, 2012

Ready, Set, Grow

Commissioner Comer helps Kerrick Elementary students harvest squash and zucchini


First Lady Jane Beshear and Agriculture Commissioner James Comer recently launched Ready, Set, Grow: A Kid’s Guide to Gardening - a joint initiative by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and the Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy. (Photo by Ted Sloan)




Agriculture Commissioner James R. Comer




Agriculture Commissioner James Comer

September is Agritourism Month in Kentucky, and the celebration continues through October and beyond.



Connecting Farm$ to Local Market$: Networking workshop is designed to introduce Kentucky growers to wholesale and retail market opportunities

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer will be the keynote luncheon speaker at “Connecting Farm$ to Local Market$,” Sept. 14 at the National Corvette Museum Conference Center.

Kentucky Farm Bureau, KACD seek entries for 2012 Conservation Writing and Art Contests

This year’s competition, featuring a Writing Contest for grades 6-12 and the Jim Claypool Conservation Art Contest for grades 1-5, is themed “Kentucky’s Forests: Branching Out.”


Cody's banner day

Cody and Jaycie Heath


Cody Heath, 4, helps big sister Jaycie of Shelby County 4-H at the auction of her reserve champion and Kentucky Proud grand champion market goat during the Sale of Champions Aug. 23 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. Look for more photos from the 108th kentucky State Fair on Commissioner Comer's page and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture's page on Facebook. (Photo by Ted Sloan)



Vilsack extends emergency grazing to assist ranchers impacted by drought

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Aug. 29 announced a two-month extension for emergency grazing on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres, freeing up forage and feed for ranchers as they look to recover from this challenging time.

Developing your own heifers vs. purchasing bred heifers

Many producers look at the prices of bred heifers in replacement sales and immediately decide that they can do it cheaper themselves.

UK takes ag education global

In Indonesia, farmers use cows to plow their rice paddies, growers plant pineapples by hand at one of the largest pineapple plantations in the world and picking coffee beans by hand turns out to be extremely difficult work.



Kentucky agriculture broadcast schedule

U.S. Food and Drug Administration


Coming up

Kentucky Agriculture Council 2013-2018 Strategic Plan regional forums

Kentucky Forage and Grasslands Council field day

Kentucky Nursery & Landscape Association 13th Annual Summer Outing

Kentucky Grazing School

Connecting Farm$ to Local Market$

Rock the Farm benefit concerts 

Taste of the Mountains Field Day 

UK Gluck Equine Research Center 25th anniversary celebration 

Beef Bash 2012

Eweprofit School II

MarketReady training

Kentucky Proud Incredible Food Show

13th Kentucky Grazing Conference

Kentucky State Beekeepers Association Fall Field Day

AgriBusiness Association of Kentucky annual meeting

Kentucky Women in Agriculture Conference



Kentucky Farm Fact

Kentucky has about 340 farm destinations open to the public that offer u-pick pumpkins and apples, hay slides, corn mazes, live music, wine tastings, Kentucky Proud food, trail rides, overnight stays, and much more. Go to to find an agritourism site near you.