Kentucky Agricultural News Online

Vol. 5 No. 1  •  January 17, 2012

 A new day and a new way at the KDA

Commissioner Comer takes the oath of office

Agriculture Commissioner James R. Comer hit the ground running in his first two weeks in office. Right: Commissioner Comer takes the oath of office as his wife, T.J., holding their infant daughter Aniston, looks on. Their children Reagan and Harlan also were on hand for the ceremony on Jan. 2 in Frankfort. (Photo courtesy Tim Thornberry) Below left: Commissioner Comer announces Jan. 11 that he has asked state Auditor Adam Edelen, left, to conduct an audit of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. (Photo by Chris Aldridge) Below right: Commissioner Comer chats with former Agriculture Commissioner Billy Ray Smith at the Kentucky Cattlemen's Association convention Jan. 13 in Lexington. (Photo by Chris Aldridge) Look for more pictures from Commissioner Comer's first two weeks in office on the Kentucky Department of Agriculture's page on Facebook.



Commissioner Comer and State Auditor Adam EdelenCommissioner Comer and former Commissioner Smith












Agriculture Commissioner James R. Comer




Agriculture Commissioner James R. Comer

Words cannot express how grateful I am for the opportunity you have given me to serve as your Commissioner of Agriculture. I am humbled by your confidence in my leadership, and I pledge to work hard every day to live up to your expectations. ... more


Agriculture Commissioner James Comer asks state auditor to examine previous KDA administration

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer on Jan. 11 formally requested that Auditor of Public Accounts Adam Edelen conduct a special examination of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. ... more

CSAs help producers cushion the risk while sharing the bounty of their labors

CSA subscribers pay up front to ensure that they get their share of the farm’s bounty, but they also share the risk with the farmer that their basket may not be as full sometimes due to a poor crop. ... more

Jean Farris Winery strikes double gold in San Francisco

Jean Farris Winery earned a double gold medal for its 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon from the 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. The award is the greatest achievement to date of any Kentucky wine in the nation’s largest competition of American wines. ... more

Kentucky National Guard Agribusiness Development Team 4 mobilizes for Afghanistan

More than 60 members of the Kentucky National Guard’s Agribusiness Development Team 4 were honored during a farewell ceremony today at the Forks of Elkhorn Baptist Church in Midway. ... more

Kentucky delegates help set national ag priorities at AFBF annual meeting

As the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) 93rd annual meeting came to a close in Honolulu this January, Kentucky’s 26 voting delegates and other Farm Bureau leaders from around the country weighed in on numerous agricultural issues of national importance. ... more

Kentucky Horse Council asks horsemen to participate in Kentucky Equine Survey

The Kentucky Horse Council is asking Kentucky horsemen to participate in a full, statewide survey of all breeds and disciplines of horse, ponies, mules, and donkeys, the first such survey in Kentucky in 35 years. ... more

50 years of helping farmers manage their business

Kentucky Farm Business Management specialists helping producers from all commodity groups get a better handle on their finances through accurate farm records. ... more

UK soil scientists increase wheat yields through better use of nitrogen

University of Kentucky College of Agriculture soil scientists have conducted studies on the effectiveness of remote-sensing nitrogen applicators and have developed an algorithm to use in the equipment that has proven to increase yields in Kentucky. ... more

Kentucky's food prices fall in fourth quarter of 2011

The latest Marketbasket Survey, conducted by the Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation in December 2011, indicates that average retail food prices in supermarkets across the state decreased by 1 percent during the most recent quarter. ... more


Kentucky agriculture broadcast schedule

U.S. Food and Drug Administration


Coming up

MarketReady training

Midsouth Eventing and Dressage Association annual meeting and awards luncheon

Kentucky Commodity Conference

Kentucky Pork Producers Association annual meeting

Eastern Kentucky Beekeeping School

Heart of America Grazing Conference

Kentucky Landscape Industries winter conference

Mid-States Horticultural Expo

Allen County Beekeeping School

Southeast Kentucky Beekeeping School

National Farm Machinery Show

2nd Annual Organic Conference

Kentucky Farm Bureau Beef Expo


Kentucky Farm Fact

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) arrangements enable producers to earn their income from subscribers up front and share some of the inherent risks of farming with their subscribers. For more information on how a CSA works and how to get started, go to the Kentucky Department of Agriculture's CSA page.