Kentucky Agricultural News Online

Vol. 5 No. 10  •  Aug. 1, 2012

Ale-8-One quenches thirsts in Kentucky and beyond

Fielding Rogers, Jennifer Mueller, and Agriculture Commissioner James Comer


Agriculture Commissioner James Comer grew up drinking Ale-8-One in his native Monroe County. He said he also “loves” spicy Ale-8-One salsa made from Kentucky-grown tomatoes and peppers. So it was only natural that a satisfied, longtime customer such as Commissioner Comer would want to visit Ale-8-One’s plant in Winchester. (Photo by Chris Aldridge)



Agriculture Commissioner James R. Comer




Agriculture Commissioner James Comer

I proclaimed Aug. 5-11 as Farmers’ Market Week in Kentucky to remind all Kentuckians that your local farmers’ market is a great source of fresh, nutritious foods to serve to your family. It’s also a great way to say “Thank you” to the men and women who produce the food.


New law benefits Kentucky agritourism destinations

On a recent episode of Kentucky Farm Bureau's "Across Kentucky," host Mike Feldhaus spoke to Ben Shaffar, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture's agritourism director, about the effect of a new law that offers limited liability protection for agritourism destinations. (audio)

Value of drought-stressed corn silage for 2012

Many grain farmers are looking at options to salvage especially poor corn crops. Cutting silage for cattle feed is a major option. Before cutting corn for silage, there are two things that should be done.

KFB's 'Bluegrass & Backroads' wins Emmy Award

Bob Shrader and Matt Hilton, producers and hosts of the show, attended the 48th Annual Ohio Valley Regional Emmy Awards to accept the award for Best Magazine Feature/Segment.

Two Kentuckians are finalists for National FFA American Star honors

Alexander L. Richardson of Meade County FFA is one of four finalists for the American Star Farmer award, National FFA's highest honor. Zachary Cotton of Spencer County FFA is a finalist for American Star in Agribusiness.

Abraham to represent Kentucky in national seafood contest

Erik Abraham and Angela Caporelli


Chef Erik Abraham of Varanese Restaurant in Louisville is honored by Angela Caporelli, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture's aquaculture marketing specialist, as the winner of the 2012 Great Kentucky Seafood Cook Off in July. Abraham will compete against more than a dozen top seafood chefs from throughout the United States in the Great American Seafood Cook Off on Aug. 11 in New Orleans.




Jim Sidebottom named 2012 Kentucky Farmer of the Year

Jim Sidebottom of Greensburg, Ky., grew up on a dairy but had to work long at off-farm jobs before saving enough money to start his own dairy farm.

Extension celebrates 100 years of county agents

Whether they rode up to a farm on a horse-drawn buggy or offer advice on the bed of a pick-up truck, county extension agents have been providing unbiased, researched-based information to Kentucky farmers for a century.

Kentucky ADT 4's veterinary training programs score big with Afghan locals

In multiple districts within Kandahar Province, ADT 4 instituted a multi-pronged veterinarian training program, consisting of a combination of basic and advanced veterinary training.


Kentucky agriculture broadcast schedule

U.S. Food and Drug Administration


Coming up

Kentuckiana Dairy Exchange

Woodland Owners Short Course

Kentucky State Fair Quarter Horse Show

UK Horticulture Research Farm Field Day

Corn, Soybean and Tobacco Field Day

Mulberry Orchard Extension Field Day

MarketReady training

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

Kentucky has nearly 150 farmers' markets that offer farm-fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, jams, jellies, sauces, salsas, cut flowers, crafts, and much more. Click here to find a farmers' market near you.