Kentucky Agricultural News Online

Vol. 5 No. 4  •  March 19, 2012


Commissioner Comer: Help is available
for Kentucky farmers affected by storms

Storm damage in West Liberty, KentuckyI was heartbroken to hear of the loss of life and property from the storms that ripped through parts of Kentucky on March 2. To those of you who were affected, my family and I hold you in our thoughts and prayers. Many of you lost your homes, your businesses, your vehicles, and other property in the storms. You are frustrated, and you just want to get back to some sense of normalcy. Neither I nor anyone else can make the pain of loss go away. But there are sources of aid to help you in this difficult time. ... more

Commissioner Comer and eastern Kentucky legislators praised the Kentucky Cattlemen's foundation and farm supply companies that donated to disaster relief. ... more

Deputy Agriculture Commissioner Bruce Harper joined volunteers who delivered farm supplies to storm victims in eastern Kentucky on March 9. See pictures on the Kentucky Department of Agriculture's page on Facebook.

UK Cooperative Extension bands together to help farmers after tornadoes


Agriculture Commissioner James R. Comer



Agriculture Commissioner James R. Comer

I hope you will consider adding a voluntary $10 donation when you renew your farm vehicle license tags this month. Your donation will be divided equally among Kentucky 4-H, Kentucky FFA, and Kentucky Proud. I strongly believe that these programs are critical to the future of Kentucky agriculture. ... more


Commissioner Comer congratulates Poster and Essay Contest winners

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer saluted the winners of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s annual Poster and Essay Contest at the annual Kentucky Agriculture Day luncheon March 14 at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History in Frankfort. ... more

Kentucky 4-H Youth Development is honored

Commissioner Comer awards Kentucky 4-H Youth DevelopmentAgriculture Commissioner James Comer presents a Kentucky Proud Partner in Excellence Award to Keith Rogers, executive director of the Kentucky 4-H Foundation, and Charlene Jacobs, assistant director of Extension for 4-H Youth Development, during the PNC/KHSAA Boys State Basketball Tournament March 14 in Rupp Arena in Lexington. To see more award winners and other pictures from Commissioner Comer's appearances at the boys state tournament, go to the Kentucky Department of Agriculture's page on Facebook. (Photo by Ted Sloan)



Weisenberger Mill honors its past and charts a course for a prosperous future

Six generations of Weisenbergers have been milling wheat and corn on the banks of South Elkhorn Creek near Midway, Ky., for 150 years. “Weisenberger Mill is a true example of the American dream,” Agriculture Commissioner James Comer said after a recent tour of Kentucky’s oldest water-powered commercial flour mill. ... more

Kentucky Farm Bureau Beef Expo cracks $1 million in gross sales

Beef Expo records were set for gross sales, average per head, and top price for a single lot, and several other records were shattered in the individual breed sales. ... more

Beef producers donate cattle, provide over 6,000 pounds of beef for local seniors in need

Robert Kirk, a Crittenden County beef producer, approached Life in Christ pastor Chris McDonald with the idea of donating beef from cull cows to families in need in their community. ... more

Marshall County poultry farmers find new use for chicken litter

Chickens produce a lot of poop. In fact, poultry farmers struggle to find ways to dispose of or reuse chicken litter in a way that’s friendly to the environment. In Marshall County, two poultry farmers are using the litter in an innovative way that not only is environmentally sensitive but is making them a little money on the side. ...  more

Mike Tobin appointed director of commodity division for KFB Federation

In this role, Tobin will serve as the organization’s liaison to the various agriculture commodity groups, agriculture agencies and work closely with KFB’s advisory committees that review policies and programs affecting the respective farm commodities. ... more

Grants available to support exporting of Kentucky goods and services

Kentucky's Cabinet for Economic Development is now accepting applications from Kentucky small businesses for grant money made available through the State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP). ... more


Kentucky agriculture broadcast schedule

U.S. Food and Drug Administration


Coming up

MarketReady training

Homebased Processing and Microprocessing Workshops

Bluegrass Local Food Summit

"Farm Bill, ACRE and Unicorns" public meetings

One Acre at a Time seminar

Kentucky Forest Industries Association annual meeting

Kentucky Grazing School

Kentucky National Dairy Show and Sale


Kentucky Farm Fact

The Kentucky National Dairy Show and Sale will celebrate its 50th anniversary in April.