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Comer opens KDA's doors to the public in first ag department open house


For Immediate Release
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
For more information contact:
Ted Sloan
(502) 564-1138

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Did you ever wonder just exactly what the Kentucky Department of Agriculture does? Would you like to meet some of the 250 department staffers who serve you every day? Do you have the perfect idea to make the KDA better but don’t know who to tell?

Now’s your chance. Agriculture Commissioner James Comer invites the public to join him and his senior staff at the first Kentucky Department of Agriculture open house Tuesday, Oct. 15, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. EDT at Commissioner Comer’s office, 111 Corporate Drive in Frankfort. Guests will be served hot dogs and potato chips at Commissioner Comer’s expense.

“The department struggles with the fact that most Kentuckians don’t know about all the services we provide or even where we’re located,” Commissioner Comer said. “This open house will give people the opportunity to hear about what we do, meet the people who manage the day-to-day operation of the department, and tell us how we can serve them better. I hope lots of people come and see us.”

During the open house, Commissioner Comer and his executive directors will give a presentation on the department’s operations and services.

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture is best known for running the Kentucky Proud farm marketing program. But most of the department’s duties are regulatory in nature, involving price scanners, fuel pumps, motor fuel, eggs, amusement rides, agricultural grade limestone, pesticides, and other goods and services. The department also protects Kentucky’s livestock herds from foreign animal diseases, operates livestock shows, assists county fairs, sends two agriculture education trailers to schools throughout Kentucky, and performs numerous other services for the citizens of the commonwealth.

Guests are asked to RSVP by calling Commissioner Comer’s office at (502) 573-0450.