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Economic development forums planned for late June


Meetings aim to strengthen the bond between Kentucky agriculture and manufacturing


For Immediate Release
Friday, June 16, 2017
For more information contact:
Ted Sloan
(502) 782-0285


FRANKFORT, Ky. — Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles invites anyone interested in strengthening the bond between agriculture and manufacturing to three forums scheduled across Kentucky later this month.

The Linking Agriculture for Networking & Development (LAND) forums aim to expand upon the existing supply chain for agricultural products to the manufacturing sector. Registration in advance is required, and the registration deadline is June 20.

“Agriculture is economic development, and it’s only natural that our farmers and agribusinesses should work with our manufacturers,” Commissioner Quarles said. “These forums will enable stakeholders in these important economic sectors to build mutually beneficial relationships that will generate income and jobs in Kentucky.”

The schedule of LAND forums is as follows:

June 27
Bath County Cooperative Extension Ag Center
2914 East Highway 60, Owingsville

June 28
Jeptha Creed Distillery
500 Gordon Lane, Shelbyville

June 29
University of Kentucky Research and Education Center
1205 Hopkinsville Street, Princeton

Each forum will begin with networking at 10:30 a.m. local time. Presentations will include Commissioner Quarles, regional agricultural leaders, and industry management discussing successful collaborations and referencing resources to foster additional development. The program will include lunch with locally sourced farm ingredients and will conclude at 1 p.m.

The forums are intended for agricultural leaders, manufacturers, economic development professionals, local and state officials, educators, and other stakeholders. The Kentucky Department of Agriculture and the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers are facilitating the forums with the financial support of the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund and other regional sponsors.

There is no cost to attend the forums, but seating is limited. For more information, or to register, go to