Dept. of Agriculture, Farmer Veteran Coalition extend Homegrown by Heroes program through 2021

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture announced on Thursday an expansion of the Homegrown By Heroes program. At the Kentucky Agricultural Council meeting today in Louisville, Commissioner Quarles announced that the KDA has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Farmer Veteran Coalition to extend their partnership through 2021. Additionally, the KDA is expanding membership eligibility...

Kentucky foods, Kentucky chefs, Kentucky bourbon come together for Bourbon Social

This is the second year for the Bourbon Social in Lexington. (Bourbon Social photos)   Kentucky Proud foods prepared by Kentucky chefs will be paired with the Kentucky’s native spirit at the second annual Bourbon Social Oct. 1-11 in Lexington.   Greatly expanded from its inaugural run in 2014, the Bourbon Social features 11 events, highlighted by the Main Event Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. at...

Homegrown by Heroes rancher to host alpaca dinner to benefit Farmer Veteran Coalition

A Kentucky Proud and Homegrown By Heroes producer will host a one-of-a-kind dinner with alpaca as the main attraction.   Alvina Maynard’s River Hill Ranch near Richmond will welcome up to 30 guests for the farm-to-table dinner on Sept. 26 from 6-10 p.m. Chef Robert Weickel of Hill Restaurant, a pop-up restaurant in Lexington, will prepare the meal.   Alpaca is a nutritious meat. (River...

Homegrown by Heroes goes national; Kentucky brand will help vets across U.S.

A Kentucky initiative to identify farm products produced by veterans will become a national brand.   The Farmer Veteran Coalition will administer the Homegrown by Heroes program on the national level. At the same time Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer announced the program yesterday – Veteran’s Day – the Farm Credit System announced a $250,000 commitment to fund...