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’s military veteran farmers encouraged to take part in first of its kind Census of Agriculture

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture is encouraging Kentucky military veterans who are farmers to respond to the 2017 Census of Agriculture, a snapshot of American agriculture taken every five years. “Many veterans are finding that farming provides a way for them to continue their service to their communities and their country,” Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said. “This year’s Census...

Bowling Green Independent Schools first to reach lifetime cap on state reimbursements for local food

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles on Friday congratulated Bowling Green Independent Schools for becoming the first school system in Kentucky Proud history to reach the $36,000 lifetime cap on state reimbursements for local food purchases. “Bowling Green Independent Schools is committed to serving the freshest, most nutritious foods to its students while at the same time supporting the local agricultural...

Kentucky Department of Agriculture now accepting applications for 2018 summer internship program

College students pursuing a career in agriculture or government are invited to apply for positions in the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s (KDA’s) internship program for the summer of 2018, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles has announced. “The KDA’s internship program provides students a hands-on work experience that will enable them to gain the insight needed to consider a future career...

Agriculture commissioner declares October Farm-to-School month to promote local food in Ky. schools

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles has proclaimed October as Farm to School Month in Kentucky to raise awareness of the importance of making local foods available in Kentucky schools. “Kids need fresh, nutritious foods to grow up healthy and strong,” Commissioner Quarles said. “When schools buy local, farmers and food businesses benefit by finding new markets for their products. During Farm...

Dept. of Agriculture accepting applications for 2018 hemp program, seeks public input on regulations

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles has announced that the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) has opened the application period for Kentuckians wishing to participate in the state’s industrial hemp research pilot program for the 2018 growing season. “I am proud to report that our program participants grew more than 3,200 acres of hemp this year, the most ever under the industrial hemp research...

Ryan Quarles: Fall in Kentucky is a great opportunity to explore the state’s many agricultural destinations

It’s that time of the year: The days are growing shorter, the leaves are changing colors, and farmers are harvesting crops. Autumn provides a great opportunity for Kentuckians to get outside and explore the many agricultural destinations in our state. A recent study shared by The Washington Post revealed that an estimated 16.4 million Americans incorrectly think chocolate milk comes from brown cows....

Quarles promotes ‘putting safety into practice’; declares Farm Safety Week for Sept. 17-23

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles has proclaimed the week of Sept. 17-23 as Farm Safety and Health Week in Kentucky to call attention to the hazards unique to farming and encourage all Kentuckians to put safety first. “Farming is one of the most dangerous occupations in the country,” Commissioner Quarles said. “Farmers are at risk of harm from machinery, livestock, chemicals, weather, and...

Quarles promoting Kentucky agriculture in Japan as part of new international trade initiative

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles is traveling in Japan for an international trade mission with the United States Meat Export Federation to advocate for Kentucky farmers through September 8. “Last week, I announced my administration would begin taking a more assertive role in international trade,” said Commissioner Quarles. “Kentucky needs international trade, but more importantly,...

Food pantries in five Eastern Kentucky counties receive donated freezers as part of hunger initiative

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles brought a little hope to Eastern Kentucky’s less fortunate on this week when he helped deliver freezers donated by Farm Credit Mid-America and CoBank to food pantries in five counties. “Thanks to the generosity of these agricultural lenders, food pantries throughout the Commonwealth will be able to accept donations of meats and other frozen foods,”...

Quarles praises giving spirit of Kentucky farmers as ‘ag tag’ donations exceed $629,000

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles announced that voluntary “ag tag” donations in the 2017 fiscal year that ended June 30 amounted to $629,865.43, setting a record for the largest amount donated since the program began. The voluntary donations are divided equally among Kentucky 4-H, Kentucky FFA, and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. Ryan Quarles “This number is a testament...

Two agricultural lenders donate chest freezers to more than 120 food pantries across Kentucky

In every Kentucky community, urban and rural, there’s a food insecurity problem. One in six Kentuckians is not always sure where their next meal is coming from. For children, the number is one in five. To help solve this challenge, agricultural lenders Farm Credit Mid-America and CoBank are providing chest freezers to more than 120 food pantries across the state. The freezers will enable increased...

Nine Kentucky Boys and Girls Clubs boost cooking, gardening programs through ‘Ag Tag’ grant

Several hundred Kentucky youth will learn hands-on gardening and cooking skills this summer thanks to a Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) “Ag Tag” program grant awarded to nine clubs in the Kentucky Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs. The grant was facilitated by the Kentucky Agriculture and Environment in the Classroom (KyAEC), a non-profit organization that promotes an understanding and...

Quarles urges motorists to watch out for credit card skimmers when fueling up for summer travel

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles reminds motorists to watch for signs of tampering on motor fuel pumps as credit card thieves gear up for the Fourth of July and the traffic-heavy summer travel season. “The Kentucky Department of Agriculture and the law-enforcement community are on the lookout for credit card skimmers, but we depend on you to be vigilant when you fill your gas tank,” Commissioner...

County, metro governments invited to apply for state spay and neuter grants before July 14

The Kentucky Animal Control Advisory Board invites county and metro governments in Kentucky to apply for matching grants for spay and neuter activities for 2017. Governments may partner with non-profit organizations to obtain the best use of resources. Funds are extremely limited, and $1,000 is the maximum that can be matched. Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis, with priority given to applicants...

State Agriculture Department, local officials take steps to address floodwater mosquito infestation

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) is working with local officials in western Kentucky to combat an outbreak of floodwater mosquitoes in the Land Between the Lakes area. “We chose to take a proactive approach to stop these floodwater mosquitoes from becoming a major public nuisance,” Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said. “The local governments in the area want to get ahead of...

State legislative panel has questions about THC content of industrial hemp raised in Kentucky

Industrial hemp legally grown in Kentucky is not considered marijuana. It has only a fraction of THC—or tetrahydrocannabinol, a psychoactive compound—found in marijuana. And state regulators aim to keep it that way. Around 100 pounds of industrial hemp grown under Kentucky’s three-year old Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program were destroyed just three weeks ago after the state found the crop...

People in the News: Community Trust adds Kendrick; KCTCS’s Allen nominated to state CPA board

David Maynard, Danville Market President of Community Trust Bank, Inc., announced that Jessica Kendrick has joined Community Trust Bank as a Residential Loan Officer and Market Assistant Vice President. Jessica Kendrick Kendrick’s responsibilities include working with local consumers and businesses in Central Kentucky to find solutions to their lending needs, developing new consumer and business...

Kentucky by Heart: Sweet clover became a savior, not a scourge, for bees and Pendleton County farmers

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist Years ago, I remember reading something about my mother’s native Pendleton County that spoke of “clover” as a significant part of the county’s heritage. Recently, I did a little more research; my connection to the area’s history is strong, mostly because Mom and her twin sister were raised in Butler’s noted Fryer House, which today houses the Pendleton...

Case of low pathogenic avian influenza detected on Christian County farm in western Kentucky

Federal and state authorities say a case of low pathogenic avian influenza has been detected in a commercial poultry flock in western Kentucky. Kentucky State Veterinarian Robert C. Stout said the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa, confirmed the presence of H7N9 low pathogenic avian influenza in samples taken from the Christian County premises. The virus exposure at the premises...