Ky Proud Promotional Grant Program participation increases 11 percent, average award $4,800

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture has announced the 2017 Kentucky Proud Promotional Grant Program has allocated all available funds for this calendar year. “In Kentucky, we are lucky to have one of the most successful marketing programs in the nation, and that’s Kentucky Proud,” said Commissioner Ryan Quarles. “I’m happy to say promotional grant participation jumped 11 percent in 2017,...

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...

Quarles toasts state’s growing craft brewing industry as part of Kentucky Proud Beer Week

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles raises a glass to Kentucky’s craft brewers to commemorate Kentucky Proud Beer Week. Quarles will join Derek Selznick, executive director of the Kentucky Guild of Brewers, and Dr. Scott Eidson, president of the Kentucky Hop Growers Alliance, to mark the special week with a news conference on Friday at 1 p.m. EDT at Country Boy Brewing in Georgetown. “Kentucky’s...

Montgomery Co. High School first to repeat as state champion of Farm to School Junior Chef competition

Montgomery County High School became the first team in the history of the Farm to School Junior Chef program to repeat as state champion when it prevailed over Corbin in the fifth annual Junior Chef championship cook off at the Kentucky State Fair. “Congratulations to Montgomery County on this remarkable achievement,” Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said. “I commend all 16 teams that participated...

State brewers, KSU collaborate on unique craft beers to be released during Kentucky Proud Beer Week

Kentucky brewers, Kentucky Proud producers, and Kentucky State University (KSU) will produce craft beers infused with locally grown ingredients that will be released this fall. Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles joined representatives of the Kentucky Guild of Brewers, the Kentucky Hop Growers Alliance, and KSU to announce the project. The craft beers will be released Oct. 12-14 during Kentucky Proud...

Annual Salato Sampler fundraiser for wildlife education center featuring Kentucky Proud set

Sample the best of Kentucky’s food and drink at the Salato Sampler in Frankfort from 6 to 9 p.m. (Eastern) Saturday, June 3. Guests can enjoy locally produced food, including smoked pork and fried catfish, while sampling the world’s finest bourbons, local wines and beers. The event, held annually at the Salato Wildlife Education Center in Frankfort, will also feature live bluegrass music. The Kentucky...

Vinaigrette Salad Kitchen’s newest location in Hamburg will have grand opening on May 15

Vinaigrette Salad Kitchen announced that its newest location will be opening in Hamburg Place on Monday, May 15. Founded in Lexington in 2014, Vinaigrette Salad Kitchen is a fresh-casual eatery specializing in creative salads, soups, and lemonades. The menu features flavorful and regionally inspired recipes developed with the help of local chefs Ouita Michel and Sara Gibbs. Vinaigrette was founded...

People in the News: Field & Main names Meyer president; KDA adds pair to marketing staff

Field & Main Bank has announced changes to its executive leadership team, which go into effect in June. Joe Meyer, partner at BKD, a national CPA and business advisory firm, will join Field & Main Bank in Henderson to serve as president of the bank. Dale Sights, current president, will continue to play a critical role in the organization and will move up to the position of president of the...

Kentucky Proud vendors contribute distinctive flavor to Kentucky Crafted: The Market

Guests at Kentucky Crafted: The Market, set for April 22-23 at the Lexington Convention Center, are sure to find unique items from the best visual and craft artists in the state. While visitors peruse the artwork on display in the exhibition hall, they can also enjoy tasty food products from Kentucky Proud vendors, like Lexington’s Crank & Boom Craft Ice Cream. A perennial favorite among...

State Agriculture Department invites community organizations to host Kentucky Proud dinners

Community organizations are invited to apply to host Kentucky Proud dinners now through the fall of 2017. The Kentucky Proud Farm to Fork Program will provide funding to qualifying applicants for dinners that showcase local food products. The program will also promote local agritourism businesses and provide educational background on locally produced agricultural food and products. “These dinners...

State Agriculture Department proposes legislation to provide incentives, protection in fight against hunger

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) has proposed legislation to help businesses and individuals who wish to donate food to organizations that serve hungry Kentuckians. “These measures would provide incentives and protections for those who want to join the fight against hunger in Kentucky,” Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said. “This is due to the work of the Hunger Task Force,...

Leadership Lexington Youth Program discovers common denominator in Bluegrass businesses

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward A group of high school juniors have found prime examples of “Kentucky Proud” ranging from a thoroughbred farm where a Dubai sheikh is a major player in the local business sector to a start-up ice cream shop growing its support base largely through word of mouth. Students in the Leadership Lexington Youth Program toured the 800-acre Jonabell Farm off Parkers...

Ag Commissioner Quarles encourages Kentucky Proud-laden holiday gatherings, offers some tips

Family. Friends. Food. Three key ingredients to a successful holiday gathering in Kentucky. In homes all across the Commonwealth, loved ones gather to eat, giving thanks for another bountiful Kentucky harvest. Picture a large table with a perfectly-roasted, golden brown turkey alongside a perfectly baked country ham, both ready to be carved. Several large bowls surround the turkey and ham platters,...

Houchens grocery stores launch expanded Kentucky Proud partnership in three cities

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles joined officials of Houchens Industries to announce the launch of dozens of Kentucky Proud products in Houchens-owned grocery stores in Kentucky. “The Kentucky Proud program has a long and mutually beneficial relationship with Houchens Industries,” Quarles said during the announcement event at the Price Less IGA in Bowling Green. “This expansion...

Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program taking applications for 2017; measures to sustain growth

Kentuckians interested in participating in the industrial hemp research pilot program in 2017 are invited to submit an application with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. “The pilot research program will continue to build on the successes of the previous administration by developing research data on industrial hemp production, processing, manufacturing, and marketing for Kentucky growers,”...

State Agriculture Department, Guild of Brewers partner for release of Kentucky Proud beers

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) and the Kentucky Guild of Brewers have partnered on the release of five limited-edition, Kentucky Proud-infused beers. “This is a great example of Kentucky Proud producers working together to create unique value-added products,” Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said. “We are pleased to work with the Kentucky Guild of Brewers to advance Kentucky’s...

Kentucky’s Farmers’ Markets join in national celebration with special events Aug.7-13

Some of Kentucky’s approximately 160 farmers’ markets will be celebrating National Farmers’ Market Week Aug. 7-13 with special events, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said. “Farmers’ markets give consumers the chance to buy farm-fresh fruits and vegetables as well as meats, bread, sauces, cut flowers, crafts, and many other farm products,” Commissioner Quarles said. “They...

EatKentucky: Boone Creek Creamery brings authentic artisan cheese to the Bluegrass

By Alan Cornett Special to KyForward Ed Puterbaugh applied his background in clinical microbiology to a new hobby -– cheesemaking. Now Puterbaugh’s Boone Creek Creamery has grown from a hobby to a booming artisan creamery that offers over three dozen varieties of cheese. Boone Creek Creamery is not only a regular feature at places like Good Foods Coop and the Lexington Farmers Market, but they...

Boone Creek Creamery owner’s locally made cheese showcases commitment to Kentucky’s food economy

By Sarah Geegan and Savannah Sellars Special to KyForward Ed Puterbaugh, owner of Boone Creek Creamery, the first artisan cheese producer in the state of Kentucky, is also a University of Kentucky alumus and as a proud Kentuckian, he not only sells cheese made in-house in his Lexington shop, but also a variety of locally made products in his Kentucky Proud store. Puterbaugh received his degree from...

Former Alltech executive Blandford named marketing director for KDA’s Kentucky Proud program

A global brand manager for a Kentucky-based multinational corporation is the new executive director of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s marketing office. Melanie Blandford of Nicholasville assumed her new post Monday. As the KDA’s executive director of marketing, Blandford will be responsible for Kentucky Proud, the official state farm marketing program. “We were very fortunate to be...