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New Mobile Science Activity Centers booked solid as schoolchildren learn about agriculture

Kentucky students will use a dazzling array of high-tech instruments to learn about agriculture when the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s two new Mobile Science Activity Centers hit the roads this fall.   Agriculture Commissioner James Comer officially launched the new units in a ceremony Thursday, Aug. 15, during the Kentucky State Fair at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville.   “Most...

School teams will try to chop, dice their way
to top during Jr. Chef Cook Off at state fair

The new state high school competition doesn’t involve balls and nets, but pots and pans. The players won’t be shooting three-pointers or running for the goal line, but they’ll be chopping and dicing their way to glory.   The first Kentucky Farm to School Junior Chef Cook Off will take place Aug. 15-23 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville during the Kentucky State Fair. Fifteen...

Sullivan offering $70,000 in scholarships to team winners of Junior Chef Cook Off

The new state high school competition doesn’t involve balls and nets, but pots and pans. The players won’t be shooting three-pointers or running for the goal line, but they’ll be chopping and dicing their way to glory.   The first Kentucky Farm to School Junior Chef Cook Off will take place Aug. 15-23 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville during the Kentucky State Fair. Fifteen...

Hemp commission taps Harrison County farmer Brian Furnish to serve as chairman

The Kentucky Industrial Hemp Commission unanimously elected Harrison County farmer Brian Furnish as its new chairman after Agriculture Commissioner James Comer stepped aside in compliance with Senate Bill 50, industrial hemp legislation that is set to take effect at the end of the month.   Comer agreed to step aside as chairman as a concession to House Democrats to pass SB 50 in the waning hours...

First-ever competition will put Kentucky’s small-farm wineries, their products to the test

This will be the first year for the Kentucky Commonwealth Commercial Wine Competition, held July 27 in Louisville. (Photo from competition.kentuckywines.com)   Kentucky wineries will hold up their best wines to the scrutiny of nationally recognized judges in the inaugural Kentucky Commonwealth Commercial Wine Competition July 27 in Louisville.   “Kentucky wines have improved significantly...

Comer will go to D.C. within a month to seek exemption for Kentuckians to grow hemp

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer said he plans to lead a delegation to Washington within a month to seek an exemption for Kentucky producers to grow industrial hemp.   “I will work closely with Sens. Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell and Reps. John Yarmuth and Thomas Massie to put Kentucky first in line if and when the federal government allows industrial hemp production,” Comer said hours...

2012 Review: Hemp, and death of advocate Gatewood Galbraith, drew national audience

One of Kentucky’s most colorful characters, perennial gubernatorial candidate and advocate for legalized hemp, Gatewood Galbraith, died in 2012 – but the issue he fought for came to life, at least in the “industrial hemp” form. On the national level, hemp/marijuana proponents won their battles on the ballots in several states, creating some “smoke” of mini-momentum, as other states...

Students asked to to show how 'Agriculture Grows My Community' for annual contest

Kentucky students are invited to show in words and pictures how “Agriculture Grows My Community” in the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s annual Poster and Essay Contest.   “Agriculture affects the economy of every Kentucky community,” said Agricultural Commissioner James Comer. “Agriculture also is a vital part of every Kentucky community’s culture and heritage. I look forward...

Ag Commissioner James Comer ending first year in office as it began – full steam ahead

James Comer is nearing the end of his first year as Commissioner of Agriculture. (Photo by Tim Thornberry)   By Tim Thornberry KyForward correspondent   Just one year ago, James Comer was preparing to be sworn in as the state’s new agriculture commissioner after a long campaign.   But Comer, a lifelong farmer and 11-year veteran of Kentucky’s House of Representatives, was no stranger...