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Quarles to lead forums to build relationships between agriculture and manufacturing in Kentucky

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles will lead seven forums across the Commonwealth to help Kentucky farmers and businesses find ways to strengthen ties between agriculture and manufacturing to increase income and create jobs. The third annual series of LAND (Linking Agriculture for Networking & Development) forums will open June 18 and continue through September. The forums are sponsored by...

KDA, UK Cooperative Extension Service will transport exhibits to Kentucky State Fair this summer

Want to exhibit at the Kentucky State Fair but can’t make the trip? For the second year in a row, the state fair, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, and the University of Kentucky (UK) Cooperative Extension Service will transport your best preserves, crafts, honey, vegetables, and other exhibits to Louisville from five locations across the Commonwealth. “Getting to the state fair is a challenge...

As summer travel season nears, KDA inspectors watching for skimmers in Kentucky motor fuel pumps

With the long Memorial Day weekend and summer travel season coming up, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles reminds Kentucky motorists that Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) inspectors are on the lookout for credit card skimmers in motor fuel pumps across the Commonwealth. “These devices are used to steal credit card information so criminals can use that data to make purchases that are charged...

Kentucky cattle producers, clothing store ‘Raising the Steaks’ against hunger as part of KDA’s initiative

Kentucky’s beef industry is celebrating Beef Month by “Raising the Steaks” against hunger in May. For the second year in a row, the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association, the Kentucky Beef Council, and Wildcat Wearhouse are teaming up on a T-shirt to honor the Commonwealth’s beef cattle industry while helping Kentuckians in need. Gov. Matt Bevin prepares to ceremonially sign House Bill 311 as...

Ag Commissioner Quarles announces grants to 25 Kentucky food pantries as part of Hunger Initiative

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles has announced 25 Kentucky food pantries will have additional cold storage space, thanks to grants from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA). Ag Commissioner Quarles celebrates grant awards to Kentucky food pantries. “We launched the Hunger Initiative nearly three years ago to look for solutions to food insecurity in Kentucky,” Agriculture Commissioner...

Kentucky Proud is on the menu at the Kentucky Derby Festival; events to feature local foods, drinks

Kentucky Derby Festival revelers can enjoy Kentucky Proud foods and beverages in events throughout the annual celebration of the Commonwealth’s signature event. “Kentucky Proud and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture are thrilled to be a part of the Kentucky Derby Festival again this year,” Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said. “In the run-up to the most exciting two minutes in sports,...

Kentucky business, government leaders serve up $46K in February ‘Serving Up Solutions’ benefit dinner

The second annual Serving Up Solutions dinner in February raised $46,235 in ticket sales and sponsorships, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles announced. The dinner benefited Feeding Kentucky (formerly the Kentucky Association of Food Banks), Kentucky Hunters for the Hungry, and GleanKY. Proceeds amounted to more than double those of the inaugural dinner in 2018. “Once again, we are overwhelmed...

Six student-athletes recognized as KHSAA-Kentucky Department of Agriculture Ag Athletes of the Year

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles applauded six Kentucky high school student-athletes involved in agriculture for being named the 2019 Kentucky High School Athletic Association-Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) Ag Athletes of the Year. Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles, left, presents Honorary Commissioner of Agriculture certificates to the 2019 KHSAA-KDA Ag Athletes of the Year. (left...

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles proclaims week of March 4 as Soybean Week in Kentucky

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles saluted Kentucky’s soybean producers by proclaiming Soybean Week in Kentucky the week of March 4. “Kentucky soybean growers produced a record crop in 2018,” Commissioner Quarles said. “Kentucky is recognized as a national leader in the American soybean industry with our own Davie Stephens of Clinton serving as president of the American Soybean Association...

Quarles encourages local organizations to apply for funding from Kentucky Proud promotional programs

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles has called for Kentucky Proud members and local organizations to apply for funding from three Kentucky Proud promotional programs. “These Kentucky Proud programs help raise awareness of the many great local foods that Kentucky has to offer,” Quarles said. “In the process, they also help Kentucky family farms and agricultural businesses succeed. These programs...

KDA approves more than 42,000 acres of industrial hemp for planting in 2019

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles has announced the Kentucky Department of Agriculture approved 1,035 applications to cultivate up to 42,086 acres of industrial hemp in 2019. The KDA also approved 2.9 million square feet of greenhouse space for hemp cultivation.  “The numbers tell you what you need to know about the excitement about hemp in Kentucky,” Quarles said. “The growth in the number...

Farmers wish Commonwealth a ‘Kentucky Proud’ Christmas by singing ‘Jingle Bells’ in video

The new Kentucky Proud video features people singing snippets of “Jingle Bells” while doing farm chores. The singers all have obvious singing chops, but they also happen to be Kentucky farmers. “We are thrilled with the video,” Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said. “This was a great opportunity to showcase Kentucky farmers, promote Kentucky Proud products, and have a little fun in the...

Deputy sheriff, third-grade teacher win Kentucky Proud Weddings Contest grand prize of $5,000

Justin and Christa Conley of Ewing won the second Kentucky Proud Weddings Contest, which includes a $5,000 grand prize package, The Kentucky Department of Agriculture has announced. “I want to thank the Conleys for making Kentucky Proud a part of their special day,” said Agricuture Commssioner Ryan Quarles. “We started Kentucky Proud Weddings to give our farm families an easy way to earn a share...

Kentucky high school student-athletes invited to apply for 2019 Kentucky Ag Athletes of the Year

Kentucky student-athletes with ties to agriculture may apply for one of six scholarships and the honor of being recognized as a 2019 Kentucky Ag Athlete of the Year. Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles, center, honored the 2018 Kentucky Ag Athletes of the Year, from left: DeMarius Wilson, Gracie Staude, Ben VanHook, Kimberly Molden, Nathaniel Messer, and Kourtney Ashby. The program is a partnership...

Quarles declares Nov. 10-17 as statewide ‘Kentucky Hunters for the Hungry’ Week

As Kentucky sportsmen and women head out for deer hunting season starting Nov. 10, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles is encouraging them to consider donating their harvest to a charitable feeding agency as part of the second annual “Kentucky Hunters for the Hungry” Week in Kentucky Nov. 10-17. “It is an unfortunate reality that one in six Kentuckians is food insecure,” said...

Kentucky craft brewers set to release unique beers with Kentucky Proud products on Friday

If you are a fan of unique local craft beers and delicious Kentucky Proud products, the Kentucky Guild of Brewers and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture have a treat for you. On Friday, 16 Kentucky craft breweries will release beers made with Kentucky Proud products. The first 100 customers at each participating brewery will receive a custom poster and glass at no charge. “These one-of-a-kind...

Bourbon County agriculture student Nelson Paul raises $7,000 for Farms To Food Banks

Bourbon County agriculture student Nelson Paul presented the Kentucky Association of Food Banks with a $7,000 donation for the Farms To Food Banks at Monday’s meeting of Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles’ Hunger Task Force at Feeding America – Central Kentucky in Elizabethtown. Paul, a graduate of Bourbon County High School, is studying at Bluegrass Community and Technical College...

Department of Agriculture seeks applications for industrial hemp research pilot program

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles announced today that the Kentucky Department of Agriculture has opened the application period for Kentuckians wishing to participate in the state’s industrial hemp research pilot program for the 2019 growing season. “I am proud to report that our program participants grew more than 6,700 acres of hemp this year, the most ever under the industrial hemp research...

With Farm Safety and Health Week in September, Quarles urges farmers, motorists to take extra care

Farmers put their health, and even their lives, on the line to provide the food and fiber we all depend on, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said in proclaiming the week of Sept. 16-22 as Farm Safety and Health Week. “Farmers encounter many hazards in their work from machinery, livestock, chemicals, extreme weather, and other factors,” Quarles said. “A death or injury on the farm is a tragedy...

Katie Bouchard serving as Miss Kentucky 2018; will act as spokesperson for Kentucky Proud

Miss Kentucky 2018 Katie Bouchard is heading to the Miss America competition with a new job title. Through a decades-long partnership between the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and the Miss Kentucky Organization, Bouchard will serve as the official spokesperson for Kentucky Proud. Miss Kentucky 2018 Katie Bouchard and Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles show off the grand champion country ham...