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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...

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles declares Aug. 5-11 ‘Kentucky Farmers’ Markets Week’

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles has declared Aug. 5 through 11 “Kentucky Farmers’ Markets Week” and invites Kentuckians to celebrate all month long by visiting their local farmers’ market and posting photos to Instagram for a prize. “Kentucky’s farmers’ markets give consumers the opportunity to buy farm-fresh products directly from local producers. I am proud to declare Farmers’...

Kentucky Department of Agriculture partners with federal government to improve food safety

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture has entered into a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to help Kentucky food producers comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule. Under the cooperative agreement, the FDA will release a total of $2.84 million to Kentucky over the next three years. The funds will be divided among the KDA, the University of Kentucky,...

Quarles to host USDA Under Secretary for Trade McKinney for roundtable June 6

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles has announced that he will hold a roundtable with United States Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney on June 6 at 9 a.m. at the Limestone Café located in the Keeneland Sales Pavilion. “Kentucky agriculture needs international trade, but the rest of the world needs Kentucky agriculture,” Quarles said....

Milk 2 My Plate grant makes more dairy products available to Kentucky families

Thousands of Kentuckians who struggle to buy nutritious foods for their families now have greater access to fresh Kentucky-produced milk, thanks to a $30,000 grant from The Dairy Alliance to God’s Pantry Food Bank, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles announced This week. God’s Pantry used the grant to acquire seven milk coolers for its Winchester and Lexington-Fayette County food pantries. The...

Serving Up Solutions Dinner in Frankfort will benefit Kentucky’s hungry, focus on finding answers

United States Ambassador Kelly Craft, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce President Joe Craft, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles, State Representative Phillip Pratt, and State Senator Robin Webb will host a Hunger Initiative dinner in January to benefit food-insecure Kentuckians. Quarles Governor Matt Bevin and First Lady Glenna Bevin are scheduled to serve as the featured guests at the first Serving...

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...

Harrison County’s Gracie Furnish named eastern region vice president of National FFA

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles congratulated Gracie Furnish of Harrison County on her election as Eastern Region vice president at the National FFA Convention last week in Indianapolis. “Gracie is one of six officers who will lead FFA at the national level,” Commissioner Quarles said. “As an FFA kid myself, I know being elected a national FFA officer is a high honor that very few members...

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...