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Agriculture Commissioner reminding Kentucky producers of American Farmland Trust grants

Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles wants Kentucky farmers to be aware of cash grants up to $1,000 available from the American Farmland Trust (AFT) to help weather potential market disruptions during the COVID-19 pandemic. “American Farmland Trust says it best: ‘No farms, no food,’” Quarles said. “I want to praise this organization for launching a Farmer Relief Fund to provide...

Rural Blog: New report shows Ky. lost a half million acres of farmland to homebuilding in last 20 years

(Click for full report) A new report from the American Farmland Trust, the nation’s leading farmland-preservation group, says that America has been losing twice as much farmland as the group thought, and the leading cause of it is low-density residential development, especially in Kentucky, Al Cross reports for the Midway Messenger. Cross is the director of the Institute for Rural Journalism...

Jones, Cassity top list of honorees for annual Bluegrass Tomorrow Vision Awards Oct. 30

Former First Lady Elizabeth “Libby” Jones and Jessamine County Judge Neal Cassity will be presented with Bluegrass Tomorrow’s most prestigious Vision Awards at its annual awards program October 30.   Libby Jones will receive the 2013 Josephine Abercrombie Award for her untiring service to the equine and agriculture industry, the Bluegrass Conservancy, the American Farmland Trust and...

Rural Blog: A ‘Quiet crisis’ is confronting agriculture as farmland continues to decrease

(Graphic from Census of Agriculture)   The amount of U.S. farmland is decreasing at a rapid rate, “with the country losing three acres of farmland every minute,” at a time when experts say more land will be needed to grow enough food to feed the world, reports Agri-Pulse, a Washington newsletter.   The recently released Census of Agriculture reports that American farmland dropped...

First national conference on farming, land use and food policy coming to Lexington in the fall

From left to right, Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, former Gov. Brereton Jones, President and CEO of American Farmland Trust Andrew McElwaine, and former First Lady Libby Jones meet at a Frankfort press conference to announce the upcoming Farmland, Food and Livable Community Conference to be in Lexington in October. (Photo provided)   Experts from throughout the nation will meet in Lexington...