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Quarles secures donations from CoBank, Farm Credit Mid-America to expand mobile meals distribution

Farm Credit Mid-America (FCMA) and CoBank are funding a significant expansion of mobile meals distribution in high need areas to hungry Kentucky schoolchildren during the coronavirus pandemic, Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles announced. The donation is a part of the Kentucky Hunger Initiative launched by the commissioner in 2016. The donation provides enrichment grants to the Kentucky Kids...

Quarles in communication with farm credit system leaders, says they want to help during pandemic

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles is joining Central Kentucky Ag Credit, River Valley Ag Credit, and Farm Credit Mid-America to assure Kentucky farm families that the state’s farm credit associations are ready to assist farmers during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. “Many Kentucky farm families are concerned about their financial situation given the coronavirus pandemic,”...

32nd annual Farm Bureau Beef Expo records sales over $1 million for seventh consecutive year

The Kentucky Farm Bureau Beef Expo recorded sales of just over $1 million, crossing seven figures for the seventh consecutive year in its 32nd edition March 2-4 at the Kentucky Exposition Center. “The Beef Expo has become a staple of the beef cattle calendar in the United States, and the results of the last several years bear that out,” Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said. “We are Kentucky...

Two agricultural lenders donate chest freezers to more than 120 food pantries across Kentucky

In every Kentucky community, urban and rural, there’s a food insecurity problem. One in six Kentuckians is not always sure where their next meal is coming from. For children, the number is one in five. To help solve this challenge, agricultural lenders Farm Credit Mid-America and CoBank are providing chest freezers to more than 120 food pantries across the state. The freezers will enable increased...

Farms to Food Banks grant ‘just in time,’ will enable purchase of 75,000 pounds of produce

By Tim Thornberry KyForward correspondent   The fight against hunger in Kentucky got a helping hand recently by way of a $20,000 grant from Farm Credit Mid-America to the Kentucky Association of Food Banks to help support the Farms to Food Banks program.   Legislation creating FFB passed in 2009 to help guide surplus goods from state farms to the shelves of food banks throughout Kentucky....