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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...

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...

Chef John Foster: Don’t just wonder about the strange things you see at the market, try them

Ever wonder about some of the strange things you see at the market? The odd little basket of this or that that never fills a table, because very few people will even know what it is much less purchase it. The colors are different, the shape is strange, sometimes the smell drives people away. Your farmer will know what it is, may even attach some sentimental value to it. They won’t grow it to feel...

Stop Foodborne Illness: As season approaches, safety tips for shopping at favorite farmers market

The month of May means it’s nearly time for America’s favorite food lovers’ tradition: visiting your local farmers market. In addition to all the invigorating colors, exquisite aromas, strong flavors, and spirit of community, the farmers market is also an opportunity to develop one-on-one relationships with the people who produce your food! Their passion for food can be quite inspiring. Stop...

Sen. Mitch McConnell: Aiming to legalize growing industrial hemp and help Kentucky farmers expand

For far too long, the federal government has prevented most farmers from growing hemp. Although it was a foundational part of Kentucky’s heritage and today you can buy products made with hemp at stores across the country, most farmers have been barred from planting it in their fields. I have heard from many Kentucky farmers who agree it’s time to remove the federal hurdles in place and give our...

Commentary: You can help state's hungry and farmers during Farms to Food Banks Month

By James Comer Special to KyForward   When you donate a part of your state tax refund to the Farms to Food Banks Trust Fund, you’re helping Kentuckians in unfortunate circumstances – some of them your friends and neighbors – gain access to fresh, nutritious, local foods.   You’re also helping Kentucky farmers make a living. It’s good for economic development, and it’s consistent...

Tax credit for farmers who make food bank donations is incentive, ‘helps everybody’

Gov. Steve Beshear, seated, held a ceremonially signing of House Bill 141, which gives farmers tax credits for donations to food banks. (Photo from Kentucky Association of Food Banks)   By Tim Thornberry KyForward correspondent   The effort to help alleviate hunger in the state got a major boost when lawmakers passed a measure that will give farmers a tax credit for their donations to food...

Chef John Foster: Make farmers market more than a place to shop; make it a destination

  The 2013 Lexington Farmers Market opens tomorrow. With temperatures expected to be in the mid-70s and the promised rain as elusive as a ghost, we seem to have once again shifted the jag into high gear, blown past the warning lights that spell spring and careened full tilt into the hot breath of summer. I can probably pull a column from last spring that starts almost the same way. And to me...

The high grain prices seen in 2012 are likely
to stick around through 2013, expert says

By Tim Thornberry KyForward correspondent   It was a year of records in 2012 when it comes to agriculture; some good, some not so good.   The good news was the projected breaking of the $5 billion mark in Kentucky agriculture cash receipts. More good news, at least for grain growers, came as prices neared or topped record levels.   The bad news, of course, was all this happened through...