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Kentucky Proud ‘Meet-Up’ will connect produce growers and buyers at KSU on Nov. 8

Produce growers and buyers will get together to look for opportunities to work together during the Kentucky Proud Produce Grower-Buyer Meet-Up on Nov. 8 at the Kentucky State University Research and Demonstration Farm near Frankfort. “The meet-up gives growers of all sizes the chance to pitch their products to buyers and form mutually beneficial business partnerships,” Agriculture Commissioner...

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 students honored for posters, essays that show how foods get ‘From Farm Gate to Dinner Plate’

Kentucky students were honored for posters and essays that show how foods get “From Farm Gate to Dinner Plate” during the annual Poster and Essay Contest awards ceremony last week at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. Each winner received a $100 check from Kentucky Agriculture and Environment in the Classroom, a meal featuring foods from Kentucky Proud producers, and tickets to the Lexington Legends baseball...

At 17, she’s on her way to realizing a little girl’s dream — owning an ice cream business, going to UK

By David Kubota NKyTribune reporter As a little girl, Taylor Cook, 17, of Frankfort, had always dreamed of one day owning her own ice cream business, and she also always dreamed of going to the University of Kentucky. When she reached high school, as a member of the Future Farmers of America, she was required to complete a Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) throughout her high school experience....

Kentucky Bourbon Affair fantasy camp to feature Kentucky Proud products June 5-10

Kentucky Proud, which markets farm-fresh fare and ingredients from across the Bluegrass, will showcase the state’s top agricultural offerings and talented local chefs at June’s Kentucky Bourbon Affair fantasy camp June 5-10. The Kentucky Bourbon Affair is an intimate six-day exploration into the state’s signature spirit with more than 40 events featuring behind-the-scenes tours, private barrel...

AG Commissioner Quarles announces Kentucky Proud Wedding Contest, prizes include $5K

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles has announced that Kentucky couples will have the chance to walk away with a $5,000 grand prize package in the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s (KDA) first Kentucky Proud Weddings Contest. Quarles “Kentucky couples want to share their love of their Commonwealth as well as each other,” Commissioner Quarles said. “This contest will provide an added incentive...

Deadline near for Ky. Farm to School Junior Chef contest; open to high school, middle school students

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles reminds Kentucky school cooking teams that they have until March 15 to apply for the sixth season of Farm to School Junior Chef competition. Quarles “The Junior Chef program teaches essential food preparation skills while also educating young people about the importance of buying nutritious local Kentucky Proud foods,” Commissioner Quarles said. “This competition...

Kentucky Dept. of Agriculture campaign encourages couples to make their wedding Kentucky Proud

Want to show that you’re Kentucky Proud on your special day? The Kentucky Department of Agriculture has launched a campaign to encourage couples to make Kentucky Proud a central part of their wedding plans. “Kentuckians have a special sense of pride in their home, so it’s only natural for couples to show their love for their Commonwealth on the happiest day of their lives,”...

Department of Agriculture accepting applications for Ky Proud Farm to Fork Dinners, grant programs

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture is accepting applications from Kentucky Proud members to participate in the Kentucky Proud Farm to Fork and Promotional Grant programs for 2018. “Kentucky Proud is a national model for promoting local agricultural products,” Commissioner Quarles said. “The Farm to Fork Program and the Promotional Grant Program help publicize the many outstanding Kentucky...

Ky Proud Promotional Grant Program participation increases 11 percent, average award $4,800

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture has announced the 2017 Kentucky Proud Promotional Grant Program has allocated all available funds for this calendar year. “In Kentucky, we are lucky to have one of the most successful marketing programs in the nation, and that’s Kentucky Proud,” said Commissioner Ryan Quarles. “I’m happy to say promotional grant participation jumped 11 percent in 2017,...

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...

Quarles toasts state’s growing craft brewing industry as part of Kentucky Proud Beer Week

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles raises a glass to Kentucky’s craft brewers to commemorate Kentucky Proud Beer Week. Quarles will join Derek Selznick, executive director of the Kentucky Guild of Brewers, and Dr. Scott Eidson, president of the Kentucky Hop Growers Alliance, to mark the special week with a news conference on Friday at 1 p.m. EDT at Country Boy Brewing in Georgetown. “Kentucky’s...

Montgomery Co. High School first to repeat as state champion of Farm to School Junior Chef competition

Montgomery County High School became the first team in the history of the Farm to School Junior Chef program to repeat as state champion when it prevailed over Corbin in the fifth annual Junior Chef championship cook off at the Kentucky State Fair. “Congratulations to Montgomery County on this remarkable achievement,” Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said. “I commend all 16 teams that participated...

State brewers, KSU collaborate on unique craft beers to be released during Kentucky Proud Beer Week

Kentucky brewers, Kentucky Proud producers, and Kentucky State University (KSU) will produce craft beers infused with locally grown ingredients that will be released this fall. Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles joined representatives of the Kentucky Guild of Brewers, the Kentucky Hop Growers Alliance, and KSU to announce the project. The craft beers will be released Oct. 12-14 during Kentucky Proud...

Annual Salato Sampler fundraiser for wildlife education center featuring Kentucky Proud set

Sample the best of Kentucky’s food and drink at the Salato Sampler in Frankfort from 6 to 9 p.m. (Eastern) Saturday, June 3. Guests can enjoy locally produced food, including smoked pork and fried catfish, while sampling the world’s finest bourbons, local wines and beers. The event, held annually at the Salato Wildlife Education Center in Frankfort, will also feature live bluegrass music. The Kentucky...

Vinaigrette Salad Kitchen’s newest location in Hamburg will have grand opening on May 15

Vinaigrette Salad Kitchen announced that its newest location will be opening in Hamburg Place on Monday, May 15. Founded in Lexington in 2014, Vinaigrette Salad Kitchen is a fresh-casual eatery specializing in creative salads, soups, and lemonades. The menu features flavorful and regionally inspired recipes developed with the help of local chefs Ouita Michel and Sara Gibbs. Vinaigrette was founded...

People in the News: Field & Main names Meyer president; KDA adds pair to marketing staff

Field & Main Bank has announced changes to its executive leadership team, which go into effect in June. Joe Meyer, partner at BKD, a national CPA and business advisory firm, will join Field & Main Bank in Henderson to serve as president of the bank. Dale Sights, current president, will continue to play a critical role in the organization and will move up to the position of president of the...

Kentucky Proud vendors contribute distinctive flavor to Kentucky Crafted: The Market

Guests at Kentucky Crafted: The Market, set for April 22-23 at the Lexington Convention Center, are sure to find unique items from the best visual and craft artists in the state. While visitors peruse the artwork on display in the exhibition hall, they can also enjoy tasty food products from Kentucky Proud vendors, like Lexington’s Crank & Boom Craft Ice Cream. A perennial favorite among...

State Agriculture Department invites community organizations to host Kentucky Proud dinners

Community organizations are invited to apply to host Kentucky Proud dinners now through the fall of 2017. The Kentucky Proud Farm to Fork Program will provide funding to qualifying applicants for dinners that showcase local food products. The program will also promote local agritourism businesses and provide educational background on locally produced agricultural food and products. “These dinners...