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Quarles invites Kentuckians to visit 115th Kentucky State Fair; mid-summer showcase runs Aug. 15-25

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles is inviting all Kentuckians to visit the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s mid-summer showcase at the 115th Kentucky State Fair Aug. 15-25 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. “The Kentucky State Fair brings the best of Kentucky agriculture together in one location,” Quarles said. “The fair is a golden opportunity for farmers to talk to the...

Kentuckians invited to celebrate Farmers’ Markets Week by visiting markets, posting to Instagram

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles invites Kentuckians to celebrate Kentucky Farmers’ Markets Week by visiting a local market and posting photos from their visit to Instagram in August. Entrants could win a basket of Kentucky Proud products. For the second year in a row, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) is conducting the social media contest to commemorate Farmers’ Markets Week Aug....

Nature lovers will enjoy Kentucky Proud Evenings focus on Red River Gorge biodiversity on June 24

The Kentucky Proud Evenings series continues June 24, when Dan and Judy Dourson discuss the great diversity of both common and rare flora in the Greater Red River Basin. The Fayette County office of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service hosts the free monthly series, which celebrates Kentucky’s rich literary and food culture with author discussions and samples from Plate It Up!...

Mini farm at Elliott County High School helps bring agriculture back to Eastern Kentucky community

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky A mini farm at Elliott County High School is teaching students business and entrepreneurship skills they can use in their future careers and showing residents how they can use agriculture to improve their lives. The mini farm is a project of Gary Selby, the high school’s agriculture teacher, and Keith Center, an agent with the University of Kentucky Cooperative...

Outstanding individuals, projects and businesses honored with 2019 KY Main Street Program awards

Fourteen individuals, projects and businesses were honored April 23 with awards from the Kentucky Main Street Program (KYMS), presented for outstanding building rehabilitation, events, downtown beautification, volunteerism, local investment and significant achievement. The awards were presented Tuesday evening at the Madison Theater in Covington as part of the Kentucky Main Street 40th Anniversary...

Kentucky Proud is on the menu at the Kentucky Derby Festival; events to feature local foods, drinks

Kentucky Derby Festival revelers can enjoy Kentucky Proud foods and beverages in events throughout the annual celebration of the Commonwealth’s signature event. “Kentucky Proud and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture are thrilled to be a part of the Kentucky Derby Festival again this year,” Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said. “In the run-up to the most exciting two minutes in sports,...

Quarles encourages local organizations to apply for funding from Kentucky Proud promotional programs

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles has called for Kentucky Proud members and local organizations to apply for funding from three Kentucky Proud promotional programs. “These Kentucky Proud programs help raise awareness of the many great local foods that Kentucky has to offer,” Quarles said. “In the process, they also help Kentucky family farms and agricultural businesses succeed. These programs...

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...