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Vol. 16 | No. 16

Wednesday, August 23, 2023

Ag Tag donations reach highest level ever

Kentucky farmers donated $735,815.88 to the Ag Tag Program for 2023. The voluntary donations are divided equally among Kentucky 4-H, Kentucky FFA, and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. This year, each group received $245,271.96. Commissioner of Agriculture Dr. Ryan Quarles presented members of 4-H (top) and FFA (bottom) their Ag Tag donations Friday, Aug. 18 at the Kentucky State Fair.

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Student beats mentor, grows State Fair's largest watermelon

Joe Miller’s 276.8-pound watermelon is the second-heaviest in State Fair history to Frank Mudd’s 293.5-pounder in 2019.

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KDA announces Raising Hope grant-funded projects

The $450,000 funding for the awards came from state legislature appropriations aimed to promote Ky. farmers' mental well-being.

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Sample best Ky. Proud foods

under one tent at State Fair

The Cook Out Tent offers a wide array of delicious dishes all made with ingredients grown and raised on Kentucky farms.

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More agriculture-related headlines in the news

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Ky. Farm Bureau VP salutes Quarles for his service as ag commissioner

Critchfield Meats Family Market in Lexington hosts Ky. Proud Cookout

Recipe Sampling Days are in full swing at Louisville farmers' market

Ten foods you have to eat at the 2023 Kentucky State Fair

1,270-lb. pumpkin grown in Adair County crowned biggest at State Fair

Broadbent country ham wins 15th State Fair grand championship

Ky. Ag Development Board approves more than $2.2 million in grants

Kentucky Agricultural Finance Corp. approves over $2.2 million in loans

KFB announces finalists for Young Farmer Excellence in Ag contest

Shelby County operation named a Legacy Farm by Ky. Farm Bureau

Candid conversation with KFB Second VP Sharon Furches

KFB awards $751,250 in scholarships to 561 Kentucky students this year

Ky. county agents win two national awards for farm safety, marketing

Kentuckians kick off Hunger Action Month at the State Capitol

KSU gets $600K from USDA to study improving soybean seed quality

Kentucky crops forecast to hit record highs in 2023

All but one Ky. county out of drought but heat wave could change that

Ellis Park pushes Friday races back to Monday due to excessive heat

Ky. horse farm managers need to buy grass seed for fall pastures now

Tyson to close four chicken plants, two within 50 miles of Ky. border

Ky. Signature Industries Career Fair will be Sept. 28 at UK Student Center

Quarles joins chef Ouita Michel for Ky. Proud cooking demo on Aug. 25

State Board of Ag to meet Thursday, Aug. 24 at Kentucky State Fair

And in case you missed it ...

Farmer moves to big city, tries to raise cattle on apartment balcony

Kentucky farm fact

Kentucky is home to more than 56,000 head of meat goats, an increase of 2,000 over last year, ranking the state seventh in the nation. Kentucky’s meat goat inventory has increased 3.7 percent since 2022, with 4,300 farmers having goats on their farms.

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