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Vol. 16 | No. 17

Friday, September 8, 2023

Celebrate Kentucky Agritourism Month

by visiting a farm destination near you

“At a time when money is tight and gas is expensive, you and your family can have a great time at a Kentucky farm without breaking the bank,” Commissioner of Agriculture Dr. Ryan Quarles said. “Plus, you can keep your entertainment and food dollars close to home, while helping a Kentucky farmer earn a living.”

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KDA awarded over $332,000

for specialty crop program

"Specialty crops make up a significant part of Kentucky’s agricultural economy," Commissioner Quarles said.

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Bath County High School wins

Junior Chef Championship

The two-man team of Blaine Wilson and Dalten Lee each received a $10,000 scholarship offer from Sullivan University.

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Ky. agricultural receipts reach

record high of $8.3 billion

For the first time, the top five commodities (corn, soybeans, broiler chickens, cattle, and other livestock) all exceeded $1 billion.

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More agriculture-related headlines in the news

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Quarles appoints new member to Ky. Agricultural Finance Corp. board

Quarles: 'I've spent over 90 days of my life while in office at the state fair'

KDA's Burnette takes TV crew through state fair's fruit & veggie room

State fair's grand champion country ham auctioned for $10 million

Barren County High School planning its own meat processing facility

Kentucky 4-H attracts largest summer camp attendance in state history

Top 10 Kentucky farms to visit this fall

Former state Sen. Paul Hornback's farm named KFB Legacy Farm

Whitley County's third annual Farm Field Day focuses on safety

AppHarvest's four indoor farms being auctioned off during bankruptcy

Murray St. task force to explore creating school of veterinary medicine

Community Farm Alliance director stepping down at end of year

Ky. collegiate Farm Bureau members learn about policy development

Farm Bureau: Revised WOTUS Rule still unfair to farmers

Forecast for 2023 and shows farm incomes going lower

USDA boosts grain storage funding, but many producers still left out

2023 Beef Bash will take place Sept. 21 in Versailles

Ky. Agricultural Development Board will meet Sept. 15 in Frankfort

DFAP workshops are Sept. 14 in Elizabethtown, Sept. 21 in Hopkinsville

UK workshop Sept. 12 in Mercer County focuses on small horse farms

And in case you missed it ...

Goats invade Louisville park to help get rid of invasive plants, weeds

Kentucky farm fact

Corn leads cash receipts in Kentucky for the second straight year, with a 2022 value of $1.45 billion, up 14 percent from the previous year. Broiler chickens moved up to second place at $1.43 billion, up 39 percent. Soybeans ranked third at $1.39 billion, up from $1.15 billion. Equine, stud fees, sheep, goats, and other livestock totaled $1.2 billion, up 10 percent. Cattle rounds out the top five with a value of $1.1 billion, an increase of 25 percent.

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