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Vol. 16 | No. 20

Monday, October 23, 2023

Commissioner Quarles signs proclamation

declaring October as Pork Month in Kentucky

Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture Dr. Ryan Quarles, holding a tray of boneless pork chops, was joined in his office by four officials with the Kentucky Pork Producers Association (KPPA) Oct. 16 to witness him signing a proclamation declaring October as Pork Month in Kentucky. KPPA officials are, from left: Director of Program Management Emma Hope, board member Annie Tolle, Executive Director Niki Ellis, and Director of Swine Health Kylie Trail.

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Boyle County hog farm

goes back three generations

Niki Ellis, right, presenting an award to Quarles to recognize outstanding service to KPPA, runs the hog farm with her husband.

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UofL basketball joins fight

against hunger in Kentucky

"In 2016, I launched the Kentucky Hunger Initiative," Quarles said. "I appreciate (UofL men's basketball) for joining the fight."

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Ky. Ag Athletes of the Year applications now open

Dec. 31 is the deadline to apply for one of six scholarships awarded by the partnership of KDA and KHSAA.

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More agriculture-related headlines in the news

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Q & A with outgoing Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles

Quarles presents document proclaiming Oct. 17 as Ky. Women in Ag Day

Miss Ky. talks about importance of ag industry with middle schoolers

KDA Agritourism Advisory Council vice chair inducted into Hall of Fame

Kentucky Ag Development Board OKs more than $3.3 million in grants

Ky. Agricultural Finance Corp. approves nearly $3.6 million in loans

Kentucky Proud orchard boasts one of state's largest pumpkin patches

Happy Hollow Farms in McLean County named best pumpkin patch in Ky.

Fall fest at Hardin County farm features apple cannon, zombie paintball

Ky. cow named grand champion of International Jr. Brown Swiss Show

Kentucky gelding euthanized after testing positive for West Nile virus

Two UK students accepted to world famous Irish National Stud program

KFB names Bourbon Countian Farm Woman of the Year

Butler County man wins KFB Excellence in Agriculture Award

Feeding Kentucky hires Melissa McDonald as new executive director

Central Kentucky Ag Credit donates $15,000 to Kentucky FFA

Sustainable strawberry farming comes to Kentucky

Kroger collard greens recalled in Kentucky due to possible Listeria

UK researcher leads organic farming advancements using mesotunnels

Nonprofit partners with WAVE to connect farmers to agritech startups

Record ag cash receipts doesn’t mean Kentucky farmers are getting rich

USDA funds $27.6 million in grants for minority and veteran farmers

U.S. seasonal produce growers impacted by 120% increase in imports

USDA seeks to increase domestic fertilizer production, double cropping

Fall Fencing Schools to be Nov. 7 in Georgetown, Nov. 9 in Princeton

Starting Nov. 2, UK webinar series to provide crop protection insights

North American International Livestock Expo returns to Louisville Nov. 2

Ky. Fall Grazing Conference to be Oct. 31 in E-town, Nov. 1 in Lexington

Conference Oct. 28 near Morehead to explore yak production in Kentucky

And in case you missed it ...

Man paddles over 38 miles in hollowed-out pumpkin to set world record

Kentucky farm fact

Kentucky ranks among the top 20 states in the nation for total swine production with more than 1,800 operations marketing over 860,000 pigs annually. Pork sales made up 2.5 percent ($170.2 million) of total cash receipts for Kentucky agriculture in 2021.

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