Kentucky Proud Connection 2013

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, Eastern Kentucky University President Doug Whitlock, and other dignitaries celebrated the opening of the Farm to Campus program, which aims to get more Kentucky Proud foods into campus stores and food service systems.

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer credited industrial hemp supporters for encouraging lawmakers and Gov. Steve Beshear to approve historic legislation that will help restore hemp production to Kentucky.

According to the latest Marketbasket Survey, the total cost of 40 basic grocery items was $116.27 in the first quarter of 2013, an increase of $0.74, or 0.6 percent, from the same list of items reported in the previous quarter.

As the global theme of climate change and other environmentally-friendly topics take center stage for the annual Earth Day celebration on April 22, it is important to note that Kentucky has a workforce 85,000-strong aiming for those same goals year-round – farmers.

The Kentucky Center for Agriculture and Rural Development (KCARD) board has announced Aleta Botts has been appointed KCARD's new executive director, effective April 1.