Kentucky Proud Connection 2014

University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto — flanked by state and corporate leaders as well as Kentucky farmers — announced a $5 million public-private partnership designed to elevate and promote a vibrant, healthy, sustainable food economy in Kentucky.

Exploring everything from festivals to the FFA and bowling ball manufacturers to local bed and breakfasts, Season 11 of Bluegrass & Backroads will offer its viewers a look at many of Kentucky's unique cultural and agricultural aspects.

Students in grades 1-12 are encouraged to create and submit short essays and artistic entries for the annual Conservation Writing and Art Contests, sponsored by Kentucky Farm Bureau and the Kentucky Association of Conservation Districts.

The Organic Association of Kentucky (OAK) will celebrate organic farming with local food and live music at The Dirt Revival Sunday, Sept. 14 from 3 to 7 p.m. at Raising Hope Organic Farm in Fisherville.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is encouraging producers who have suffered eligible disaster-related losses to act to secure assistance by Sept. 30, 2014, as congressionally mandated payment reductions will take place for producers who have not acted before that date.

Terry Gilbert, chair of the American Farm Bureau Women's Leadership Committee and a Kentucky farmer, says many women gravitate toward specialty-type and value-added farming, such as vegetable and fruit production for local markets.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced five Kentucky agribusinesses will be awarded $412,846 for the USDA Value-Added Producer Grants.