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Kentucky’s agriculture commissioner says a legal opinion from the USDA provides much needed certainty for the hemp industry. 

Terry Little

Incumbent Ryan Quarles has easily won the Republican nomination for Kentucky agriculture commissioner.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture released its five-year census on April 11, and for the first time it includes a category for military veterans who are farming. The census shows that Kentucky currently has about 13,000 farmers with miltary service. 

Kentucky Department of Agriculture via Facebook

More than two dozen food pantries in Kentucky are benefiting from a new grant from the state's Department of Agriculture.

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Sales of Kentucky hemp products were up big in 2018, even before the federal government legalized the crop in last year’s farm bill.

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Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles is applauding the General Assembly for taking action for food that is considered a meat substitute.

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Kentucky's Republican agriculture commissioner is giving away a green whoopee cushion to highlight his opposition to the "Green New Deal" pushed by Democrats in Congress.

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Craft beer fans in Kentucky have some special treats coming their way this week.

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Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles has been elected to a top position in the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture.

Quarles was elected second vice president during the group's annual meeting Wednesday.

A release from the agriculture commissioner's office says Quarles is the first Kentucky agriculture commissioner to hold office in the association since Billy Ray Smith in the early 2000s. Quarles has also served as secretary-treasurer in during the 2017-18 term.

Kentucky Department of Agriculture via Facebook

Kentucky's agriculture commissioner says the state's farmers donated more than $612,000 in the past fiscal year to a program that helps support Kentucky 4-H, Kentucky FFA and the state Department of Agriculture.