STATEGrant opportunities available for Kentucky farmers

FRANKFORT — Several grant funding opportunities are open at the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles has announced.

“The Kentucky Department of Agriculture offers a number of grant funding opportunities to support farmers, restaurants, and research institutions every year,” Quarles said. “These grant programs are more important than ever before as we support our farm community in rebuilding after the coronavirus pandemic.”

Buy Local — Connecting farmers to restaurants

The Buy Local program provides incentives for participating restaurants and other food service businesses to buy and use Kentucky Proud products for their customers. The program offers participants a 15% reimbursement for the cost of eligible Kentucky Proud farm food up to $8,000 a year or a lifetime cap of $36,000.

For Buy Local guidelines and an application, go to For more information, contact Grace Ragain at or 502-782-4110.

Farm To Fork — Showcasing Kentucky farm products

The Farm to Fork program provides incentives for local organizations to host dinners that showcase local farms, farmers, producers, and Kentucky Proud products while benefiting a local charity. This cost-share grant reimburses up to 50% (no more than $500) of the approved applicant’s event promotional expenditures branded with the Kentucky Proud logo.

For more information, contact Alisha Morris at or (502) 782-4119. For guidelines and an application, go to

Promotional Grant — Advertising with Kentucky Proud

The Kentucky Proud Promotional Grant reimburses members for up to 50% of future eligible expenses for advertising, marketing, and reaching consumers at the point of purchase to promote agricultural products with direct Kentucky farm impact. Grants are limited to 10% of the applicant’s reported direct Kentucky farm impact up to $8,000 a year or a lifetime cap of $36,000.

For more information, contact Jonathan Van Balen at or (502) 782-4132. For an application, guidelines, and other documents, go to

KDA receives grant funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) for the specialty crop grant program and conducts an annual competitive application process to award grant funds.

Howell sworn into office

FRANKFORT — The Senate Majority Caucus has announced the committee assignments for the 2021 Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly. Newly elected Senator Jason Howell (R-Murray), will serve as the vice-chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Licensing, Occupations and Administrative Regulations.

Howell (R- Murray) represents the 1st District including Calloway, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Lyon and Trigg counties.

Howell will also serve as a member on the Senate Standing Committees on Agriculture; Banking & Insurance; and, Health & Welfare. Additionally, he will serve as a member on the Capital Projects and Bond Oversight Committee.

“I appreciate the opportunity to serve a role on each of these committees,” said Howell. “Each of these covers a magnitude of issues facing the Commonwealth. Along with my colleagues in the General Assembly, I am eager to get to work to achieve effective policy that helps move Kentucky forward. It is an honor to be able to serve District 1 in Frankfort.”

Senate committee memberships are confirmed during the first of the session by the Senate Committee on Committees.

To learn more about the 2021 Kentucky General Assembly and other legislative matters, please visit


University of Kentucky

LEXINGTON — More than 2,100 undergraduate students have qualified for the Fall College of Arts & Sciences Dean’s List. Students on the Dean’s List earned 12 or more credit hours as letter grades with a minimum 3.60 GPA for the semester.

Cadiz: Anne McAtee, majoring in International Studies.

West Kentucky Community and Technical College

PADUCAH — More than 500 students were recently named to the Dean’s List for the Fall 2020 semester at West Kentucky Community and Technical College, including the following:

Trigg County: Hanna Brewster, Destiny Ann Brown, Caleb Micah Wadlington

The semester ended Dec. 13. To be named to the Dean’s List, a student must be a full-time WKCTC student earning at least a 3.5 grade point average and successfully completing 12 hours or more of course work numbered 100 or above for the academic term.

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