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Economic development forums bring together Kentucky agricultural and manufacturing interests

Meetings aim to expand ag’s role in economic development

Frankfort, KY (June 29, 2017)–Three economic development forums held across Kentucky this week aimed to expand the stream of agricultural products into Kentucky’s manufacturing sector, state Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said.

The Linking Agriculture for Networking & Development (LAND) forums were held Tuesday in Owingsville, Wednesday in Shelbyville, and Thursday in Princeton. The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) and the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM) facilitated the forums with the financial support of the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund and other regional sponsors.

“These forums brought together various agricultural and manufacturing interests to talk about how they can work together,” Commissioner Quarles said. “We will continue this discussion going forward as we seek to expand agriculture’s role as an economic development tool that will generate income and jobs in all parts of Kentucky.”

“We are proud to be a part of this initiative,” said Greg Higdon, President and CEO, Kentucky Association of Manufacturers. “Using raw agricultural products to develop value-added products downstream can produce new economic opportunities to help support and grow both individuals and communities in Kentucky’s rural areas.”

Each forum featured presentations from Commissioner Quarles, regional agricultural leaders, and industry management to discuss successful collaborations and reference resources to foster additional development. Each program included a Kentucky Proud lunch with locally sourced farm ingredients.

About the Kentucky Department of Agriculture:
The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) is a consumer protection and service agency that affects every Kentuckian every day. The KDA administers Kentucky Proud, the official state farm marketing program, and other programs to help Kentucky farmers find new markets for their products. The KDA also performs numerous regulatory duties – inspecting motor fuel pumps, amusement rides, and eggs; testing motor fuel and price scanners; regulating the pesticide industry in Kentucky; calibrating scales used in commerce, and many others – to help maintain our quality of life.

About KAM:
Established in 1911, the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers is Kentucky’s most effective advocate for manufacturers. KAM’s mission is to protect and create a manufacturing-friendly environment in Kentucky. In addition to advocating, KAM connects, educates and provides cost-saving programs and products to members. For more information, go to: www.KAM.us.com

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