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Second ofLinking Agriculture for Networking & Development (LAND) meetings held at Jeptha Creed Distillery, a now thriving mother/daughter venture in Shelbyville, draws capacity crowd.
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From Kentucky Department of Agriculture

FRANKFORT (Thu 29 Jun 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, Higdon, regional agricultural leaders, and industry management discussing successful collaborations and referencing resources to foster additional development. Each program included a Kentucky Proud lunch with locally sourced farm ingredients.

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Commissioner Quarles addresses capacity crowd

2017-06-29 - Jeptha Creed Distillery, 500 Gordon Ln Shelbyville, KY - Photo Kentucky Department of Agriculture photo.
Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles addresses a capacity crowd for the second of three LAND meetings at Jeptha Creed Distillery in Shelby County on Wednesday.

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