Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles

Food banks in Lexington and Elizabethtown will receive some surplus food from the federal government. God’s Pantry and Feeding America Kentucky’s Heartland are expected to receive more than 314,000 meal kits from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles helped spread the word today with a stop in Winchester. “And these kit were originally going to families who more than likely suffered disaster or disaster relief, so each box contains a variety of food that would make up several meals with a lot of variety in it,” said Quarles.

The Food and Drug Administration’s first proposed regulation related to smokeless tobacco is getting attention from agriculture and health officials in Kentucky. 

A comment period on the federal proposal ends next Monday.

Alyssa Faith Ericson is co-founder of both Kentucky Hempsters and United Hemp Industries.  She talked with Tom Martin about the move to revive hemp farming and hemp production in Kentucky.

Kentucky Ag Department Forms New Commission on Hunger

Jan 7, 2016
Stu Johnson / WEKU News

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture is establishing a new Commission on Hunger. Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles made the announcement Thursday at the state capitol during a rally against hunger.  Quarles says the commission’s initial goal is to develop an inventory of agencies working to help hungry Kentuckians.  Quarles says the commission will consists of “A coalition of folks who are currently solving the problem, folks who are best abled positioned to solve the problem and folks who may not even know that they have the capacity to address this issue.”