Linking Agriculture for Networking & Development (LAND)

*COVID-19 UPDATE: Due to the restriction on mass gatherings, all LAND Forums were moved to a virtual setting. To view the recorded sessions, please follow the links on the right. If you have any questions about the online events, please contact Tim Hughes.

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture and the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers have aligned to leverage agricultural resources of the Commonwealth with the state’s robust manufacturing industry.  This forum is intended to bolster existing collaboration between agriculture and manufacturing to develop and expand upon the existing supply chain for agricultural product to the manufacturing sector.  These opportunities will be highlighted in a series of regional meetings strategically selected to focus on the ability to best blend synergies within each region.  The LAND (Linking Agriculture for Networking & Development) forums are intended for manufacturers, agricultural leaders, economic development professionals, local and state officials, academia, and other stakeholders.
Registration links for individual events can be found at the bottom of each individual agenda.

Agenda

All event recordings can be found in the righthand navigation menu.

June 18, 2020
Cumberland Region Virtual Forum

9:30-9:45 a.m. ET  – Opening Remarks

“Serving Manufacturers”

Lee Lingo, Executive Director, Kentucky Association of Manufacturers

“Economic Growth through Agriculture and Manufacturing”

Warren Beeler, Executive Director, Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy

Dr. Ryan Quarles, Commissioner, Kentucky Department of Agriculture

9:45-10:45 a.m. – Remarks by Stakeholders from the Region’s Agriculture

Poll #1 – Sector affiliation

Hagan Wonn, Chief Forester, Kentucky Hardwood Lumber Co., Inc., https://www.somersetwood.com

Barry Welty, Consultant, Caverndale Farms, https://www.caverndalefarms.com

Greg Goode, Owner, Goode Family Dairy

James Schaefer, Plant Manager, Truitt Bros., Inc., http://www.truittbros.com

Kyle Turpen, Owner, Summit Meat Processing, https://www.summitmeat.com

Poll #2 – State/Federal Assistance

Allison Horseman, Partner, Woodstock Lavender Co., https://www.facebook.com/kylavender

Jerod Smith, Brand Ambassador, Wilderness Trail Distillery, https://wildernesstraildistillery.com

Joel Wilson, Owner, Wilson’s Cedar Point Farm, http://www.wilsonscedarpointfarm.com

Jim Cason, Animal Well Being Specialist, Cobb-Vantress, https://www.cobb-vantress.com

10:45-11:15 a.m. – Questions, Open Discussion, and Closing Remarks

SUSTA video

Poll #3 – COVID assistance

Many thanks to the sponsors of this event!

June 23, 2020
Lincoln Trail Region Virtual Forum

9:30-10:00 a.m. ET – Opening Remarks

“Serving Manufacturers”

Lee Lingo, Executive Director, Kentucky Association of Manufacturers

“Economic Growth through Agriculture and Manufacturing”

Bill McCloskey, Deputy Executive Director, Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy

Dr. Ryan Quarles, Commissioner, Kentucky Department of Agriculture

10:00-10:45 a.m. – Remarks by Stakeholders from the Region’s Agriculture

Poll #1 – Sector affiliation

Andy Bishop, Owner, Fairfield Farms Angus, https://www.facebook.com/pg/FairfieldFarmsAngus

Allison Porteus, Partner, Boone’s Butcher Shop, www.boonesbutchershop.com

Aaron Reding, Managing Partner, Homestead Family Farms, http://homesteadfamilyfarms.net/index.html

Jeremy Hinton, Owner, Hinton’s Orchard & Farm Market, https://hintonsorchard.com

Poll #2 – State/Federal Assistance

Dylan Caldwell, Yard Supervisor, Independent Stave – Kentucky Cooperage, https://www.iscbarrels.com

Conor O’Driscoll, Master Distiller, Heaven Hill Distillery, https://www.heavenhill.com

Matt Jamie, Owner, Bourbon Barrel Foods, https://bourbonbarrelfoods.com

SUSTA video

Denise Jones, Partner, Coleman Crest Dairy, http://colemancrestdairy.com

Poll #3 – COVID assistance

10:45-11:30 a.m. – Questions, Open Discussion, and Closing Remarks

Many thanks to the sponsors of this event!

July 7, 2020
Northeast Kentucky LAND Forum

9:30-9:45 a.m. ET – Opening Remarks

“Serving Manufacturers”

Lee Lingo, Executive Director, Kentucky Association of Manufacturers

“Economic Growth through Agriculture and Manufacturing”

Warren Beeler, Executive Director, Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy

Dr. Ryan Quarles, Commissioner, Kentucky Department of Agriculture

9:45-11:00 a.m. – Remarks by Stakeholders from the Region’s Agriculture

Poll #1 – Sector affiliation

Chester Griffith, Owner, Griffith Family Farm, https://www.facebook.com/pg/GriffithFamilyFarm

Jeff Salyer, Plant Manager, Smithfield, http://www.smithfield.com

Nathaniel Bentz, Greenup County FFA Member

Poll #2 – State/Federal Assistance

Zach Postin, Territory Sales Manager, Alltech, https://www.alltech.com

Jonathan Webb, CEO, APPHarvest, https://www.appharvest.com

Larry Farmer, Buyer of Standing Timber, Graf Brothers, https://grafbro.com

Karen Hogsten, Owner, Wild Paint Cut Flowers, https://wildpaintcutflowers.com

Poll #3 – COVID assistance

Warren Leighton, Director of Operations, CTI Foods, https://www.ctifoods.com

Chelsey Mayse, Owner, Mayse Farms Goat Milk Products, https://www.facebook.com/pg/maysefarmsgoatmilkproducts

11:00-11:30 a.m. – Questions, Open Discussion, and Closing Remarks

SUSTA video

July 30, 2020
Mammoth Cave – Green River Region Virtual Forum

9:30-9:45 a.m. CDT – Opening Remarks

“Serving Manufacturers”

Lee Lingo, Executive Director, Kentucky Association of Manufacturers

“Economic Growth through Agriculture and Manufacturing”

Warren Beeler, Executive Director, Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy

Dr. Ryan Quarles, Commissioner, Kentucky Department of Agriculture

9:45-11:00 a.m. –  Remarks by Stakeholders from the Region’s Agriculture

Poll #1 – Sector affiliation

Sam Halcomb, Production Manager, Walnut Grove Farms, http://www.walnutgrovefarms.com

Gavin Christ, Safety Administrator, Dunaway Timber, www.dunawaytimber.com

Janet Dennison, Owner, Mammoth Cave Transplants, www.mammothcavetransplants.net

John Wright, Executive Vice President, Owensboro Grain, https://owensborograin.com

Poll #2 – State/Federal Assistance

Danielle Hayden, Owner, Hayden Farms, www.haydenfarms.org

Eric Goan, Director, Technical Services, Bluegrass Ingredients, https://www.bluegrassingredients.com

SUSTA video

Scott Raubenstine, V.P. of Agricultural Services, Perdue AgriBusiness,  https://www.perdueagribusiness.com

Darren Luttrell, Owner, Luttrell Farms, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Luttrell-Farms/169046329777677

Konnor Mason, Barren River Region FFA Star Farmer, South Warren FFA 

Elizabeth Lunsford & Carl Chaney, Owners, J.R. Chaney Bottling Co. and Chaney’s Dairy Barn, https://www.chaneysdairybarn.com

11:00-11:30 a.m. Questions, Open Discussion, and Closing Remarks

Poll #3 – COVID assistance

Many thanks to the sponsors of this event!

July 31, 2020
Pennyrile – Purchase Region Virtual Forum

9:30-9:45 a.m. CDT – Opening Remarks

“Serving Manufacturers”

Lee Lingo, Executive Director, Kentucky Association of Manufacturers

“Economic Growth through Agriculture and Manufacturing”

Warren Beeler, Executive Director, Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy

Dr. Ryan Quarles, Commissioner, Kentucky Department of Agriculture

9:45-11:00 a.m. – Remarks by Stakeholders from the Region’s Agriculture

Poll #1 – Sector affiliation

Heather Davis, Owner, Eric Howell Grain Farms, http://www.ehgrain.com

Ken Allen, Plant Manager, TreeHouse Foods Inc., www.treehousefoods.com

Jerry Wyatt, Owner, KY Hydro Farm, LLC.,                  https://squareup.com/store/ky-hydro-farm-llc

Keith Lowry, Owner, Lowry Farms, https://www.facebook.com/lowryfarmsinc

Nick Smith, Owner, Off the Hoof Meats & Deli, https://www.facebook.com/pg/Offthehoofinc

Poll #2 – State/Federal Assistance

Mick Henderson, General Manager, Commonwealth Agri-Energy, http://www.commonwealthagrienergy.com

Tom Wood, Wood Procurement Manager, Phoenix Paper, www.phoenixpaper.com

SUSTA video

Savanna Pittman, FFA Shark Tank Entrepreneurship State Champion, Calloway County FFA

Mr. Steve Dunning, Owner, Dunning Land Co.

Poll #3 – COVID assistance

11:00-11:30 a.m. – Questions, Open Discussion and Closing Remarks

Many thanks to the sponsors of this event!

August 18, 2020

Northern Kentucky Virtual Forum

9:30-9:45 a.m. – EDT Opening Remarks

“Serving Manufacturers”

Lee Lingo, Executive Director, Kentucky Association of Manufacturers

“Economic Growth through Agriculture and Manufacturing”

Warren Beeler, Executive Director, Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy

Dr. Ryan Quarles, Commissioner, Kentucky Department of Agriculture

9:45-11:15 a.m.  – Manufacturer’s Panel

Poll #1 – Sector affiliation

Dr. Liz Koutsos, President & CEO, Enviroflight, https://www.enviroflight.net

Russel Schwenke, Partner, Schwenke Brothers Farm

Jay Erisman, Vice President of Strategic Development, New Riff Distillery, https://newriffdistilling.com

Rachel DesRochers, CEO, Grateful Graham’s & Founder/Director, Incubator Kitchen Collective, www.racheldesrochers.com

Richard Sparrow, Owner, Fairdale Farm, http://fairdalefarm.com

Poll #2 – State/Federal Assistance

John Hornbostel, VP Sustainability & Milling, Egg Innovations, www.egginnovations.com

Nancy Kloentrup, Owner, Poverty Hollow Farm, https://www.facebook.com/pg/povertyhollowfarm

Morgan Planck, Licking River Region Star Farmer, Nicholas County FFA

Elle Travis, Manager, Completely Kentucky, http://completelykentucky.com

Poll #3 – COVID assistance

Shelly Heid, Product Innovation & Development Sr. Director of Pizza, The Schwan’s Food Service, Inc., https://www.schwans.com

Russell Hatcher, Plant Manager, Tyson Foods, https://www.hillshirefarm.com

SUSTA video

11:00-11:45 a.m. Questions, Open Discussion, and Closing Remarks

Many thanks to the sponsors of this event!

September 10, 2020
Appalachian Region Virtual Forum

9:30-9:45 a.m. EDT – Opening Remarks

“Serving Manufacturers”

Lee Lingo, Executive Director, Kentucky Association of Manufacturers

“Economic Growth through Agriculture and Manufacturing”

Dr. Ryan Quarles, Commissioner, Kentucky Department of Agriculture

Bill McCloskey, Deputy Executive Director, Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy

9:45-11:00 a.m. – Remarks by Stakeholders from the Region’s Agriculture

Poll #1 – Sector affiliation

Greg Dike, Owner, Zhi-ba Shing-ga Yaks, https://www.yakseasttowest.com

Rhonda Cornett, Owner, Cornett Farm Fresh, https://www.cornettfarmfresh.com

Anna McWhorter, Kentucky River Region FFA Star Farmer, South Laurel FFA

Patricia Philpot, SmartWood, https://www.smartwood.world

Dan McIntyre, President, Jackson Wholesale, http://dev.jacksonwholesale.com

Poll #2 – State/Federal Assistance

Tyler Ferguson, Owner, Blessed Ridge Farm, https://www.facebook.com/blessedridgefarm

Matthew Begley, Plant Manager – London, KY, BPM Lumber, http://bpmlumber.com

Michelle Young, Director of Economic Opportunity, Red Bird Mission, Inc., http://rbmission.org

Poll #3 – COVID assistance

11:00-11:45 a.m. Questions, Open Discussion, and Closing Remarks

SUSTA video

Many thanks to the sponsors of this event!

September 21, 2020
Bluegrass Region Virtual Forum

9:30-9:45 a.m. EDT – Opening Remarks

 “Economic Growth through Agriculture and Manufacturing”

Dr. Ryan Quarles, Commissioner, Kentucky Department of Agriculture

 “Serving Manufacturers”

Lee Lingo, Executive Director, Kentucky Association of Manufacturers

“Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund Programs”

Bill McCloskey, Deputy Executive Director, Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy

9:45-11:00 a.m. – Remarks by Stakeholders from the Region’s Agriculture

Poll #1 – Sector affiliation

Terry Rowlett, Owner, Rowlett’s Milkhouse Creamery, LLC, https://www.facebook.com/Rowletts-Milkhouse-Creamery-LLC-610599236019375

Ann Montgomery, Owner, YAGO Farm & Food, LLC, https://www.yagofarm.com

Matt Jamie, Owner, Bourbon Barrel Foods, https://bourbonbarrelfoods.com

John Edwards, Co-Owner, Trackside Butcher Shoppe, https://tracksidebutchershoppe.com

Poll #2 – State/Federal Assistance

Josh Clark, Co-Founder, River City Aquaponics, https://rivercityaquaponics.com

Nate Buckler, Owner, Buckler Farms, https://www.facebook.com/bucklerfarms

Poll #3 – COVID assistance

Mark Roberts, Owner, Pleasure View Farms, LLC, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pleasure-View-Farms/1493551597541660

Caleb Kilburn, Master Distiller, Kentucky Peerless, https://kentuckypeerless.com

SUSTA video

11:00-11:45 a.m. – Questions, Open Discussion, and Closing Remarks

LOCATIONS

June 18, 2020
Cumberland Region Virtual Forum
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June 23, 2020
Lincoln Trail Region Virtual Forum
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July 7, 2020
Northeast KY Region Virtual Forum
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July 30, 2020
Mammoth Cave-Green River Region Virtual Forum
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July 31, 2020
Pennyrile-Purchase Region Virtual Forum
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August 18, 2020
Northern Kentucky Region Virtual Forum
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September 10, 2020
Appalachian Region Virtual Forum
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September 21, 2020
Bluegrass Region Virtual Forum
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