Agriculture Commissioner James Comer joined former Gov. and First Lady Brereton and Libby Jones; officials of American Farmland Trust; and Lexington Mayor Jim Gray to announce the national event in a news conference today in the Kentucky Capitol.
“We are thrilled that American Farmland Trust has chosen Kentucky as the site of this national conference,” Commissioner Comer said. “The leaders and experts at this conference will take on some of the defining issues of the 21st century — food production, food safety, hunger, and balancing the need to protect the environment with the need to provide a safe, abundant, and affordable food supply to a growing global population. As a state with a rich agricultural heritage and a diverse agriculture industry, Kentucky will lead the way in meeting these challenges.”
“This is the first time a national conference will bring together these diverse interests to comprehensively address the 21st century challenges of agriculture,” said Andrew McElwaine, president and CEO of AFT. “The conference will encourage greater understanding and collaboration to support agricultural viability and vibrant community food systems.”
"AFT began its relationship with state government in Kentucky during the Jones administration. They provided excellent technical assistance and valuable support, which led to the establishment of several public and private farmland protection entities. Since then, these groups have permanently protected more than 70,000 acres across the Commonwealth," said Libby Jones, a member of the AFT Board. "We are very excited the Trust is returning to Kentucky to lead this important conference, where we can all share our experiences, learn from each other, and be able to make even greater progress in the future."
A Kentucky Proud opening reception will give participants a chance to network and experience local fare from local farms, food enterprises and distilleries.
For more information on the conference, visit:www.farmland.org.
Information Provided by James R. Comer Kentucky Department of Agriculture
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