Agriculture Education, New Markets Focus in New 5-Year Strategic Plan

Feb 19, 2013

Credit KY Department of Agriculture

Kentucky's agriculture leaders are supporting a new five year strategic plan to help the industry in the state.

The plan, put together by the Kentucky Agriculture Council, puts emphasis on agriculture education, creating new markets and recruiting new people to farming.

The plan runs through 2018 and has the support of Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer.

Gov. Steve Beshear also supports the plan, which he says is a extension of the first agriculture strategic plan presented to him five years ago.

"If you'll go back and look in that plan, some of those things have been done now because they got together, the whole ag community and supported those changes," Beshear says.

The plan does mention hemp—a favorite topic of Comer's—but does not commit to it heavily.