Kentucky Agricultural Council gives update on agriculture during pandemic

BOWLING GREEN, Ky.-Today the Kentucky Agricultural Council met via video conference to give an update on how the agriculture and trade businesses are doing during COVID-19. 

Commissioner Ryan Quarles said they are asking Governor Beshear’s office for permission to have the North American in the fall after a successful and safe state fair. The event is critical to people in the livestock business. 

Chief Agricultural Negotiator Gregg Doud was the keynote speaker and said that trade is down only 4 percent overall during the pandemic and trade is up 8 percent to China. 

“We do things very very well here in agriculture. We’re very efficient, we’re very scientific, and we have the safest, most abundant food supply in this country than anybody else in the world,” said Doud. 

Agriculture is one of Kentucky’s leading industries and contributes nearly $50 billion to the economy each year.