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WAVE Ag Day slated July 19

KPI Staff Report

An appreciation breakfast for river county farmers, ag businesses, educators, and sponsors will begin at 7:30 a.m. on July 19 to kick off the 2nd annual WAVE Ag Day. Speakers and attendees for this year include Ryan Quarles, Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture; Brian Lacefield, Executive Director of Farm Service Agency; Warren Beeler, Executive Director of the Governor's Office of Agricultural Policy; and Dr. Tony Brannon, Dean of Murray State University's Hutson School of Agriculture.

Exhibits, food, equipment displays and other activities will be set up at the Carlisle County Fairgrounds from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The inaugural event saw nearly 400 people in attendance at the farmer appreciation breakfast. Organizers are planning for a crowd that size this year, as well.

There will be two tents set up for the speakers and awards presentations beginning at 7:30 a.m., and platinum sponsor Citizens Deposit Bank will provide breakfast biscuits and drinks for attendees. Other confirmed platinum sponsors are Kentucky Farm Bureau and the Kentucky Soybean Board.

"Like last year, our theme for the day is 'Let's Grow With It,' our nod to the idea that all of our strengths - our agricultural heritage, our great people, our natural resources - are economic engines that can enrich our communities for years to come," said Committee Chair Bob Wilson of Ballard County Schools. "We want to let people know that we are open for business in the river counties, and that we are moving forward together."

July 1 is the nomination deadline for the WAVE River Counties Farmer of the Year, Young Farmer of the Year, Ag Business of the Year, and Friend of Agriculture awards. Application are easy to submit by visiting the links below:

• Young Farmer - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/waveyoungfarmer.
• Farmer of the Year - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FarmeroftheYear.
• Ag Business of the Year - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WAVEAGBUS2018.
• Friend of Agriculture - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FRIENDofAG2018.

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