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KY Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer to Keynote Farm & Family Night at MCTC

Maysville Community and Technical College (MCTC) Workforce Solutions, in conjunction with local UK Cooperative Extension and Ohio State University, invites all families to a free evening of education and fun for all ages.  Farm and Family Night will be held Tuesday, March 11, from 6:00 – 8:45 p.m. on the Maysville Campus of MCTC with dinner starting at 5:00 pm.  Farm Credit Services of Mid-America is the title sponsor for the event.

Warren Beeler, accomplished agriculture leader with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture will begin the evening’s events. Beeler’s achievements in agriculture are numerous and diverse. He is a former president of the Kentucky Pork Producers Association and a Hall of Fame member, WKU agriculture alumnus of the year, Middle Tennessee State University Animal Science Hall of Fame member, Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association Service Award winner, and Kentucky FFA Distinguished Service Award recipient. Regarded as the most experienced livestock judge in the country, Beeler has judged livestock shows for 35 years in 42 states. He continues to manage his family farm in Caneyville with his wife, Dee Dee, and their five children.

James R. Comer, Kentucky's Commissioner of Agriculture, will deliver the keynote address. Comer's passion for agriculture is reflected in his vast amount of experience in the areas of agriculture and business. He is the founder and owner of James Comer, Jr. Farms, a 950-acre beef cattle, timber and hay farming operation located in Monroe County. He also co-owns Comer Land & Cattle Co., a family farming operation which includes his father and brother. Comer was a director of South Central Bank for 12 years. He was the 1999-2000 Monroe County Chamber of Commerce President. Comer is a Western Kentucky University graduate with a degree in Agriculture. While at WKU, he received the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Scholarship and was the Kentucky Future Farmers of America State President (1990-1991).  Comer was elected to the Kentucky House of Representatives in 2000.  Comer was named Guardian of Small Business and Kentucky Jaycees Outstanding Young Kentuckian in subsequent years of his tenure in the House. Comer is married to Tamara Jo (T.J.). They have three children, Reagan, Harlan and Aniston

Participants will get to choose from over 45 concurrent sessions on farm and home including cattle management, forage, grain, agribusiness, technology, cooking, travel, horticulture and more.  Youth-focused sessions such as Quiz Bowls, Gun Safety and Robotics in Farming will also be featured.  Dinner and registration begin at 5:00 p.m.  “Parent and Me” classes will be offered for children 2 – 4 years of age.

A Southern BBQ Dinner will be provided from 5:00 – 7:00 pm.  Due to limited seating participants need a ticket for dinner.  Tickets may be picked up at the Mason, Lewis, Robertson, and Fleming County Extension Offices in Kentucky, or the Adams, Brown, Clermont and Highland County Extension Offices in Ohio and most program sponsors. Tickets are also available at the Maysville Campus of MCTC located at 1755 US Hwy 68 in Maysville. 

Other sponsors of this year’s event include Rip’s Farm Supply, Meadowview Regional Medical Center, MCTC Foundation, Southern States, Cahall Bros Inc., Hinton Mills, Fleming-Mason Energy, Primary Plus, Community Trust Bank, Citizen’s Deposit Bank, Mitsubishi, Winchester Ag Services, Chapparal Feed and Farm Supply, McFarland Chevrolet, Ripley Federal Savings Bank, Richmond Insurance Agency, Bluegrass Stockyards and Dairy Farmers of America.

For more information contact Workforce Solutions, 606-759-7141, extension 66120.