Conference on Future of Farming Set in Lexington

By Associated Press | 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- A conference on farming, land use and food policy is being planned for this fall in Lexington.

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer announced the event Tuesday along with former Gov. Brereton Jones, former first lady Libby Jones, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray and officials from American Farmland Trust, a conservation organization that is putting on the event Oct. 20-22.

AFT President and CEO Andrew McElwaine says it will be the first national conference to bring together diverse interests to look at agriculture challenges in the 21st century.

Events planned include an opening reception featuring items produced in Kentucky, a farm tour in Fayette County, mobile workshops on urban agriculture and local food enterprises in Louisville and Lexington and a farmer-chef banquet showcasing regional fare.

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