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Lawmakers visit Eden Shale, hear about present and future

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By John Whitlock

About 100 guests, staff and lawmakers recently attended a meeting of the Kentucky General Assembly’s Interim Joint Committee on Agriculture held at Owen County’s Eden Shale farm.
State Rep. Ryan Quarles, who represents Owen County in the Kentucky House of Representatives, said he was happy to discuss the future of agriculture in the commonwealth.
“Eden Shale is one of the treasures of Owen County and it was a real pleasure to show it off to some of the members of the committee who don’t have a background in farming.”
The committee members met in a tobacco barn and heard comments from several officials including Nancy Cox, dean of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and State Veterinarian Dr. Robert Stout.
“I was pleased that we got the opportunity to highlight Owen County and its strong farming heritage,” Quarles said.
“Everyone is very proud of Eden Shale and it was good to see local officials like Casey Ellis, Troy Bramblett, and Asa Phillips there,” Quarles said.
Frank Downing of the Owen County Chamber of Commerce also spoke to the lawmakers.
Quarles said public meetings such as the one at Eden Shale is an opportunity for everyone to learn about the future of agriculture in Kentucky
“It helps lawmakers from western Kentucky really appreciate other parts of the state where raising cattle and crops are so important,” Quarles said.