Agricultural issues discussed at SOAR listening session

ANNVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - All were invited to attend the fifth in a series of listening sessions Tuesday as part of the Shaping Our Appalachian Region, or SOAR, initiative.

Folks sampled locally-grown foods at the Jackson County Regional Food Center, where family farmers can use bottling and labeling equipment to bring their produce to market.

People attending the session discussed the agricultural strengths the region has to offer, and came up with several ideas for how to work on its weaknesses.

Organizers were impressed by the suggestions.

"Talking about a regional place where you can sell your produce, sell your meat, so you can take your produce to a regional auction somewhere or a regional market and get it sold," said Daniel Wilson, chairman of the SOAR Committee on Agriculture, Community and Regional Foods, and Natural Resources.

Organizers say each suggestion was recorded, and will be distilled into five recommendations that will be presented to Governor Steve Beshear and Representative Hal Rogers this fall.

For information on the Jackson County Regional Food Center, visit

For information on upcoming SOAR events, visit

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