Governor: Kentucky Can Position Itself for Quick Rebound

by scrosby on December 4, 2008

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says he’s looking to the state’s agriculture community to lead the way out of the nation’s recession. He spoke today to delegates gathered in Louisville for the Kentucky Farm Bureau’s annual meeting. Beshear told the representatives that the country’s – and the state’s – economic concerns are far from over.

“A lot of the things are out of our control, they are national in scope, international in scope,” said Beshear, “but Kentuckians are a resilient bunch, and I’m looking at a group here, the farm community in Kentucky, that if anybody knows how to go through hard times, you do.”

Beshear told delegates agriculture is the backbone of Kentucky’s economy, and wise investments in the farm sector could be key to a quick economic recovery.

“Strategic investments we can make in areas like education, economic development, increases in net farm income, so that we are positioned when we come out of this, whether that is a year from now, or 18 months from now, or two years from now, nobody knows, but we are going to come out of this, and when we do, we need to be positioned to take off,” said Beshear.

The Governor says Kentucky agriculture could lead the way in biofuels development for the rest of the country, if the proper decisions are made now.

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