Annual commodities breakfast showcases the best of Ky. agriculture

Annual commodities breakfast showcases the best of Ky. agriculture

Annual commodities breakfast showcases the best of Ky. agriculture

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by WHAS11 editors

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Posted on August 14, 2014 at 1:06 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- It kicks off the first day of the Kentucky State Fair and showcases the best agricultural products the Commonwealth has to offer - the Commodities Breakfast started early Thursday morning and was served up by some Kentucky politicians, including Governor Steve Beshear.

"We will probably do 10,000 steaks, not counting burgers, hot dogs and other things," Dave Maples, with Kentucky Cattlemen's Association said.

In no time at all, hundreds of people lined up for the first servings of the annual breakfast on the first morning of the Kentucky State Fair. It's an event that draws in farmers from across the state and politicians, too, not to mention a really expensive ham.

"Last year, I was serving goat bacon. Who knows what's back there today when I put on the apron," Attorney General Jack Conway said.

Big names like Conway, Beshear, and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes helped dish out the country breakfast free of charge.

"We're seeing record high prices because of the decrease in cattle right now. You can get a ribeye, that might cost $7 or $8 in store or you can get it here for free," Caitlin Swartz, with Kentucky Beef Council said.

Cattle numbers may be down but everyone's in agreement - farmers are working harder than ever to keep their business booming. A statewide effort by these groups to put out the best product, from farm to table, and it shows.

"We brag all the time about great local restaurants and central to that is our great local food that comes from our farmers across the state," Mayor Greg Fischer said.

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