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AGRICULTURE

Agriculture

KENTUCKY DISTILLERS AND LOCAL FARMERS
WORK TOGETHER AND GROW TOGETHER

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Bourbon Benefits Local Farmers

Through the bounty of the land, Kentucky makes the world’s best Bourbon—all while building bridges to prosperity for growers and their families.

  • In fact, 74% of corn used by Kentucky distillers in 2020 came from Kentucky farmers.
  • Over the past 20 years, corn production in core distilling counties grew faster than the statewide average.
  • One barrel of Bourbon uses NINE bushels of corn and THREE bushels of other grains.
  • The Bourbon industry filled more than 2.6 million barrels in 2022, sustaining jobs for loggers, stave mills and cooperages across Kentucky.
  • Spent grain from the distilling process is a vital source of food and nutrients for livestock across the Commonwealth.
  • Bourbon Distillers love the land. It’s not Bourbon if it hasn’t aged in new, charred oak. To ensure the sustainability of American white oak trees, Kentucky distillers support forest management initiatives that preserve and protect the species for generations to come.

CHEERS TO KENTUCKY AGRICULTURE

Say Thanks to Those Who Help Make Bourbon and Kentucky the Perfect Pairing.
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KENTUCKY: A KEY INGREDIENT IN BOURBON

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  • Bourbon and grains go hand-in-hand. Having some of the most fertile soil around makes Kentucky the perfect place to grow corn – something you can’t make Bourbon without.

Limestone Water

  • Because Kentucky sits on top of a massive limestone shelf, the water flowing through our Commonwealth is naturally filtered and packed with the minerals yeast needs to thrive. Many believe our pure limestone water holds the secret to making the world’s best Bourbon.

Four Seasons

  • Our hot summers, cold winters and varying humidity cause Bourbon barrels to expand and contract with the seasons. These temperature swings are a vital part of the aging process, bringing unique flavors, color and character to every barrel.

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