LANCASTER - State Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer touched down at Garrard County High School long enough Thursday to see how the campus is using tobacco settlement money in its ag program.
Farmer brought with him a $58,327 check from the state that represented what the school has received from the settlement fund. Fifty percent of Kentucky's share of tobacco money goes toward the state's agriculture development fund.
After presenting the check to ag students at the school, Farmer was treated to a demonstration of the equipment purchased with tobacco money.
The star of the show was a Vernier LabPro, a device that allows users to measure a number of factors, including pH levels, relative humidity, temperature, oxygen and carbon dioxide levels.