KFBN 2011 - Kentucky Farm Bureau

KFBN 2011

Posted on Mar 30, 2016
February 2011
KFB received special recognition for attaining the 500,000 member level and was cited for program excellence as part of the awards at the 92nd annual AFBF meeting last month in Atlanta.  In 2010, KFB joined Tennessee and North Carolina as the only states with more than 500,000 members.
Also In This Issue:
Survey reveals urban concerns about farming
Comment Column: Brett Guthrie, U.S. Representative, 2nd District
Delegates Calling for Overhaul of Dairy Program
Stallman: Farmers Boosting "Trust"
Farm Bureau Women Urged to Speak for Ag
Farmers, Governments Scramble to Deal with Dead Animal Removal
A Stout Public Servant: State Veterinarian Has Had a Barnful of Issues to Handle
There's Still Work to do on Taxes
"Century Farms" Greenup County Program Hoonors Ag Heritage
Facing an Issue: Video Project Delivers Much-needed Messages for Kentucky Farmers
Markets: Beef exports exceed imports; Corn stocks fall at high rate; Hay production stocks are down
Farm File: AFBF files suit versus EPA plan; Three scholarship programs underway; Farm Credit Services cuts rates; FFA and USDA form new alliance
March 2011
County Farm Bureaus can play an important role in moving agriculture forward simply by having a strong presence in their respective communities, KFB President Mark Haney said in his keynote address at last month's Presidents and Vice Presidents Conference. 
The annual two-day conference in Louisville attracted 224 local leaders from 109 counties.  The agenda had a wide range of topics ranging from federal and state legislative issues to utilizing the organization's member service programs.
Also In This Issue:
2011 National Priority Issues
Comment Column: Greg Stumbo, Speaker of the House
GOAP Annual Conference
Huge cattle county beefed up through Ag Development Fund
Young Farmer Conference
Young Farmer families help Lexington food bank
KFB Director Pat Henderson honored for service to conservation association
KFB checks in with "Check-out" promotions
Three selected for Vet Assistance Program
New tag requirements for some breeding cattle
District meeting schedule
Markets: Beef imports to edge up; Soybean oil price nears record; USDA predicting record ag trade
Farm File: Sheep and goat producers coming off an eventful year; Alltech opens Algae facility in Winchester; AFBF testifies on burdensome EPA proposals
April 2011
The federal deficit and some regulatory issues of concern to farmers topped the discussions at this year's Congressional Tour. About 220 members took the opportunity to meet with the state's Congressional delegation.
Besides the legislative meetings the agenda included a series of issues briefings plus tours of national landmarks. As always, the highlight was the annual breakfast with the Kentucky delegation. This year's renewal was the first for freshman Senator Rand Paul, who expressed his respect for Kentucky's largest farm organization.
Also In This Issue:
KFB Beef Expo
Comment Column: Bob Stallman, President, AFBF
Women's Leadership Conference
National Ag Week marked by local education initiative
District Meetings
New APD selected for area nine; McCants named Commodities Director
Young Farmers optimistic about future 
Sprouting Forward: Owens Garden Center near Somerset is expanding
Markets: Japan a big market for American farmers; Red meat production climbing; Food use of wheat rising
Farm File: Report shows impact of soybean production; ADM cited as "most admired"; Applications now available for Farmer of the Year contest; Farm Credit Services issues 2010 report.
May 2011
Party nominees for Agriculture Commissioner will be decided in the May 17 primary election with five Democrats and two Republicans onthe ballot. KFB President Mark Haney says it's an election that farm interests should take very seriously.
"The Commissioner lays a key role in the promotion of Kentucky agriculture plus oversee the Department of Agriculture, which administers a wide variety of programs beneficial to farm families and consumers," Haney said. "Farm Bureau has a longstanding policy supporting adequate funding and effective administration of the department. We understand and appreciate the department's mission. They work in tandem with Farm Bureau, the extension service, FSA and many other agencies in service to our agriculture industry."
Also In This Issue:
Comment Column: Kara Keeton, Coordinator, Roadside Market Program
Living(ston) Legacy: Workman Farm in Livingston County dates back to mid-1880s
Food Fad: There's a growing movement to "buy local"
"Meat" a farmer: Marksbury Farm connecting with consumers
Hardin County FB helps animal shelter
Markets: Crop loan rates are adjusted; Milk production increases; Broilers: Steady output, rising prices
Farm File: Website will honor "Century Farms"; May is National Beef Month; GOAP holding eight forums
June 2011
Consumers are more curious about their food than ever before. Where does it come from? How was it produced? When was it harvested and processed? Are there health risks?  And they have questions about farming practices like raising animals in buildings, growing crops from genetically-altered seed, spraying animal wastes on fields and so on.
We asked farmers to address some of the common questions raised by those who are unfamiliar with agriculture. Farming practices have indeed changed dramatically over the years. Today's agriculture is far more complex. But what hasn't changed is the farmers' commitment to produce quality products under high standards of stewardship.
Also In This Issue:
Comment Column: Dwight Greenwell, Director, Member Services
2011 Member Benefits Guide
Agritourism Grows in Kentucky
Festivals Find Their Roots in Farming
Fleming County FB Offers Member Services Program
County Farm Bureaus Help Disaster Victims
Rural Development Takes Center Stage
KFB Forms Group to Address Issue with Deadstock.
August 2011
Governor Steve Beshear and his challenger, Senate President David Williams, voiced strong support for agriculture and appreciation for KFB during a "Measure the Candidate" meeting with KFB's Board of Directors.
A large contingent of news media was on hand at KFB's state office as the meeting marked the first time the two appeared jointly at an event during the general election campaign. The meeting was followed by separate news conferences for the candidates.
Also In This Issue:
Comment Column: Mace Thornton, Deputy Director, Public Relations, AFBF
 KFB Day at the Fair is August Twenty-Fifth
Young Farmer Summer Outing
2011 Scholarship Recipients
County Annual Meetings
District Policy Meetings
Beef Tour Goes to Three States
KFB Holds Teacher Workshops to Promote Agriculture Education
KFB Leaders Celebrate FFA Milestones
New Law Creates Third Weight Class for Farm Vehicles
Markets: Wheat exports down; Domestic use is up; U.S. Catfish: Output down; Hay acreage for 2011 is low
Farm File: Local government officials urged to attend forum; AFBF "Farm Facts" book available; Applications available for veterinary grants; AFBF cites flood of environmental regulations.
September 2011

For the sixth time in the past eight years Republic Bank purchased the Grand Champion Country Ham at KFB's State Fair breakfast, submitting a top bid of $600,000 for the 16.9-pound ham from Broadbent B&B Foods. The winning bid amounted to about $35,000 per pound of ham.

The money goes to the charity of the bidder's choice. As a result, the KFB breakfast has helped raise more than $6.2 million for charities during its 48-year history.

Also In This Issue:

Comment Column: Bob Stallman, President, AFBF

To the Country (side): Congressmen visit with County Farm Bureaus

New "Energy": Grasses for Biofuels Might Take Root

Market Tour Goes to California

Dollar Driven: Policy Experts Tell KFB Leaders That Fiscal Crisis Will Prompt Cuts in Farm Bill Spending

County Annual Meetings

Meade County Farm Bureau Celebrates County Fair with a Special Breakfast

LEAD Class Has Third Meeting

Composting Working Group Will Pursue On-Farm Initiatives

Markets: Harvested hay acres expected to be an all-time low; Supply limits soybean experts; Strong exports bring record hog prices

Farm File: USDA seeks unified definition of "rural"; More farms have internet service; Feds say "no new regs" on farm vehicles; Survey shows boom in farmers' markets; Cattlemen's Foundation assists animal shelters?

October 2011
KFB's Poultry Advisory Committee held its annual meeting at Murray State University's Breathitt Veterinary Center in Hopkinsville, a facility KFB has strongly supported because of its service to livestock and poultry producers in the western half of the state.
A proposed updgrade of the 42-year-old animal disease diagnostic lab has been a KFB priority issue for several years running.
Also in this issue:
Comment Column: Eddie Melton, First Vice President, Kentucky Farm Bureau
Election Guide: The 2011 Gubernatorial Election
Safety First: Union County Holds Popular Event for Firth-Graders
Farmer-of-Year Finalists Named
Markets: Biodiesel boosts soybean use; Beef exports up sharply in 2011; Declining profits will trim dairy heard
Farm File: FFA membership is at a high; EPA regulation could bite the dust; KFB leaders attend "Food Dialogues" event; Farm income may set a record
November 2011
A spirited campaign for Agriculture Commissioner carried into KFB's state office last month when Democrat Bob Farmer and Republican James R. Comer participated in a "Measure the Candidate" meeting with KFB's Directors.
the candidates made opening and closing statements plus responded to questions relative to their vision for the Department of Agriculture and Kentucky agriculture.
Also in this issue:
Comment Column: "The Hand That Feeds U.S."
Annual Meetng Begins November 30
Ag Development Board Sets Priorities for 2012
Membership Continues to Set a Record
Advisory Committee Meetings
Stacy Lowe is Named Young Farmer Director
Federal Rules Changing for Young Workers
New Web Page Promotes Local Foods
"Standard(s)" Time: Livestock Care Committee Proceeding with Proposals
Markets: Distiller's grain #2 feedstuff; Declining broiler production will raise prices; Consumer demand indexes rise for all meats.
Farm File: Horse farms added to Ky Proud; Singups begin for roadside market program; KCARD receives financial support.
December 2011
Pulaski County farmer Mark Haney was re-relected president of Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) on the concluding day of the organization's 92nd annual meeting. Also re-elected were Webster County's Eddie Melton as First Vice-President and Hart County's J. Fritz Giesecke as Second Vice-President. They comprise KFB's Executive Committee along with Executive Vice President David S. Beck.
Also in this issue:
Comment Column: Steve Beshear, Governor, Commonwealth of Kentucky
Farm-City Feat
Insurance Alert: Auto Glass Solicitors; Roofing Contractors
ID Theft Protection for KFB Members
Farm Bill Ranks High on Policy Agenda
Marion County is Tops
Outstanding Youth are Selected
Sierra Enlow Wins Discussion Meet
Washington County Couple Win OYFF Award
Bruce Harper Receives Service to Ag Award
Robert Reed Bush Honored for Service to Farm Bureau
Jim Sidebottom Wins "Top Farmer" Award
Gallrein Farms Wins Award
KSP Farmer Outreach Program "Clears the Air" on Trucking Regs
KFB's Fritz Giesecke is Selected for Meat Export Post
Fleming County Woman Awarded Education Grant