KFBN 2011Posted 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 farmingComment Column: Brett Guthrie, U.S. Representative, 2nd DistrictDelegates Calling for Overhaul of Dairy ProgramStallman: Farmers Boosting "Trust"Farm Bureau Women Urged to Speak for AgFarmers, Governments Scramble to Deal with Dead Animal RemovalA Stout Public Servant: State Veterinarian Has Had a Barnful of Issues to HandleThere's Still Work to do on Taxes"Century Farms" Greenup County Program Hoonors Ag HeritageFacing an Issue: Video Project Delivers Much-needed Messages for Kentucky FarmersMarkets: Beef exports exceed imports; Corn stocks fall at high rate; Hay production stocks are downFarm 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 IssuesComment Column: Greg Stumbo, Speaker of the HouseGOAP Annual ConferenceHuge cattle county beefed up through Ag Development FundYoung Farmer ConferenceYoung Farmer families help Lexington food bankKFB Director Pat Henderson honored for service to conservation associationKFB checks in with "Check-out" promotionsThree selected for Vet Assistance ProgramNew tag requirements for some breeding cattleDistrict meeting scheduleMarkets: Beef imports to edge up; Soybean oil price nears record; USDA predicting record ag tradeFarm 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 ExpoComment Column: Bob Stallman, President, AFBFWomen's Leadership ConferenceNational Ag Week marked by local education initiativeDistrict MeetingsNew APD selected for area nine; McCants named Commodities DirectorYoung Farmers optimistic about futureSprouting Forward: Owens Garden Center near Somerset is expandingMarkets: Japan a big market for American farmers; Red meat production climbing; Food use of wheat risingFarm 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 ProgramLiving(ston) Legacy: Workman Farm in Livingston County dates back to mid-1880sFood Fad: There's a growing movement to "buy local""Meat" a farmer: Marksbury Farm connecting with consumersHardin County FB helps animal shelterMarkets: Crop loan rates are adjusted; Milk production increases; Broilers: Steady output, rising pricesFarm 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 Services2011 Member Benefits GuideAgritourism Grows in KentuckyFestivals Find Their Roots in FarmingFleming County FB Offers Member Services ProgramCounty Farm Bureaus Help Disaster VictimsRural Development Takes Center StageKFB 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, AFBFKFB Day at the Fair is August Twenty-FifthYoung Farmer Summer Outing2011 Scholarship RecipientsCounty Annual MeetingsDistrict Policy MeetingsBeef Tour Goes to Three StatesKFB Holds Teacher Workshops to Promote Agriculture EducationKFB Leaders Celebrate FFA MilestonesNew Law Creates Third Weight Class for Farm VehiclesMarkets: Wheat exports down; Domestic use is up; U.S. Catfish: Output down; Hay acreage for 2011 is lowFarm 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 BureauElection Guide: The 2011 Gubernatorial ElectionSafety First: Union County Holds Popular Event for Firth-GradersFarmer-of-Year Finalists NamedMarkets: Biodiesel boosts soybean use; Beef exports up sharply in 2011; Declining profits will trim dairy heardFarm 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 30Ag Development Board Sets Priorities for 2012Membership Continues to Set a RecordAdvisory Committee MeetingsStacy Lowe is Named Young Farmer DirectorFederal Rules Changing for Young WorkersNew Web Page Promotes Local Foods"Standard(s)" Time: Livestock Care Committee Proceeding with ProposalsMarkets: 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 KentuckyFarm-City FeatInsurance Alert: Auto Glass Solicitors; Roofing ContractorsID Theft Protection for KFB MembersFarm Bill Ranks High on Policy AgendaMarion County is TopsOutstanding Youth are SelectedSierra Enlow Wins Discussion MeetWashington County Couple Win OYFF AwardBruce Harper Receives Service to Ag AwardRobert Reed Bush Honored for Service to Farm BureauJim Sidebottom Wins "Top Farmer" AwardGallrein Farms Wins AwardKSP Farmer Outreach Program "Clears the Air" on Trucking RegsKFB's Fritz Giesecke is Selected for Meat Export PostFleming County Woman Awarded Education Grant