KFBN 2014 - Kentucky Farm Bureau

KFBN 2014

Posted on Mar 30, 2016
February 2014
A passion for science and, in particular, agriculture and the environment, was passed on to Leslie Meredith from her father - Hardin County farmer Richard Preston. Before starting a farming career more than 30 years ago, Preston earned a Doctorate degree in Chemistry and worked as a research scientist.
Also in this issue:
Comment Column: Jack Conway, Kentucky Attorney General
Mercer Co. ag agent wins national award
Farm Bill and labor top policy agenda
"Growing Strong" is women's theme
Stallman urges activism
KFB recognized for social media program
Strategic plan
An interview with new UK Ag Dean Nancy Cox
Case IH products win national awards
Young Farmer Conference
Beef Expo begins Feb. 28 at Expo Center
KFB announces staff changes
Markets: Grain exports set quarterly record; Larger hay crop leads to lower prices; Broiler production is up
Farm Files: Poster and essay contest is underway; Alltech announces innovation competition; KCA Selects "Hall of Fame"
District Meeting Schedule
March 2014
Less than 24 hours after being an honored guest at President Obama's State of the Union address, Governor Steve Beshear met with KFB's Board of Directors as part of their two-day meeting in Frankfort.  Senate President Robert Stivers and Agriculture Commissioner James Comer also addressed the group. plus dozens of state legislators and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer attended and evening reception held by KFB.
 Also in this issue:
Comment Column: Andrew Walmsley, Director of Congressional Relations
KFB seeking law to curb deer problem
President's Conference
A new farm bill...
Battle Plan(ning)
Food Check-Out Day
Study shows impact of AG labor shortage
Kentucky Proud brand will promote Applalachia
Markets: More sheep, lambs, and goats on Kentucky Farms; Beef exports to drop in 2014; Rising egg production may lower prices; U.S. soybean exports are record high.
Farm File: Scholarships are available; Farmland protection conference announced; Tax credits available for food bank donations.
April 2014
Coming on the heels of the long-awaited passage of a farm bill, this year's Congressional Tour had a more positive tone as dozens of KFB members from throughout the state mingled with the state's delegation. With the new farm bill in place, KFB leaders are now talking about such issues as reforming farm labor programs, curbing unwarranted environmental regulations and changing various tax policies.  
Also in this issue: 
KFB Beef Expo sets another record
KFB succeeds with deer control bill
Comment Column: Terry Gilbert, KFB Director
Congressional Tour
Protecting watersheds is vital
Women's leadership conference
KFB marks "Ag Day"
Markets: Record yields in 2013, Numbers rising in farm milk production, Broiler growth less than expected
Taking stock: Meeting targets issues for farm market operators
Farm File: Young farmers concerned about land, "Our food link" is underway, Pilot program promotes water quality credits, AFBF pushing privacy bill
May 2014
Construction of a new Breathitt Veterinary Lab in Hopkinsville has been a state priority issue for KFB for several years, and now can go off the list after the General Assembly approved $32.4 million in funding. Governor Steve Beshear included the long-awaited project in the Executive Budget and the House and Senate gave approval.  
Also in this issue:
Comment Column: Tim Woods, Agricultural Economist, University of Kentucky
Breathitt Lab project approved; Ag Fun is $31.1 million for FY15
Is "TMDL" a problem for farmers?
Forestry industry is on an upswing
Morgan County Nursery rebounds from tornado
Kentucky Congressmen urge FDA to reconsider "spent grains" regulation
"Farmland" movie previewed
New Program Director named for Area 6
Green scheme; Wilson Nurseries loves to grow
Poultry demand soaring
Markets: U.S. red meat production fell in 2013; Farmers to plant more soybeans, less corn; Record U.S. soybean imports expected
Farm Bill expands lending programs
Farm File: KFB accepting "Farmer of the Year" applications; Specialty crop grants are available; AFBF calling for tax reforms.
August 2014

Kentucky Farm Bureau President Mark Haney discusses Farm Bureau's stance on the Clean Water Act and why it is among a group of more than 90 agriculture organizations that have formally urged the EPA and other regulatory bodies to withdraw its intrepretive rue on regulating water and allow more time for public comment.

Also in this issue:

State Fair Preview

Young Farmer Outing

Water Quality Series

Beef Tour


September 2014
Kentucky Farm Bureau's 51st annual Country Ham Breakfast became a record breaking event when Republic Bank & Trust Company and Hermitage Farms/Bridgeman Foods joined forces, splitting a $2 million bid for the 15.8-pound ham from Broadbent B&B Foods. The Measure the Candidate event is also highlighted in this issue.
Also in this issue:
KFB Day at State Fair
Measure the Candidate event
Roadside Market Tour
LaRue County Agstravaganza
October 2014
This issue looks at upcoming elections and recalls a meeting in August when Senator Mitch McConnelll and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan-Grimes met with KFB's directors to discuss issues. KFB President Mark Haney presided over the meeting.
Also in this issue:
Election guide
Farm market feature
Advisory Committees
Farm Safety Week
November 2014
As the National FFA Convention in Louisville wraps up, Kentucky Farm Bureau President Mark Haney discusses how important that organization as well as 4-H is to the next generation of farmers and leaders. KFB Advisory Committee meetings are discussed as is the upcoming Annual Meeting, scheduled for December 3-6, 2014.
Also in this issue:
Advisory Committee Meetings
Beef Checkoff issue
National FFA Convention kickoff
Black buzzard problem
Deccember 2014
Pulaski County farmer Mark Haney was re-elected president of KFB on the concluding day of the organization's 95th annual meeting. Also re-elected were Webster County's Eddie Melton as First Vice-President and Hart County's 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: Bob Stallman, President, American Farm Bureau Federation
Protecting rural road fun looms as a key concern
Butler County FB is tops
Outstanding Youth are selected
Cameron Edwards wins Discussion Meet
Pulaski County couple win OYFF award
Hardin County couple honored for "Excellence in Ag"
Louisville teacher wins ag literacy award
Jack Trumbo named "Farmer of the Year"
Richard Preston honored for Service to Agriculture