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President's Column:  Come Visit the Kentucky State Fair

President's Column: Come Visit the Kentucky State Fair

By the time Kentucky Farm Bureau was founded as an organization in 1919, the Kentucky State Fair was already celebrating its 17th birthday, officially. But the fair has roots that date back to 1816, making it one of the oldest fair celebrations in the country.

Market Closes - August 7, 2019
August 7, 2019
Market Closes - August 7, 2019

CBOT futures closed steady to slightly higher, but near the day’s highs. There was little new in the market today as traders prepare for Monday’s USDA crop reports. Cattle futures closed mostly higher except for nearby feeder cattle.  Lean hog futures closed strongly higher beyond the nearby August LH.

Market Closes - August 5, 2019
August 5, 2019
Market Closes - August 5, 2019

CBOT futures traded lower overnight but rallied throughout the day session even as the U.S. equity markets were falling lower and lower due to the escalation of the US/China trade dispute.  Cattle futures closed variably higher after suffering sharply lower opening trade due to the sharp losses in equities and other commodity futures.  Lean Hog futures closed extremely mixed with the August LH up 1.57 and the May20 LH down 2.97.

Market Closes - August 1, 2019
August 1, 2019
Market Closes - August 1, 2019

Grain futures followed the lead of the financial markets in dropping sharply as news broke that President Trump will place a new 10% tariff on $300 billion of Chinese products effective September 1.  Live Cattle futures closed higher, recovering much of yesterday’s losses. LC ignored the negative news and price action in many other ag futures and the US financial markets.  Lean Hog futures beyond the nearby August LH closed sharply lower, adding to yesterday’s limit-down losses.

Across Kentucky Promo August 5, 2019 - August 9, 2019
August 1, 2019
Across Kentucky Promo August 5, 2019 - August 9, 2019

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Across Kentucky - August 9, 2019
August 1, 2019
Across Kentucky - August 9, 2019

New Kentucky Farm Bureau Executive Vice-President Drew Graham is off to a great start leading the state’s largest farm organization.  Graham, who took over in October 2018, talks about the organization, the staff that leads Kentucky Farm Bureau, communicating with the membership and some of the major issues Farm Bureau is working on.

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Across Kentucky - August 8, 2019
August 1, 2019
Across Kentucky - August 8, 2019

Visitors to the 2019 Kentucky State Fair will notice a number of improvements both inside and outside at the Kentucky Exposition Center.  Kentucky Venues President and CEO David Beck talks about the improvements that people will see, some that visitors may not notice and the pride of the employees at the exposition center. 

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