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President's Column:  Grassroots, The Foundation of Farm Bureau

President's Column: Grassroots, The Foundation of Farm Bureau

Whenever I have been asked to describe what Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) is about or how it operates, I always begin with one word: “grassroots.”

If you have been around this organization as long as I have, that word comes up often and we never want to lose sight of how important it really is.

Market Closes - July 1, 2020
July 1, 2020
Market Closes - July 1, 2020

CBOT futures closed strongly higher led by the extended rally in corn futures tied to Tuesday’s bullish acreage report. Cattle futures closed higher and well above the day’s lows set mid-morning when corn futures were trading sharply higher.  Lean hog futures closed moderately lower as backed up hog supplies maintain pressure on the cash hog and pork markets.

President's Column: Finding the Positive in Trying Times
July 1, 2020
President's Column:  Finding the Positive in Trying Times

It goes without saying, but the coronavirus pandemic has made the world we live in look very different than it did just a few months ago. We have had to learn to work remotely, meet virtually, and stay six feet apart from one another.

Keeping up with the Joneses: Gallatin County Brothers are Continually Working to Improve on their Farming Success
July 1, 2020
Keeping up with the Joneses: Gallatin County Brothers are Continually Working to Improve on their Farming Success

When Kentucky’s agriculture industry took a big turn away from a one-crop economy more than 20 years ago, Taylor and Zac Jones were still very young. They have since watched agriculture in the Bluegrass State evolve into one of the most diversified ag sectors in the country using investments made by the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board.

Seeing Agriculture from Two Different Perspectives
July 1, 2020
Seeing Agriculture from Two Different Perspectives

Hung Wei Yu was born in Taiwan, moved to America as a freshman in high school, and became a regional FFA officer before graduating from Seneca High School in Louisville, where he served as the FFA Chapter’s Vice President. Those are not bad accolades for someone who came to this country speaking very little English, with little knowledge of agriculture and even less about FFA. 

Candid Conversation: Drew Graham and John Sparrow
July 1, 2020
Candid Conversation: Drew Graham and John Sparrow

KFB Candid Conversation presents a discussion about the topical issues facing the agricultural industry and rural communities in a question and answer format. In this column, Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation Executive Vice President Drew Graham and KFB Insurance CEO and Executive Vice President John Sparrow discuss the functions of the organization, the big topics affecting the Federation and Insurance Company, and what it has been like operating during a pandemic.

Down the Backroads: We're a Huggin' Bunch
July 1, 2020
Down the Backroads:  We're a Huggin' Bunch

So much of how we act as an adult comes from what we learned as a child. I realize that is not an earth-shattering statement, but stay with me for a minute. The things we experienced growing up often stay with us. For instance, my dad was a big outdoorsman, and I have grown up loving the outdoors just as much. My mom was a nurturer, always making sure us kids were okay, showing how much she loved us.