The Honorable Bill Northey Addresses Kentucky Farm Bureau Members at the 2019 Annual Meeting

Posted on Dec 5, 2019

Louisville, KY (December 5, 2019) – Kentucky Farm Bureau members from across the state welcomed The Honorable Bill Northey, USDA Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation, at the Galt House in Louisville today for the 2019 KFB Annual Meeting Commodity Luncheon. After a video welcome from American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall, both Mark Haney, President of Kentucky Farm Bureau and Ryan Quarles, Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture welcomed the group to the first luncheon of this year’s annual meeting and introduced Northey.
Northey, who has completed nearly 2 years in his position as USDA Under Secretary, congratulated KFB on their 100-year anniversary. He noted the significant importance of the creation of Kentucky Farm Bureau a century ago, and also discussed his own farming experiences.

USDA Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation, Bill Northey
USDA Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation, Bill Northey addresses Kentucky Farm Bureau members at the 2019 Annual Meeting.

Under Secretary Northey discussed the importance of looking back at the past to learn from the many challenges the agriculture industry has overcome, as well as the many changes that have had an impact on KFB during the past 100 years. He spoke about the technology we have today that makes us more efficient, and the profound impact the agriculture industry has continued to have on the state and country.
He also spoke about the USDA’s history and how it has evolved over the years.
Among many other topics, Northey discussed soil health and the importance of improving productivity. He also talked about several of the programs the USDA has created to help those involved in agriculture across the country, including crop insurance and the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). Additionally, Northey highlighted the importance of trade to the agriculture industry.
Before he concluded his remarks, Northey also acknowledged the impact of the hemp industry and congratulated Kentucky for its involvement.
The commodity luncheon concluded with a video [] featuring U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue congratulating KFB on their 100th anniversary.
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