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Scholarship Winners
  • July 11, 2013
Katherine A. Simpson, (left) a graduate of Garrard Co. High School, was the recipient of $2,000 Henry West Agricultural Scholarship presented last month at senior awards night. Simpson was also awarded $3,000 Leadership in Agriculture Scholarship from Kentucky Farm Bureau Education Foundation. In the fall, Simpson plans to attend St. Catharine College and receive a degree in elementary education. She is the daughter of Fred and Kathy Simpson of Lancaster, KY.

Allison L. Bryant, (right) a graduate of Garrard Co. High School, was the recipient of $1,000 Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance Agents Association Scholarship. In the fall, Bryant will be attending Northern Kentucky University and working toward a career in Art and Musical Theatre. She is the daughter of Wade and Lisa Bryant of Lancaster, KY.

All Farm Bureau applicants were judged on a variety of issues such as financial need, academic excellence, extracurricular activities and leadership ability. All of the scholarships were judged by an experienced group of individuals who are associated with the organization. Kentucky Farm Bureau awards more than 250 scholarships across the Commonwealth totaling over $337,300.

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Agriculture in the Classroom "Book Barn" Project
  • June 05, 2013

The Garrard County Farm Bureau is on a mission to educate county children about various subjects in agriculture, from trees to tomatoes, from bees to bacon, from apples to wool. In its effort, the Farm Bureau has donated “Book Barns” -barn shaped bookcases-to each elementary school library in Garrard County.

Each unique bookshelf was constructed by the students of Mike Oakley at the Garrard County Area Technology Center using materials purchased with a grant from Kentucky Farm Bureau Women’s Mini-Grant Program. The paint and stain were then applied by Ashley Bolton of the Garrard County Women’s Committee.

The “Book Barn” project, which is part of the Farm Bureau’s Agriculture in the Classroom Program is geared toward the education of agriculture and teaching the importance of ag in everyday lives.

Using a cross-section of selections from a list provided by American Farm Bureau Foundation of Agriculture, Garrard County Farm Bureau has also donated 6 books about agriculture and nature to each of the county’s elementary school libraries. In the past 6 years the Farm Bureau has also donated numerous books to each of the schools and the Garrard County Public Library.

Garrard County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee reads to the young students each March during National Agriculture Week and Kentucky Ag Literacy Week. It is hard to find books about farming that are accurate. Farm Bureau is trying to help get ag accurate books to the young students. Many families eat at a restaurant or use frozen foods at least 3 times per week. Shopping at the grocery store has become common in all households. Clothes are ready-made and available even at the dollar stores. This convenience has left the children removed from the basics-where food really comes from and how fiber is produced. Many of these books bring the farm to the children in a fun, but realistic way.

Although the “Book Barn” project exists all over the country, Garrard County took the librarians’ wishes into account and drew the plans for three unique bookshelves that would fit the needs and space of each school. Each barn was then painted bright red, black and silver or stained according to the colors requested.

The elementary school librarians have shown their extreme gratitude for the Farm Bureau donations and plan to make their own additions to the bookshelves.

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Pictured with the Book Barns L to R: Lesley Lawson, Librarian at Camp Dick Elementary School;
Paula Eades, Librarian at Lancaster Elementary School; and Paula Turner, Librarian at Paint Lick Elementary.

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Food Check-Out
  • March 08, 2013

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In celebration of Food Check-Out Day the Women’s Committee put together a beautiful basket filled with foods from all over Kentucky. They held a drawing for member’s only and the lucky winner was Pam Carr of Lancaster. Congratulations Pam! We hope you enjoy all those great foods.



Scholarship Opportunities
  • March 06, 2013

Paul D. Everman Fund for Lifetime Learning Scholarship
This scholarship for a non-traditional student (who is at least 23 years old), is awarded to an adult Farm Bureau member who plans to continue undergraduate studies at an accredited Kentucky college or university. Applicant must be a Kentucky high school grad (GED acceptable). Scholarship monies can be applied to tuition only. Payments of $250 per semester will be sent directly to the college of their choice for up to twelve semesters (not to exceed three per year) or until the student receives a Bachelor’s Degree (whichever occurs first). The maximum amount that can be awarded to any one student is $3,000. Deadline April 26, 2013.

Louis F. Ison Memorial Scholarship
This is for a full-time graduate student pursuing a degree in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture. Applicants for this scholarship must: hold a baccalaureate degree from any recognized four-year college in the state of Kentucky; be enrolled or accepted for admissions as a full-time graduate student and be pursuing a graduate degree in the UK College of Agriculture; and, be the child of a Kentucky Farm Bureau member family. If married, the applicant must have their own membership before applying. The recipient will receive a scholarship total $1,000 to be awarded in three separate payments. Deadline April 26, 2013.

Young Farmer Scholarship
KYFB Education Foundation will award one $2,000 college scholarship and one $1,000 college scholarship. Must be a current college upperclassman or vocational technical school student. Applicants must be a member of Kentucky Farm Bureau; be between the ages of 18-35 years old; major in agriculture or a related field at a Kentucky college or university and be enrolled full-time. Deadline April 26, 2013.

For complete application, rules and information call the Garrard County Farm Bureau Federation office at 792-4900 or print from website at kyfb.com

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