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About Us

Kentucky Farm Bureau Employees

For more than 75 years, people across Kentucky have put their trust in Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance. Today, our company protects more than 462,000 Kentucky families and businesses with our top-ranked insurance products.

We employ approximately 700 people across the state of Kentucky, and our State Office is located in Louisville. We’ve also got agency offices in all 120 counties of Kentucky.

At Kentucky Farm Bureau, there are endless ways to unlock your career potential. No matter your expertise, we’ve got a position that’s right for you.

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We have opportunities in eight different areas at the state office. Explore the drop-down menus below for more information.

Where do the funds go?

To date, Clays for a Cause has donated nearly $1.35 million to charity. Every dollar raised from the event—whether through sponsorships, donations or participant entry fees—benefits a local or regional charity specified by the Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance Foundation.

 

Feeding Kentucky (recipient, 2019-2024)
Feeding Kentucky’s seven member food banks serve all 120 Kentucky counties in partnership with a network of over 800 local food pantries and shelters. Last year, Feeding KY members distributed 96 million pounds of food and grocery products — enough for 79 million meals for our struggling neighbors. Feeding KY reach an estimated 1 in 7 of all Kentuckians each year.

     
 

Glean Kentucky (recipient, 2019-2024)
GleanKY was founded in 2010 by three individuals seeking to attack two problems: food waste and hunger. Recognizing that excess produce presented an opportunity to serve the large number of people needing food, the organization explored creative and effective ways to connect the two. GleanKY gathers and redistributes excess fresh fruits and vegetables to nourish Kentucky’s hungry.

     
 

Kentucky Hunters for the Hungry (recipient, 2019-2024)
Kentucky Hunters for the Hungry is a charitable volunteer run organization comprised of responsible hunters and conservationist who encourage hunters to harvest and donate deer each season. KHFH is a statewide hunger relief program dedicated to providing a healthy source of protein to needy Kentuckians. KHFH’s mission is to alleviate hunger and malnutrition in Kentucky by processing and distributing donated venison to those in need, to provide an outlet for hunters to help their communities and promote environmental stewardship through wildlife management.

     
 

Habitat for Humanity (recipient 2024)
Seeking to put God's love into action, Habitat for Humanity of Metro Louisville brings people together to build homes, community and hope through affordable housing solutions of homeownership, community development and home repair. Since 1985, Habitat Louisville has been bringing our community together to build stable homes, strong relationships and healthy neighborhoods. Our homeownership program empowers low-income families to invest in themselves and invest in their communities. By providing a hand up, not a hand out, our homebuyers can build a path towards financial stability and a brighter future.

 

Across Kentucky - March 1, 2024

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Across Kentucky - February 26, 2024

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Across Kentucky - February 28, 2024

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Grace Wise

The Farmer's Voice Podcast

The Farmer’s Voice is a podcast hosted by Kentucky radio personality, Alan Watts. In each episode, Alan talks with Kentucky farmers about their operations, challenges they face, and why they love farming. You can listen to the show on Apple Podcasts and Spotify. You can also visit our Farmers Voice Podcast website to listen to recent shows.

Across Kentucky

Across Kentucky is a one-minute program provided to 130 radio stations in every part of the Commonwealth. The show highlights the news and newsmakers for Kentucky Farm Bureau and Kentucky agriculture. You can listen or download podcasts here

2024 Legislative Reports

February 23, 2024 - Legislative Report No. 9 - 2024 Kentucky General Assembly

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Across Kentucky - February 23, 2024

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Across Kentucky - February 21, 2024

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Across Kentucky - January 19, 2024

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2024 Marion County Farm Bureau Legislative Breakfast

Marion County Farm Bureau hosted its 2024 Legislative Breakfast. The annual event provides an opportunity for members to meet elected officials and discuss issues of importance to agricultural and rural communities. Pictured above: Marion County Farm Bureau President Timmy Jones, Kentucky State Senator Jimmy Higdon, Kentucky State Representative Michael Pollock, Greg Morris, Jan Elder, Jason Elder and Gary Ford.  In the front are Chase Brown, Steve Downs and Peggy Downs.

 

IFAL

Lauren Schmitt from Livingston County

For the past thirty seven years, Kentucky Farm Bureau has been investing in our state’s youth through the Institute for Future Agricultural Leaders (IFAL) Program. IFAL is a unique five-day summer leadership conference that exposes students to college life and explores different fields of study for careers in agriculture. IFAL allows high school juniors to choose between separate conferences at two of Kentucky’s premier universities. This year’s IFAL conferences will be held June 9-13, 2024, at Murray State University in Murray and June 23-27, 2024, at the University of Kentucky in Lexington.  

The IFAL program helps students become more familiar with Farm Bureau, promote agricultural-related career choices, provide leadership development opportunities, and promote each participating university. 

IFAL Guidelines:

  • Students may state their preference concerning which IFAL session they wish to attend. However, stating a preference does not guarantee selection to a specific conference. No one will be assigned to an IFAL conference they did not initially select without personal contact with, and approval from, the student or a family member.
  • The conference is only for students who are currently high school juniors.
  • Kentucky Farm Bureau and the universities will only accept the 45 most qualified applicants for each IFAL conference, so be selective in whom you nominate. The student must be enrolled in a pre-college curriculum.
  • Applications must be submitted by Friday, April 1, 2024 to be considered. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. 
  • Students should be transported to and from IFAL by a parent, guardian, youth advisor or Farm Bureau representative. If a student drives, his or her car keys must be given to the Farm Bureau representative on-site for safekeeping.
  • Approval for each student applying will be asked via email to a county Farm Bureau official for acceptance. The county’s approval is their guarantee to pay for the student’s registration for the program. County Farm Bureaus will be invoiced following the IFAL conferences.  Please do not send payment prior to receiving an invoice. The fee is $400.00 per participant.

If you have any questions, please contact Taylor Nash at (502) 495-5000, ext. 37374, or via e-mail at Taylor.Nash@kyfb.com

2024 IFAL Application

Boyd County Farm Bureau Now Accepting 2024 Farm Chemical Orders

 

Boyd County Farm Bureau is now taking orders for

2024 Farm Chemicals. 

 

The deadline to place orders is March 1, 2024. 

 

Order forms are available at the Farm Bureau office located at

9285 US Route 60, Ashland, KY 41102.

Brian Pugh Named 2023 KFB Agency Manager of the Year

Floyd County Agency Manager Brian Pugh was recently named Agency Manager of the year for the District and Agency Manager of the Year 2023 for the State of Kentucky!! We are beyond proud of Brian. Congratulations, you work so hard and make us so proud!!

 

February 16, 2024 - Legislative Report No. 8 - 2024 Kentucky General Assembly

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Young Farmer Contests

*Applicants are eligible to compete in only one contest per year*

Outstanding Young Farm Family

Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation annually conducts an Outstanding Young Farm Family Contest.  County Farm Bureaus are encouraged to promote this activity among young farmers, recognizing them both in their chosen occupation and for leadership achievements. The ideal candidate(s) for this award is an individual, or couple, involved in production agriculture with most of their income subject to normal production risks associated with farming.

Counties will not be limited in the number of applicants that they enter in this contest. If we receive more than one application from a county, the judges will choose a county winner. Each county OYFF winner will then be eligible for the district and state competition. Applicants for the Outstanding Young Farm Family contest may not apply for the KFB Farmer of the Year program in the same year. 

Applications are due May 14, 2024.

2024 Outstanding Young Farm Family Application

2024 Outstanding Young Farm Family Rubric

Discussion Meet

Kentucky Farm Bureau's Discussion Meet is a debate-styled competition for young farmers that relies on an individual’s skill in reasoning and logical discussion of issues.  The competition tests entrants on their basic knowledge of critical farm issues and their ability to respond in a panel setting to differing points of view.

The Discussion Meet final round will held at the Kentucky Farm Bureau State Annual Meeting.

Discussion Meet application coming soon.

Excellence In Agriculture

The Excellence in Ag Literacy contest is designed as an opportunity for those who are involved in agriculture but have other full-time occupations. Contestants will be judged on their involvement in agriculture, leadership ability and participation in Farm Bureau and other organizations (i.e. civic, service, and community). Applicants should have an interest in farming, agriculture education, extension, or the agriculture industry.

Applications are due May 14, 2024.

2024 Excellence in Agriculture Application

2024 Excellence in Agriculture Application Rubric

2024 Excellence in Agriculture Presentation Rubric

 

Presidents Column | Our Advocacy Efforts Serve as the Strongest Tool

Kentucky Farm Bureau President Eddie Melton

Our Advocacy Efforts Serve as the Strongest Tool

As we move forward into 2024, a lot is going on from an advocacy standpoint. A new General Assembly session is in full swing, and we have just finished adopting policies and priorities at the American Farm Bureau Federation annual convention.

We are also looking to keep our priorities at Kentucky Farm Bureau in front of lawmakers and leaders within our agricultural industry to support our farm family members, the rural communities they call home, and an industry that feeds us all.

In doing so, it takes all of us, as one collective organization to make our voices heard when it comes to issues on the farm and challenges agriculture continually faces.

Being a budget year during this current legislative session, there are many wants and needs from an untold number of organizations looking to get a piece of the budgetary pie.

And while we respect that, there are those situations that we feel require immediate attention.

A good example of that is the need for more riverport funding, which is one of KFB’s top priorities in 2024.

Kentucky is home to more inland navigable waterways than any other state in the continental U.S. Because of this tremendous waterway system, numerous industries, not just agriculture, have a unique advantage to move goods in and out of the state in a more economical way that is more environmentally friendly.

The riverport system is the lifeblood of these water highways and keeping them updated to handle the volume of goods coming into the state and out to locations throughout the country and around the world is quite simply critical to our economy.

We need to view riverport funding as an investment that will pay long-term dividends to the state’s economy.

Many of these riverports haven’t had major renovations or expansions in decades and we feel, as an organization, the time is right to support their infrastructure needs. It would benefit the entire state in one way or another.

Aside from the budget, another important KFB priority is the support of lowering the acreage requirement for establishing an agricultural district.

These districts are designed to protect our best agricultural land for production purposes and to keep it from being used for nonagricultural purposes.

The current minimum acreage to establish an agricultural district is 250 acres. By lowering these acreage requirements, our organization feels it will level the playing field for young or beginning farmers to get started in their industry.

We need to support, in any way, this next generation of farm families if we are expected to continue to produce the needed food, fuel, and fiber needs of this country and the world.

One other issue that is a priority for all of agriculture is the need to get a farm bill passed early in the year. This piece of legislation is the single most important bill for the ag industry and while we are grateful for the extension passed late last year, a new bill is a must for farm families.

At the end of the day, our advocacy efforts serve as the strongest tool we have in getting the needed support for farm families, rural communities, and our entire agriculture industry; an industry none of us can do without.

Eddie Melton, President

Kentucky Farm Bureau

The Tradition Lives On | Legacy Farms are Adding to the Agriculture History of Kentucky

John Scott, left, and his brother, Dale, stand in front of their last tobacco crop they grew on their farm in 2019. The Scott Farm had a long storied history with tobacco production dating back generations. Submitted photo.

Legacy Farms are adding to the agriculture history of Kentucky

BURLINGTON, KY. – For an area located close to one of the largest metropolitan centers in the region, Boone County has a rich and expansive agriculture history that existed long before the county was formed in 1798.

The Scott family has been a part of that agricultural heritage from the county’s very beginnings. Moses Scott is credited with being the first of this farm family legacy that now encompasses 10 generations dating back to the late 18th century.

Since then, farming has been a way of life for this family in an area of the county that likely looks, in many ways, as it did in the days of their earliest ancestors.

The gentle hills that roll alongside the Ohio River, as well as the rich bottomland that lies in between, have provided these generations a place to grow crops, raise livestock, and continue a historic tradition that lives on today.

John Scott, his brother, and two sisters represent the eighth generation of the family to carry on this farming legacy. It was on their farm near the communities of McVille and Belleview that John and his brother Dale began their careers in agriculture at a very young age.

Through the years, the Scotts have raised pigs, cattle, hay, and corn. But it was their tobacco crops that were a mainstay through most of the family’s history until their last crop was grown in 2019.

“Tobacco was a big part of this farm for many, many years,” Dale said.

Their story is similar to many other farms located across the Commonwealth’s landscape, all with a history of their own.

The Scott Farm was recently recognized as a Legacy Farm by the Boone County Farm Bureau (BCFB). This honor designated by the Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) Federation recognizes farm families and their longstanding commitment and significant contributions to their local communities.

In fact, there were 120 Legacy Farms recognized from 80 counties in 2023. During his tenure as KFB President, Mark Haney began the program. He said the state has such a rich history of agriculture, and the Legacy Farm program is a way to acknowledge the many accomplishments made by each.

“The history of our agriculture industry can only be fully told by the families who have devoted their lives to their farms and a way of life many have forgotten or never knew,” Haney said. “It has been our intention that the Legacy Farm program would recognize the commitments these families have made and their dedication to an industry none of us can live without.” 

The Scott Farm history

In reference to the history many of these farms possess, John Scott's daughter, Mary Casper, has gathered an extensive historical preservation of the family's time on the farm from its very start.

“There was such a wonderful story related to the history of our farm and the more research I did, the more amazing it became to me and my family,” she said.

It was her research that led Mary back to Moses Scott and a treasure trove of interesting facts about other early ancestors.

“Moses was a popular fiddle player at local community dances and served in the State Legislature in 1820,” she notes in some of the research.

Then there is John H. Scott, born in 1842, who was the fourth generation. A farmer and possibly a teacher, he lived in the family home on Waterloo Road. The ninth generation, John Andrew "Andy" Scott, now grazes his family’s sheep on the very same land.

Throughout this chronological journey, Mary lists several family facts for each of the 10 generations, along with spouses' and children's names, and many birthdates. She said it has been very much a labor of love to compile this information and learn so much about her family's history.

“The Scott's are distant relatives of several other BCFB families, and they encouraged my interest in family history and were very helpful in gathering information about our common ancestors,” Mary said. “The Boone County Public Library's History Center was also a valuable resource with the family research.”

Sadly, John was diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2022, but he was determined to keep farming and serving, Mary emphasized. John Scott passed away on January 6th, 2024. He was 67 years old.

“His family, community, and church supported him, just as he had always done for them” she said. “This brought him great joy and inspired him during life’s hardships to tell others, ‘I’ve been so blessed.’”

John had said earlier that he was very proud of being one of 10 generations on the farm.

“The farm has meant pretty much everything. We liked to do other things when we were kids like play ball, but when dad said it was time to get it done, you better get it done,” John said with a smile. “It’s given us a lot of purpose in life and has served us well.”

He was especially proud of his farming heritage and attended the inaugural Legacy Farm Breakfast held at the 2023 KFB Annual Meeting. 

Mary wrote, in her history chronicle, “He and his brother Dale have farmed together every day for most of their lives,” something she said was an amazing feat in itself.

Dale said they had a pretty regular routine most days on the farm.

“Every day, we had breakfast at 8:00 a.m., we had lunch at noon, and supper at 6:00 p.m.," he said. "And every day at 3:00 p.m., we had a Coca-Cola break!"

John enjoyed his life on the farm and his family around him, including his grandchildren. In addition to his farming activities, he helped begin the Farmer Appreciation Day at nearby Kelly Elementary School where he assisted with teaching students about agriculture and the family farm.

He was also a lifelong member of the Belleview Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon, a Trustee, and Sunday School teacher.

John's passion for the farm was evident to anyone who ever met him or had the opportunity to visit with him.

And while the gentle hills that weave through his family farm will surely miss one of their caretakers, his spirit and memory, and the legacy that he has been a part of, will live on for generations to come.

“Well done, good and faithful servant…Enter into the joy of your Lord.” Matthew 25:23