- October 29, 2013
President Steve Franklin called the Nelson County Farm Bureau annual meeting to order on Tuesday evening at Samuels Hall at the Nelson County Fairgrounds on October 8, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. Senator Jimmy Higdon led an invocation. Over 100 people enjoyed the evening meal catered by the leaders, parents and members of the Nelson County 4-H Shooting Sports Club.
After the meal Franklin recognized Senator Higdon and Representative David Floyd and their wives. Other guests were KYFB Fifth District directors; Joe Paul Mattingly and his wife, Anthony Travis and Randy Chrisman. He then asked Nelson County Farm Bureau Insurance Agency Manager Jack Allen to introduce his agency personnel. Also recognized was program director Matt Ingram who substituted for Chris French.
Franklin gave the President’s Address. He spoke, at length, of this year’s participation in agricultural leadership, educational opportunities, and community involvement by the members of the Nelson County Farm Bureau. He praised the Board for a successful “Ag Day at the Fair” which was held on Saturday, July 20, 2013. Franklin commended the “Local Membership Discount Program” which the members are entitled to as a privilege of the $25 membership. He commended Nelson County Farm Bureau for participating in the "Durbin Threshing Day" held September 21, 2013 on the Buck Durbin Farm. He reiterated that remembering farming practices of long ago compliments the agricultural progress of today.
Franklin asked Director Jean Jury for a report on the results of the Fourth Annual Outstanding Youth and Variety contests. She congratulated the Nelson County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee, Bardstown Chamber of Commerce, 4-H Extension and county FFA chapters for their combined leadership in the annual Nelson County Fair Public Speaking and Talent Contests held at this Nelson County Civic Center on Thursday, July 11, 2013. Jury introduced the winners as they gave their presentations and talent that they will present at the November 14, 2013 KFB Fifth District Annual Meeting held at the Collins High School in Shelbyville, Ky. Female Outstanding Youth winner was Payton Carter. Male Outstanding Youth Winner was Kyle Schenck. Variety Contest Winner was Layton Lyvers.
Director John Hart gave the membership report followed by Agency Manager Jack Allen who gave the insurance report. The following nominees for a two year term on the Board of Directors for the Nelson County Farm Bureau were: David and Lisa Barnes, Holly Bischoff, Lee Dillon, Norman Furrie, Tommy Hart, Eddie Hicks, Kenny Ice, Billy Lutz, P. J. Milburn, Elaine and Jack Roche and Larry Schenck. Unanimous decision was received to approve these for the Board of Directors. Franklin was also re-elected as President of the Board and expressed appreciation for the Board's confidence in his service as President. Jimmy Monin was re-elected as Vice-President.
Franklin then received a unanimous decision to approve last year’s minutes and treasurer’s report. The Nelson County High FFA Chapter and Thomas Nelson High FFA Chapter both had representatives update the board on chapter activities.
Monin next announced Allen Barnes as the winner of the 2013 Farmers Hall of Fame Award. His daughter read the letter of recommendation.
Franklin then asked for a moment of silence for the passing of director Mack Holt on June 2, 2013 at 78 years of age.
Director Tom Hart presented a resolution to be submitted for Kentucky Farm Bureau to consider in their policy changes. One resolution read "Nelson County Farm Bureau supports the appropriate Federal and State agencies be given the task of development and implementation of rules and regulations governing the proposed natural gas liquids transmission lines being buried in Kentucky." The second read "Nelson County Farm Bureau believes that land, taken under the power of eminent domain for any purpose, which has seen multiple generations of the same family own and live there, should be compensated more than condemned appraised value." It further proposed a 20% increase over the appraised value for 2nd generations, 30% for 3rd generations, 40% for 4th generations and 50% for 5 generations.
The Nelson County Farm Bureau’s 2012 Annual Meeting adjourned after door prizes were awarded.
- July 31, 2013
The fourth annual Nelson County Fair Public Speaking and Talent Contests were held Thursday, July 11, 2013, at 6:00 p.m. at the Nelson County Civic Center in Bardstown, Kentucky. Prizes for this event were provided by the Nelson County Fair Board awarding passes to the 2013 Fair; the Nelson County Farm Bureau (NCFB) sponsoring over $900 in prizes; the Chapter FFA Club Advisors awarding certificates; and the Nelson County 4-H Extension awarding Champion, Reserve and Blue Ribbons.
Jan Ballard, President of the Bardstown Chamber of Commerce, was Master of Ceremony. Ballard introduced nine talent contestants and five public speakers.
Open show Talent Show $100 Winner was Erin Mattingly and $50 Runner-up was Layten Lyvers. NCFB Talent show winner was Layten Lyvers winning $100 and $50 Runner up was Ricky Helton. Open show and NCFB Female Public Speaker Winner was Payton Kathleen Carter winning $200 in cash awards. Runner-up in both categories was Rachel Young with combined winnings of $100. Open show and NCFB Male Public Speaker Winner was Kyle Schenck winning $200. Runner-up in both categories was Dean Hendricks with combined winnings of $100.
Next Nelson County High School Chapter FFA Advisor Jacob Ball and Thomas Nelson High School Chapter FFA Advisor Katie Chapman presented certificates to member contestants.
Following the FFA presentations Ballard announced the 4-H winners as Nelson County Extension 4-H Program Specialist Danielle Hutchins presented ribbons to the following 4-H club members: For Public Speaking, Champion went to Payton Carter and Reserve went to Rachel Young. For Talent, Champion went to Erin Mattingly and Reserve to Layton Lyvers. Participation ribbons went to Kyle Schenck, Dean Hendricks, Cade Mattingly, and Dan Mattingly.
The Nelson County Farm Bureau Outstanding Youth and Variety Show Contests were held with the help of NCFB Secretary Nancy Miller, Women’s Committee members Geraldine Flaugher, Jean Jury, Elaine Roche, Anita Schenck and Sarah Wheatley. A special note of gratitude goes to 4-H Extension Assistant Judy Creech for her behind-the-scenes help throughout the planning of these contests.
The purpose of the talent contest is to recognize young people and give them an opportunity to perform before audiences to gain valuable experience in the talent and entertainment field. The purpose of the speaking contests is to promote youth involvement in county activities and to recognize leadership, achievements and awards in their schools and communities.
- March 11, 2013
Nelson County Farm Bureau was represented at the March 8-9, 2013 Kentucky Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Conference by the following five participants: Elaine Roche, Sarah Wheatley, Geraldine Flaugher, Jean Jury and Doris White. It was held at the Louisville Marriott East. Attendees heard from the State Women’s Advisory Chair Phyllis Amyx, AFB Women’s leadership Committee Chair Terry Gilbert, and AFB Director Rural Affairs Sabrina Matteson. The following Kentucky Farm Bureau Officers also spoke: Director of Local Affairs & Policy Development Bryan Alvey, Director of Member Services Dwight Greenwell, President Mark Haney, Director of Public Affairs Jeff Harper, and Social Media Specialist Carilynn Gravatte. Special Agent Brett Johnson with the Bureau of Investigation and keynote speaker Dave Stone, Professional Speaker and Senior Pastor Southeast Christian Church also presented.
Workshops covered topics such as “Identity Theft”, “Navigating the World of Social Media”, “Legislative and Congressional Update” and “County Chairs Workshops”. Winners from the State’s Talent Showcase, Allison Stafford of Marion County and Bluegrass Branch Line Band of Magoffin County, entertained during the conference. Door prizes were awarded throughout the conference. A silent auction and live auction was the highlight of Friday evening entertainment raising approximately $7,000 for the KFB Women’s Scholarship Fund and Mini Grant Programs.
Upon the conclusion of the conference our Nelson County participants realized that the Nelson County Farm Bureau Women fully endorse our “Voice of Agriculture” throughout the year exampled by the full participation in programs the Kentucky Farm Bureau have to offer.
- March 01, 2013
The week of February 24 through 28, 2013 was Kentucky’s week to travel to Washington D.C. to meet with the Kentucky congressional delegation. Nelson County Farm Bureau was represented by seven directors. They were Jack and Elaine Roche, Nancy Miller, Jean Jury, Holly Bischoff, John Hart and Tommy Hart.
Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul and Representative Brett Guthrie along with all the state’s district representatives met with Kentucky Farm Bureau members at the congressional breakfast where they each addressed KFB 2013 national priorities which included fiscal policy, national farm policy, taxes, environment, health care and farm labor.
Farmers don’t have a lot of voice as they account for a small percentage of the American population and Farm Bureau’s mission is to be a voice of agriculture. Each Kentucky Senator and Representative was given the American Farm Bureau packet full of supporting data in regard to maximizing the impact on congressional decision making. Each and every director that came from Kentucky has a vital role in relaying the concerns for the future of agriculture and feeding America.
- February 22, 2013
The Nelson County Farm Bureau Federation held its annual 2013 Kentucky Derby Festival Spelling Bee at the office at 106 Reardon Boulevard on Thursday, February 21, at 7:00 p.m. Once again retired teacher Patsy Seay was pronouncer for the event and Nelson County 4-H Assistant Judy Creech and Cedar Creek Baptist Church secretary Becky Curtsinger were the judges.
Grades 4 through 8 from fourteen schools competed in this hour long event. Parents, friends and teachers packed into the conference room to witness these amazing students who were their school’s winners.
The first place $200 winner was Clay Newton of Bardstown Elementary. Second place $75 prize was won by Jade Coulter of Bloomfield Middle School. Third place $50 prize was won by Izzy Neel of St. Joseph’s School. The Nelson County Farm Bureau sponsored all these prizes along with the certificates awarded to the school winners.
Other school winners were: Lauren Roby, 7th grade – Bardstown Middle, Isaiah Greer, 4th grade – Bloomfield Elementary, Emily Bays, 6th grade – Bluegrass Christian Academy, Lindsey Maulden, 4th grade – Boston Elementary, Carson Mouser, 4th grade – Cox’s Creek Elementary, Caroline Boone, 8th grade – Old Kentucky Home Middle School, Keegan Watts, 5th grade – Foster Heights, Andrew Cox, 7th grade – Faith Heritage Home School, Thomas Meece, 6th grade – Home School, Amelia Watkins, 6th grade, St. Catherine School, and Meagan French, 7th grade – New Haven Middle.
County first place winner Clay Newton will participate in the March 9, 2013 Kentucky Derby Festival Spelling Bee in Louisville, Ky. This annual event is sponsored by the Festival and the Ford Motor Company.
Nelson County Farm Bureau Board of Directors realized this year’s competition was the most successful year in participation since they began to host the County spelling bee for the past 15 years. Adam Wheatley, Jean Jury, Nancy Miller, Sarah Wheatley and Steve Franklin represented the Nelson County Farm Bureau Board of Directors and worked together to host this event.
- November 03, 2012
Nelson County Farm Bureau Female Outstanding Youth Winner Rachel Young, Male Outstanding Youth Winner Chandler Young and Variety Contest Winner Lauren Grace Miles attended the 2012 Kentucky Farm Bureau Fifth District Annual Meeting held on November 1, 2012 at the Collins High School in Shelby County on November 1, 2012.
Board members, family and friends were on hand to encourage our contestants to do their best. President Steve Franklin was on hand, this night, to award each of these their $100 prize for winning the Nelson County Contest on July 12, 2012.
- October 10, 2012
President Steve Franklin called the Nelson County Farm Bureau annual meeting to order on Tuesday evening on October 9, 2012 held at the Nelson County Civic Center. Representative David Floyd led an invocation before over 100 people enjoyed the evening meal catered by the leaders, parents and members of the Nelson County 4-H Shooting Sports Club. After a delicious meal Franklin recognized all the guests which included Nelson County Farm Bureau Insurance Agency Manager Jack Allen and agency personnel.
Franklin gave the President’s Address. His spoke of this year’s participation in agricultural leadership, educational opportunities, and community involvement by the members of the Nelson County Farm Bureau. Accolades went to the Board for their award of the $500 Mini-Grant for the “A Farming We Will Go, Tic Tac Toe” game to be distributed in the 20 third grade classrooms throughout the County. He also praised the Board for a successful “Ag Day at the Fair” which was held on Saturday, July 21, 2012. Franklin commended the “Local Membership Discount Program” which the members are entitled to as a privilege of the $25 membership.
Franklin asked Director Jean Jury for a report about the results of the third annual Outstanding Youth and Variety contests. She congratulated the Nelson County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee, Bardstown Chamber of Commerce, 4-H Extension and Nelson County FFA Chapter for their combined leadership in the annual Nelson County Fair Public Speaking and Talent Contests held at this Nelson County Civic Center on Thursday, July 12, 2012. She announced the winners of these contests. Female Outstanding Youth winner was Rachel Young. Male Outstanding Youth Winner was Chandler Young. Variety Contest Winner was Lauren Grace Miles. Jury announced that each of these winners would receive the $100 prize on November 1, 2012 at the Collins High School in Shelbyville, Kentucky and compete against eleven Fifth District counties.
Director John Hart gave the membership report followed by Agency Manager Jack Allen who gave the insurance report. The following nominees to the two year term on the Board of Directors for the Nelson County Farm Bureau were the following: Kent Bischoff, Jeff Eaves, John Filiatreau, Steven Greenwell, John Hart, Charles Heil, Mack Holt, Freddy Jury, Jean Jury, Tom Reed Anita Schenck, and Doris White. Unanimous decision was received to approve these for the Board of Directors.
Franklin was re-elected as President and Jimmy Monin was re-elected as Vice-President. Franklin then received a unanimous decision to approve last year’s minutes and treasurer’s report. Director Jack Roche presented the fiscal year financial report and received unanimous approval from the Board. Director Eddie Hicks promoted the local membership service drive with lists circulated on each table during the meeting.
Tommy Hart announced Kent Bischoff as the winner of the 2012 Farmer of the Year. He then read the letter of recommendation and awarded the plaque. Next, Director Elaine Roche presented a framed certificate to Director Jean Jury for the “Recognition of Service Award” for 2012.
Director Tom Hart presented a resolution to be submitted for Kentucky Farm Bureau to consider in their policy changes. Under the current American Farm Bureau Policy Booklet, page 77, line 52(3) as read, “The IRS should diligently pursue removal of tax-exempt status to animal rights organizations whose level of political activity exceeds the level allowed for charitable organizations” the Nelson County Farm Bureau would add, “additionally, all monies collected for the care of dogs and cats be used for that purpose only”. Motion carried to approve the Resolution.
Jean Jury next read a memorial for Beulah Parrott Barlow, a long-time Women’s Committee member, who at 93 years young died on June 30, 2012 of this year. She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Manuel T. Barlow, who was also a Nelson County Farm Bureau Director during his time.
The Nelson County Farm Bureau’s 2012 Annual Meeting adjourned after door prizes were awarded.
- October 10, 2012
A lifelong farmer, Walter Kent Bischoff, was honored at the October 9, 2012 annual meeting of the Nelson County Farm Bureau as the “2012 Farmer of the Year”. Citing Bischoff’s following achievements, Tom Hart, member of the Board of Directors, read from his nomination letter:
Bischoff has been a conservationist, an environmentalist, an innovator and a true steward of the land while growing and expanding a dairy operation to the successful farming operation it is today. A tour of duty in South Vietnam as a young man proves his dedication to his country, serving in the Kentucky National Guard in the 1960s. Additionally Bischoff is steadfast in his faith by his active membership in his church all the while growing up in Nelson County and amidst his farming career.
Hart emphatically states on behalf of Bischoff, “Kent, your dad, Mr. Louie, and all the Bischoff families that preceded you would be pleased with how you have carried on the family virtues of hard work and willingness to think outside the box.” He attributes this to his statement that Bischoff offered his wisdom and level headed thinking while serving on the Nelson County Farm Bureau Board for 39 years. Of those years he was President for two terms and served on various boards and committees.
Walter Kent Bischoff is married to Holly and they have three children; Shannon, Sunny and Jay. He presently farms with his brother, Tom Bischoff, on the Ben Irvin Road in Nelson County. Hart’s letter concluded, “In summation, Kent is a man who has served well his Maker, his country and his family. So, let me first thank you for your service to your country, and congratulate you on your selection as Nelson County Farm Bureau’s “2012 Farmer of the Year”.
- August 24, 2012
The third annual Nelson County Fair Public Speaking and Talent Contests were held Thursday, July 12, 2012, at 6:00 p.m. at the Nelson County Civic Center Bardstown, Kentucky. The purpose of the talent contest is to recognize young people and give them an opportunity to perform before audiences to gain valuable experience in the talent and entertainment field. The purpose of the speaking contest is to promote youth involvement in county activities and to recognize leadership, achievements and awards in their schools and communities.
The Nelson County Farm Bureau provided all the cash prize awards while the Nelson County Fair Board awarded Fair Passes for the up-coming Fair, Chapter FFA Club Advisors awarded plaques and Nelson County 4-H Extension awarded Champion and Blue Ribbons.
Nelson County Farm Bureau Contest Coordinator Jean Jury introduced Jan Ballard, President of the Bardstown Chamber of Commerce, as Master of Ceremony. Ballard introduced seven talent contestants and four public speakers.
After the scores were finalized Ballard announced the open show winners; Female Public Speaker $100 Winner was Rachel Young and $50 Female Runner-up was Lindsey Shain. Male Public Speaker $100 Winner was Chandler Young and $50 Male Runner-up was Kyle Schenck. Talent Show $100 Winner was Erica Nicole Miles and $50 Runner-up was Lauren Grace Miles.
Next Ballard awarded the Nelson County Farm Bureau Awards to the following; Female Outstanding Youth $100 Award to Rachel Young and $50 Female Outstanding Youth Runner-up to Lindsey Shain. Male Outstanding Youth $100 Winner was Chandler Young and $50 Outstanding Youth Male Runner-up was Kyle Schenck. Variety Show $100 Winner was Lauren Grace Miles and $50 Variety Show Runner-up was Marley Pierce Evans.
As Ballard announced the FFA winners Nelson County High School Chapter FFA Advisor John Hammond was on hand to present the 1st Place Plaque to Rachel Young and the new Thomas Nelson High School Chapter FFA Advisor Jacob Ball presented the Runner-up Plaque to Kyle Schenck.
Ballard was proud to announce that nine of the eleven participants were 4-H club members. She announced the 4-H winners of the Speech Contest as Nelson County Extension 4-H Program Assistant Judy Creech presented the Champion Ribbon to Rachael Young and Participation Ribbons to Kyle Schenck, Lindsey Shain, and Chandler Young. For the Talent Contest, Creech presented the Champion Ribbon to Marley Pierce Evans and Participation Ribbons to Bailey Renee Bertrand, Clay Isaac Cecil, Mary Katherine Cecil, and Kaylea Nichole Smathers. She emphasized that all participants are champions even though only one could receive the champion ribbon!
The Nelson County Farm Bureau Outstanding Youth and Variety Show Contests were held with the help of Secretary Nancy Miller, Women’s Chair Geraldine Flaugher, Contest Coordinator Jean Jury, directors and members Elaine Roche, Anita Schenck and Sarah Wheatley.
- July 12, 2012
At the regular meeting of the Nelson County Farm Bureau Board of Directors on Tuesday, July 10, 2012, for the first time, two FFA clubs introduced their newly-elected presidents for the upcoming school year 2012-2013. Retired President Melissa Schenck was present to pass on the President’s office for the Nelson County High School Chapter FFA to Audrey Coomes. Advisors to this club are Mike Glass and Jacob Ball. Audrey is the daughter of Tommy & Lynelle Coomes. The newly built Thomas Nelson High School will open in August 2012. Michelle Hanson was elected as the first president of the Thomas Nelson High School Chapter FFA for 2012-2013. Advisor to this club is John Hammond. Michelle’s parents are Mike and Darlene Hanson.
- December 10, 2010
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