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Community Focus - 2013 Annual Meeting

  • 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.

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