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News - New Commodity Division to Expand Farming and Ag-Business Services


  • October 28, 2009

Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation has formed a Commodity Division to expand services to farmers and agribusinesses, Executive Vice President David S. Beck announced today.

Jeff Harper, who was previously the Commodity Department Director at KFB for the past six years, has been named director of the new division. A Mercer County native, Harper previously was a project analyst for the Governor’s Office on Agricultural Policy. He also served as Assistant Director of KFB’s Public Affairs Division.

Beck said the Commodity Division “will continue the work we’ve done but also will expand our reach to better serve the needs of our agriculture industry. This will allow Jeff and his staff to devote more time and resources to meeting the needs and addressing issues of the various farm commodity sectors.”

Harper will continue his role as a legislative agent on commodity and agricultural issues. Joining him in the new division are Director of Market Information Ed McQueen, a veteran employee who specializes in market reporting and analysis; and Kara Keeton, who administers the popular Certified Roadside Farm Markets program. Plans are to hire a Commodity Specialist within the newly created division.

The division will serve as the organization’s liaison to the various agricultural commodity groups and will work closely with KFB’s Advisory Committees that review policies and programs affecting the respective farm commodities. The division also will handle marketing and promotional activities. Other key functions include the KFB Beef Expo and annual educational tours for Kentucky cattle producers and farm market operators.

“Serving our farm families is top priority,” said Beck.”The new Commodity Division will put in place the personnel and resources to allow us to expand our reach while meeting the needs of producers of all commodities.”

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