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Phyllis Amyx elected to serve as KFB Women's Committee Chair
  • December 28, 2010

Phyllis Amyx, Wolfe County Farm Bureau Women’s Chair, has been elected to serve as Chair of the Kentucky Farm Bureau Women’s Committee for the upcoming year. Mrs. Amyx has been a long-time member of Wolfe County Farm Bureau and serves as the Board Secretary. She has also served as Women’s Chair for several years. Under her leadership the Wolfe County Women’s Committee has been very active in several special projects. The Committee is active in ACS Relay For Life of Wolfe County, leading the Farm Bureau team to be the top fundraising team for several years. The committee also hosts the annual Breast Cancer Survivor’s luncheon each year. Mrs. Amyx also has led the county’s committee to several consecutive Gold Stars.

Mrs. Amyx is married to Carroll Amyx, who serves as Wolfe County FB President and is also one of the District 10 Board Members. They own and operate a farm in Wolfe County.

Wolfe County Farm Bureau extends congratulations to Mrs. Amyx on a job well done and wishes her success in this new position.

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Team Smith
  • November 01, 2010
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The Wolfe County Farm Bureau Relay For Life team became “Team Smith” at the 2010 event this year and raised over $21,000 for The American Cancer Society.

The team was formed six years ago to raise money for ACS and is made up of Federation Board members, the Agency Manager, employees and members. Over the past six years, the team has raised nearly $100,000 for cancer research, advocacy, patient services, and education.

Our District 10 Area Program Director, Larry Smith, was diagnosed with advanced stage pancreatic cancer on Memorial Day weekend and passed away in late August, 2010. Larry was one of our most passionate supporters and a valuable member of our team. Each year, Larry hosted a cookout at Camp Smith to benefit our team. He also supported all our fundraisers by working and donating funds.

Several of our Federation Board Members are cancer survivors and feel that it is important that we give back to the organization that has been instrumental in funding researchers that have discovered early detection tests and cancer treatments. As the lead organization that supports farm families, we feel that this is one of the most important things that we can do to keep our members healthy.

“We have started fundraising for the 2011 Relay For Life and invite you to join us on the second Friday of 2011 at Campton Elementary School in Campton to walk throughout the night to raise funds and to honor our dear friend, Larry.” says Pam Pilgrim, Team Captain and Board Vice-President.

Other members of the team are County President and District 10 State Board Member Carroll Amyx, County Secretary and District 10 Women’s Chair Phyllis Amyx, Agency Manager Susan Cable, Agency CSR Lisa Hurst, Board members George Pilgrim and Barbara Stone, Farm Bureau members Suzy Prichard, John and Jessi Amyx, Barbara and Eric Hatton, and Wally Bush. Team Smith also had the distinction of having the youngest team member, Jacob Amyx and the oldest team member, Christine Pelfrey.  

State Representative Henderson speaks to Wolfe County Farm Bureau Board
  • November 01, 2010
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State Representative Richard Henderson was the special guest speaker at the Wolfe County Farm Bureau meeting on Monday evening, October 18. Representative Henderson gave the board an overall review of the 2010 legislative session and also a review of bills that affected Kentucky farmers and agriculture.

Representative Henderson spoke about policies that affect farmers in his district and in Kentucky. He spoke about his strong support of Senate Bill 105, which put into place the Livestock Care Standards Commission, an animal care oversight board. Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation was the lead organization in lobbying the State Legislature for the formation of this board.

Mr. Henderson also told the board that he fully supports 50 percent of the Phase I funds being used for agriculture and farming programs. He pledged that he would continue to support this funding.

President Carroll Amyx noted that Representative Henderson is one of the most accessible legislators in The Kentucky General Assembly. He has always been willing to come to Wolfe County to speak at Farm Bureau events and other agriculture organizations and to listen to concerns of the group.

The board voted on a slate of resolutions to be sent to the Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation for consideration at the Annual Meeting in December. The board also elected officers for the upcoming year. Carroll Amyx was elected as President and Pam Pilgrim was elected to serve as Vice-President. Phyllis Amyx was elected Secretary of the Board and Susan Cable will serve as Treasurer.

Farm Safety Day Camp
  • November 01, 2010
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In partnership with the Wolfe County Conservation District, the UK Cooperative Extension Service and the Wolfe County School District, the Wolfe County Farm Bureau Federation sponsored the Progressive Farmer Safety Day Camp for 6th graders in the county. The event was held in May 2010 at the historic Hazel Green Fire Department.

Linda Patrick served as Director of the event. The sixth grade students were bused to the fire department where they visited eight different venues that ranged from fire safety to ATV safety. The students were also taught about tractor safety and gun safety. Representatives from Morgan Regional Hospital taught the students how pills looked like candy and how to be safe. Representatives from the Cooperative Extension Service taught the students how difficult it was to function with certain handicaps – a favorite venue among the students because of the hands-on participation. As Wolfe County is located in rural Eastern Kentucky, the course on ATV safety is considered one of our most important.

Members of the Farm Bureau board served as volunteers at the event, the Wolfe County Farm Bureau Women’s Advisory Committee served lunch to the students, and several businesses and organizations in the community donated door prizes for the students. Each student was also given a t-shirt to commemorate the event.

This has been a very successful program in our community and plans are underway for the event during the 2011 school year.

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