Battle plan(ning) . . . KFB seminar helps candidates prepare for campaigns

“Get your message out.” That phrase was repeated over and over to participants in KFB’s Campaign Management Seminar last month. Cody Lyons, who is Director of Grassroots and Policy Advocacy for AFBF, repeated it four times early in the program to underscore the importance of communicating to the...

Food Check-Out Day . . .

KFB and some county Farm Bureaus used the annual “Food Check-Out” promotion to remind consumers of how they benefit from the work of farmers. “Food Check-Out Day” was initiated 18 years ago to put a spotlight on the low cost of food in the United States. KFB uses the occasion to also show...

FFA Convention has a rousing send-off

KFB Executive Vice President David S. Beck was the host of a widely-publicized October 2 kickoff news conference for the National FFA Convention. A former state FFA officer from the Lyon County chapter, Beck served as Chairman of the Host Committee for the 86th annual National FFA Convention which was held...

Wolfe County market expansion pays off

Oftentimes in Eastern Kentucky, finding fresh, local produce is a tough proposition. With at least 10,000 cars driving through Wolfe County each day to and from the Mountain Parkway, Daniel Wilson and Pam Pilgrim saw a huge opportunity for farmers and consumers. “We’ve had the farmers market here for...

Fayette County Legislative Dinner . . . .

Fayette County farmers literally have been on the outside looking in as Lexington’s urban sprawl has moved toward their farms. But when it comes to having representation in community affairs, Fayette County FB has been an “insider” working for those farm families. For years, the Fayette County FB...

Just Piddlin Farm provides family fun

Chip Willingham might be just piddlin around with the roadside farm market that he and his family operate in Simpson County, but that doesn’t mean he has a casual approach to it.  To the contrary, he’s quite devoted to providing a quality experience for families. “Our focus is on the family,” he...

Truly a “haven”, Adair County farm market caters to kids

Children, farm animals and farm life are high on Delaina Russell’s list of favorites, and it shows  in the business she operates on an Adair County farm. Usually with her three children in tow, she runs the market and agritourism activities at Heavenly Haven Farm, which is a participant in KFB’s...

“Grow” masters . . . Brumfield Farms thrives on diverse production

Hopkins County farmer Shawn Brumfield expresses a bit of amazement when reflecting on the family farm operation. “We’re so diversified . . .you’d think no one would be so crazy to do what we do,” he said matter-of-factly. Throw in a herd of cattle or a couple broiler houses and it truly would be...

2013 Kentucky State Fair roundup

A big crowd, a good contingent of business and political leaders and a fat price for the prized pork marked KFB’s 50th annual Country Ham Breakfast at the State Fair. Nearly 1,600 people were on hand to hear some top political officials speak and watch as Yum! Brands Foundation  made a winning bid of...

Beef and pork names have changed

The pork and beef industries have retooled more than 350 names of meat cuts, ostensibly to give them more sizzle and consumer appeal. The move has evoked mixed feelings from the farm community, particularly those riled about eliminating the “pork chop” in favor of traditional beef names such as...

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