KDA initiates beef grading program

By Ray Bowman Not all cows are created equal. Considering the variability of beef carcasses, the grade of a cut sold at retail can be important to some consumers when it comes to selecting what’s for dinner. A new service being provided by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture helps both growers and...

Nominations urged for leadership program

The Kentucky Agricultural Leadership Program is accepting nominations for its 11th class. Housed in the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, KALP is an intensive two-year program designed for young farmers and agribusiness individuals. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, residents of Kentucky or...

Scott County FB celebrates new Bevins Motor site

It also was a grand day for Scott County FB when the Bevins Motor Company farm equipment business held a grand opening celebration on April 24 at its new facility on U.S. 25 just south of Georgetown. The 69-year-old business has been an integral part of the area’s farmscape, which is why Scott County FB...

Sheep cheese maker is unique

History suggests that before people were milking cows, they may have been milking goats. And even before that, sheep. Sheep’s milk is very nutritious with a higher solids content than most other types of milk, meaning it lends itself very favorably to making cheese. Unless you haunt the gourmet cheese...

Salty story . . . New book extols country ham’s heritage

By: Ray Bowman Kentuckians like their country ham. For conformation look no further than the KFB Country Ham Breakfast at the State Fair, where well over a thousand guests enjoy the famous salted pork and businesses spend hundreds of thousands of dollars for the blue ribbon winner. Country ham also has a...

Taxing issue . . . Farmers frustrated over equipment deduction flap

One of the most popular provisions in the federal tax code keeps getting snagged in Congressional wrangling over broader tax policies. That’s not sitting well with the farmers and small business operators who benefit from Section 179, which allows a deduction on the purchase of equipment. KFB Director...

President’s and Vice-President’s Conference

Participants in the annual Presidents and Vice Presidents Conference were presented with a full plate of topics during the two-day event last month. This included state and legislative issues, county Farm Bureau activities, agricultural education initiatives, the county loan and insurance services programs,...

Create Your Own Family Bank

By: Rob Pittman, Estate Planning Specialist, and Michael Pitt, Attorney The concept of creating your own Family Bank is an exciting opportunity available to almost every Kentucky Farm Bureau (“KYFB”) member to assist in protecting your Family Legacy and to enhance the accumulation of wealth for you and...

Young Farmer Conference . . .

The two-day event featured workshops, tours of local attractions, guest speakers and plenty of fellowship. Presiding was Alan Hubble of Lincoln County, the new chairman of the young farmer committee. KFB President Mark Haney addressed the group at a luncheon and was quick to note that Kentucky’s young...

Ag proposal developed for SOAR project

Access to capital, availability of land and developing local food systems are among the key issues for agriculture contained in a committee report for the Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) initiative. Those recommendations will be among those from 10 committees reporting at a February 16 “summit”...

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