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”...

Priority topics identified during first meeting of Water Management Working Group

Louisville, KY (December 10, 2014) – A Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) task force to develop ideas for enhancing water resources for the state’s farmers held its initial meeting today, identifying priority topics. Identifying financial and regulatory challenges, improving ties between water suppliers and...

Kentucky Farm Bureau sets priority issues for 2015 legislative session

Louisville, KY (December 6, 2014) – With state road fund revenue expected to decline markedly in 2015, Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) is placing a priority on working with the General Assembly to ensure adequate funding is available to maintain rural roads. KFB concluded its 95th annual meeting today with its...

Elections held during Kentucky Farm Bureau’s 95th annual meeting

Louisville, KY (December 6, 2014) – Pulaski County farmer Mark Haney was re-elected president of Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) on the concluding day of the organization’s 95th annual meeting. Also re-elected were Webster County’s Eddie Melton as First Vice-President and Hart County’s Fritz Giesecke as...

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