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Commentary: In rural Kentucky, voting has always been and continues to be vitally important

By Mark Haney and Chris Perry Special to KyForward In communities across the country, children are taught from a young age about the importance of getting out on Election Day and voting. The right to vote is the cornerstone of any democracy and an important tool for making our voices heard in the political process. These days, with partisanship reaching record highs, it’s easy to want to tune out...

UK to host irrigation workshop on Feb. 19; scientists to share irrigation-focused research results

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment will host a Kentucky Irrigation Workshop on Feb. 19 at UK’s Research and Education Center in Princeton. During the workshop, scientists with the UK Grain and Forage Center of Excellence and the Kentucky Geological Survey will share their most recent research results from their irrigation-related...

KFB Marketbasket Survey indicates 2019 ended with slight increase in overall food prices

The Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) Marketbasket Survey results from the fourth quarter of 2019 indicate price fluctuations to most food items and a slight increase in the overall cost of food during the course of the year. The Marketbasket Survey is taken four times per year at the end of each quarter to monitor overall and categorical trends in food prices across the Commonwealth. The survey gathers the...

Butler County Farm Bureau honored as KFB’s top county for third consecutive year

Recognized for outstanding programming and for having a positive impact on both the community and its membership, Butler County Farm Bureau was honored as Kentucky Farm Bureau’s (KFB) “Top County” in 2019. Volunteer leaders from Butler County received the award at a recognition breakfast held during the 100th KFB annual meeting at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville. The “Top County” announcement...

Kentucky launches selling farmers tax credit program to sustain agricultural industry

Kentucky has launched a new program offering farmers incentives for selling their property to beginning farmers, an effort to further sustain one of the state’s most important industries. Gov. Matt Bevin and partner organizations announced the Kentucky Selling Farmer Tax Credit (KSFTC) program, which will begin accepting applications Dec. 16. Gov. Matt Bevin “Farmers are a vital part of Kentucky’s...

Quarles invites Kentuckians to visit 115th Kentucky State Fair; mid-summer showcase runs Aug. 15-25

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles is inviting all Kentuckians to visit the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s mid-summer showcase at the 115th Kentucky State Fair Aug. 15-25 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. “The Kentucky State Fair brings the best of Kentucky agriculture together in one location,” Quarles said. “The fair is a golden opportunity for farmers to talk to the...

Kentucky farmers forced to navigate options as shrinking cash flows cause financial pressure

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News service With a downturn in the farm economy, many Kentucky farmers are under increasing financial pressure – and there’s a new resource guide that could help. Low commodity prices are shrinking cash flow for many farmers, forcing some to take out more or higher interest loans. But Jonathan Shepherd – a farm management specialist in the University of Kentucky...

KFB to offer teacher training and professional development opportunities at workshops

For approximately 20 years, Kentucky Farm Bureau has provided educators with a variety of teacher training and professional development opportunities designed to better enable participants to incorporate agriculture into their daily core curriculum. The workshop registration fee has been waived for all Kentucky educators, compliments of Kentucky Farm Bureau. Please be aware that availability is limited;...

Quarles welcomes EPA Administrator Wheeler to Kentucky for Farmers’ Roundtable in Georgetown

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles welcomed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler to Kentucky on Friday for a roundtable discussion with Kentucky agriculture producers and industry representatives at Meade Tractor of Georgetown.  “Administrator Wheeler is no stranger to Kentucky agriculture, as he visited the Kentucky State Fair as my guest in 2018,” said Quarles....

KY Farm Bureau Marketbasket survey shows slight increase in food prices to start 2019

The most recent Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) Marketbasket Survey indicates a slight increase to the overall cost of food to start off 2019. The Marketbasket Survey is taken four times per year at the end of each quarter to monitor overall and categorical trends in food prices across the Commonwealth. The survey gathers the prices of 40 basic food items throughout the state and then averages the numbers...

Kentucky Farm Bureau announces scholarship opportunities for 95 high school seniors this spring

While Kentucky high school seniors are preparing for graduation, their thoughts are turning to the future. For many students, this means college – and finding a way to pay for tuition. Later this spring, the Kentucky Farm Bureau Education Foundation will award college scholarships ranging from $400 to $4,000 to 95 high school seniors pursuing a four-year degree. To be considered, students must complete...

Farmers wish Commonwealth a ‘Kentucky Proud’ Christmas by singing ‘Jingle Bells’ in video

The new Kentucky Proud video features people singing snippets of “Jingle Bells” while doing farm chores. The singers all have obvious singing chops, but they also happen to be Kentucky farmers. “We are thrilled with the video,” Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said. “This was a great opportunity to showcase Kentucky farmers, promote Kentucky Proud products, and have a little fun in the...

Kentucky Farm Bureau announces Emerald Sponsorship for 2019 4-H Emerald Gala

Kentucky Farm Bureau is proud to announce its Emerald Sponsorship for the 2019 4-H Emerald Gala. The Emerald Sponsorship is the top commitment available for the gala that showcases 4-H Emerald Award Winners as well as the 4-H program in Kentucky. Funding for the sponsorship is provided by both Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation and Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance. “4-H is the largest youth organization...

Deputy sheriff, third-grade teacher win Kentucky Proud Weddings Contest grand prize of $5,000

Justin and Christa Conley of Ewing won the second Kentucky Proud Weddings Contest, which includes a $5,000 grand prize package, The Kentucky Department of Agriculture has announced. “I want to thank the Conleys for making Kentucky Proud a part of their special day,” said Agricuture Commssioner Ryan Quarles. “We started Kentucky Proud Weddings to give our farm families an easy way to earn a share...

Mark Haney re-elected Kentucky Farm Bureau president as 99th annual meeting comes to a close

Pulaski County farmer Mark Haney was re-elected Kentucky Farm Bureau President on the concluding day of the organization’s 99th annual meeting. Also re-elected was Webster County’s Eddie Melton as First Vice-President. Sharon Furches of Calloway County was elected as Second Vice-President, taking the place of Hart County’s Fritz Giesecke who retired from the Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation Board...

Finalists named for Kentucky Farm Bureau’s 2018 Outstanding Young Farm Family award

Each year, Kentucky Farm Bureau recognizes an individual or couple between the ages of 18 and 35 as the Outstanding Young Farm Family (OYFF) of the year. County Farm Bureaus across the state are encouraged to promote the competition, which recognizes individuals and families who have strong farm management skills, a high level of involvement in Farm Bureau and in their community, and have exhibited...

Quarles declares Nov. 10-17 as statewide ‘Kentucky Hunters for the Hungry’ Week

As Kentucky sportsmen and women head out for deer hunting season starting Nov. 10, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles is encouraging them to consider donating their harvest to a charitable feeding agency as part of the second annual “Kentucky Hunters for the Hungry” Week in Kentucky Nov. 10-17. “It is an unfortunate reality that one in six Kentuckians is food insecure,” said...

Farm Bureau’s Marketplace Survey shows slight drop in grocery prices for first time this year

The most recent Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) Marketbasket Survey indicates a slight drop in prices for the first time this year.   The Marketbasket Survey is taken four times a year at the end of each quarter to monitor food-price trends across the Commonwealth. The survey records prices of 40 basic food items throughout the state, averaging the numbers into six categories: beef, pork, poultry, dairy,...

32nd annual Farm Bureau Beef Expo records sales over $1 million for seventh consecutive year

The Kentucky Farm Bureau Beef Expo recorded sales of just over $1 million, crossing seven figures for the seventh consecutive year in its 32nd edition March 2-4 at the Kentucky Exposition Center. “The Beef Expo has become a staple of the beef cattle calendar in the United States, and the results of the last several years bear that out,” Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said. “We are Kentucky...

Farm Bureau’s final Marketbasket Survey of 2017 show food prices continued decline in fourth quarter

Kentucky Farm Bureau’s (KFB) latest Marketbasket Survey indicates food prices dropped once again during the fourth quarter of last year. This continues a trend seen throughout the last two years of the survey. Each quarter, 40 basic food items are price-checked throughout the state in an effort to gauge current food-price trends. Since the end of 2016, surveyed food items have dropped by a total...