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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...

Delegates from across state to gather for 98th Kentucky Farm Bureau annual meeting Nov. 29

More than 2,000 Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) members from across the state will gather for the organization’s 98th annual meeting November 29 – December 2 at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky. Delegates from all of the state’s 120 counties assemble for the four-day event to participate in committee meetings, business sessions, award presentations, officer elections and to adopt 2018...

Kentucky Farm Bureau announces finalists in 2017 Outstanding Young Farm Family Competition

The Kentucky Farm Bureau “Outstanding Young Farm Family” competition annually recognizes an individual or couple ages 18-35 who has exhibited the strongest farm management skills, most consistent financial growth and the highest level of involvement in both Farm Bureau and their community. Each year, county Farm Bureaus are encouraged to promote the Outstanding Young Farm Family (OYFF) competition...

Farm Bureau Marketbasket Survey results show food prices have remained steady since beginning of year

Kentucky Farm Bureau’s (KFB) latest Marketbasket Survey indicates food prices have remained steady since the beginning of the year. This is in contrast to what was seen throughout 2016. Quarterly measures indicated decreases in the 40 basic food items which make up the survey throughout most of last year and carried over into the first quarter of 2017.   This third quarter increase of just .15...

Bluegrass & Backroads: From a one-acre garden and a few apple trees, Evans Cider Mill now a destination

Evans Orchard and Cider Mill in Georgetown was once a cattle and tobacco operation, but in the 1990s, the fifth generation of the Evans family planted a one-acre garden and a few apple trees. That modest operation has evolved into an agri-tourism destination. Kentucky is a state defined by its history and noted for a number of things, not the least of which is horse racing, bourbon, bluegrass music...

Bluegrass & Backroads: Great American Dollhouse Museum creates entire community … only smaller

The Great American Dollhouse Museum in Danville, Kentucky is a fascinating mix of miniatures and story telling, where an entire community is created on a small-scale… but has a big impact on visitors young AND old. Kentucky is a state defined by its history and noted for a number of things, not the least of which is horse racing, bourbon, bluegrass music and barbecue. But, as natives Bob Shrader...

Kentucky Farm Bureau seeking entries for annual conservation writing and art contests

Students and teachers looking for a creative classroom project this fall will find the perfect blend of fun and educational materials in the annual Conservation Writing and Art Contests, sponsored by Kentucky Farm Bureau and the Kentucky Association of Conservation Districts. This contest encourages Kentucky’s finest young writers and artists to create and submit short essays and artistic entries...

Bluegrass & Backroads: Head to Bi-Water Farm for the produce — and the state’s first corn maze

Visit one of Kentucky Farm Bureau’s Certified Roadside Markets, Bi-Water Farm and Greenhouse in Georgetown, Ky., site of the state’s first corn maze. Kentucky is a state defined by its history and noted for a number of things, not the least of which is horse racing, bourbon, bluegrass music and barbecue. But, as natives Bob Shrader and Matt Hilton remind us each week, there’s so...

Bluegrass & Backroads: Get a better look at history with a visit to the Kentucky Bison Company

Get a better look at history with a visit to the Woodland Farm and the Kentucky Bison Company, located in Goshen in Oldham County, where the buffalo still roam. Kentucky is a state defined by its history and noted for a number of things, not the least of which is horse racing, bourbon, bluegrass music and barbecue. But, as natives Bob Shrader and Matt Hilton remind us each week, there’s so...

UK professor Epps named KFB Career and Technical Postsecondary Teacher of the Year

The Kentucky Association for Career and Technical Education has named University of Kentucky’s Rebekah Epps the Kentucky Farm Bureau Career and Technical Postsecondary Teacher of Year. Epps, an associate professor, is the program chair for agricultural education in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, and she instructs future teachers. Rebekah Epps “I am truly honored and humbled to...

Bluegrass & Backroads: Once a weekend hobby, Mr. G’s Kettle Corn now a full-time labor of love

From a local Kentucky farm in Jefferson County to the kettle, no other kettle corn is as fresh as Mr G’s Kettle Corn. This popular snack is available across the state. Order this Kentucky Proud product go to: mrgskettlecorn.com. Kentucky is a state defined by its history and noted for a number of things, not the least of which is horse racing, bourbon, bluegrass music and barbecue. But, as...

Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation donates $1 million to UK’s Grain and Forage Center of Excellence

In continuing its long-standing support of the University of Kentucky (UK) College of Agriculture, Food and Environment’s Research and Education Center at Princeton, the Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation’s (KFBF) Board of Directors voted, during its last meeting, to donate a total of $1 million to initiatives at the facility’s new Grain and Forage Center of Excellence. The money will go toward...

Grand Champion ham attracts $325,000 bid at 54th annual KFB Country Ham Breakfast charity event

The 54th annual Kentucky Farm Bureau Country Ham Breakfast brought in an incredible $325,000 winning bid for the Kentucky State Fair’s Grand Champion Country Ham Thursday. Kentucky Farm Bureau President Mark Haney kicked off the remarks portion of the program. “Along with other agriculture organizations, we are committed to improving lives in rural Kentucky. We love Kentucky, because we believe...

Longtime KFB governmental affairs specialist Alvey joins Kentucky Distillers’ Association

The Kentucky Distillers’ Association announced that Bryan Alvey, a respected governmental affairs specialist with more than 15 years’ experience in legislative advocacy, has joined the organization as Senior Director of Governmental and External Affairs. Alvey, 45, comes to the KDA from the Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation, where he has been Director of Local Affairs and Policy Development since...

Bluegrass & Backroads: Owners of first Lavender farm in Kentucky call business a ‘work in progress’

Lavender Hills of Kentucky is a small farm located just outside of Brooksville in Bracken County … and is what the owners like to call a work in progress. When they began Lavender Hills they were the first lavender farm in Kentucky and have since learned some very hard lessons about this difficult to grow crop. More than just a flower, lavender has given this family something to come together around...

Bluegrass & Backroads: Youth Ballet in Lexington provides young with access to the art of dance

Bluegrass Youth Ballet in Lexington engages and inspires youth by providing access to the art of dance throughout the community. Learn more at: bluegrassyouthballet.org. Kentucky is a state defined by its history and noted for a number of things, not the least of which is horse racing, bourbon, bluegrass music and barbecue. But, as natives Bob Shrader and Matt Hilton remind us each week, there’s...

Bluegrass & Backroads: Louisville woodworker turns used bourbon barrels into just about anything

For years Jason Cohen of Louisville has used reclaimed recycled wood to create functional commercial and residential pieces of furniture. Now he is turning used bourbon barrels into just about anything … in fact he has more ideas than time to build them. Visit his Bourbon Barrel Furniture Store. Kentucky is a state defined by its history and noted for a number of things, not the least of which...

Bluegrass & Backroads: Fancy Farm Picnic draws big crowds for barbecue, political speeches

The annual Fancy Farm Picnic, sponsored by St. Jerome Catholic Church in the far western part of the state, quickly transformed into Kentucky’s inaugural event for the statewide fall political season. Some of the nation’s most prominent politicians have addressed crowds of up to 15,000 from the speakers’ stand. This year’s event will be held Aug. 5. Kentucky is a state defined...