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Feeding Kentucky purchases 10,080 pounds of Purnell’s ‘Old Folks’ sausage to aid hunger initiative

Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles has announced Feeding Kentucky has purchased 10,080 pounds of Kentucky Proud pork sausage from the iconic Purnell’s “Old Folks” headquartered in Simpsonville. The purchase is funded by a historic donation from Kentucky Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company to Feeding Kentucky as part of the Kentucky Hunger Initiative last month. “When we started the...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Commentary: Keeping Kentucky’s economy strong, the Farm Bill affects us all — not just farmers

The first permanent farm bill was passed in 1938 when farming was much different than it is today. But the purpose of the bill still basically remains the same; to establish and oversee programs that maintain an abundant food supply and help farm families be successful. I know without a doubt, it is the most important piece of legislation connected to our farmers, ranchers and rural America. But this...

Commentary: Farmers celebrate Earth Day everyday as stewards of environment, producers of our food

By Mark Haney Special to KyForward The process by which we grow our food is nothing short of amazing. We plant, grow and harvest each year relying, for the most part, on good land, adequate water and, of course, a little luck. With that in mind, farmers are true stewards of the environment. The fact is, our food and fiber producers depend on their natural resources to grow crops and raise their animals....

Kentucky delegates help set agricultural priorities at American Farm Bureau Federation convention

ORLANDO, Fla. – Voting delegates from Kentucky and other Farm Bureaus around the country are weighing in on the nation’s top agricultural issues and identifying priority topics for 2016 as the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) 97th annual convention comes to a close in Orlando, Florida. Kentucky Farm Bureau’s (KFB) 24 voting delegates represented Bluegrass State farmers as the AFBF 2016...

KFB delegation, state winners, headed to Orlando for American Farm Bureau Federation annual convention

Just a few weeks after concluding their own annual meeting, volunteer leaders from Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) are headed to the 97th annual convention of the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), Jan. 8 through Jan. 13 in Orlando, Florida. More than 400 KFB members are traveling to the Sunshine State to help shape Farm Bureau’s national policy agenda for 2016, learn about and discuss new trends...

Despite mixed reviews, five-year Farm Bill
is expected to benefit Kentucky farmers

The five-year Farm Bill is getting mixed reviews, but most agricultural organizations say it should benefit Kentucky farmers. (Photo by Tim Thornberry)   By Tim Thornberry KyForward correspondent   While not everyone is happy with the five-year Farm Bill that passed Congress last week, most agricultural organizations appear to be content with the compromise legislation that took two years...