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Why KFB?

Why Join Kentucky Farm Bureau

We take pride in a friendly company culture, a healthy work-life balance and our commitment to a happier you.

When you’re here, you’re not just another face in a cubicle. Those who make up the KFB family define who we are. Here are just some of the ways we thank them:

Kentucky Cattle Auction Report - May 28, 2024

KY Cattle Auction Report 5.28.24.pdf

Weekly Economic Report - May 28, 2024

KFB CDWMR 5.28.24.pdf

Fescue Farmers Needed for Large-Scale Grasslands Agriculture Project

A Once-in-a-Generation Project Aims to Partner with 230 Beef Cattle Farms Across Nine States.

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee—Beef cattle farmers in the tall fescue belt are eligible to take part in one of the largest initiatives ever undertaken to improve productivity, profitability and conservation benefits of grasslands in the eastern U.S. This program is also open to pasture-based sheep and goat operations.

A total of 230 farms are being sought to collaborate on this sweeping initiative, known as the Grasslands Partnership and spanning nine states: Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Arkansas, Missouri and Indiana.

The main objectives of the project are to identify specific pasture practices that not only improve productivity and profitability, but also provide livestock operations with the opportunity to engage with emerging markets for carbon, other conservation benefits, and premiums that may be available for cattle raised under these practices.

Farmers are being recruited who are interested in implementing practices such as improved grazing management, native grass pastures, interseeding legumes, silvopasture and application of two novel soil amendments, either or both biochar and gypsum.

Participants in the project will partner with Extension to monitor the practices to determine outcomes such as soil health, soil carbon, grazing days and, in some cases, improvements to populations of grassland birds, such as bobwhite quail, and pollinators.

The project provides compensation to producers to cover the cost of practice implementation. Interested beef cattle, sheep or goat producers should contact their Extension agent or visit the Grasslands Partnership website grasslandspartnership.org for more information and are encouraged to apply. The target date to complete enrollment is June 30.

This five-year collaborative project is funded with a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service. Extension agents and specialists from 11 land-grant universities are conducting the project with support from scientists in a wide range of fields, including soils, agronomy, agricultural economics and conservation. The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture is leading the project.

Key supporters and partners for this initiative include the American Farm Bureau Federation, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, American Forage and Grassland Council, National Grazing Lands Coalition, and the National Bobwhite & Grasslands Initiative

The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture is comprised of the Herbert College of Agriculture, UT College of Veterinary Medicine, UT AgResearch, and UT Extension. Through its land-grant mission of teaching, research and outreach, the Institute touches lives and provides Real. Life. Solutions. to Tennesseans and beyond. utia.tennessee.edu

Contact: Margeaux Emery, UTIA Marketing and Communications, margeaux@tennessee.edu

 

Bob Dixon

Collegiate Farm Bureau

Collegiate Farm Bureau brings together students with an agricultural interest on college campuses to engage in professional development, industry networking, and educational activities to enhance their future while building awareness of Kentucky Farm Bureau. The Kentucky Collegiate Farm Bureau chapters operate at the University of Kentucky (UK), Eastern Kentucky University (EKU), Murray State University (MSU) and Morehead State University (MSU).

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Ford

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Farm Bureau members receive $500 cash reward on the purchase of lease of an eligible new 2023/2024/2025 Ford Maverick, Ranger, F-150, or Super Duty® or F-150 Lightning. Visit www.fordfarmbureauadvantage.com today for offer details.

Farm Bureau Exclusive Cash Reward is exclusively for active Farm Bureau members who are residents of the United States. $500 Exclusive Cash Reward on the purchase or lease of an eligible new 2023/2024/2025 Ford Maverick, Ranger, F-150®, Super Duty®, or F-150 Lightning. This incentive is not available on Ranger®, F-150 Raptor®, F-650 and F-750 Super Duty. This offer may not be used in conjunction with most other Ford Motor Company private incentives or AXZD-Plans. Some customer and purchase eligibility restrictions apply. Must be a Farm Bureau member for 30 consecutive days prior to purchase or lease and take new retail delivery from an authorized Ford Dealer’s stock by January 2, 2025. See your authorized Ford Dealer for qualifications and complete details. Note to dealer: Claim in VINCENT using #32286.

Grasshopper Mowers

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Farm Bureau Members Save 12% off MSRP

A family-owned business with more than 50 years of manufacturing experience, The Grasshopper Company has specialized in manufacturing True ZeroTurn™ riding rotary mowers since 1969. No parent corporation or outside investors make the decisions at Grasshopper.

For 40 years, Grasshopper has studied the needs of government entities, turf care professionals and equipment owners across the nation and around the world. Grasshopper engineers continuously research and test new product features and improvements at our 300,000-square-foot facility in Moundridge, Kansas. Every Grasshopper product is engineered for performance, using only the highest quality components and heavy-duty construction to ensure long life. Their skilled manufacturing specialists use the latest high-tech equipment, including computer-aided manufacturing fully integrated with a 3-D solid modeling computer design system, CNC fabrication and machining.

Program Guidelines:

12% OFF MSRP rebate available for all models. Farm Bureau rebate valid when purchasing new, unregistered Grasshopper tractor and mowing deck. No other sales programs may be combined with this offer.

Financing available at participating dealers. See dealer for available financing offers and to apply for qualification.

Proof of Valid and Active KFB Membership Required to take advantage of this savings.

See dealer for complete Farm Bureau offer details.

Grasshopper products are available through a worldwide network of knowledgeable, independent dealers offering sales, parts and service to turf care professionals, business and government entities and discerning individuals.

Locate a grasshopper dealer

 

Kentucky Farm Bureau Beef Tour

The 2024 Kentucky Farm Bureau Beef Tour will be held in New York in June of 2024. This will be a great opportunity for Kentucky Farm Bureau members to tour successful livestock and agricultural operations and to enjoy some fun activities along the way. We expect a high level of member interest in this tour. 

Registration for this tour is now closed. 

 

Marion County Members Kim, Brittany and Denise Jones Support Local Agriculture

Young Farmers work with Cattlemen to raise money for agriculture programs. Helping to serve are Kim Jones, Brittany Jones and Denise Jones.

 

Daviess County Farm Bureau Newsletter - January 2024

https://www.kyfb.com/KYFB/assets/File/Counties/Daviess/Newsletter---January-2024.pdf?cacheid=0.14873065071409353

Daviess County Farm Bureau Announces 2024 Scholarship Winners

https://www.kyfb.com/KYFB/assets/File/Counties/Daviess/Scholarship-Winners---2024.pdf?cacheid=0.9163877425173981

9 savvy ways to save on gas

9 savvy ways to save on gas blog
In 2021, Americans used an average of 369 million gallons of motor gasoline each day, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). | Photo credit: Adobe Stock

Americans have always had a love affair with cars. Yet whether you prefer the power of a muscle car, versatility of a pickup truck, spaciousness of an SUV or the practicality of a minivan, there's a common thread: They all require gas. Even so, just how much each vehicle uses can sometimes depend on the driver.     

In 2023, Americans used an average of 376 million gallons of motor gasoline each day, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).

For a personalized look at your car’s fuel economy, visit www.fueleconomy.gov.

The substances produced when gasoline is burned, like car­­­bon monoxide and nitrogen oxides, are harmful to our environment. Perhaps you’ve heard that message before and wondered what you could do to reduce the size of those emissions. If riding a bike or taking a bus to work isn’t an option for you, here are nine savvy ways you can help make a positive impact on our country’s consumption of gasoline (and save a few bucks at the pump!):

  1. Don’t idle. In New York City alone, idling vehicles produce 130,000 tons of carbon dioxide every year, according to a report by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). Just how much pollution is that? In order to offset it, we’d need to plant a Manhattan-sized area with trees every single year. You can help by turning off your ignition if you’re sitting still for more than 10 seconds. Restarting your car does not burn more fuel than leaving it idling; in fact, idling for just 10 seconds wastes more gas than restarting the engine.
     
  2. Give aggressive driving tendencies a break! If you abstain from rapid acceleration/braking, you can lower your gas mileage by as much as 33 percent at highway speeds and five percent around town, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
     
  3. Similarly, if your car has an “economy mode” button, try it out. This feature reprograms various systems in your car to be less aggressive. You can push down on that gas pedal all you want, but your eco-friendly car won’t let that lead foot win.
     
  4. Don’t speed. Observing the speed limit potentially saves you from a ticket and can save your gas mileage. Each 5 mph you drive over 60 mph can reduce your fuel economy by 7 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
     
  5. Use cruise control when possible. In most cases, keeping a constant speed will help save gas.
     
  6. Get regular tune-ups! Fixing a car that is noticeably out of tune can improve your gas mileage by about four percent.
     
  7. Combine trips. Many short trips taken from a cold start can use twice as much fuel as one multi-purpose trip covering the same distance.
     
  8. Avoid unnecessarily carrying cargo. Toting around a kayak may look cool, but rooftop loads can reduce fuel economy by 10 to 25 percent on the interstate, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
     
  9. The best way to warm up your car is to drive it. Idling your car on a cold morning is a thing of the past. It’s true that older cars, which relied on carburetors, needed to warm up to work well, but today’s cars see no benefit to a warm-up period.

>> At Kentucky Farm Bureau, we protect what’s important to you – from farms and fishing boats to minivans and mobile homes. To see a full list of products we insure, click here.

 

Weekly Economic Report - May 20, 2024

KFB CDWMR 5.20.24.pdf

Kentucky Cattle Auction Report - May 21, 2024

KY Cattle Auction Report 5.21.24.pdf

Kentucky Cattle Auction Report - May 14, 2024

KY Cattle Auction Report 5.14.24.pdf

Kentucky Cattle Auction Report - May 7, 2024

KY Cattle Auction Report 5.7.24.pdf

Weekly Economic Report - May 6, 2024

KFB CDWMR 5.6.24.pdf

Weekly Economic Report - May 13, 2024

Revised KFB CDWMR 5.13.24.pdf

Commodities

The Commodity Division represents the commodity interests of Farm Bureau’s farmer members to further increase the production, promotion, and marketing of agricultural commodities with the goal of increasing net farm income. The Division works with various KFB commodity committees and acts as a liaison with other commodity organizations or groups interested in the state’s agricultural industry.

Kentucky Farm Bureau Beef Tour

The 2024 Kentucky Farm Bureau Beef Tour will be held in New York in June of 2024. This will be a great opportunity for Kentucky Farm Bureau members to tour successful livestock and agricultural operations and to enjoy some fun activities along the way. We expect a high level of member interest in this tour. 

Registration for this tour is now closed. 

 

Vehicle Regulation

Farm Vehicle Regulations Booklet
Your single source of information about state and federal laws and regulations governing farm vehicles traveling on the state's roads.  

If you are interested in receiving a copy of this booklet, please click the printable pdf below or contact Kyle Kelly at Kyle.Kelly@kyfb.com or call 502-495-5000 ext. 7417. 

Farm Vehicle Regulations Book

Farmer of the Year

 

Jed Clark of Graves County is the 2023 Kentucky Farm Bureau “Farmer of the Year”. Clark is pictured with his wife Chrissie and family on their farm in Graves County.

For many years, Kentucky Farm Bureau has given farmers the opportunity to gain recognition for their hard work and knowledge about agriculture through participation in our young farmer contests. Back in 2006, we began a recognition program for farmers of all ages called the Farmer of the Year award. This program rewards farmers for their commitment to excellence in the agriculture industry and their efficiency in farming practices, sound financial management, and leadership in civic organizations. The winner of this contest represents our state in the Southeastern Farmer of the Year contest, the South’s most prestigious agricultural award. 

There are many innovative and successful farmers in Kentucky and this awards program seeks to recognize them for their outstanding farming operations and leadership in our industry. We appreciate your help in recruiting farmers for this contest. If you have any questions about the Farmer of the Year contest or would like to nominate someone for this award, please do not hesitate to contact Renee Carrico, Commodity Division Director at (502) 495-5000.

The application for this year's program can be accessed by clicking the link below. Completed applications must be received online by Monday, April 15, 2024. 

2024 Kentucky Farm Bureau Farmer of the Year Application 

Black Vulture Depredation Permits

Kentucky Farm Bureau has received a statewide depredation permit that allows for a limited number of black vulture “takes” where black vultures are depredating on livestock. Livestock producers who are experiencing depredation may apply for a Livestock Protection depredation sub-permit that if approved will allow producers to protect livestock against black vulture attacks. This program allows for takes of black vultures or incidental takes of turkey vultures only. No other protected migratory bird species is authorized to be taken under this program.

All applications and reports will be made direct to Fran McCall, Commodity Specialist, either by email at Fran.McCall@kyfb.com or by phone at 502-495-5000.

Applications must be fully completed, signed, and dated by the livestock producer with the applicant agreeing to the terms and conditions of the original statewide depredation permit. Applications must be returned for consideration to the Commodity Division. Because of the limited number of “takes” Kentucky Farm Bureau is issued, all applications will be considered based on past livestock losses, number of livestock on the applicant’s farming operation, number of black vulture roosts, and approximate number of birds in the immediate vicinity. 

Producers cannot be issued a depredation permit by USFWS and apply for and be approved for a KFBF depredation sub-permit. Any livestock producer experiencing severe depredation from black vultures is encouraged to apply for an individual migratory bird depredation permit from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and/or work with USDA APHIS Wildlife Services (WS) to address their specific situation.

Black Vulture Depredation Sub-Permit Process 

2024 - 2025 Black Vulture Depredation Sub-Permit Application