Kentucky cattlemen approve state checkoff

Kentucky is the latest state to approve a state beef checkoff. A referendum to establish a one-dollar per head checkoff was recently approved by beef cattle producers in Kentucky.  The assessment, which will be in addition to the one-dollar national checkoff, takes effect April 1st of next year.  Producers who pay the checkoff may request… Read more »

Beck’s announces expansion

Earlier this week Beck’s Hybrids announced a major expansion to their marketing territory.  Beck’s Hybrids vice-president Scott Beck says that adds quite a few acres of corn, soybeans and wheat to their marketing area. “Because of our expansion down into Henderson, Kentucky with our new distribution and practical farm research location that better enables us… Read more »

Horses at the North American

From the Quarter Horse Show, to Draft Horses to the 33rd annual North American Championship Rodeo, if you like horses the Kentuck Exposition Center in Louisville and the North American International Livestock Exposition is the place to be. Audio: Claude Brock, NAILE (3:00 MP3)

North American underway in Louisville

The 2011 North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) is underway at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville and Claude Brock tells Brownfield that even with the economy struggling livestock numbers are holding steady. “We have a record number, we think, of market swine,” Brock said. “Beef is up, sheep is about level and dairy is… Read more »

Kentucky cattleman focuses on policy issues

Don Pemberton of Hopkinsville, Kentucky is the vice-chair of NCBA’s policy division.  We visited with Pemberton about the three key policy issues facing cattlemen—government regulations, the GIPSA rule and free trade agreements—as well as his own cattle operation back home in western Kentucky. AUDIO: Don Pemberton (6:50 MP3)  

Farm moms seek ‘common ground’ with urban counterparts

Seeking to find “common ground” with their urban counterparts, a group of Iowa farm moms are part of a new campaign to showcase the common values betweens farmers and consumers. The program is called Common Ground.  The National Corn Growers Association and the United Soybean Board are piloting the program in five states—Iowa, South Dakota,… Read more »

USB trip an “eye opener” for Kentucky farmer

Kentucky farmer Barry Alexander grows soybeans, wheat, corn, beef cattle and dark fired tobacco. As a participant in the United Soybean Board 2010 See for Yourself Program, Alexander said his eyes were opened. “The world is a lot more advanced than my perspective before I came outside of the country.” He added, “We may not being… Read more »

Countdown continues to World Equestrian Games

With the countdown at just over 5 months to the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games the excitement of the games coming to Lexington, Kentucky September 25th through October 10 continues to build as well. To begin, Susanna Elliott with Alltech, the games title sponsor tells Brownfield there are a number of firsts associated with the… Read more »

Animal care standards bill advances in Kentucky

A bill to create a Livestock Care Standards Commission in Kentucky has been passed by the Kentucky House and could soon be headed to the governor for his signature. The legislation—which is backed by Kentucky Farm Bureau—is designed to limit groups such as the Humane Society of the United States from trying to get tougher… Read more »

Livestock entries strong at NAILE

Livestock entries for the North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) underway at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville are up. “Every animal classification this year is showing a slight increase and some a good sized increase,” said Claude Brock, Director of Media Operations for NAILE. In addition to the livestock shows, Brock says… Read more »