<![CDATA[Kentucky Women in Agriculture - News & Events]]>Wed, 12 Jul 2017 18:51:24 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[Kentucky Proud Farm to Fork Meal Grant Program]]>Mon, 03 Jul 2017 07:00:00 GMThttp://kywomeninag.com/news--events/kentucky-proud-farm-to-fork-meal-grant-program
The 2017 Kentucky Proud Farm to Fork program will partner with local organizations to increase awareness of Kentucky Proud foods and benefit a charity in their community. Under the program, participating organizations host dinners that serve dishes made with local foods to highlight local farms, farmers, producers, and Kentucky Proud products. The program will also promote local agritourism businesses.
  • 50-50 match for eligible expenses up to $500 per dinner
  • Applicants must agree to display the Kentucky Proud logo in all graphics and promotional materials for the event
  • Approval based on the date completed applications are received by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and availability of program funds
  • Applications may be submitted through Oct. 17 or until funds are exhausted
  • No more than two events in a single county
Download the Farm to Fork Guidelines and Application - Click here

Please remember to include the following for your application to be considered:
  • Application Page 2
  • Signed and dated Grant Award and Limited License Agreement
  • Signed Affidavit for Bidders, Offerors and Contractors
  • Completed, signed and dated W-9
  • 501(c)(3) status paperwork

​To view 2017 Farm to Fork Dinners click here (.pdf).
Funding for Kentucky Proud and Farm to Fork is made possible through a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund.
<![CDATA[Volunteers Needed for Kentucky State Fair]]>Mon, 08 May 2017 13:59:07 GMThttp://kywomeninag.com/news--events/volunteers-needed-for-kentucky-state-fair
​We need a few volunteers to work the KWIA exhibit during the State Fair on August 17, 18, 19 and August 21-25, from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm, each day. The exhibit will be located adjacent to the KDA's Junior Chef Cookoff.

​​To volunteer or for questions, please feel free to contact Helena Pitcock at 
<![CDATA[Need More Acres Farm to Table Dinner - June 25, 2017]]>Thu, 04 May 2017 07:00:00 GMThttp://kywomeninag.com/news--events/need-more-acres-farm-to-table-dinner-june-25-2017Picture
​WHEN: Sunday, June 25, 2017 5:30 - 8:00 pm CT
WHERE: Need More Acres Farm, 395 Hickory Ln., Scottsville, KY 42164 Directions
RSVP $35 / person 50 seats available
For Tickets

Dinner includes:
  • Fresh Bread
  • Kenny's Farmhouse Cheeses
  • Seasonal Crudité
  • Chicken, Pork, Vegetarian* Entrees (HOME Cafe & Marketplace)
  • Seasonal Sides (Boyce General Store, The Farmacy)
  • Dessert Flights (The Pie Queen)
  • Seasonal Juices (Zest Juice for Life)

All proceeds benefit Hotel Inc. Event planning by Bloom Consulting.

Please email needmoreacresfarm@gmail.com to specify vegetarian*
<![CDATA[Career Opportunity]]>Tue, 02 May 2017 07:00:00 GMThttp://kywomeninag.com/news--events/career-opportunityThe USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is seeking an enumerator for an area roughly corresponding to KWIA’s District 2. Enumerators gather agricultural information through face-to-face and phone contact with operators. Workload varies seasonally. For more information, contact Kim McDaniel at kimberly.mcdaniel@nass.usda.gov.]]><![CDATA[Legislative News]]>Tue, 02 May 2017 07:00:00 GMThttp://kywomeninag.com/news--events/legislative-news
As Chair of the Legislative Committee, Sharon Furches reminds us there are bills being sponsored for passage in the legislature that may be of interest to young students:

H.R. 1626: Student Agriculture Protection Act (SAPA) and S. 671: The Agriculture Students Encourage, Acknowledge, Reward, Nurture Act (EARN).

These bills would allow agricultural students, such as FFA and 4-H members with projects that produce income to be tax-free for the first $5000 earned as incentive to participate!
<![CDATA[Kentucky Division of Water Funding Opportunities]]>Mon, 24 Apr 2017 07:00:00 GMThttp://kywomeninag.com/news--events/kentucky-division-of-water-funding-opportunities​Funding opportunities are available through the KY Division of Water. You can go to http://water.ky.gov/Funding/Pages/NonpointSource.aspx to see what is available. Grants are available for watershed-based plan development and implementation, protection of Special Use Waters with identified threats, as well as other non-point source pollution control projects to help mitigate or prevent runoff pollution. You may also contact Dale Marie Booth at dale.booth@ky.gov for help to find ways to more easily complete and implement your Ag Water Quality Plans.]]><![CDATA[President's Message]]>Thu, 20 Apr 2017 07:00:00 GMThttp://kywomeninag.com/news--events/presidents-messageHappy Spring! Spring is in full swing and so are our farmers in KY. Crops are being planted, gardens are being planted and the grass is a deep green (or blue green in horse country)! And the KWIA board is also in full swing planning the annual conference.

Our conference for 2017, titled "Kentucky is the GrowHer State”, will be held in Lexington at the Hilton Downtown, November 6th and 7th with local farm tours on the 8th to choose from. One of our stops on the tour will be at River Hill Ranch, which is Alvina Maynard's alpaca farm. I'm excited about seeing all the wonderful things Alvina does with her farm and alpaca business!

The registration form will be on the website soon, but please get this conference on your calendar now.

We will have sessions and speakers that will reach out to our younger generation coming on which are helping to shape the future of agriculture in KY.
We will have something for everyone at our conference, young or old! Our “Taste Event” will once again feature KY Proud producers and products for your delight and we hope to include the winners of the KDA's Junior Chef program from the KY State Fair. On Monday night, we are planning an event that you can choose to participate in called “Painting with a Twist” where you can paint a farm scene! This will inspire you through art to have fun and create lasting memories!
We still have some leadership opportunities available on our board!

The District Rep/Delegate position for District 3 is open and that consists of Union, Henderson, Webster, Daviess, Ohio, Hancock and McLean counties. Also, District 4 is open now due to the resignation of Linda Dickerson recently because of her schedule with her family and work. District 4 consists of Logan, Butler, Warren, Simpson, Allen, Edmonson, Hart, Barren Metcalfe and Monroe. If you would like to fill either of these positions or if you know of a member who would be interested, please let me know as soon as possible. I will make a contact, or you can make the contact and encourage them to become more active in Kentucky Women in Ag. We hold quarterly board meetings and District Reps are our representatives in their areas along with promoting KWIA and helping to increase membership.

Please follow KWIA on our website and our Facebook page! If we can be of help to anyone or if you have questions, please feel free to contact me or anyone on our board. And I look forward to seeing everyone at the conference this fall! Thanks for all you do for agriculture in Kentucky!

Helena Pitcock
President, KWIA
<![CDATA[Scholarships Available from KWIA and American Agri-Women]]>Fri, 14 Apr 2017 07:00:00 GMThttp://kywomeninag.com/news--events/scholarships-available-from-kwia-and-american-agri-womenThere are several scholarship opportunities available for young women studying agriculture or related fields. 

KWIA Scholarship
In keeping with the mission to empower women in agriculture through education, involvement and action, the Kentucky Women in Agriculture organization offers a scholarship for women who are full-time students entering their junior year in college through graduate school.  Scholarship applicants must demonstrate the degree they are seeking relates to agriculture, demonstrate need and be enrolled as a full-time student.

Scholarship applicants must meet the following criteria:
  1. Be a female with residence in Kentucky. 
  2. Entering junior year through graduate school in a Kentucky school or affiliate school (e.g. Auburn or Perdue veterinary schools) with a GPA of 2.5 or above. Must submit college transcript to date. 
  3. Include with the application a statement about applicant’s career goals for working in agriculture and how this scholarship will support her academic pursuits.  (500 words or less) 
  4. Prior to release of funds, scholarship recipient must submit tuition invoice and class schedule for the next semester of classes to verify enrollment in university course work. 
  5. Application deadline is June 30. 
  6. The scholarship award will be $1,000 and will be paid to the applicant in one $500 increment each semester.  Applicant will be notified by the Kentucky Women in Agriculture organization in writing by July 30, 2017. 
  7. All personal information will be kept confidential.  The winner’s name will be posted on the KWIA website by July 30, 2017. 
  8. Applications will be judged on the following criteria: 
    Desire to work in the field of agriculture - 40 pts.
    Financial need - 30 pts.
    Academic record - 20 pts.
    Extra-curricular activities - 10 pts.
  9. Submit at least two (2) letters of recommendation verifying why applicant fits the criteria listed above. 
  10. Chosen applicant will be asked to submit a photograph and sign a release for publication. 
  11. Chosen applicant will be invited to the KWIA annual meeting to be recognized for her accomplishments
Download the application
Additional agricultural scholarships available in Kentucky can be found here
Additional scholarships are available from 
American Agri-Women

American Agri-Women Helen Whitmore Memorial Convention ScholarshipThis scholarship was named to honor Helen Whitmore, a well-respected rancher and teacher from California. It was initiated in 1993 by a friend and AAW Past President, Mitzi Ayala Perdue. It was established to increase active involvement in AAW and to encourage members to influence their home affiliate members.
View and Download AAW Helen Whitmore Memorial Convention Scholarship Application

American Agri-Women Gail McPherson Fly-In ScholarshipThis scholarship was named to honor Gail McPherson of Pennsylvania. Gail was a founding mother of AAW and a past president of the Foundation. She was proficient in parliamentary procedure, she was chair of the bylaws committee and author of many pertinent resolutions. Gail was instrumental in the creation of the first AAW Fly-In.
View and Download AAW Gail McPherson FlyIn Scholarship Application

American Agr-Women Daughters of American Agriculture ScholarshipDaughters of American Agriculture Scholarship was created to honor the memory of those courageous and adventuresome pioneer women who played such an important role in the founding of this nation and encourage the present generation to continue their education in agricultural pursuits.
These two scholarships are available to any farm, ranch or agribusiness woman or her daughter to pursue accredited courses in agriculture leadership, communications, rural sociology, medicine, or any other courses directly related to agriculture.
View and Download AAW Daughters of American Agriculture Scholarships Application

<![CDATA[2017 District Realignment]]>Mon, 03 Apr 2017 07:00:00 GMThttp://kywomeninag.com/news--events/2017-district-realignment
​The hope of this realignment is to increase participation and outreach for the organization. The new districting has opened several leadership opportunities within KWIA. If you or someone you know would like to take a more active role with KWIA in your area, please consider becoming a district delegate.
<![CDATA[What are your priorities for KWIA?]]>Wed, 12 Oct 2016 12:20:24 GMThttp://kywomeninag.com/news--events/what-are-your-priorities-for-kwiaIn 2017, Kentucky Women in Agriculture, Inc., (KWIA) will begin a new era with its expanded board membership.  The current board has determined now is the time to hear from KWIA membership to help clarify priorities and interests to guide future decision-making.  Your feedback is critical in helping the new leadership of KWIA continue to serve you as a member-driven organization.
Please take a few minutes to complete an online survey by October 16.  The survey is available at:  https://goo.gl/forms/21ut3TIsTgP0wiUs1  
Preliminary results will be presented at the annual business meeting of KWIA in Bowling Green on October 24.  All responses will be compiled by GB Facilitation and Training Works, a woman-owned firm directed by Gae Broadwater.  Be assured your responses will remain confidential and no names or e-mail addresses will be revealed to anyone.
Thank you for sharing your ideas to keep KWIA strong and serving its membership and agriculture in Kentucky!