<![CDATA[Kentucky Women in Agriculture - News & Events]]>Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:14:14 -0500Weebly<![CDATA[Fall 2017 Newsletter]]>Mon, 16 Oct 2017 04:00:00 GMThttp://kywomeninag.com/news--events/fall-2017-newsletterView our latest newsletter
<![CDATA[New Board Member Profiles]]>Mon, 04 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMThttp://kywomeninag.com/news--events/new-board-member-profiles
Amanda Robertson is the Beginning Farmer Regional Coordinator for Kentucky and Tennessee at USDA- Farm Service Agency. She is a 6th generation farmer from Russell Springs, KY where she and her family have a registered Angus operation. Amanda graduated from Russell County High School
and attended Western Kentucky University where she earned a B.S. in Agricultural Education and completed her M.A.E. in Gifted Education. Amanda actively participates in local mission work conducted by her church, plays the piano, and enjoys spending time with her family and competing in 5K races. Amanda will be representing FSA as an Ex-Officio Member.
Cassie Munsey was born and raised in Monticello, KY and still reside in this small, but beautiful town. I am employed through the University of Kentucky at the Wayne County Extension Office as a Family and Consumer Science Assistant. I have worked with Extension for seven years. Four years ago I purchased a small farm in northern Wayne County, just down the road from my family’s farm. I have a small beef cattle operation. I also help my family with their beef cattle operation, burley tobacco crop, and hay. I enjoy gardening, spending time on Lake Cumberland, and anything outdoors. Cooking and canning are another enjoyable pastime for me.I recently completed my Bachelor’s degree through Western Kentucky University with a major in Family and Consumer Science and a minor in Agriculture. I plan to continue working for Extension, hopefully as an Agent, but I’m also open to new career opportunities. I was introduced to Kentucky Women in Agriculture and became a member when I began working for Extension. I embraced the opportunity of meeting female farmers within my county, as well as surrounding areas. I look forward to networking with women across the State as I serve as the KWIA Representative for District 9.
Tracey K. Bertram is an Inventory Procurement Specialist at CPC Commodities, a family-run, agriculture commodity company, based out of Fountain Run, Ky. Tracey has a B.S. in Animal Science and a M.S. in Plant Science, both from Western Kentucky University. Tracey and her husband, Brad, along with their children, live in Temple Hill, Kentucky, where they have a 400+ cow, Holstein, dairy herd and raise Burley tobacco. While being a relative new comer to Kentucky (17 years), farming was not a new experience for Tracey. She was raised on a century-old dairy and dark-fired tobacco farm in White House, TN. After her oldest child was born, Tracey was a stay-at-home mom to their three children - Elizabeth (15), Rachel (12) and Ethan (8). She worked with her husband on the dairy farm, in their tobacco greenhouse, and in the tobacco field until her children were of school age. She still helps her husband on the farm as needed - especially with the greenhouse - but also takes care of the payroll for their farm. She is truly dedicated to promoting agriculture and teaching the next generation of its importance. Tracey will be representing District 4.
<![CDATA[Summer Events and Member News]]>Fri, 18 Aug 2017 04:00:00 GMThttp://kywomeninag.com/news--events/summer-events-and-member-news
Kentucky FFA State Convention
KWIA participated in the 2017 Kentucky FFA Convention. Vice-President of Boone County FFA, Blair Cupps, stopped by our booth for a visit!
Promoting KWIA at the Sheep and Fiber Festival
President of KWIA, Helena Pitcock, exhibited at the Sheep and Fiber Festival at Masterson’s Park in Lexington, KY. Pictured with Helena is the Executive Director of the Kentucky Sheep and Goat Development Office, Kelley Yates and her pink llama who was definitely a hit at the festival!
KWIA Member Appointed to the Education Professionals Standards Board
Tracy Voils Adams, Russell Springs, represents exceptional education teachers. She is a teacher for Russell County Schools. Adams shall serve for a term expiring June 30, 2020.
Michelle Howell at NeedMore Acres had an Heirloom Tomato tasting! Check out her website at http://needmoreacres.com/ or on Facebook at ​https://www.facebook.com/needmoreacresfarm/ 
<![CDATA[President's Message - Summer 2017]]>Tue, 08 Aug 2017 14:00:00 GMThttp://kywomeninag.com/news--events/presidents-message-summer-2017​Summer is definitely upon us here in Kentucky! Hot and humid weather in July and August make me long for my favorite season which is fall. Not just for the colors but it's always a time to reflect on the year's harvest and to be thankful for a blessed country of plenty. In KY we enjoy the beauty of all seasons and each one is always full of amazing sites in our great state. The farmland seems to come alive in the spring and then in fall begins to rest. I love the agriculture in our part of the country and I am so thankful to be a part of that as a farmer!

Ladies across the state of KY are so innovative and inspiring when it comes to agriculture! I'm so excited to meet some of these awesome women who have the grit and determination to be successful in cultivating their farm's potential in unique ways. From Mary May and Allison Horseman (mother and daughter) who are lavender farmers in Pulaski County to Michelle Howell in Allen County with Need More Acres Farm where they grow vegetables and target school age children in teaching healthy eating habits. Women are the ultimate spokespersons for agriculture and using determination and innovation in the use of their farms.

We have invited a young lady who loves KY Agriculture to be a speaker at the 2017 KWIA Annual Conference in November! Ms. Molly Matney, recently named Miss Kentucky, is invited to be our luncheon speaker on the first day of our conference as well as be a presenter during the afternoon sessions. Her platform is entitled “Farm Fit”! Molly is a farm girl from Center, KY where her parents' farm is located. As in the past, Miss Kentucky will be a spokesperson for KY Dept. of Agriculture and discuss her platform as she travels the state over the next year during her reign.

Please make plans now to attend the 2017 KWIA Conference November 6 and 7th with optional farm tours on the 8th! The site of the conference will be the Downtown Hilton in Lexington and I promise you will enjoy what we will offer during this conference. Check our website for additional information and registration concerning the conference which should be updated soon.

I thank each member for your dedication to agriculture and please remember to share this newsletter with your friends and anyone that may be interested in KY Agriculture!
Helena Pitcock
<![CDATA[Marie Noel is the 2017 KWIA Scholarship Winner]]>Mon, 31 Jul 2017 18:51:04 GMThttp://kywomeninag.com/news--events/marie-noel-is-the-2017-kwia-scholarship-winnerPicture
Marie Noel, of Rineyville, will receive the 2017 Kentucky Women in Agriculture scholarship. She attended the University of Kentucky and will attend Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine this fall as a first-year vet student.  

Marie  completed a dual degree in Animal Sciences and Equine Science and Management at UK where she achieved the Dean's List multiple times and ended with a 3.765 GPA.  She also worked at Veterinary Wellness Center in Lexington for three years during college, and did undergraduate research with a parasitologist at Gluck Equine Research Center, Dr. Martin Nielsen. Her independent research project was published last year in the Journal of Equine Veterinary Science. Marie also a member of the University of Kentucky Pre-Vet Club, serving in a leadership role for three years, including president. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, running, and playing with dogs!

KWIA President Helena Pitcock said Maria referenced strong women involved in her education and agriculture fields that set an example for her in her scholarship essay.  

"We received several applications for the scholarship, and all were very deserving," Helena said. "Marie ranked at the top, and thus she is the 2017 KWIA Scholarship Recipient."

Congratulations, Marie. We wish you the best!

<![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[New Miss Kentucky Promotes Agriculture and Being Farm Fit]]>Sat, 01 Jul 2017 14:00:00 GMThttp://kywomeninag.com/news--events/new-miss-kentucky-promotes-agriculture-and-being-farm-fitPicture
​Molly Matney, a 20-year-old junior at Western Kentucky University, won the 2017 Miss Kentucky pageant on Saturday night. Molly is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Avery Matney of Center. Having grown up in a Metcalfe County farm family, Matney is studying agriculture at WKU and wants to become an agricultural lending executive.

She said her platform during her year as Miss Kentucky will be “farm fit,” teaching schoolchildren to stay healthy by eating locally grown fruits and vegetables.
Matney said her platform should mesh well with Miss Kentucky’s duties as a spokeswoman for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Kentucky Proud program, which promotes food grown on the state’s farms.

​“It ties in perfectly,” she said. “This is my dream job. I can’t even explain how it feels. I’ll get to speak to so many kids, so it’s amazing and I feel so blessed.”

Matney also will represent Kentucky on Sept. 10 at the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City, N.J. She has been invited to speak at the KWIA Conference in November!

<![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.]]>