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.
Please remember to include the following for your application to be considered:
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
The 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for help to find ways to more easily complete and implement your Ag Water Quality Plans.
Happy 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.
There are several scholarship opportunities available for young women studying agriculture or related fields.
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.
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.
In 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!