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!
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!
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.
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!
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.