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!