MINNEAPOLIS -- Prospects have improved for Congress to pass a bipartisan farm bill before the end of the year after Democrats secured the House majority during the midterm elections, key lawmakers and other experts said. Work requirements for food stamps, known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, had been the biggest stumbling block holding up an agreement. The version that narrowly passed the House with no Democratic votes includes the tougher rules. The bipartisan version that won easy Senate approval does not, and few Senate Republicans want them. Observers say it's likely that House Republicans will now be ready to pass a compromise in the upcoming lame duck session rather than starting over in a Democratic-controlled House and risking a result they would like even less. "There isn't any reason why this thing can't get done," said Rep. Collin Peterson of Minnesota, the ranking Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee and the likely chairman next year. "The only … [Read more...] about Democratic House spurs farm bill hope
Ky farm bureau
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Kentucky elected officials, business executives and Kentucky Farm Bureau members from around the state attended the 55th annual Ham Breakfast, hosted by KFB at the Kentucky State Fair, Thursday. This year’s Grand Champion ham was auctioned for a record price of $2.8 million. The 18.77-pound ham was produced by Broadbent B & B Foods of Kuttawa, Ky., and was auctioned by Leon Shirk. The historically lively auction culminated in Luther Deaton Jr., chairman, president & CEO of Central Bank, and Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn, combining their bids of $1.4 million for a record total of $2.8 million. Since the first ham breakfast in 1964, Kentucky Farm Bureau has raised nearly $13 million for Kentucky charities. “We look forward to the ham breakfast every year because it brings so many well-respected Kentuckians together for a great cause,” Deaton said. “The Kentucky Farm Bureau always hosts a great event that highlights all that is good … [Read more...] about Luther Deaton, Mark and Cindy Lynn pay $2.8M for Grand Champion Ham at Ky. Farm Bureau auction
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Drew Graham has been appointed as executive vice president for the Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation, effective Oct. 1. In his new role, working in collaboration with the Board of Directors and Executive Committee, Graham will provide leadership and direction in all Federation operations, financial resources, and programs and services that directly benefit Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation. “I am pleased that Drew will be joining the Kentucky Farm Bureau family,” said Mark Haney, president of Kentucky Farm Bureau. “He is an impressive leader and will be an asset to Kentucky agriculture and our organization. I look forward to working with him.” Graham is an experienced leader in agriculture, government, and business operations. He currently serves as the Senior Assistant Dean, Director of Government Relations and External Affairs at the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. Graham has spent the last … [Read more...] about Graham appointed executive VP of Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (July 17, 2018) – Seth Lee Felts, Zsombor Tamas Gal, and Benjamin David Willmoth are the recipients of college scholarships from Fayette County Farm Bureau. In partnership with County Farm Bureaus, the Kentucky Farm Bureau Education Foundation awarded $465,400 this year to deserving students from across the Commonwealth. Seth Lee Felts of Lafayette High School was awarded a $20,000 scholarship. After graduating from high school, Felts plans to attend the University of Kentucky to pursue a degree in career and technical education. Felts is the son of Will and Kim Felts of Lexington, Ky. Zsombor Tamas Gal of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School received a $10,000 scholarship. After completing high school, Gal will attend Princeton University to pursue a degree in molecular biology. Gal is the son of Josef and Emese Gal of Lexington, Ky. Benjamin David Willmoth of Lexington Catholic High School was awarded a $10,000 scholarship. After graduating from high school, he will … [Read more...] about Fayette County students awarded Farm Bureau scholarships
Tom Loftus Louisville Courier Journal Published 4:45 p.m. UTC Jul 30, 2018 FRANKFORT, Ky. — An old state law based on the logic that the governor has the responsibility for everything in state government’s executive branch says that no other employee within the branch shall be paid more than the governor. According to a Courier Journal compilation of state salaries, Gov. Matt Bevin's salary this year is $145,992. Yet David Beck, president of the Kentucky Fair Board, is paid $300,000 per year under a contract with the state. Vivek Sarin, the number two official within the Economic Development Cabinet, is paid $250,000 a year in state salary. Search now: Kentucky state public salaries database Even the executive director of the Kentucky Horse Park, Laura Prewitt, is paid $157,500, according to the online database. A review of state government salaries on the website and some additional research reveals 34 executive branch officials who make more than Bevin, … [Read more...] about Why do some Kentucky officials make more than Matt Bevin despite law?