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Friday, December 18, 2015

Corn Yield Contest Winners Announced

Winners from the Kentucky Corn Yield Contest and National Corn Yield Contest were announced this week.

The Kentucky Corn Yield Contest is sponsored by Kentucky Corn and administered by University of Kentucky Grain Crops Extension. Winners will be recognized at the Kentucky Commodity Conference Awards Banquet, January 15, 2016, in Bowling Green.

The National Corn Yield Contest is administered by the National Corn Growers Association, and winners will be honored at the Commodity Classic, March 3-5, in New Orleans, LA.

Kentucky Extension Corn Yield Contest Results:

For all results, visit http://www.kygrains.info/yield-contests.html 

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Commissioner-Elect Ryan Quarles to Speak at Kentucky Commodity Conference

Commissioner Ryan Quarels will make his first appearance as Agriculture Commissioner at this years Kentucky Commodity Conference. The conference is the annual meeting of the Kentucky Corn Growers, Kentucky Small Grain Growers and Kentucky Soybean Associations, and will be held on January 15, 2016.

Nearly 400 grain farmers and agriculture professionals attend Kentucky Commodity Conference each year to learn about trends and issues as well as celebrate the year's accomplishments.

This year our Marketing Session will be lead by Dr. Matt Roberts, Ohio State University, and Dr. Todd Davis, University of Kentucky, followed by lunch which will include speaker Commissioner Ryan Quarles and keynote speaker Jennifer Coleman, Ohio Soybean Council.

Later that afternoon, the Associations will hold their annual meetings, followed by the Grower Appreciation Reception and Awards Banquet to celebrate the accomplishments of the year's top producers and volunteer leaders. The night will come to an end with the evening Hospitality event.

You can find registration information and more Kentucky Commodity Conference details here.

Monday, December 14, 2015

2016 Row Crop Risk Management Meetings

Todd Davis, Assistant Extension Professor, will be hosting 2016 Row Crop Risk Management Meetings. Listed below are the topics that will be covered and the locations and dates of each workshop.

Topics Covered:
  • Corn, Soybean and Wheat Outlook and 2016 Price Potential 
  • 2016 Enterprise Budgets 
  • Cash Rents and Machinery Cost Savings 
  • Using RP Insurance to Protect Revenue Risk 
  • Easy Price Risk Management Tools 
  • Developing Your Risk Management Plan for 2016 
Locations/Dates:
(8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
  • January 11, 2016 - Location: Princeton REC
  • January 14, 2016 - Location: Taylor County
  • January 19, 2016 - Location: Hardin County
  • January 20, 2016 - Location: Union County
  • January 21, 2016 - Location: Shelby County
  • January 22, 2016 - Location: Daviess County
  • January 25, 2016 - Location: Warren County
  • February 3, 2016 - Location: Barren County
  • February 15, 2016 - Location: Calloway County
  • February 17, 2016 - Location: Carlisle County
  • February 18, 201 - Location: Fayette County 

There will be complimentary lunch and snacks provided throughout the meeting. For full agenda details, click here.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Kentucky Represented on NCGA Action Teams

This week NCGA Action Teams met in St. Louis, MO to discuss issues the organization faces and long term projects. We were grateful to have Quint and Leah Pottinger represent Kentucky this week in St. Louis. 

Quint served on the Research and Business Development Action Team. "We took a look at long and short terms plans," said Quint Pottinger. "Our main focus was trying to find new uses for corn, that are not region or state specific, to be as useful as possible."

The team focused on actions that would keep the market stable for the next big push within the corn industry. "I am confident all issues we discussed not only effect and benefit all growers, not just Kentucky."

Leah was able to serve on the Grower Services Action Team. "We really focused on how to improve communications to everyone including growers, consumers and customers," said Leah Pottinger. "NCGA is working on releasing an app which will include talking points for our growers when they are talking to consumers, as well as give them immediate information on an arising issue."

"It was invigorating to see the grassroots process at work," said KY Corn Growers Director of Programs, Adam Andrews. "Several committees were very engaged in the process and provided strong input to the NCGA Board of Directors and to the direction of our organization. Kentucky corn farmers should be proud that they were represented very well."


Thursday, December 10, 2015

Kentucky's Agricultural Economy

2015 - 2016 Kentucky Agricultural Economic Situation and Outlook University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment

Contributors: Kenny Burdine, Todd Davis, Tim Woods, Will Snell, Lee Meyer (Ag Economics) and Jeff Stringer (Forestry) 

Kentucky agricultural cash receipts set a record $6.5 billion in 2014, up from the previous record high of $6.2 billion in 2013. UK's Department of Agricultural Economics is projecting that Kentucky ag sales will fall to $6.0 billion in 2015, off 8% from 2014, but still the third highest on record. For the full report, click here


Monday, December 7, 2015

Corn Leaders Excited About New Government Officials

Governor Elect, Matt Bevin, will be inaugurated and sworn into office on Tuesday, December 8, 2015. Commissioner of Agriculture Elect Ryan Quarels, along with all other constitutional officers, will take office on January 4, 2016. KY Corn is excited to work with the new administration and all of the constitutional officers.

KY Corn would like to say thank you to retiring Governor Steve Beshear and Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer for their diligent work and service to Kentucky.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Highway Bill Passes and Includes Crop Insurance Fix

The Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act is a five-year legislation to improve roads, bridges, transit systems and the rail transportation network.

Also included in the FAST Act is a provision eliminating the $3 billion in cuts to the federal crop insurance program that were included in the budget agreement in late October. The conference report includes language that specifically repeals the insurance cut as of Nov. 2, the date the budget agreement was enacted.

Thursday, December 3, The House voted to pass the FAST Act 359-65. The FAST Act then moved to the Senate side for voting last night. The Senate voted on final passage of the FAST Act, 83-16. The final step will be the President's signature, which should happen before the end of the day.

Senators Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Jean Shaheen (D-NH) forced a vote on the crop insurance provision by raising a point of order against including the repeal provision. The Senate rejected their move, 75-22.

As you may know, Congress recently passed a bipartisan budget deal that included cuts in payments to crop insurance providers. After reviewing the text of the budget and hearing input from our farming community, Senator McConnell went to the Senate floor to participate in a colloquy with Senators Roberts, Cornyn, and Thune where they promised to look at alternative ways to repeal these cuts.

Senator McConnell worked with the conferees appointed to work on the Highway Bill Conference agreement to include a provision that repeals the $3 billion cut to the crop insurance program.

For more details on the FAST Act, click here.