January 3, 2017

Ag Careers Spotlight: Commodity Education Director

It was obvious that Becky Kinder and the Kentucky Soybean Board were a great fit considering she interned with them three summers in a row. Becky became their full-time education director in 2004.

With her leadership experience in the Future Homemakers Association (now Family, Career and Community Leaders of America or FCCLA), Becky thought she might be interested in teaching family and consumer sciences or dietetics. She discovered in college however, that daily classroom teaching wasn’t really her calling. Thankfully, her farm background and time at Murray State University prepared her for a variety of career options within agriculture where education could still be a focus.

“Growing up in a rural community and helping on my grandparents’ farm helped me know the value of hard work,” Becky said. “I also worked in a veterinary office while in high school and college. By taking agriculture classes in high school and then later at Murray State, it gave me an understanding of agriculture. As with all industries it continues to grow and change over time with the advancements in technology. It is amazing what our farmers can do now that they were not able to do before.” 

Biodiesel Works for Animal Agriculture

Source: Kentucky Soybean Board


BIODIESEL WORKS FOR KENTUCKY ANIMAL AGRICULTURE by creating demand for soybean oil. More demand for soybean oil results in more domestic crush of U.S. soybeans, which results in more soybean meal on the market and decreases the price that poultry and livestock producers pay for feed. Biodiesel demand also increases the value of tallow, which can also be used to make the fuel.

December 30, 2016

Kentucky Proud Entrepreneur shares Christmas gift recipe

From Ward's Kentucky Specialties
A feature report with a Kentucky Proud entrepreneur, who retired from state government and who, with a Christmas gift recipe for her special sauce, has turned that hobby into a thriving Kentucky Proud business.  Nancy Ward of Ward’s Kentucky Specialties provides details of her growing product line with items now available at Kroger stores and on line.

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December 29, 2016

Increase KyAg Specialty Crop Block Grants

A feature report with Josh Lindau who coordinates applications at the Ky Ag Department for USDA specialty crop block grants. While California receives many millions of dollars, last year Kentucky earned just over $200,000.  Lindau explains how Kentucky farmers exploring these crops, can help increase our share of those funds.

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December 28, 2016

Improved Efficiency on the Farm

From fighting the spread of resistant weeds to more effective use of chicken litter as a fertilizer source, the Ky Soybean Board works with UK researchers each year to help fund their work on methods and practices to improve efficiencies on the farm.  The board’s Davie Stephens of Hickman County is featured.
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