Cattleman's association annual meeting is Monday

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By Steve Moore

The Henry County Cattleman’s Association will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, at the Henry County Extension Office.  This will be the association’s annual meeting, with one of the items on the agenda being the election of three members to the board of directors. 

For the past 12 years, the Henry County Cattleman’s Association has provided much to Henry County.  Regular meetings and annual field days provide opportunities cattle producers to fellowship with their industry neighbors, build networks, hear about industry issues, and learn methods and techniques which may enhance profitability.  Average attendance at the regular meetings has averaged close to 100 members and guests.  Popular regular program features have included the Veterinarians Report, an FSA Report, an FFA Report, an Extension Report, and updates on the Phase I Agriculture Development Funds.   The field days have rotated between Trimble, Shelby, Oldham and Henry Counties, with each county’s cattleman’s association pitching in to provide Educational opportunities on local farms, with attendance bouncing from 150 to more than 250 producers from the four counties.  Henry County will host the Regional Field day in 2014.

Already mentioned was the Phase I Agriculture Development Fund report.  The Henry County Cattleman’s Association has provided the principal conduit for getting Tobacco Phase I funds into the hands of Henry County farm families for the entire existence of the program.  Working closely with the Henry County Agriculture Development Council, the Cattleman’s Association requests funding for and administers the County Agriculture Investment Program.

An average of nearly $300,000 per year has been administered in a 50 percent cost share reimbursement program for approved farm enhancements, with each farm entity limited to a maximum of $2,500 per year.  The Cattleman’s Association contracted with Laraine Staples to serve as the Program Administrator, with Laraine keeping office hours in the Henry County Extension Office on Tuesdays for the past 12 years to assist farmers in the application and implementation of the cost share programs.  It is a pleasure to announce that Laraine will be recognized as the Governor’s Office of Agriculture Policy Program Administrator of the Year next week at the Kentucky Agriculture Development Fund Conference in Bowling Green.

By the way, Earl Holmes Jr., Chairman of the Henry County Agriculture Development Council, will also be recognized at the event as County Council Member of the Year.  I have always maintained that Henry County is at the forefront of the Tobacco Settlement Agreement Phase I Programs, and these recognitions help to bear that out.

In addition to the previously mentioned educational and funding programs, the Henry County Cattleman’s Association has provided much promotion of their product through providing grilled beef products at fairs, shows, and special events.  They turn right around and put the proceeds from these activities into youth scholarships.  Several Henry County students have received College Scholarships to study and pursue Agriculture.  It is already paying off with some of the students finishing their degree work and returning home to Henry County to become involved in various planning bodies such as the Henry County Fair, the Agriculture Development Council, the Cattleman’s Association, and the present Leadership Henry Class.  It is wonderful to see these young talents back home, and we look forward to their leadership building and growing through the years to keep agriculture a vibrant engine to drive our rural economy.

To return to the Henry County Cattleman’s Annual Meeting next Monday evening, we’ll remind folks to register by contacting Kelly at the Henry County Extension Office (845-2811).   The sponsored meal will be accompanied by the popular reports, a presentation about Conservation, and the presentation of the Henry County Cattleman of the Year.  Call early to insure your space at the event.