Kentucky Farm Bureau

Champion Ham Fetches $600,000

by Rick Howlett on August 25, 2011

A team from Louisville-based Republic Bank submitted the top bid for this year’s Kentucky State Fair grand champion country ham (displayed in photo by Miss Kentucky Ann Blair Thornton).

The ham auction is the traditional end of the annual Kentucky Farm Bureau country ham breakfast at the fair.

Republic Bank was the top bidder at $600,000 for the nearly 17 pound ham, produced by Broadbent B&B Foods in western Kentucky.

Republic executive Steve Trager (left) will select the charities to receive the auction proceeds.

“Historically, what we’ve done is education/health care (charities). That’s kind of been our focus. Those are certainly some needs in Kentucky and we’ll earmark this for those types of entities,” he said.

Last year’s champion ham sold for $1.6 million, when Trager and Dr. Mark Lynn, founder of Dr. Bizer’s Vision World, combined their bids.

Trager says he’s not sure what he’ll do with the ham. In past years, it’s been served at philanthropic events.

{ Comments on this entry are closed }

Gubernatorial Candidates Joust at Farm Bureau Forum

by admin July 20, 2011

In their first joint appearance of the 2011 Kentucky gubernatorial election, Democratic Governor Steve Beshear and Republican state Senate President David Williams traded barbs on a range of issues at a forum Wednesday. The Kentucky Farm Bureau hosted the discussion, which covered a number of topics such as agriculture, tax and education policy, along with […]

Read the full article →

Farm Bureau Program Added To KET schedule

by Rick Howlett February 4, 2011

“This is a big move for us because we’re really hitting every piece of Kentucky,” said co-producer Matt Hilton.

Read the full article →

Grand Champion Ham Sells For $1.6 Million

by Rick Howlett August 26, 2010

Republic Bank and Dr. Mark Lynn and Associates agreed to combine their top bids of $800,000 each for the 16 pound ham, produced by Broadbent’s B and B Foods in western Kentucky.

Read the full article →

Senate Candidates Spar At Farm Bureau Forum

by Rick Howlett July 22, 2010

U.S. Senate candidates Rand Paul and Jack Conway traded barbs today in a forum sponsored by the Kentucky Farm Bureau. The two fielded questions on agricultural issues from bureau board members during the two-hour event in Louisville.

Read the full article →

Food Prices Decrease in 2009

by scrosby January 10, 2010

The Kentucky Farm Bureau’s quarterly market basket survey concludes food prices are down 5.6% from this time last year. The survey includes pricing for forty regular grocery items like eggs, sirloin steak and apples. KFB spokesperson Roger Nesbitt says there are a couple of reasons for the decline in prices. “One, farm commodity prices have […]

Read the full article →

Kentucky Farms Bureau Kicks Off Annual Meeting

by scrosby December 2, 2009

More than one thousand Kentucky farmers are gathered this week in Louisville for the Kentucky Farm Bureau’s annual meeting. Kentucky Farm Bureau has 485-thousand members in Kentucky and is a well-known lobbying force in the state. Spokesperson Roger Nesbitt says the organization strongly opposes so-called cap-and-trade legislation under consideration in Congress, and members plan to […]

Read the full article →

Kentucky Farm Bureau Meets with DC Reps

by scrosby February 23, 2009

The Kentucky Farm Bureau is taking its annual trip to the nation’s capital this week. About 210 members of the organization will meet with all of the state’s six House members and two senators. KFB spokesperson Joe Cain says the trip typically takes place this time of year. “It’s a little bit of a slack […]

Read the full article →

Kentucky Farm Bureau Holds Annual Meeting in Louisville

by scrosby December 2, 2008

Delegates from Kentucky’s 120 counties will make their way to Louisville this week for the annual meeting of the Kentucky Farm Bureau. The meeting gets underway tomorrow at the Galt House. KFB spokesperson Gary Huddleston says members are interested in learning more about the state’s budget situation and how it might affect them when the […]

Read the full article →

Energy Costs Discussed At Farm Gathering

by Rick Howlett August 21, 2008

The high cost of energy was a common theme in remarks from the state’s top elected officials during the annual Kentucky Farm Bureau country ham breakfast today. Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear told farm leaders gathered at the fairgrounds that the state’s agriculture industry will play a larger role in helping the country become energy independent, as […]

Read the full article →