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November 28, 2017

Rep. BlantonRep. Blanton

FRANKFORT, Ky. (November 28, 2017) – Rep. John Blanton, the representative from Salyersville, testified today before the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in support of a total repeal of the Obama-Era’s Clean Power Plan (CPP), which proved disastrous to coal country in Eastern Kentucky, and around the region.

“My district is in the heart of Kentucky’s coal country in Eastern Kentucky,” testified Blanton. “For far too long, this country has been victim to the policies that limit our growth by overregulation. Policies put into motion by the Obama Administration, like the CPP, would have provided no meaningful impact on the planet’s climate, but would have had a devastating impact on the U.S. economy.”

The hearing, which spans two days in Charleston, W.V., is widely seen as encouraging to coal workers. For years, the EPA criticized the Obama Administration for never holding a hearing in West Virginia, and as a result denying coal workers and interested parties in a major coal region that spans into Kentucky, the chance to comment in person.

“I commend the recent announcement by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt on his intention to repeal the CPP,” added Blanton. “The proper role of the EPA under the Clean Air Act is to regulate air admissions and not to dictate to states how they should produce electricity. Here in Kentucky, we know that affordable and reliable electricity that fuels economic growth comes from coal. Government should not pick winners and losers, and coal and other fuels should be able to compete on a level playing field.”

In 2015, the EPA finalized the CPP, which sought to reduce emissions from power plants to 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030, but the plan never took effect. The Supreme Court stalled it after energy-producing states sued the EPA, saying it went beyond its legal reach.

“It’s time Kentucky is able to put the liability of the CPP behind it, and instead focus on providing reliable power, growing the economy, and giving our citizens the best chance to achieve upward mobility,” said Blanton, in his closing remarks.


November 28, 2017

Secretary of State Grimes, Kentucky Food Banks announce results of 'Commonwealth Bowl'

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 28, 2017) – Kentucky's area development districts helped raised the equivalent of more than 250,000 pounds of food as part of the Commonwealth of Kentucky Bowl, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced Monday.

Secretary Grimes is pictured with officials from representing the Purchase Area Development District Secretary Grimes is pictured with officials from representing the Purchase Area Development District

Big Sandy Area Development District is the winner of the overall award having raised nearly 1/3 of a pound of food per person in their district. The rural district winner is the Purchase Area Development District, and the Northern Kentucky Area Development District takes the prize for the urban area winner.

The Office of the Secretary of State, Kentucky Association of Food Banks (KAFB), the Kentucky Council of Area Development Districts (KCADD), and the Kentucky Association of Food Banks partnered to create the competition.

"I'm so proud of the efforts of all who participated in our inaugural Commonwealth of Kentucky Bowl," said Grimes. "It breaks my heart to know that one in five Kentuckians – and in some areas of Kentucky, one in three kids – don't know where they'll get their next meal. I am grateful to Kentucky's development districts for stepping up to help provide some relief this holiday season through Kentucky's amazing food banks."

The 15 area development districts across Kentucky collected food and monetary donations in the inaugural campaign from Oct. 16 through Oct. 27.

The 250,000 pounds collected is enough food for 2,525 people served by KAFB for an entire year or 208,333 meals, according to the food banks association.

"The generous outpouring from our regions across the state will make a financial difference to the agencies who struggle to serve those in need, and will make a difference to the families who constantly worry, ‘What will be for dinner? And where will it come from?’," said Mayfield Mayor Teresa Rochetti-Cantrell, who is co-chair of the KCADD. "The Kentucky Council of Area Development Districts is proud to have been a part of a competition resulting in this kind of generosity."

Every $1 donated returned $8 or more in food to the community.

Proceeds and goods generated from the competition will directly aid the members of the KAFB – an organization that distributes over 63 million meals to 1 in 7 Kentuckians annually in partnership with a network of 800 local charitable feeding organizations. Its members serve all 120 counties in Kentucky.

"Kentucky's food bank network is so grateful for impact the inaugural Commonwealth of Kentucky Bowl will have on hunger. Thanks to the efforts of KCADD and the leadership of Secretary Grimes, our struggling neighbors across the Commonwealth will benefit from increased resources in the fight against hunger," said Tamara Sandberg, executive director of KAFB.

Grimes has been a champion for solving Kentucky's hunger issues since she took office in 2012, including being instrumental in the Farms to Food Banks tax credits legislation, and before she was elected to public office. She is a longtime volunteer at the Salvation Army, serving the Thanksgiving meal at her local service center every year. She also has served on the board of God’s Pantry Food Bank in Lexington.

Grimes, KAFB, and KCADD will make an official presentation next month.

November 21, 2017 

More than 2,000 Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) members from across the state will gather for the organization’s 98th annual meeting November 29 – December 2 at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky.

Delegates from all of the state’s 120 counties assemble for the four-day event to participate in committee meetings, business sessions, award presentations, officer elections and to adopt 2018 priority issues and policy revisions.

In addition to conducting organizational business, KFB hosts its annual meeting to reflect on both the successes and challenges experienced in Kentucky’s agriculture industry over the previous year. A full agenda of delegate activities begins on Thursday, November 30, with 12 commodity and special interest conferences ranging in topics from tobacco and farm labor to beef cattle and water management. A one-day trade show – featuring agriculture associations and businesses from around the country, the KFB County Activities of Excellence and student agricultural science Kentucky Farm Bureau President Mark Haney addresses delegates during the organization’s 2016 annual meeting (Photo from KFB)Kentucky Farm Bureau President Mark Haney addresses delegates during the organization’s 2016 annual meeting (Photo from KFB)displays – simultaneously occupies the exhibit halls. Guest comments from Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles will highlight the day’s Commodity Luncheon.

Throughout the day Thursday, attendees will take away valuable knowledge from the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food & Environment’s presentation on the state’s 2018 Agricultural Economic Outlook. This much-anticipated session begins at 10 a.m.

During the morning general session on Friday, December 1, KFB President Mark Haney will update attendees with the president’s annual address. Delegates will later discuss and adopt resolutions in the afternoon general session, then break into district caucuses to nominate the 2018 KFB Board of Directors.

Saturday, December 2, begins with the organization’s annual Public Affairs Breakfast, highlighted by comments from Jonathan Shell, Majority Floor Leader, Kentucky House of Representatives. The morning event is followed by the annual meeting’s final general session. During this session, David S. Beck will present his annual Executive Vice President Report to attendees. Voting delegates will conclude their gathering by electing KFB directors and officers, and with final discussion and adoption of resolutions.

In other convention activities, the state’s “Farmer of the Year” and “Outstanding Young Farm Family” will be announced, awards will be given for county Farm Bureau achievements and top farm leaders will be recognized for distinguished service.

Kentucky Farm Bureau is a voluntary organization of farm families and their allies dedicated to serving as the voice of agriculture by identifying problems, developing solutions and taking actions which will improve net farm income, achieve better economic opportunities and enhance the quality of life for all. For nearly a century, KFB has served as the “Voice of Kentucky Agriculture,” representing the interests of agricultural producers and rural communities. With more than 478,000 member families statewide, Kentucky Farm Bureau is the state’s largest general farm organization.

From Kentucky Farm Bureau