By BETTY BARRICK, Information Chairman
Barren County Farm Bureau Federation annual membership meeting was Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Barren County Trojan Academy with a meal served by the Barren County Cattlemen Association. Youth contests and business meeting followed the meal.
The Outstanding Farm Bureau Youth and Variety Contest were conducted by the co-chairmen of the Women's Committee, Cynthia Rowland and Glenda Cox.
Megan Bailey, daughter of Marilyn Bailey and Brad Bailey, was named the Outstanding Farm Bureau Youth in the female division. Tyler Siddens, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert (Edie) Siddens, was named the winner in the male division. The runner-up in the female division was Cheri Siddens, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert (Edie) Siddens.
Variety contest winner was Rachel “Page” Houchen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Don (Lessa) Houchen, Cheri Siddens, daughter of Robert and Edie Siddens, was the runner-up. Megan, Tyler and Page will represent Barren County Farm Bureau in the District 4 contest on Nov. 3 at Lera B. Mitchell Club House.
Scholarship winners Jamie Houchen and Glenda Cox, representing Kyle Adams, thanked the Barren County Farm Bureau for the scholarships they won for 2007. The 2008 scholarship forms are now available at the office at 106 Reynolds Road.
Guest speaker, Detective Rusty Anderson, brought an informative and interesting program on Identity Theft. This type of theft can happen to anyone. Detective Anderson stressed the fact to never give out any vital information, such as birth date and social security number to solicitors or retailers. You may contact the local sheriff's office for information. Thanks also to Sheriff Chris Eaton for being our guest and answering questions after the meeting.
The business meeting included: A financial report by Treasurer Glenn Barrick. Mr. Barrick also reported on the new addition to the office on Reynolds Road.
Neil Allen presented the following policy resolutions and they were approved by membership present:
(No.1) We support the permanent repeal of the federal estate tax.
(No.2) We support making it illegal for retail fuel suppliers to increase the price of gasoline and diesel fuel until they get a re-supply of fuel.
(No.3) We support the exemption of equine and food animal health products and medications from state sales and use taxes. We recommend this be made a priority issue.
(No. 4) We strongly recommend local officials enforce littering laws. We further support the printing of offenders' names in local publications as a means of deterring littering.
These resolutions will be forwarded to the Kentucky Farm Bureau Resolutions Committee for consideration, along with resolutions from across the state. The final resolutions will be discussed and voted on by the voting delegates (including Barren County delegation) at the Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation Convention, Dec, 5-8 in Louisville.
Michael Langley, insurance agent, gave a report on Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance in Barren County and Joe Myers being added to the staff. He also reported Barren County Farm Bureau Federation now has over 4,000 members. Robert Stokes is agency manager.
Visit the local office for information on the services offered by Farm Bureau.
Officers and director for 2008 were elected: president, Jay Coleman; first vice president, Chris Schalk; second vice president, Frank Rowland; treasurer, Glenn Barrick; and secretary, Shana Langley; Young Farmer’ co-chairmen: Jimmy Allen and Jeremy Kinslow; Women’s Co-Chairs, Cynthia Rowland and Glenda Cox; directors, Glenn and Betty Barrick, William Strode, Chris and Bretta Schalk, Malcolm and June Gardner, Jay Coleman, Eugenia Morrison, Randy London, Mike Cox, Neil Allen, Brad Bailey, Jamie Pendygraft and Frank and Cynthia Rowland.
Deadline for ordering Florida citrus fruit and an assortment of nuts is Oct. 31.
Barren County Farm bureau Scholarship deadline is April 1.
For information on these or other services offered by the Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation, contact the local office at 678-3500.