Barren County Farm Bureau Federation members joined more than 1,200 farmers and guest attending the 86th annual convention held at the Galt House in Louisville to recognize 2005 achievements, adopt policy for 2006 and elect a new president.

The Barren County delegation was led by Barren County Farm Bureau President Jay Coleman. Members of the board of directors were voting delegates for the business session and election of officers and included Frank and Cynthia Rowland, Chris Schalk, Glenn and Betty Barrick, Mike and Glenda Cox, Malcolm and June Gardner, Greg Ritter, Brad Bailey, William Strode and Eugenia Matney, along with Coleman.

Retiring State President Sam Moore, Butler County was honored with a film tribute. He has served on the Kentucky Farm Bureau Board of Directors for 30 years. Marshall Coyle. a Bath County farmer who has served as Farm Bureau vice president since 1998, was elected president.

Mark Haney, Pulaski County farmer who has served as second vice president for seven years was elected first vice president and John Hendricks of Clark County was elected second vice president.

Convention goers took part in several special interest conferences, heard speakers U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell, Representative Rocky Adkins, Majority Floor Leader, Kentucky House of Representatives and Bryon Crawford, columnist for The Courier-Journal.

Barren County Farm Bureau Federation was recognized for outstanding membership and program achievement during the convention. Jay Coleman, President accepted the award from David S. Beck, KFBF executive vice president and Roger Simpson, executive vice president insurance company.

The Barren County Farm Bureau was recognized for its women's program with 2005 Gold Star Award of Excellence. June Gardner Women's Chairman accepted the Award.

This award is based on the participation of projects, including rural health and safety, public relations, agricultural promotion and Ag. in the class room.

Information Chairman, Betty Barrick accepted a third place award for the counties effective information program, from Terri Bradshaw, Director, Public Relation for KFB.

The American Farm Bureau Federation's Annual Meeting will be held January 8-11 2006 in Nashville, Tennessee, a delegation from Kentucky will be in attendance.

The Kentucky Farm Bureau Young Farmers Leadership Conference will be held January 27-29 at Marriott East in Louisville.

Scholarship applications are available at the County Farm Bureau Office, 106 Reynolds Road. For information call 678-3500.

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