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January 2023

The official newsletter of Kentucky's Beef Industry

2023 KCA Convention

Pictured is Andy Bishop, 2023 KCA President, alongside Cary King, 2022 KCA President.

The 2023 KCA Convention was held in Lexington, KY on January 5-6, 2023. Approximately 900 producers, educators, and industry professionals joined KCA for the 50th convention.

Click here to see the full summary of the 2023 KCA Convention and Ag Industry Trade Show!

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Kentucky Agricultural Development Board approves $2,057,237 in state funding for Kentucky Beef Network, LLC

FRANKFORT (Dec. 16, 2022) – The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board approved $4,583,727 for agricultural diversification and rural development projects across the commonwealth at its monthly board meeting.

“Grants through the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board provide Kentucky agriculture producers a pathway to diversification," said Commissioner of Agriculture and board chair Dr. Ryan Quarles. “The awarded projects represent a wide variety of agriculture practices helping the state and its farmers reach different opportunities for the advancement of all.”

Read the full press release...

KJCA Update

Congratulations to the 2023-2024 KJCA Officer Team and Board of Directors!

President: Caleb Kernodle (Boyle County)

Vice President: Emily Tabor (Breckinridge County)

Secretary: Bryanna Smith (Russell County)

Treasurer: Maddie Ethington (Boyle County)

Reporter: Macey Thompson (Breckinridge County)

Region One: Whitney Peck (Caldwell County) & Vance Pickering (Breckinridge County)

Region Two: Ty Jones (Allen County) & Mollie Webb (Barren County)

Region Three: Beau Girdley (Spencer County) & Brenna Perkins (Henry County)

Region Four: Will Beckley (Estill County) & Harlee Watson (Fleming County)

Region Five: Emma Ballinger (Rockcastle County) & Jenna Wethington (Casey County)

At Large: Josh Kernodle (Boyle County), Luke Kernodle (Boyle County), Jake Marksbury (Larue County), Kadie Mathers (Nelson County), & Eli Miles (Nelson County)

Eden Shale Farm - January Update

"Christmas was cold. Not just cold, but like, disrespectfully cold! Kentucky usually doesn’t see winter weather that is dangerous to be out in, but December 23rd was such a day.

The Mesonet weather station at the farm measured the extremes of those three days. We had five consecutive days with lows of at least 12° F..."


Click here to join or renew your membership today!

Membership in the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association is open to any individual or organization that has an interest in the cattle industry of Kentucky. KCA’s funding is generated partly by voluntary dues paid by the over 10,000 members belonging to KCA. There are 99 Cattlemen’s Association Chapters that represent beef producers across the state and serve as a link between local associations and KCA.

For more information, contact Rachel Cain, KCA Membership and Communications Coordinator.

In The News...


What's happening with Beef at Retail? These monthly articles leverage scanner data and other sources to inform retailers and other channel audiences on key beef industry trends and measures at retail. The topics may vary by month. We welcome your feedback, and if you are interested in a specific topic, please let us know by contacting [email protected]


Read past issues of The Kentucky Cattleman Newsletter:

Oct 2022
Nov 2022
Dec 2022

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