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Highlands Beef Association holds recognition dinner


DR. LARRY TURNER, University of Kentucky, Associate Dean for Extension, Associate Director, Cooperative Extension Service, was the guest speaker at the Highlands Beef Association Recognition Banquet held Jan. 16. (click for larger version)
The annual Highlands Recognition Banquet was held Jan. 16 at the Louisa Senior Citizens Center. One-hundred-twenty six beef producers representing Boyd, Floyd, Johnson, Lawrence counties in Kentucky and Wayne and Campbell counties in West Virginia, attended the banquet. The dinner was sponsored by the Highlands Beef Association and the Bluegrass Stockyards.

The guest speaker was Dr. Larry Turner, University of Kentucky, Associate Dean for Extension, Associate Director, Cooperative Extension Service. He mentioned that we are the largest cattle producing state east of the Mississippi. We rank number eight in beef cow numbers in the country. Dr. Turner also mentioned that we have an animal Electronic Identification System in place that is a model for the other states. This ID system will better help in identifying the animal from the farm to the consumer. He complimented everyone for working for the better of the beef association and encouraged everyone to continue their current pursuits, challenging them to 'think outside the box'. Dr. Turner discussed how the merger between Human Environment Science and the College of Agriculture connected the production with the consumer. He also discussed many of the programs available through extension and how they hope to bring the university to the people by making sure local programs are available to the local clientele. One of the programs is the Master Cattlemen Program, in con-junction with the Kentucky Beef Network. The Highlands Beef Association sponsored their first class in 2003. This program is a very successful program in providing information to interested beef producers— from getting established to the finished product. This program is being conducted throughout the state of Kentucky, and has been so successful they are preparing to do a Jr. Master Cattle for the Youth. The class is made up of ten (10) session's, four-hours long, and to graduate from the program you must attend a minimum of eight classes.

This year, 2003 Master Cattlemen Program graduates were the following: Boyd County - Andy Adkins, Bruce Adkins, Missy Branham, James Crace, Lyndall Harned, Ray Sammons, Jim Wiseman, and Glen Young; Greenup County - Linda Sexton; Lawrence County - Stuart Blevins, Kevin McCormick, John McGuire, Bill Moore, Harold Rice, Danny Saul, John E. Sparks, and Teresa Strickland; Cabell and Wayne Counties, W.Va. - Ken Brown, Blaine Cyrus, John M. Ferguson, John Hoback, Michael Marks, Leonard Napier, Herb Robertson, Jody Thompson, Keith Viers, and Roger Wooten. These Master Cattlemen graduates were also recognized in Bowling Green at the annual Kentucky Cattlemen Convention and presented a farm gate sign to hang at their farm.

State legislators in our six county beef association were presented a plaque for their assistance in making sure that tobacco dependent counties got their fair share of the Phase I Tobacco Settlement Funds. They invested 50 percent of Kentucky's Master Settlement Agreement into the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund. Of this 50 percent allocation, 65 percent of the fund is set aside for regional and statewide agricultural projects, while 35 percent is earmarked for individual counties on the basis of their tobacco dependence. In Lawrence County, we had approximately $126,000 for the County Agriculture Development Council to distribute in 2002-2003. For the entire state, $50,823,114.66 was distributed through the tobacco dependent counties.

Mr. Harold Rice, a member of the Highlands Beef Association, was recognized for receiving a 3rd place plaque at the Kentucky Cattlemen Association Convention for recruiting the third most members in the state for the KCA.


Rep. Rocky Adkins (click for larger version)
Lawrence County received the traveling trophy for the 5th year in a row for being the top recruiter in members in the six county area.

The officers of the Highlands Beef Association are the following: Jack Holbrook, president, Joe A. Hart vice-president, and Gregory Meade, secretary and treasurer. Directors of the HBA are: George Smith, Boyd; Tony Grubb, Floyd; James Davis, Johnson; Ned Compton, Lawrence; C. J. Tackett, Magoffin; and Raymond Haney, Martin County.

Special thanks to our cooks who prepared the delicious steaks Mr. Harold Rice and Mr. Malcom Smith; Whistle Stop Cafe'; and the Lawrence County Cooperative Extension Service staff for serving the dinner.

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