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Calendar of Events

August 28-29, 2017
Summer Trap Shoot & Golf Outing
Lake Barkley State Resort Park
Cadiz, KY

August 28, 2017
Board Meeting
Lake Barkley State Resort Park
Cadiz, KY

November 7-9, 2017
Kentucky AgriBusiness Summit
Louisville, KY

November 28-29, 2017
Kentuckiana Crop Production Seminar
French Lick, IN




















































































































































































































































































































































Welcome to the AgriBusiness Association of Kentucky!

The Agribusiness Association of Kentucky (ABAK) is an organization established to provide a strong voice in support of Kentucky agriculture. Its members are in the business of supplying inputs for agriculture production throughout the state. ABAK members are primarily engaged in the sale and manufacture of fertilizer, agricultural chemicals, seeds, feed and equipment, as well as the provision of related services, required to sustain and grow Kentucky's agricultural economy.

2017 ABAK/Buena S. Bond Memorial Scholarship Applications Now Available

Do you know a high school senior or student in college or technical school? Are they pursuing a degree in an agriculture-related field? ABAK's Scholarship Committee is looking for eligible students to award a total of four $1,000 scholarships this year.

 

Click HERE to download the scholarship application.


Applications should be submitted by May 15, 2017. 

 

Students may apply for the ABAK scholarship if they meet the requirements stated on the application and are either graduating from high school or currently enrolled in a university, college, technical school or community college. Scholarships are awarded to four students pursuing degrees in agriculture or an agriculture-related field. 

 

If you know a student who may be eligible, please forward this information to him/her or simply direct them to our website. We would appreciate your assistance with making sure all eligible students know about this opportunity.

 

The ABAK Scholarship Program is an excellent opportunity to make an investment in the future of our industry. If you have any questions, please contact Kyle Kelly at kkelly@kyagbusiness.org or (502) 226-1122. Thank you for your support of this program!

Pesticide Management Workshop Held in Louisville

The annual Pesticide Management Workshop was held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Louisville on February 14.  A roomful of agriculture industry members heard from university, regulatory, and industry speakers about issues and topics related to pesticide management. Topics covered that day included weed management, herbicide technology, sprayer calibration and new technology, water quality, regulations and worker protection, and plant pathology issues. Continuing education credits were offered for both pesticide applicators and sales agents as well as certified crop advisers. Mark your calendar for next year’s Pesticide Workshop which is slated for February 13, 2018.
A roomful of industry members gathered on February 14 to get the latest pesticide management.
David Wayne, Division of Environmental Services Director with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture talks about regulatory issues.
Dr. Carl Bradley, University of Kentucky, gives an update on plant pathology issues.

Hill Retires from Southern States, Steps Down from Board

The ABAK board of directors held a meeting on February 14 in Louisville to discuss the association’s progress to date and make plans for 2017 events.  During the meeting, Steve Hill, Southern States Cooperative, announced his retirement from the company and tendered his resignation from the board.  ABAK president Dan Masters thanked Steve for his many years of service as an active member of the board of directors for the association. He wished Steve the best in his retirement years.
ABAK President Dan Masters (R) thanks Steve Hill (L) for his service on the ABAK Board.

Fumigation Workshop Hosted at Annual Commodity Conference


The 2017 Kentucky Commodity Classic hosted a variety of educational sessions and seminars to update farmers and retailers on emerging agriculture issues. The conference was held in Bowling Green around the middle of January. 

 

This year ABAK hosted a fumigation workshop in conjunction with the commodity conference to offer three category-specific 1B training credit hours. Josh Wilhelm and Jordan Rivera with Fumigation Service and Supply provided the training. Educational topics included an update on fumigation dosages, safety of following the labels and grain storage/treatment best practices. The seminar welcomed over 30 attendees of which all expressed interest in attending a similar event next year. The Association is already working with Commodity Conference staff and Fumigation Service and Supply to host another event in the future. 

 

ABAK would like to give a special thank you to Josh, Jordan and the whole team at Fumigation Service and Supply for their educational presentation.
Josh Wilhelm, Fumigation Service and Supply, Inc., updates attendees on importance of fumigation safety.
Jordan Rivera, Fumigation Service and Supply, Inc., gives closing remarks on grain storage/treatment best practices.
Philip Anderson Recognized as Kentucky Certified Crop Adviser of the Year

Philip Anderson, a western Kentucky native, was recently recognized as the 2016 Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) of the year. 

 

The Kentucky Certified Crop Advisers (KyCCA) Board of Directors kicked off an initiative to honor a CCA for their service to agriculture in the Commonwealth. Winning the award came with special recognition at the annual Commodity Conference, a plaque and a $1,000 cash prize from KyCCA and NK/Syngenta Seeds.

 

Anderson has more than 45 years of service in the agriculture industry advising farmers across western Kentucky. Numerous producers nominated Philip and noted that their farming operation successes came with the help of his crop advising advice.

 

Philip earned a bachelor of science from Austin Peay University and then served 6 years with the National Guard. His agriculture career began with spreading fertilizer for Southern States in 1971. Four years later, he was promoted to store manager, a position that he held for the next 7 years. 

 

Realizing his abilities, a competitor across town hired Anderson as their field sales agronomist for the next 10 years. Philip returned to Southern States and remained until accepting his current position in 2011 at Stanley Crop Service. 

 

A few of the many awards Philip has won over his career include Field Consultant of the Year from No-Till Farmer magazine, Southern States Field Associate of the Year and the Owensboro Rural Life Committee's Lifetime Achievement Award.  

 

The KyCCA board is pleased to recognize Philip Anderson as the inaugural winner for the CCA of the year. The board looks forward to promoting the program across the state in 2017.
CCA Board Members Monty Parrish (L) and Mike Saxton (M) present Philip Anderson (R) with a plaque and check for $1,000.
ABAK Sponsorship & Advertising Opportunities

The AgriBusiness Association of Kentucky (ABAK) offers industry members multiple options for sponsoring and advertising with the association. Sponsorship and advertising opportunities include the Kentucky AgriBusiness Summit, a summer meeting, the ABAK membership directory, the bi-monthly electronic newsletter (ABAK E-News), and the all-inclusive premier sponsorship packages. 

 

The most popular, and all inclusive, option is our premier sponsorship program. The premier sponsorship program allows members to participate in all sponsorship and advertising opportunities throughout the year. Select the level that best suits your organization’s budget and rest assured you’ll receive exposure in every sponsor/ad opportunity in the year.  

 

If your organization would rather select different levels of exposure throughout the year, there is also an a la carte option.   

 

Please see the 2017 Sponsorship & Advertising Guide for details of the opportunities available this year and for a breakout of the premier sponsor levels. If you would like to be a particular level premier sponsor but wish to have a step up in directory advertisement, meeting sponsorship, etc. rather than the option included in the premier level that otherwise best fits your needs, simply make a note on your contract and we can bill you for the adjusted amount.  

 

Without your involvement, ABAK wouldn’t be able to provide the high quality of meetings, educational events, and support that our members expect. 

 

View the premier sponsorship contract.

 

View the advertising contract. 

 

Contracts may be submitted to Stacy Wallace via email at swallace@kyagbusiness.org, mail: 512 Capitol Avenue, Frankfort, KY 40601, or fax: 502-875-1595. 

 

Please direct all questions to Sarah Rowlette, ABAK Director of Communications at srowlette@kyagbusiness.org or 502-226-1122.