"Serving Kentucky Agriculture"





2015 Year Long Premier Sponsors
Harvester Level
Cultivator Level
Planter Level
Phil Brown Insurance Agency
Murray Equipment
Warner Fertilizer
Ground Breaker Level
Mid States Ag Sales
Southern States Coop.

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.

Weed Science Training on Resistant Weeds and New Herbicide Traits
The UK Extension Weed Science Group is conducting a Weed Science Training from 9 am – 3 pm. Two locations will be offered - June 23, 2015 at the UK Research and Education Center (Princeton, KY) and June 25, 2015 at the UK Spindletop Farm (Lexington, KY).  The Weed Training will cover the following topics:  Herbicide Resistant Weeds, New Herbicide Tolerant Crop Traits, Application Stewardship, Herbicide Symptomology, Weed Identification and Cover Crops in Weed Management.

This program will be offered to UK Agriculture and Natural Resource Agents, other UK Agronomists, pesticide applicators, crop consultants, agribusiness personnel and growers. CCA and Commercial Pesticide Applicator Credits have been requested.

For more information, email jonathan.green@uky.edu or james.martin@uky.edu or call 270-365-7541 ext. 203.
Kentucky Agricultural Leadership Program Currently Accepting Nominations
The Kentucky Agricultural Leadership Program is accepting nominations for Class XI.

KALP, housed in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, is an intensive two-year program designed for young agricultural producers and agribusiness individuals from Kentucky and Tennessee.

Candidates may self-nominate or be nominated by county extension agents, farm organizations, trade associations, alumni of previous leadership programs or other interested individuals. The nomination form link and additional details can be found at the Kentucky Agricultural Leadership Program website, http://www.uky.edu/Ag/KALP. Nominations are due June 15.

Click HERE to access a copy of the KALP Class XI Press Release.

Click HERE to view a copy of the Class XI Nomination Form.
ABAK Directory Advertising Opportunities Now Available
You can now sign-up to advertise in this year's ABAK directory! The 2015/16 ABAK Membership Directory is slated to come out in the fall of 2015, and we are now soliciting advertising support to help make the directory possible. Not only does advertising with the AgriBusiness Association of Kentucky benefit your business, but advertising dollars support the cost of printing and distributing the directory.

Click on the links below for more information.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR: ABAK Summer Meeting July 28-30
This year's Summer Meeting will be held at the end of July in Bowling Green. The event will be held at the Holiday Inn-University Plaza and Sloan Convention Center. Tuesday and Wednesday's agenda will include training sessions, as well as the next ABAK Board Meeting. This year's golf outing will be held on Thursday, July 30th at Crosswinds Golf Course. Mark your calendars for this event... you will not want to miss out!
Sign-Up to Advertise in ABAK E-News!
You can still sign-up for ABAK E-News advertising for 2015. The AgriBusiness Association of Kentucky encourages you to run an ad in the ABAK E-News. The ABAK E-News is now being sent electronically to our readers every other month.

Our advertising packages also include website exposure. Ads will be placed throughout the ABAK website. Submit a quarter-page ad you already have on hand or contact the ABAK staff to see what other ways we can work with the ad material you already have.

View the ABAK E-News Advertising Contract below.
ResponsibleAg Registration Now Open: Participation Exceeds 1,000
ResponsibleAg is an industry-led stewardship initiative designed to help fertilizer storage and handling facilities achieve and maintain federal regulatory compliance. This program is voluntary and the focus of the program for the first three years will be on companies that store and handle ammonium nitrate fertilizer and/or anhydrous ammonia fertilizer. For more information about the ResponsibleAg program and to enroll in the program, please visit the website by clicking HERE. Registration is open to anyone in the fertilizer industry.

Click HERE for ResponsibleAg F.A.Q.

Click HERE to view an informational brochure about ResponsibleAg.
Crop Protection Helps Growers Produce Nutritious Food According to USDA Report
A recent report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) confirms that over 99 percent of fresh and processed food available to consumers tested below allowable pesticide residue levels, allowing for continued access to affordable and nutritious food across the country. Released on December 19, 2014 by the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), the 23rd Pesticide Data Program (PDP) Annual Report shows that only .23 percent of the products sampled through the PDP had residues above the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) established tolerances. PDP researchers collected and tested 9,900 samples of bananas, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, green beans, mushrooms, peaches, plums, summer and winter squash, and other produce. Click HERE to view the article released by the USDA.
2015 Premier Sponsorship Opportunities Still Available
The AgriBusiness Association of Kentucky invites your company to participate in the premier sponsorship program for 2015. This program is one of the most popular among our membership. Through this year-long sponsorship program, your company can be recognized on the ABAK website, in ABAK emails and at both the Summer Meeting and Annual Meeting!
The sponsorship program provides more recognition, unique opportunities and enhanced benefits for our supporters. ABAK has created a sponsorship level to fit every company's marketing strategy. Listed below are a few benefits of the program:
  • Put you company name and representatives in front of key decision makers every day of the year on our website, emails and event signage
  • Set your annual budget and customize your sponsorship level for the entire year
  • Position your organization as a strategic partner for the future
  • Personalize your marketing with ABAK
  • Receive priority for sponsoring events at meetings

View the 2015 ABAK Premier Sponsorship Information and Form below.

If you have any questions, feel free to call the ABAK office at 502-226-1122.
2015 Pesticide Workshop Held in Louisville
Jordan Rivera, Area Manager at Fumigation Service & Supply, spoke to ABAK members during one of the fumigation sessions at the annual ABAK Pesticide Workshop.
On February 10, the AgriBusiness Association of Kentucky hosted a Pesticide Management Workshop in Louisville, Kentucky. Nearly 90 people attended this event at the Crowne Plaza Louisville Airport Hotel. This workshop provided a wonderful opportunity for attendees to earn 5 hours of both CCA and CEU credits.

This year's agenda included a line-up of several great speakers. Dr. J.D. Greene with the University of Kentucky started the day off with a presentation on herbicide-resistant weeds. Next, Jeffrey Frey with the United States Geological Survey provided the group with an agriculture water quality issues update. Dr. Ray Smith, University of Kentucky, informed the group of practical steps they could take when planting forages after crop production. The attendees then took a break for lunch and reconvened that afternoon to hear Jordan Rivera and Jordan Wilhelm with Fumigation Service & Supply. Both of these speakers provided the group with useful information on restricted-use pesticides and fumigants. A special thank-you to all of the speakers who made the trip to Louisville to speak to the group this year.


Thanks to our 2015 Premier Sponsors!
Harvester Level:
H&R Agri-Power
Security Seed and Chemical
Potash Corporation
Whayne Supply

Cultivator Level:
Caudill Seed
Kentucky Fertilizer Co.
Dow Agrosciences

Planter Level:
Murray Equipment
Phil Brown Insurance Agency
Warner Fertilizer

Ground Breaker Level:
Mid States Ag Sales
Southern States Coop.