Darren Doyle, story:
According to the Edmonson County Cattlemen's Association, which has been going strong for nearly 30 years, beef is still for dinner.
The local nonprofit organization made of local farmers is still making a difference for both beef consumers and producers. As the statewide agency, the Kentucky Cattlemen's Association, celebrates it's 50th year in 2023, local secretary and treasurer Scott Childress is reminding folks in Edmonson County of the benefits of supporting your local farmer.
"We currently have an all-time high of 204 members and we'd like to see that continue to grow," Childress said. "While we want to educate the beef consumer and producer, we want to help educate everyone. Contrary to what some people think, beef isn't bad and we work to protect our local farmers."
Childress said there are many benefits to becoming a member.
"We have a great working relationship with the Edmonson County Extension Office and the Edmonson County Conservation Office, and they have great programs. We also offer some important junior and youth programs that include a $1500 scholarship, leadership program, and a youth beef heifer initiative where a junior member can win $2000 towards the purchase of their own heifer."
The Cattlemen's Assc. meets on the second Tuesday each month at the public library and feature guest speakers on a range of subjects. The meetings also include the most important part of the organization...dinner.
"Our past speakers have spoken on things like animal nutrition and heath, forage and pasture management, as well as personal health and safety."
Childress said the group also works with legislators to do all they can to protect local farmers.
The group is currently administering the annual CAIP program, or the County Agricultural Investment Program, where local farmers have the opportunity to apply for assistance in making farm improvements.
For more information, visit their Facebook Page here or contact local president Sam Skaggs, 270-535-3523.