Farm Finance Donates for the Future of Agriculture | News

GREEN Members of Greenup County 4H and Greenup County FFA gathered at Imel’s greenhouse on Route 1 on Tuesday to show their appreciation for donations for the portable cattle pens.

The cattle pens will be used at the Greenup County Fairgrounds. Due to their portable nature, they can be relocated to other locations to raise awareness about agriculture in the county. Farm Credit Services of Mid-America made a substantial donation and presented the FFA and 4H with a check for $ 10,000.

The original purchase price of the pens in 2020 was $ 49,000. An auction at Greenup County High School raised $ 10,000. The groups organized a pen sponsorship among families and community members for a lifetime sponsorship of $ 250, they received a donation of $ 10,000 from the 4H District Board of Directors and donations collected from individuals such as Kenny Imel totaled an additional $ 4,000. Currently, considering the total raised, including the $ 10,000 from Farm Credit Services of Mid-America on Tuesday, the balance remaining on the purchase of the pens is $ 20,000.

Seth Patton, a Greenup County native who is a financial officer for Mid-America Farm Credit Services in Mount Sterling, said they were happy to be able to be part of Greenup County’s efforts to raise awareness about agriculture. .

“The goal of Farm Credit is to support and provide financial services and to invest in rural communities and agriculture,” Patton said. “And what better way is there to do this than to provide the next generation with the opportunity to learn more about farming? Patton said Farm Credit was sure the new pens would help bring people back to their roots in farming.

Farm Credit Services of Mid-America regional vice president Brad Burke echoed Patton’s thoughts.

“Farm Credit Services of Mid-America is a farm credit union that serves more than 100,000 clients in Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee and Ohio,” Burke said. “Every day, we work to secure the future of agriculture in rural communities. And we do this not only by providing the money and services families need to purchase land, equipment and livestock, but also to support the next generation of farmers by providing the funding for educational opportunities. that they need.

Burke said he was happy to fulfill the Farm Credit Service mission by donating to the cattle pens.

Evidence of Patton and Burke’s support for the pen program was highlighted by the remarks made by 4H and FFA members Shelby McCormick, Brooklyn Greene, Allison Wireman and Emma Stevens. Each of these student lecturers shared their own thoughts and those of their classmates on the importance of agriculture and farm programs to the community and its future. Everyone shared examples of how agriculture has shaped their lives and charted their paths for a better and brighter future.

Greenup County Executive Judge Robert Carpenter also underscored the importance of agriculture both as an economic engine and as a cultural identity. And showing a lighter side of the community working together to meet the needs of the present and the future, Carpenter has issued a challenge to help raise money for the cattle pens.

“I will donate $ 100 if someone kisses one of the goats,” Carpenter said of the two award-winning animals in two of the portable enclosures.

Not to be outdone in effort or humor, County Commissioner Tony Quillen rose to the challenge. The goat in question seemed less than receptive, however, which prompted Quillen to say that she acted like most girls he knew in high school. And afterwards, Bud Matheny joined us in commenting that the goat said she would donate $ 150 to avoid being kissed again.

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