Local farmers, agencies and businesses were recognized at Tuesday morning’s Salute to Agriculture breakfast, where Congressman James Comer was the keynote speaker.
Comer says crafting a farm bill must be a bipartisan effort in Congress, as there are Democrats and Republicans who will undoubtedly vote against whatever the Ag. Committee writes. The U.S. trade relationship with China is even more strained after the recent announcement of tariffs on metal products, which Comer says makes a good farm bill even more important.
There’s talk Congress could just extend the current farm bill by a year, but Comer says he’s confident they can fulfill their responsibility to pass a new version that continues crop insurance and other items important to Kentucky’s Ag. leaders.
The Farmers of the Year award was presented to Steve and Sarah Newton, with Steve saying their success wouldn’t be possible without the support of many in the local Ag. community.
Harris Real Estate and Auction received the Agri-Business of the Year award, Alan Watts of Ham Broadcasting was named ‘Friend of Agriculture,” and the Distinguished Service Award was presented to the program technicians at the Christian County FSA Office.
The annual breakfast is presented by the Christian County Agri-Business Association and Christian County Chamber of Commerce.