Program, Investments and Collaborations.
Corn farmer checkoff funds go to a variety of annual programming to ensure a strong and vibrant Kentucky agriculture industry and to strengthen the efforts of other organizations toward their missions to enhance the future of our industry.
CORE Farmer Program
The CORE Farmer Program is a two-year curriculum designed to deliver classroom-style instructional learning, expand participants’ peer network and gain perspectives from other business endeavors.
The Kentucky Corn Growers Association offers four scholarships to high school seniors and current college students pursuing degrees in agriculture or a related field from an accredited college, university, or trade school.
Kentucky Young Farmers Association
The Kentucky Young Farmers Association offers opportunities for members and spouses to participate in leadership development, competitive contests, and social and recreational activities.
The Kentucky FFA Association is a student-led organization whose mission is to make a positive difference in students’ lives by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education.
4-H is the nation’s largest youth development organization. More than 6 million 4-H youth in urban neighborhoods, suburban communities and rural farming communities participate in 4-H. It fosters a “learn by doing” approach. Activities, events, and programs are centered around science, healthy living and citizenship.
Kentucky Association of County Agricultural Agents
The Kentucky Association of County Agricultural Agents provides mutual helpfulness among its members, promotes professional improvement, and aims to advance the development of agriculture, especially in the state of Kentucky.
The Championship Drive recognizes the best of the best from nearly 500 exhibitors and more than 1,100 entries. 4-H and FFA members work all year with the hopes of being crowned as a class winner. After shifting from the Sale of Champions to the Championship Drive in 2018, more students can showcase their market goats, sheep, swine and steers.
Owensboro Community and Technical College
Owensboro Community and Technical College (OCTC) is a public community college and is part of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS). OCTC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to offer technical and associate’s degree programs.
Leopold Conservation Program
Sand County Foundation (SCF) and the Kentucky Agricultural Council (KAC) have joined forces to inaugurate the Leopold Conservation Award (LCA) for Kentucky. The LCA recognizes farmers, ranchers, and other private landowners actively committed to living the legacy of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold.
Kentucky Commodity Classic
The Kentucky Commodity Conference is the annual meeting of the Kentucky Corn Growers, Kentucky Small Grain Growers, and Kentucky Soybean Associations.