Kentucky Ag News


Application deadline for CORE class near


Special to Kentucky Agricultural News

EASTWOOD, Ky. – The Kentucky Corn Growers' Association Board of Directors reminds those interested in the CORE Farmer Program that the application deadline is May 30. Telephone interviews will be conducted in June or July, and the participants will be announced in August. The seminars will begin in December 2013 and run through February 2015. The dates are carefully chosen to avoid the busy times in grain production.


“We believe programs like CORE are crucial to ensuring a bright future for our corn industry in Kentucky,” said Ray Allan Mackey, Kentucky Corn Growers Association president and farmer from Hardin County. “The program provides young farmers with strong agronomy fundamentals and a network for them to interact with peers that will last their entire careers.”

Participants in Class III will attend six or seven seminars, each lasting two to three days throughout the 18-month curriculum. A week-long bus trip will occur in December 2014. The information presented will be agronomy based; the program’s intent is to prepare young, full-time farmers with the best agronomy knowledge available.

“It’s a big time commitment, but the feedback from graduates of Classes I and II has been that it was well worth their investment," said Adam Andrews, CORE Program coordinator. “Your KyCGA board feels confident that this program impacts farms throughout KY, and by raising the bar it’s obvious that the entire industry benefits.”

Complete program funding is provided by the Kentucky corn checkoff. Participants will pay a $350 enrollment fee (waived for lifetime KyCGA members). For more information, contact Adam by phone at (502) 974-1121 or by email at