BY LAURA LEE WILLIAMS
The 2018 Sunbel T Ag expo Spotlight State is the beautiful state
of Kentucky! Along with the impressive title, Spotlight State status
also comes with a building near the center of expo grounds.
The great people of Kentucky plan to grace us with the theme
“Kentucky start to finish: Pioneering innovation." This year the
Spotlight State building will focus on:
■ Issues from the pioneering work that Kentucky led in no-till
■ The work Alltech is doing on animal feed and cropland
■ Agriculture in the Classroom.
■ The Kentucky Farm bureau Federation’s agricultural policy
■ Farm safety demonstrations.
■ Mobile meat processing technology.
■ A surprise “green board.”
And that’s just to name a few! Make sure you bring your cameras
to the Spotlight State building so you and your family can get fun
pictures in front of the “green board” that will let visitors get a
photo made at a surprise, iconic Kentucky location.
Joe Cain, director of the Commodity Division of Kentucky
Farm bureau, says, “In addition to Kentucky Farm bureau, we
have the university of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food,
and environment, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, Farm
Credit Mid-America, Kentucky State university, Governor’s Office
of Agriculture Policy, and Kentucky Agriculture Council partnering
with us on the exhibit. So, there will be a diversity of information
Why is Kentucky the 2018 Spotlight State? Well, agriculture
helped to sustain the first Kentuckians in the 1770s, and raising
livestock and growing crops continue to be the backbone of rural
Kentucky today. The bluegrass State is home to a wide variety of
agriculture, from horses and cattle to tobacco, peanuts, and corn.
As times change, Kentucky farmers have diversified their
operations to include new commodities, such as poultry,
aquaculture, and horticulture. The national Agricultural Statistics
Service notes that in 2014, Kentucky was home to 76,500 farms,
making it the 6th ranking state in farm numbers. Average farm
size is 170 acres, and 51 percent of the state’s land is farmland.
Kentucky’s agricultural industry is dominated by small family
farms, and we hope some of those family farmers show up to
support their state at this year’s expo!
While you’re touring the expo grounds, make sure you take a
walk through the Spotlight State building to see all that Kentucky
has to offer!
Kentucky start to finish: Pioneering innovation
One Planter for All twin-row crops
Custom Planters Built-To Order
Extra High Output Turbofans
3 Bushel Seed Hoppers