"Serving Kentucky Agriculture"





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Phil Brown Insurance Agency
Hinton Mills 

Welcome to the AgriBusiness Association of Kentucky!

The Agribusiness Association of Kentucky (ABAK) is an organization established to provide a strong voice in support of Kentucky agriculture. Its members are in the business of supplying inputs for agriculture production throughout the state. ABAK members are primarily engaged in the sale and manufacture of fertilizer, agricultural chemicals, seeds, feed and equipment, as well as the provision of related services, required to sustain and grow Kentucky's agricultural economy.

Registration Now Open: ABAK Summer Meeting and Scholarship Golf Outing July 27-28, 2016
The 2016 ABAK Summer Meeting and Scholarship Golf Outing will be held July 27-28, 2016 in Owensboro, Kentucky. Join us Wednesday July 27 for the a day of educational programming at the Owensboro Convention Center. This meeting is a great opportunity to earn CCA credits with a full line up of speakers planned. On Thursday, we'll head over to Ben Hawes Golf Course when attendees can play golf and support the ABAK scholarship program.

Sponsorship deadline is Friday, July 15.

To register online, click HERE.

Download a registration form by clicking HERE.

To view a schedule of events, please click HERE.


Hotel Accommodations

Hampton Inn and Suites by Hilton Waterfront Owensboro - Downtown
401 West 2nd Street
Owensboro, KY 42301

A group block of overnight guest rooms has been reserved for July 26-27, at the Hampton Inn and Suites by Hilton Waterfront Owensboro - Downtown. Call 270-685-2005 and mention the "Kentucky AgriBusiness Association" to reserve the special block rate of $129 per night. Once the block is full, rooms will be subject to availability.

To book your hotel room online, click HERE.


Summer Meeting Sponsorship Opportunities

The ABAK Summer Meeting is an excellent opportunity to sponsor an industry event that provides training sessions, networking opportunities, a golf scramble and great speakers! View the box below for more information regarding what each level of sponsorship entails. See the registration form to sign up as a Summer Meeting Sponsor. Sponsorship deadline is Friday, July 15.

Scholarship Golf Scramble

The ABAK Scholarship Golf Scramble on Thursday will be held at Ben Hawes Golf Course, 400 Booth Field Road, Owensboro, KY 42301. The front nine on the Ben Hawes Course was built on hilly terrain and its back nine was built on flat terrain. This excellent course offers 6,632 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71. This is a great course for all skill levels. The signature hole is #2, a 444-yard, par 4, requiring a long tee shot up a fairway with out-of-bounds stakes guarding the left and huge oak trees on the right, and also avoiding the ditch 200 yards off the tee box.

Golf Scramble Scholarship Options

Thursday's Scholarship Golf Scramble will have various options for sponsorship. To sign up as a Golf Scramble sponsor, please see the golf section of the registration form. Options include: Hole Sponsorship $100, Hole Contest Sponsorship $125, and Luncheon Sponsorship $250.


Continuing Education Credits

Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) and Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) Pesticide Applicator License continuing education credit hours have been requested for this meeting. A total of 6 CCA credits and 2 KDA credits have been applied for and the final approved credits will be posted at www.kyagbusiness.org.


Click HERE to register online now!

Thank You to Our 

2016 ABAK Summer Meeting Sponsors!


Retailers and Customers Win with Failure of LOST Legislation

Kentucky retailers and their customers won a major victory when the local option sales tax (LOST) legislation failed to pass during the 2016 Session. But just days ago, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer was suggesting ways to spend the money a new local sales tax would generate so it is clear that he and other LOST supporters are not giving up their fight for more local taxing authority. 

The Association and its members were the some of the most visible and vocal opponents alongside the Kentucky Retail Federation opposing the legislation (HB 2) proposing to amend the Kentucky Constitution to remove the prohibition on local sales taxes again this year. That’s not surprising since the complexities of dealing with different tax rates in communities throughout the state is a burden that would largely fall on Kentucky retailers since they would be required to collect and remit the appropriate tax for each jurisdiction. Beyond that, a new local sales tax would put Kentucky’s brick-and-mortar stores at an even greater disadvantage with their online competitors that are not required to collect even the state sales tax. 

But what is surprising is the lack of concern about the broader impact of potentially increasing taxes in the Commonwealth by more than $500 million each year, according to Gay Dwyer who represents the Association in Frankfort. She said it is inevitable that the addition of a local sales tax would have a negative effect on consumer spending which is a key to a healthy economy. In addition, she pointed out that a local sales tax would increase the cost of doing business in Kentucky. Dwyer cited Senate amendments that were filed to exempt utilities used by retailers and manufacturers from a local sales tax as evidence of the potential impact on businesses operating in the state. 

“Proponents of LOST try to bill it as the purest form of democracy because a vote would be required before a local sales tax could be enacted but not everyone that would pay the tax would get to vote. If you live in the county and the city wanted to levy the tax, you wouldn’t get to vote. Businesses don’t have the right to vote yet data shows that business-to-business transactions account for nearly one-third of the total state sales tax revenue,” she said.

Dwyer said the help of Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer (R-Georgetown) was key in stopping the bill after it passed the House. Thayer has been steadfast in his opposition to increasing taxes and giving local governments more taxing authority during his tenure in the legislature.

“We are fortunate that there are people like Senator Thayer and some of his colleagues that look a little deeper at some of the proposals that come before them in order to gain a better understanding of their real impact. I am hopeful that as others look more closely at the LOST legislation, they too will recognize it’s a losing proposition for Kentucky,” she said.
AgriBuiness Bills of Interest This Session; Session Summary Now Available

The following is a selection of bills particularly important to the agribusiness industry from the ABAK 2016 Kentucky General Assembly Session Summary.

Sales of Animal Health Products: Employees in farm stores across the state are routinely asked by their customers for advice regarding products they sell to treat or prevent disease in animals. But a little-known provision in Kentucky law bans anyone other than a licensed veterinarian from “rendering advice or recommendations” about these products. Senate President Pro Tem David Givens (R-Greensburg) introduced SB 242 to make it legal for retailers to make recommendations regarding over-the-counter animal care products as long as the information provided to a customer is consistent with the product label. When the House considered the bill, the provisions of HB 269, legislation sponsored by Representative Tom McKee (D-Cynthiana) to update other aspects of the veterinary medicine law, were added. There was another change made to reflect an agreement reached between the retail community and the veterinarians that allows retailers and their employees to provide “information and suggestions” about the products they sell. The Senate accepted the House changes and SB 242 has been signed by Governor Bevin.

Regulation of Seeds: Because of the passage of HB 497, local regulation of seeds will soon be preempted in Kentucky. Under terms of the bill, cities and counties are prohibited from enacting local ordinances regarding the registration, packaging, labeling, sale, distribution, use, application, or propagation of seeds. The bill, sponsored by Representative Wilson Stone (D-Scottsville), also provides updates to clarify standards for seed coatings, mixtures, and varieties, as well as clarification of germination test deadlines and relabeling requirements.

Grain Elevators: Grain storage facilities will need to renew their licenses by July 1 each year under the provisions of SB 182 that passed the General Assembly and has been signed by the governor. The bill also caps the maximum fines that can be levied by the Department of Agriculture for violations of the grain law.

Water Resources Board:
An 11-member Water Resources Board will be created because of the passage of HB 529. One of the panel’s tasks is to research the adequacy of Kentucky’s water supply to support agricultural production and to examine ways to address identified deficiencies.
Governor Signs Bill Limiting Access to Criminal Records
Governor Matt Bevin added his signature to HB 40 that allows the criminal record of those convicted of 61 specific felony crimes including theft, to be cleared. The bill will allow an ex-offender to file a petition with the court to vacate his conviction five years after he has completed his sentence or probation. The prosecutor must be notified of the petition and given the opportunity to comment. If the petition is granted, the public record of the crime will disappear. The final bill also allows the expungement of multiple misdemeanor convictions rather than the single offense that is permitted under current law.


Thanks to our 2016 Premier Sponsors!
Harvester Level
H & R Agri-Power
Security Seed
Potash Corp

Cultivator Level

Planter Level
Helena Chemical Company
Dow AgroSciences
Warner Fertilizer

Ground Breaker Level
Hinton Mills
Phil Brown Insurance Agency