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Time, not money, hinders regular checkups for farmers

By Mayra Diaz-Ballard
One of the main topics on everyone’s minds these days is health care. Affordability, proximity and the amount of coverage play a major role in deciding what plan is right for farmers and their families. Even with insurance, many farmers don’t make regular checkups a priority.
Karen Parm, a farmer’s wife from Graves County, said, her husband, Jimmy, is paying the price for years of not seeing a dentist or doctor because “he didn’t have time.” Continue reading

Farmer-owned cooperative has served grain buyers and sellers since 1968

By Rae Wagoner

Director of Communication

Kentucky Soybean Promotion Board

Editor, Kentucky Soybean Sentinel

Hopkinsville Elevator Company, Inc., is the state’s largest farmer-owned cooperative, and according to Assistant Grain Manager Ben Westerfield, “that’s the key to our success.”

Back in 1968, a small group of farmers developed plans for forming Hopkinsville Elevator as a cooperative. Approximately 180 investors proceeded to buy an existing grain facility to serve local needs. The co-op grew through the years to over 3,000 patrons serving more than 100 counties in Kentucky and Tennessee.  Continue reading