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Here’s some interesting information provided by Dr. Kenny Burdine, University of Kentucky Extension livestock agriculture economist, on the USDA’s Jan. 1 cattle inventory report released last week.
Beef cattle numbers decreased again, estimated down just less than 1 percent. A lot of attention likely will be given to a 2 percent increase in beef heifer retention. Here at home, Kentucky beef cow numbers were estimated to be down around 2 percent, while beef heifer retention in Kentucky was estimated to be down 3.3 percent.
Here’s a few additional comments about these numbers:
HCCA Insurance Meeting. The Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association now is offering a group health insurance plan that provides coverage under the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. The Hardin County Cattlemen’s Association will offer an informational meeting at 6 p.m. Feb. 24 at Pritchard Community Center in Elizabethtown for those interested. This is a dinner meeting, so reservations are needed and can be made by calling the Extension Service at 270-765-4121 or by going to www.hardinext.org.
This insurance is provided by IMPACT — Kentucky Agriculture Industry Trust, which is an employee benefits health and welfare plan which offers health, dental, life and disability insurance to its subscribers. Association membership is required to participate in the health and welfare plan. And even if you are not currently a member of either Hardin County or Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association, membership to both groups is open to anyone. Membership will be discussed at the meeting and applications will be accepted.
With health care reform changing the landscape of benefits, the trust’s program may benefit your farm, family and employees. All medical plans use the Anthem Network, the largest network of providers available in Kentucky. The Delta Dental Premier and PPO networks are the largest dental networks in the commonwealth.
The program will be presented by individuals who have been contracted to provide this service in Kentucky. The county cattlemen’s board of directors felt like this program most likely benefit a lot of locals involved in agriculture, so they’re offering this program on how to meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act.
Douglas W. Shepherd is a Hardin County Extension agent for agriculture and natural resources. Call him at 270-765-4121.