Bell County Farm Bureau does a lot to support the local community. The board is particularly interested in and effective at promoting the education of young Bell Countians. They do so through many outlets but primarily through the Ray Reed Scholarship program and through donations to the Bell County 4-H program.
4-H Youth Development is part of Kentucky Cooperative Extension. Extension’s mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of Kentucky citizens through non-formal education for the entire family. Extension agents and volunteers take the results of university research and explain it in such a way that different age groups can learn and apply the information to their own lives.
Through a partnership among the University of Kentucky, Kentucky State University, county and state governments and USDA, an Extension office is located in every county.
In Bell County, youth can participate in 4-H through a number of different clubs, event and activities. Fifty 4-H’ers went to 4-H Camp this summer. In addition, 4-H school enrichment occurs at almost every school throughout the county at some point throughout the school year.
Bell County Farm Bureau funded the construction of a Country Ham Curing Facility and supports the Bell County 4-H Country Ham project for many different youth each program year. Bell County Farm Bureau also supports Bell County 4-H’s involvement in the Kentucky State Fair each year, allowing students the opportunity to travel to Louisville and experience the uniqueness of the Kentucky State Fair.
Kentucky Farm Bureau is a grassroots organization that began in 1919 to represent the interests of its member-families through programs and supporting efforts. Bell County Farm Bureau offers benefits and services to local residents and has established a reputation as an effective advocate for its local members. Among the benefits of membership are the extensive insurance and financial services available through Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance Cos., the largest property-and-casualty insurer in Kentucky.
Brandy Calvert is the Bell County extension agent for 4-H youth development. Educational programs of the Kentucky Cooperative Extension serve all people regardless of race, color, age, sex, religion, disability or national origin.