Beef Education Center Set to Open This Fall
LEXINGTON, KY. (May 19, 2017) – The Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association is proud to announce that it will be supporting a beef education center set to open this fall at the Blue Grass Stockyards Regional Marketplace called The Yards.
The Yards is an acronym for Teaching, Health, Environment, Youth, Agricultural Advocacy, Research, Demonstration and Scientific Learning. It will be an educational facility focusing on the science and practices of the beef industry. The concept was created when Blue Grass Livestock Marketing Group opted to give a teaching space to the beef industry in their new stockyards being built off of I-75 in Fayette County. The classroom will provide a unique learning experience for all based on its location. In addition to The Yards, the Marketplace will include business, shopping, a full-service restaurant and the stockyards.
The educational space will be available to everyone but a highlight will be local students, ranging from kindergarten through college that will be able to come to the facility and learn more about the beef industry in Kentucky. The space will also host association groups, agricultural industry events and an overall experience for consumers to be educated about beef from pasture to plate.
“We are so lucky to have an opportunity to impact so many people through this classroom,” stated Dave Maples, Executive Vice President for the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association. “It will provide a unique experience to work with students, producers, industry partners and consumers.”
Farm Credit Mid-America is the main sponsor of the classroom. Farm Credit Mid America is dedicated to youth in Kentucky and this partnership will support programs already in place, like the Heifer Initiative program. The facility is set to open in early September 2017. If you have questions or would like to inquire about reserving the space, please call Niki Ellis at 859-278-0899.