Kentucky Ag Relief Fund and Dairy Checkoff Helps Foodservices
**The Kentucky Farm Bureau Education Foundation is managing the Kentucky Agriculture Relief Fund, which will allocate financial assistance for farms damaged by the December 10/11 tornadoes that ravaged the western end of Kentucky.
According to www.gfb.org, donations will be used to support farmers and agribusinesses in affected areas.
Donations can be made to the Kentucky Agriculture Relief Fund at www.gofundme.com/KyAgReliefFund.
The tornadoes killed 77 people in at least 15 counties.
**As of December 1, U.S. farms held 74.2 million hogs and pigs, a 4% drop from the same time in 2020, and a 1% drop from September 1, 2021.
Those numbers come from the latest Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report published by the National Agricultural Statistics Service.
Of those 74.2 million hogs and pigs, 68 million were market hogs, and just over six million were kept for breeding.
Iowa had the largest inventory among the states at 23.8 million head, followed by Minnesota at 8.9 million.
**Despite the challenges brought on by COVID, the Dairy Checkoff continued to help its foodservice partners to grow sales of U.S. dairy foods.
Dairy Management Incorporated, the organization that oversees the checkoff, says more domestic dairy got shipped into the international marketplace in 2021.
The checkoff continued its effort to connect with the Gen Z consumers, while the dairy industry’s sustainability journey reached new levels during a busy year.