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Rotary Club of Lexington Meeting

In recognition of National Farm City Week, Warren Beeler, Director of Livestock Marketing, for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, and Jeff Dabbelt, Manager of the Lexington Farmers’ Market, will be the featured speakers at the Rotary Club of Lexington’s meeting, Thursday, November 18, at 12:00 p.m., at Fasig-Tipton, 2400 Newtown Pike.

National Farm City Week is recognized each November to foster better understanding of the tremendous interdependence of people engaged in different walks of life. Both Beeler and Dabbelt are providing strong leadership in improving product quality, promoting value-added and enhancing market efficiency in the process of connecting the food consumer and the farmer.

As Director of Livestock Marketing, Warren Beeler has been a vital force in establishing and advancing the KENTUCKY PROUD program. His efforts in the Department have focused on bringing improved agriculture products to the market place and increasing the recognition of these superior products by the consumer. His base is truly the family farm, having operated a diversified farm in the Caneyville community of the state for more than thirty years. Warren is a graduate of Western Kentucky University and is a nationally recognized livestock judge with certification in forty-one states. In addition to his outstanding record of service in various roles relating to quality improvement and market development, he works tirelessly in organizing and promoting agricultural and natural resource programs involving our youth.

Jeff Dabbelt is a native of Kettering, Ohio, and a graduate of Xavier University. Following a brief career in the corporate world and with a fascination of the Appalachian Trail, Jeff was employed by the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. He and some close friends gained first-hand knowledge of the trail by back packing the entire length from Georgia to Maine. In 2003, he became the first Sales and Outreach Manager at Crabtree Farms of Chattanooga, Inc. This small, non-profit, urban farm gave Jeff a chance to blend his business background with his love of the outdoors and his interests in local farming, local commerce and sustainable agriculture. This experience led to his selection as the Lexington manager in 2004. Since then, the market has experienced considerable grown in both community awareness and quality products. In addition, construction of the new pavilion has provided a focus for Saturday markets from mid-April through the end of November.

For additional information, or to attend this meeting,
please contact Nell Main at nmain@rotarylexky.org.


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