Kentucky Association of FSA County Office Employees



Joey Peyton recognized for accumulation of 2,500 Sick Leave Hours

Posted on September 25, 2018 at 9:27 AM Comments comments (12)
Following the September 2018 KASCOE Directors Meeting, Joey Peyton, PT, Madisonville Service Center, was presented a certification for accumulation of 2,500 sick leave hours.

Sick Leave Awards

Posted on September 7, 2018 at 10:23 AM Comments comments (99)
Sick leave awards are available for the following:

1,000 hours
2,000 hours
2,500 hours
3,000 hours
You can submit the award online by visiting https://www.kascoe.com/Awards.html. Submission of sick leave award deadline is October 7.

Employees can submit their own milestone, or timekeepers or supervisors are encourage to on behalf of employees in the office.

Please contact Katie Taylor of New Castle with any questions or concerns you may have.

Higdon and Corbin receive recognition at SEA Rally

Posted on April 18, 2018 at 4:46 PM Comments comments (2)
Among those receiving awards at the 2018 SEA Rally in Lexington Kentucky on April 13, were Coy Higdon, CED, Hopkinsville and Tony Corbin, CED, Columbia.

Coy was recognized with the Sprit of KASCOE Award.  He has been involved in KASCOE throughout his entire career, serving as Director, and President. 

Also, Tony Corbin was recognized with NASCOE's Southeast Area Award for Service to Community.

Submit Awards Nominations Now for Upcoming SEA Rally

Posted on February 20, 2018 at 11:21 AM Comments comments (9)
Due to Kentucky hosting the 2018 South East Area Rally, KASCOE will not be hosting a state convention this year. The NASCOE South East Are Rally is right around the corner, April 11-14. Sick leave awards are available for the following:

  • 1,000 hours
  • 2,000 hours
  • 2,500 hours
  • 3,000 hours

You can submit the award online by visiting KASCOE.com and clicking on the awards section.  Submission of sick leave award deadline is October 7.  However, if you or the employee you are nominating will be retiring before this deadline or next year’s state convention please make the submission for the award by February 26, 2018 so that we may be able to present the employee with the award at the SEA Rally.

The Spirit of KASCOE Award is also available for submission.

The Spirit of KASCOE Award recognizes a member who has made outstanding contributions to the State Association.  Any member may submit a nomination.  The Executive Committee makes final selection of the award recipient.

HOW TO NOMINATE:  Spirit of KASCOE Award nominations shall be in a brief narrative format, and addressed and delivered to Katie Taylor. Written nominations may be submitted by email, mail, or in person.

Please contact Katie Taylor of New Castle with any questions or concerns you may have.

2016 DSA Winners for Kentucky

Posted on April 28, 2017 at 11:33 AM Comments comments (0)
Lindsey New (left) was presented the Kentucky Distinguished Service Award for Kentucky for Service to NASCOE.

She was also the 2016 Southeast Area Winner.

Dana McKinney (right) won Kentucky's 2016 Distinguished Service Award for Service to FSA/Agriculture.

State-level plaques were presented at the April 27, 2017, KASCOE Directors Meeting.   

Report from SEA Rally

Posted on April 17, 2016 at 10:37 PM Comments comments (117)
Southeast Area Rally April 6-9, 2016
Savannah, Georgia
Savannah, Georgia was the beautiful location of the 2016 SEA Rally which was sponsored by GACOE (Georgia), SCASCOE (South Carolina), ALASCOE (Alabama), and FASCOE (Florida).
Kentucky was well represented with the following present and retired employees attending: Henry Ford, Emerson Rider, Roger Swatzell, Joyce Logsdon, Jeanie Williams, Laura Howell, Mildred Scarborough, Barry Allen, Dawn Ovesen, Dana McKinney, Micki Crider, Diane Dunn, Gera Ferguson, Marcinda Kester, Jenni Blandford (and family).
Friday meetings began with a welcome from SEA Executive David Curtis. We then heard from 5 SEA SEDs, who each gave some ag statistics and history for their state and then sang the praises to FSA employees for the awesome job they do daily serving producers and going above and beyond in their duties. Speaking were: Georgia SED, Dr. Fred Harrison, Jr.; South Carolina SED Wilfred Pace; Alabama SED Daniel Robinson; Florida SED Rick Dantzler; and Louisiana SED Craig McCain.
Speakers from the National Office included: Greg Diephouse, DAFO (Deputy Administrator for Field Operations); Brad Pfaff, DAFP (Deputy Administrator for Farm Programs); and Mark Rucker, Deputy Administrator for Management (DAM).
Greg Diephouse spoke about SED priorities and that he had recently shared the following should be the top 5 priorities for SEDs in their states: (1) Pay attention to customer service and programs (2) In addition to our programs, look toward innovation and how we can provide more. Bridges to Opportunity is in 20 states now, with positive results from both producers and state users. (3) Find new customers- Where do we want to be in the future? (4) Emphasis on workforce. A happy employee makes a happy customer. How can we make a more pleasant and positive work environment for our employees? We need to provide more opportunity, needed training, and awards. (5) Gears should be oiled and operations efficient. IT function improvement is a high priority.
Other speakers on Friday included:  Sarah Baker who represented the Southeast United Dairy Association, and Micki Linehan who represented RASCOE.
NASCOE President, Wes Daniels shared issues that were discussed during the negotiations meeting with management the week of March 28th. He pointed out that one of the hot issues with the agency was IT performance. He shared that recently management has hired a new Chief Information Officer, Darren Ash. We have high hopes for Mr. Ash. Though he has no farming background, he has extensive IT operating system background. Some of the ideas for improvement that he shared were that offices that have slower band width could be going to satellite in the future. States should send concerns to SEA Executive, David Curtis for the newly formed IT steering committee. David will then share these with NASCOE’s representative on the committee.
New workload tool is being developed by BPMS. The tool was shared with the negotiations team. The report will be at the county level in the near future, and we expect the initial numbers will appear low in the beginning.
Bridges to Opportunity was discussed by both Greg Diephouse and Wes. NASCOE will be supporting the Bridges to Opportunity (BTO) initiative. BTO is currently in 20 states and has positive reports from county offices that are using it. Darvin Collins, who a Texas CED of a shared management arrangement and is also the SWA Executive, has it in his office and has shared with us that he feels it will increase our workload. He has very positive things to say about BTO. This is exciting to hear from an employee who is actually using the software.
Handbook 22-PM will soon be updated to include RASOCE as the “official” retired employee association and retirees will be given information at retirement on how to join.
Banquet on Friday evening had surprises for KY! We were so proud! Scholarship winners announced were : Traditional scholarship for the SEA was Luke Estes from KY!! His mom is PT Patricia Estes in the Madisonville Service Center. (Woo Hoo!) Open continuing winner was Kristen Garrett from North Carolina. Distinguished Service Award winners were: DSA Service to FSA/Ag winner was John David McBryde II from North Carolina. DSA Service to NASCOE was Lindsey New from Kentucky!! (Woo Hoo!) DSA Service to Community winner was Donny Green from Tennessee.
Saturday we heard from SEA Presidents: Darby Hall from Georgia, Hugh Hunter from Florida, Renee Boykin from South Carolina, and Olivia McCray from Alabama.
JM Marketing gave a presentation, followed by Dillards Financial Solutions.
We then heard SEA Committee reports. Key issues shared: *New benefit called Working Advantage which gives discounts for apparel, theme parks, etc for NASCOE members, Contact your State benefits chair or President for the membership number *There will be an associate member scholarship in 2017 of $500, * Legislative Leadership training will be conducted in September, States can send up to 2 members for the training, * Emblems totals during the rally were $2200.  Also, $2800 from Live Auction and $2500 from Silent Auction *Please share NAFEC with your COCs.  Pam Rhodes will be happy to meet with them by phone during a meeting if you contact her.
The Rally was very information and enjoyable. Plans for next year are currently to have an All South Rally, with both the SEA and SWA in San Antonio, TX in 2017.

Spirit of KASCOE Award presented to Kevin Whitaker

Posted on February 22, 2016 at 12:45 PM Comments comments (0)

On February 18, 2016, Dana McKinney, KASCOE President, presented the Spirit of KASCOE Award to Kevin Whitaker, KASCOE District 5 CED.  Kevin was recognized for his "out-of-the-box" ideas that have increased KASCOE's membership and improved the overall morale and spirit of the organization, including employee activities at FSA trainings, March Madness bracket challenge, and more.  Kevin was also a part of Kentucky's Jump Team, and has served as Scholarship Committee Chairman in previous years.

Notes from KASCOE Directors' Meeting; Meeting with STC

Posted on February 19, 2016 at 8:47 AM Comments comments (111)
On February 17, 2016, KASCOE Directors met at Residence Inn in Lexington, KY.  Full minutes will be shared at a later date, when approved.  The following is an overview of items addressed.

  • Membership Report - We have 82% membership of all current COF employees.  Also, 19 Associate Members.

  • Scholarship Report:

4 Traditional and 2 Open scholarship applications were received -- all from deserving candidates!  Sufficient funds are available to award all applicants a scholarship.  The Directors voted to fund all 6.  Check back later on our Scholarship page for more info!

Kentucky will offer a $250 Scholarship to Associate Members' children/grandchildren beginning in 2017.  NASCOE will be offering a similar program, and Kentucky's will match those forthcoming rules.

  • Kentucky plans to send 2 representatives to a Legislative/Leadership Conference to be conducted by NASCOE.
  • A March Madness Bracket Challenge will be held again this year.
  • Members are invited to attend and help with the upcoming KACS Zone Meeting.
  • Kentucky will now offer Member Benefits of Kentucky Kingdom and Louisville Zoo discounts.
  • Dana McKinney will serve as Kentucky's delegate at the SEA Rally, April 6-9 at Savannah, Georgia.  Several members plan to attend.
  • 2016 National Convention will be in Cedar Rapids Iowa, August 3-6.
  • State Convention planning for 2016 is underway.
  • Director Elections will be held this year, in September. 
  • Follow-up to communications meeting at CRP training was discussed.  Marcinda indicated that the reports calendar remains a priority that she nearly has this completed to share with COF users.
  • A new NASCOE Emblems provider is being announced and is linked to NASCOE.org website.
  • 2 DSA Nominations have been submitted from Kentucky.
  • Kevin Whitaker was presented with the Spirit of KASCOE Award.

On February 18, 2016, KASCOE had opportunity to meet for about 1 hour with the STC, SED, AO, FPC, and Administrative Specialist, Mitch Dunn.  The following issues were addressed.

  • Appreciation expressed to STC for authority to hire many new employees over the past year.
  • We presented the need for additional Mesonet stations, particularly in StrikeForce Counties.  SED and FPC will follow-up with partners to discuss this. 
  • KASCOE requested the STC reconsider the decision that CED's are not authorized to attend the upcoming COC Orientation sessions.  Concerns noted were attendance of COC members expected to be less if carpooling with CED doesn't occur.  Also, CED's feel like it is important for them to hear the same information concerning administrative matters and appeals.  The STC/SED will give consideration to our request.
  • Need for retirement training was discussed.  All-PT meetings will include presentations from Mark Stivers.  KASCOE suggested that additional trainings for new employees, mid-career employees, and those near retirement be held.  The STO agreed to evaluate the possibility of this, and to look at putting out a Notice with recommended resources for employees to access concerning retirement. 
  • KASCOE presented a concern from the field regarding timely processing of COC members' applications that have to go before the STC for approval. 

Scholarship and Awards Deadline Extended

Posted on December 21, 2015 at 7:21 AM Comments comments (6)
The Exec. Committee was on a conference call Friday afternoon and apparently there has been some confusion and discomfort with the changes to the scholarship application process in some areas. I have not been contacted about any problems in the SEA. But to make sure we don’t have members that could not make the deadline. Please get this out as soon as you can. To allow anyone that missed the deadline to go ahead and apply.    

Please note that for THIS YEAR ONLY, deadlines for submission of scholarship applications and DSA Award nominations have been extended to the following:
  • February 1 to state chairperson
  • March 1 to area chairperson
  • March 20 to national chairperson

There are new scholarships available…

  • Traditional scholarship
  • Open Continuing Scholarship
  • Members Continuing Scholarship
  • Adult Children Continuing Education
  • Grandchildren Scholarship.

The Traditional and both Continuing scholarships will pay at the Area and National levels. The other two will pay at the National level only.

The below link contains the new scholarship application forms as well as an updated handbook. It has detailed information about each scholarship.

The DSA nomination guidelines and the Scholarship applications are all together on the Forms & Downloads page under Awards & Scholarships.

Please note that the deadlines for submission are January 1 to State Chairpersons, then February 1 to Area Chairpersons. Area winners will be submitted to Micki Crider for national judging by March 1. Micki will notify the Executive Committee of the national winners by April 1.

Please take time to read through the handbook and applications prior to sending out information to your state.  Let us know if you have questions.