Ag report: April 19, 2013

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By The Staff

Student leads both 4-H, FFA at SCHS

Lexus Perry, a Senior TAG student at Shelby County High School, is a busy student when it comes to agriculture: She leads both the 4-H Club at SCHS and the FFA.

“It’s all about understanding how people need to have a place where everyone can talk and get along,” Perry said in a release about her roles. “I work especially hard to make sure that all of our FFA members feel welcome and comfortable.”

As president of FFA Perry organizes and then directs all the meetings, oversees public relations, such as creating treats for the faculty during FFA Week, and organizes the FFA Speech Contest.

 “Yes, it’s all on me,” she said with a smile. “I always looked at SCHS as its own little community. I felt as if I belonged the moment I came here.”

Her hard work, by the way, likely will pay off in the form of several community-based scholarships offered by the very organizations she’s partnered with over the years.


Pratt to head burley group

The Burley Tobacco Growers Cooperative Association has hired Steve Pratt to serve as general manager.

"I am proud to have a person in the office with the experience that Steve has working with the farmers and office staff," said Pat Raines, BTGCA President Pat Raines said in a release announcing Pratt’s hiring. "This selection was a long time in coming but I feel we have made a good selection."

As general manager, Pratt will be focusing on expanding the market for burley tobacco and continuing the tradition of the Burley Co-op's service to the farmers. His goal is to expand the number of grower contracts with members in 2013.

Pratt comes to BTGCA from the Kentucky Farm Service Agency, where he served as a district director for 17 years, representing 13 local service centers covering 41 counties in Central, Northern, and Eastern Kentucky.


EKU joins Kentucky Proud network

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer officially launched the Kentucky Proud Farm to Campus program at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond.
Under the Farm to Campus program, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture will partner with EKU and other Kentucky colleges and universities to help with their buy-local efforts. Over the next two years, the department will target college campuses to put more shelf-stable Kentucky Proud products in their bookstores and gift shops, and more farm-fresh Kentucky Proud products in their cafeterias and food service systems.


Bulletin board

  • The Shelby County Farmers' Market will return April 27 for another season at the Shelby County Fairgrounds. The market will be open from 8 a.m. to noon each Saturday through October at the Coots Barn at 1513 Midland trail. For more information, you can find and like the market organizers on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Shelby-County-Kentucky-Farmers-Market/173755406108757?fref=ts.
  • The annual Master Gardener Plant Sale will be held in a new location – at the Cooperative Extension Service, 1117 Frankfort Road – from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. April 27. The sale will feature hundreds of perennials, grasses and shrubs grown by local master gardeners. They will be quality plants acclimated to this area at very reasonable prices. Shelby County High School’s FFA class will also have annuals and vegetable plants to sell. Food vendors will also be on site.
  • The 2013 Rolex Kentucky 3-Day Event is April 25-28 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. The Kentucky Reining Cup will be the evenings of April 26-27 in the horse park’s Alltech Arena.
  • Shelby County 4-H Camp Enrollment forms are available at the extension office or printed from http://ces.ca.uky.edu/shelby. Camp Dates will be July 9-12. Space will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. For more information, call 633-4593.


The Kentucky Ag Report is compiled weekly from news releases distributed by Keeton Communications, the Kentucky Press News Service.