Ag Report: April 27, 2012

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By The Staff

Farmers’ Market opens Saturday

at Shelby County Fairgrounds

The Shelby County Farmers’ Market opens its 6-month run at the Shelby County Fairgrounds this Saturday.

The market, which continues through Oct. 27, is 8 a.m. until noon every Saturday in the barn immediately off Midland Trail on the western side of the property.

Vendors from Shelby and surrounding areas offer several varieties of season produce, plus eggs, jams, jellies, flowers, perennials, shrubs and trees.

In addition there is handmade soap, jewelry, pottery, yarn goods and other crafts.

The opening coincides with the Shelby County Master Gardeners’ Garden & Art Fair, which also is Saturday at the fairgrounds this Saturday morning.

For more information, call 647-0064.


Ag leadership program

Nominations are being accepted for Kentucky Agricultural Leadership Program. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, residents of Kentucky or Tennessee, and be involved in some phase of agriculture. The Kentucky Agriculture Development Board requires at least 25 percent of the participants to be tobacco-dependent, defined as having received a Phase II or a tobacco-buyout check. There are no specific educational requirements.

The program consists of 10 domestic seminars devoted to important agricultural issues, including how to improve participants' communication, leadership and management skills.

Class members will visit a variety of Kentucky agribusinesses, Frankfort and Washington D.C., and will travel to other states and nations to explore agriculture in different settings.

Candidates may be nominated by county extension agents, farm organizations, trade associations, alumni of previous leadership programs, other interested individuals or be self-nominated. The nomination form link and additional details can be found at the http://www.uky.edu/Ag/KALP.

Nominations are due June 1. All nominees will receive information about the program and procedures for submitting the required application, which will be due July 15.


May is beef month

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer proclaimed May as Beef Month in honor of one of the state’s most significant agricultural industries.   “As one of nearly forty thousand beef cattle producers in Kentucky, I understand the importance of the industry to the state’s economy,” Comer said in the announcement. “Beef cattle sales accounted for six hundred and fifteen million dollars in cash receipts to Kentucky producers in 2010. “

Kentucky is the largest beef cattle state east of the Mississippi River with nearly 1 million beef cows as of Jan. 1. A 2007 University of Kentucky study found that the beef industry had a total direct, indirect, and induced economic impact of more than $1.8 billion.

Bulletin board

§       Shelby County Master Gardener Association will host the 12th Annual Shelbyville Garden and Art Fair at 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the Shelby County Fairgrounds pavilion. Hundreds of perennial plants from members’ gardens will be offered for sale. Garden exhibits, arts and craftsman displays, as well as Kentucky horticultural organizations, will be on site. Music and food accompany the event. The Shelbyville Farmers’ Market will be open until 1 p.m. The Master Gardeners are seeking exhibitors for the fair. If interested or for more information, contact Carol Ison at 502-834-7222 or carolison@insightbb.com.

§       Stormhaven Youth Ranch is hosting its spring opening on from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 12. Lunch will be sold along with t-shirts and a bake sale. Pony rides, games galore and a day in the country are all free to local families.  Call 655-0845 for info. The ranch is at 504 Christiansburg Road, off KY 43 North.

§       The Luci Ball fundraiser for the Luci Center will be May 12 at Undulata Farm in Shelbyville. Proceeds from the event will go towards the therapeutic riding program. The evening features cocktails, Hors d’oeuvre, a silent auction and live music. Silent auction items include but are not limited to a 2013 spring wild turkey hunt, a Smokey Mountain condo, a romantic get-a-way at Snug Hollow B&B, a Keeneland box for fall racing meeting 2012 and a  TEKNA all-purpose English saddle. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.thelucicenter.org or call 502-220-4308.

§       The Kentucky Cutting Horse Association will have its next show May 26-27 at the Rocky Fork Feeders Arena on Dover Road. The organization’s Web site is in the process of being updated.


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