Ag report: Aug. 16, 2013

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By The Staff

Shelby County farm tour

to be offered in September

The Shelby County Cooperative Extension Service and Metzger’s Country Store are working to develop a Shelby County Good Neighbors Farm Tour, which will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 21.

The tour is to be self-guided and include dairy, beef cattle, alpaca and horse farms and farm businesses. Participants are to learn about raising fruit, tobacco, grain, rabbits, chickens and more and get a chance to sample food and interact with the animals. Various horse breeds will be included, and machinery will be on exhibit.

For information, a tour map and passport, call the extension office at 633-4593 or Metzger’s at 722-8850.

Country ham breakfast set

The 50th annual Kentucky Country Ham Breakfast & Auction will take place during the Kentucky State Fair, at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, as part of Farm Bureau Day at the fair. The live charity auction of the state’s 2013 Grand Champion Country Ham will follow. Finchville Farms of Shelby County is often an entrant in the competition.

Scheduled guest speakers include Gov. Steve Beshear, U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Louisville), U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Bowling Green), Agriculture Commissioner James Comer and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer.

A sellout crowd of 1,600 is anticipated, and KFB is furnishing a breakfast that will feature more than 5,400 eggs, 1,600 half-pints of milk, 30 gallons of sorghum, 20 gallons of honey, 6,400 oranges and 450 pounds of country ham – most of which is provided directly by Kentucky farmers.

The average price of the auctioned ham in the past 10 years is $535,000. Last year’s $300,000 winning bid was the fourth-highest.

FSA aids in crop insurance program

Farm Service Agency is now required to assist the Risk Management Agency to improve the integrity of the Federal Crop Insurance Program through the prevention of fraud, waste and abuse.

FSA will monitor the crop insurance program, report problems to RMA and assist RMA and approved insurance providers  when auditing certain claims. FSA offices are responsible for the oversight plan, which includes close monitoring and oversight of the crop insurance program locally and growing season inspections on a selected number of insured producers.

Producers who become aware of potential crop insurance abuse should report the information to their local FSA offices, including the office on Breighton Boulevard in Shelbyville.

For more information, call 633-3294, Ext. 102.

FSA has marketing loans available

Farm Service Agency offers marketing assistance loans to provide producers interim financing at harvest time to meet cash flow needs without having to sell their commodities when market prices are typically at harvest-time lows. Allowing producers to store production at harvest facilitates more orderly marketing of commodities throughout the year.

County and regional loan rates are based on each commodity's national loan rate, and they vary by county or region and are based on the average prices and production of the county or region where the commodity is stored.

For more information, contact the  FSA office on Breighton Boulevard.
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  • The 2013 Kentucky State Fair will continue through Aug. 25 at the Kentucky Exposition Center. For more information and continued updates on the fair, visit www.kystatefair.org. Parking at the Kentucky Exposition Center will remain unchanged at $8 per vehicle. The 110th annual World’s Championship Horse Show will be Sunday through Aug. 24 at Freedom Hall in Louisville. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. June 24. Prices range from $14 to 425, based on the date and the session.
  • The University of Kentucky will host Kentucky Fall Grazing School at the CO Little Research Station in Versailles. This 2-day school will be held 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Aug. 21-22. Pre-registration is required and includes a $50 registration fee to cover course materials, the grazing manual, lunch and refreshments both days. The course is limited to the first 45 applicants. For more information and a registration form, call the Shelby County Extension Office at 633-4593.
  • The Kentucky Horse Council is conducting a seminar in building sustainable trails on Aug. 24. The class is limited to 15 individuals. Registration prices are $45 for participants with a discounted rate of $40 for Kentucky Horse Council members. Registration fees include all materials and lunch. This form must be completed by July 19. Questions should be directed to Ginny Grulke at 859-533-7002 or director@kentuckyhorse.org.
  • The Spencer County horse show will begin at 6 p.m. Sept. 7 and Oct. 5 at the fairgrounds. Gate admission is $2, and 6-year-olds and younger are free. For more information, contact Frank Rearden at 502-232-5138, Preston McDonald at 502-422-0176, Connie McDonald at 502-232-0739, Mary Lisby at 502-738-5388, Mae Rearden at 502-991-1505 or John Shouse at 502-437-7083.
  • New this week at the Shelby County Farmers’ Market will be a mid-week market held every Wednesday, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. This new market day, which began Wednesday, is in addition to the Saturday market, held from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday through October in the Coots Barn at the Shelby County Fairgrounds, 1513 Midland Trail in Shelbyville. For more information, visit shelbycokyfarmersmarket.com.
  • The National FFA Convention and Expo will be Oct. 30-Nov. 2 in Louisville.
  • Kentucky Round-Up, an annual event sponsored by the Kentucky Horse Council that celebrates horses with live demonstrations, hands-on activities and educational exhibits, will be Feb. 15-16 at the Alltech Arena in the Kentucky Horse Park.


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