Ag Report: Aug. 19, 2011

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By The Staff

Ag officials involved

in State Fair activities


Visitors at the Kentucky State Fair can try Kentucky Proud recipes and learn about some of the services the Kentucky Department of Agriculture provides for consumers and farmers during the 107th edition of the state fair, which opened Thursday Louisville.
“The Kentucky State Fair is Kentucky agriculture’s time to shine,” Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer said. “It’s also the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s time to show the public some of the things we do for every Kentuckian every day.”
Kentucky Proud recipes will be featured in demonstrations at the Kentucky Beef Council’s stage in the South Wing of the Kentucky Exposition Center during the state fair. Information and recipe cards will be available at the UK College of Agriculture’s exhibit in the West Hall lobby and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s display in the South Wing.
Kentucky Proud vendors will give product demonstrations and offer samples of their foods in the West Hall. Kentucky commodity organizations will sell representative samples of their products at The Great Kentucky Cook Out Tent.

But there’s more:

§       Also in the West Hall, the department will present a “farm-to-table” display – an antique tractor surrounded by some of Kentucky’s outstanding farm products. The Kentucky Proud farmers’ market will be back at its usual location outside the corner of the West Hall.

§       In the South Wing, the Department’s regulation and inspection division will show its large scale truck and other implements. An agritourism display will highlight Kentucky’s many fun, family-friendly farm destinations.

§       Environmental services staff will be available to talk to fairgoers about bed bugs, emerald ash borer, and other pests. The agriculture education division will feature the mobile science activity center, which travels to schools throughout the state offering students the opportunity to conduct agricultural investigations, and its one-of-a-kind rollover tractor simulator.

§       Department employees also will work the skillathons and judging contests. Staff from the Office of the state veterinarian will check health papers for every animal that’s brought to the fair to be shown.

§       Exhibitors who show Kentucky livestock will be eligible for additional premiums through the Kentucky Proud Livestock Tag Program. A Kentucky Proud champion and reserve champion will be named in beef, dairy, goats, sheep, and swine.


No new regs for farm equipment

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration  announced last week that it has no intention to propose new regulations governing the transport of agricultural products. After hearing from concerned farmers earlier this year, FMCSA initiated this review to make sure states don't go overboard in enforcing regulations on agricultural operators, and to ensure consistent access to exemptions for farmers. No regulations will be proposed for any new safety requirements or changes to the rules governing the transport of agricultural products, farm machinery, or farm supplies to or from a farm. 

The agency also released guidance designed to make sure states clearly understand the common sense exemptions that allow farmers, their employees, and their families to accomplish their day-to-day work and transport their products to market. 


Farmers’ market cookbook

One of the nation’s leading cookbook publishers, Quail Ridge Press announces the publication of the Recipe Hall of Fame Fresh from the Farmers Market Cookbook. This new cookbook is comprised of recipes selected from the database of more than 25,000 award-winning recipes included in Quail Ridge Press’ nationally acclaimed Best of the Best State Cookbook Series. Included among the recipes are a variety of dishes ranging from appetizers to desserts. Also included in the cookbook are quips that provide information about the produce used to create these delectable dishes.

The cookbook will be available to the public at large in September and will be available at bookstores, kitchen and gift shops, farmers markets, and directly from the publisher by calling 1-800-343-1583. 


Bulletin board

§       The Kentucky State Fair runs through Aug. 28 at the Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center in Louisville. See kystatefair.org for schedules and details.

§       The Waddy Saddle Club will be holding its August Horse show on Saturday.  Competitions will begin at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $2 per person ages 6 years and up.  The event is held at the Waddy Ruritan Club on Kings Highway.

§       The Shelby County Farmers’ Market is open every Saturday, rain or shine, through Oct. 29. The market is located in the Coots Barn at the Shelby County Fairgrounds. Locally produced seasonable vegetables, fruits, herbs, plants, flowers, free range eggs, honey, salsa, baked goods, homemade jams and pickles are available. Also featured are handcrafted wood items, soaps and jewelry. For more information, call Doug at 633-7484.

§       Taylorsville Farmers’ Market meets 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays until the end of October at the Sanctuary Art Center on Main Street in Taylorsville. Produce, beef, chicken, seedlings, baked and canned goods will be available. Call 502-477-2217 for details.


 The Kentucky Ag Report is compiled weekly from news releases distributed by Keeton Communications and other sources.