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Ag Report: Aug. 31, 2012

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By The Staff

Rowlett describes dairy life in remarks to Rotary Club

Dairy farmer Terry Rowlett, who operates 600 acres near Campbellsburg, spoke recently to the Shelbyville Rotary club about the dairy business and how it has changed over the years.

Because his family lives and works on the farm, he takes seriously his responsibility to protect land, water and air. 

“We are a family business vital to our community and the state’s economy,” Rowlett said in a release to explain his comments to Rotary. “We know our future depends upon what we do today.”

Dairy farms and milking facilities are also regularly checked by state and federal inspectors, and milk is tested routinely, making milk and dairy products among the most wholesome foods a consumer can buy.

“We take great pride in the milk we produce,” Rowlett said. “Our life’s work is to provide the most nutritious and safe dairy products, while being good stewards of the land and the animals.”

 

Gardening program launched
First Lady Jane Beshear and Agriculture Commissioner James Comer recently launched Ready, Set, Grow: A Kid’s Guide to Gardening – a joint initiative by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and the Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy. The project includes an interactive guide and website to promote growing and/or buying local food.

The announcement, according to a news release, took place at the Kentucky Exposition Center’s Governor’s Garden, which is one of six Governor’s Gardens located across the state. Kerrick Elementary students were on hand to receive the guides from Beshear and Comer, as well as, receive hands-on experience in harvesting and planting of the garden.

“I am delighted to assist students of all ages plant their own gardens by lending my support to the Ready, Set, Grow initiative,” Beshear said in a release announcing the venture. “Working with the Department of Agriculture on this project is a perfect partnership for the Governor’s Garden Program, which seeks to educate the public about the health and economic benefits of community gardening and locally grown foods.”
Ready, Set, Grow is a part of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s education initiatives. The project shows that anyone can grow a garden, even if on a small patio. It features examples on how to grow gardens and ways to cultivate seed varieties in to mature plants. Additionally, it provides students with a planting and harvesting guide as well as an activity section to maintain interactive learning.
To learn more about the Ready, Set, Grow initiative or to download the guide, visit www.kyproud.com/readysetgrow/ or contact Kristen Branscum at 502-564-4983.
 

Equine disaster fund expands

In the wake of the horrific tornado damage in Kentucky this spring, the Kentucky Horse Council created an equine disaster relief fund aimed solely at Kentucky’s victims. KHC also contributed the remainder of its U.S. Equine Disaster Relief Fund to the United States Equestrian Federation's Equine Disaster Relief Fund, which aids disaster victims across the country.  

Individuals and organizations across the nation have donated more than $15,000 to the KHC for national equine disaster relief. Horses in Texas, North Dakota, Minnesota, Vermont, New Mexico, Arizona, Alabama, Tennessee, and Kentucky have all been helped by this fund. After responding to the victims of tornadoes in Kentucky and surrounding states in the spring, a little more than $5,000 remained in the fund, and an additional $3,000 was donated and specifically earmarked for Kentucky horses.

For more information or to donate to KHC's Kentucky Equine Disaster Relief Fund, visit: www.kentuckyhorse.org/disaster-relief/.  

 

Corn maze celebrates UK

The Devine's Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch is celebrating the University of Kentucky Wildcats NCAA basketball championship by creating a corn maze that includes the championship logo and the likeness of the trophy. This is the fifth year the Devines have had a maze on their property in Mercer County. Previous mazes have included Kentucky and all of its counties, World Equestrian Games logo, and the Final Four logo from 2011.

Devine's Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch will open to the public on Sept. 14 through Oct. 31. You can find more information at Visit www.devinescornmaze.com, Facebook, or Twitter for more information.

Bulletin board

  • To celebrate the “our soils” display, donated by the Shelby County Conservation District at the Miller Outdoor Education Center, Scott Aldridge, a USDA-NRCS soil scientist, will speak about Kentucky’s soils and wise land use management at 6-8 p.m. Tuesday. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/clearcreektrailblazers or clearcreektrailblazers@hotmail.com.
  • The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture will host the Kentucky Grazing School on Sept. 11-12 at the Woodford County extension office in Versailles. The program begins at 7:30 a.m. and ends at 5:30 p.m. EDT each day. Preregistration is necessary, because the school is limited to the first 45 registrants. Applications are available at http://www2.ca.uky.edu/grazer or through the local office of the UK Cooperative Extension Service. Registration costs $50. For more information, contact Lyndsay Jones, UK Master Grazer Program coordinator, at 859-257-7512 or email lyndsay.jones4@uky.edu.
  • The Kentucky Cutting Horse Association will have a show Sept. 29-30 at the Rocky Fork Feeders Arena on Dover Road. For more information, send an E-mail to Judy Love a jlove@schlechtycenter.org.
  • The Shelby County Farmers’ Market is open every Saturday, 8 a.m. until noon, through Oct. 27 at the Shelby County Fairgrounds. 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 Kentucky Ag Report is compiled weekly from news releases distributed by Keeton Communications, the Kentucky Press News Service.