Ag Report: Aug. 5, 2011

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By The Staff

Simpsonville resident

joins angus association
Carrie T. Jacoby of Simpsonville is a new junior member of the American Angus Association.

Junior members of the Association are eligible to register cattle in the American Angus Association, participate in programs conducted by the National Junior Angus Association and take part in Association-sponsored shows and other national and regional events.
The American Angus Association is the largest beef breed association in the world, with nearly 30,000 active adult and junior members. It is based in Missouri.

Export branding program
Small agricultural companies in Kentucky and other southern states may apply for funding from the 2012 Market Access Program Branded to get help for entering export markets, which allows businesses seeking to enter export markets to be reimbursed up to 50 percent for promotional and international marketing costs.

To be eligible for the Branded program, companies must be considered small according to U.S. Small Business Administration standards, have yearly sales of at least $100,000, and promote a brand-name product that is at least 50 percent U.S. agricultural origin.
 Kentucky agricultural exports were valued at nearly $2 billion in 2009, according to the Kentucky office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service.
A pre-qualification form may be downloaded at www.susta.org.


New ginseng regulations

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer has implemented new regulations aimed at protecting American ginseng in the state. State law requires the Kentucky Department of Agriculture to oversee the harvesting and sale of ginseng.

The new regulations set the dates when ginseng may be harvested and sold, regulates how sales are documented, and sets penalties for violation. They also set out documentation requirements for artificially propagated ginseng.  
American ginseng is an herb native to the forests of the eastern United States and Canada.  Prices for wild Kentucky ginseng at times have risen above $500 per pound. The new regulations, a list of licensed ginseng dealers, and an overview of the department’s ginseng program are available at www.kyagr.com/marketing/plantmktg/Ginseng.htm.


Women, Hispanics have options

If you are a female farmer or rancher or a Hispanic farmer or rancher and you believe that the United States Department of Agriculture improperly denied farm loan benefits to you for certain time periods between 1981 and 2000 because of your gender or race, you may be eligible to apply for compensation.

Potential claimants can register to receive a claims package by calling the Farmer and Rancher Call Center at 1-888-508-4429 or visiting www.farmerclaims.gov. Claimants have until Aug. 25 to register to receive a claims package. For more information, contact the FSA office on Howard Drive in Shelbyville.


USDA forms due to IRS

The USDA Farm Service Agency  reminds producers that they must submit an Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) verification consent form to the IRS as soon as possible in order to maintain eligibility for 2009 and 2010 program benefits. These forms authorize the IRS to verify whether a payment recipient’s AGI meets the eligibility requirements for FSA programs.


Home repair grants available

Applications are being accepted for grants to eligible applicants to help low- and very-low-income rural residents repair their homes. Housing Preservation Grants are provided to intermediaries such as town or county governments, public agencies and non-profit and faith-based organizations. The grants are then distributed to qualified homeowners or owners of multi-family rental properties or cooperative dwellings who rent to low- and very-low-income residents. Funding is not provided directly to homeowners by USDA under this program.

USDA may award up to $9.8 million in competitive grants through the Housing Preservation Grantprogram. Applications are due on August 22, 2011. For more information about application details, please view the Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) published in the July 7, 2011 Federal Register.


Bulletin board

§       The annual Shelbyville Horse Show concludes today and Saturday at the arena at the Shelby Count Fairgrounds. Shows will be nightly at 7 p.m.

§       The Kentucky Cutting Horse Association is having a 5-day show starting today and running through Aug. 9 at the Rocky Fork feeders Arena on Dover Road. There are youth and adult classes, and scholarship money of up to $6,000. For more information, visit www.kchacutting.org.

§       The Indiana Cutting Horse Association will have a show Aug. 13-14 at the Rocky Fork Feeders Arena on Dover Road.

§       Cattail Creek Stables in Finchville is offering summer day camp Wednesday through Friday. Participants learn riding and horse care. Riding lesson/camp combinations, pony birthday parties, crafts, games and outings for groups and families are available. The stables are three miles from I-64. Call for more information and pricing call 502-834-9964 or E-mail cattailcreek@att.net.

§       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.