Ag report: Dec. 13, 2013

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By The Staff

SC Farm Bureau wins 3 awards at annual meeting


In addition to the Courtney family’s being named Best Young Farm Family for 2013, Shelby County Farm Bureau earned three honors during the 94th annual meeting of the Kentucky Farm Bureau, which concluded Saturday in Louisville.

SCFB was recognized with the KFB’s Gold Star awards for efforts by its Young Farmer Committee and it’s women’s program and overall for the efforts of its membership. SCFB President John Wills led a delegation that attended.

Young Farmer Chair Joe Lipps and Women’s Committee chair Debbie Rothenburger were on hand to accept plaques from KFB leaders.

The Young Farmer Award honors a county’s Young Farmer Committee for its active participation in Farm Bureau leadership development programs, state competitions and educational or promotional initiatives.

The women’s program award honors county Women’s Committees for active participation in leadership development programs, agricultural promotion, educational initiatives and numerous other aspects of support to the local Farm Bureau.

The chapter award is for overall achievement.

In other announcements at the meeting:

  • Ray Allan Mackey, a 27-year farming veteran of Hardin County, was named Farmer of the Year.
  • An Excellence in Agriculture award was presented to Linda McClanahan of Mercer County.


Conservation program announced

Landowners who have a farm or track with open fields that they have to bush hot or mow are invited to participate in a program about using that acreage to develop a wildlife habitat and get a conservation plan.

Natural Resources Conservation Service in Kentucky is currently accepting applications for  the voluntary Environmental Quality Incentive Program Wildlife Initiative. Landowners accepted into EQIP Wildlife can apply for assistance in enhancing wildlife habitat.

Practices such as native grass plantings, tree/shrub plantings, edge feathering and forestry patch clearcuts are just a few of the available options, and enrolled landowners can receive cost share to plant native warm season grasses and wildflowers to improve wildlife habitat.

There also are programs for herbaceous weed control.

Interested landowners may apply for programs at their local USDA NRCS office or by calling Terri Estes 502-545-2354.  The first cutoff date for application is Jan. 17.


Bulletin board

  • 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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