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Ag report: Feb. 1, 2013

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By The Staff

Simpsonville’s Trumbo received soybean association’s top honor

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Simpsonville farmer Jack Trumbo has been awarded the highest honor of the Kentucky Soybean Association – the Distinguished Service Award – as one of two he received at the organization’s recent commodities conference.

Trumbo also received a watch as a symbol of appreciation for his years of service as he retired from the soybean promotion board.

“It is with great pleasure that I present the 2013 Distinguished Service Award,” KSA President Davie Stephens said in presenting the award to Trumbo. “This award is the highest given by the Kentucky Soybean Association….

“In agriculture today we are blessed by many individuals who give of their time and talents. This year’s recipient [Trumbo] has truly been an asset to the soybean industry. Throughout his years of service, this individual has taken on many roles; top recruiter in 2001 and 2009, in 2001 he was awarded the Eddie Voils Leadership Award, and he also held the KSA leadership offices of Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer before his term ended. He also chaired the membership committee for several years.”

“While serving on the American Soybean Association board, his service included work on Trade Policy and International Affairs Committee where he specialized in Human and Industrial Utilization. He was also a key leader on the World Initiative for Soy in Human Health board that brings the benefits of U.S. soy protein to developing countries. He was dedicated to developing working relationships with state and federal legislators in efforts to champion the soybean farmer’s national and international interest.”

Trumbo and his wife, Gwyn, own Trumbo Farms, where they raise soybeans, corn, wheat and rye on property in Shelby and Jefferson counties.

Jack Trumbo also was honored by the American Soybean Association for his 9 years as a director.

4-H camp enrollment

Shelby County 4-H Camp Enrollment forms will be available starting today. They can be picked up at the Extension Office, 1117 Frankfort Road, or printed from the Shelby County Extension Office website, http://ces.ca.uky.edu/shelby. Camp Dates will be July 9-12. Space will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. For more information call 633-4593.

Food gardening classes

Want to grow your own fresh vegetables? Your own peaches, apples or blueberries? But don’t know how? The Shelby County Cooperative Extension Service is offering classes on food gardening starting Wednesday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and running every Wednesday through April 10. The classes are free, but seating is limited, so you must reserve a spot by Tuesday. To reserve your space, call 633-4593.

Pesticide certification

Two pesticide applicator recertification meetings will be held Thursday at the Shelby County Extension Office. Those sessions will be at 12:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. For more information, call 633-4593.

2 USDA programs updated

  • USDA announced a new microloan program designed to help small and family operations, beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers secure loans under $35,000. The interest rate for USDA's new microloan product changes monthly and is currently 1.25 percent. Producers interested in applying for a microloan may contact their local Farm Service Agency office. You can find the fact sheet on the program at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/Internet/FSA_File/microloans_eng_jan2013.pdf
  • The USDA Rural Energy for America Program is preparing to announce its funding deadlines for the coming year. When we see news, we will pass it along. If you are interested in this program, please start immediately and consider working with a grant writer to help make your application competitive for what is increasingly very limited funds. The program provides financial assistance to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to purchase, install, and construct renewable energy systems; make energy efficiency improvements to non-residential buildings and facilities; use renewable technologies that reduce energy consumption; and participate in energy audits, renewable energy development assistance, and feasibility studies. You can learn more about it by checking outhttp://www.rurdev.usda.gov/BCP_ReapResEei.html.

Bulletin board

  • The Kentucky Round-Up, hosted by the Kentucky Horse Council, is Saturday at the Kentucky Horse Park. Admission is free for children 12 and younger and $10 in advance for adults ($15 at the door); youth groups receive free admission with half-price tickets available for youth leaders. For more information, visit www.kentuckyroundup.com.
  • Deadline for submitting entries to the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s annual poster and essay contest is Feb. 15. Statewide winners in each grade will be announced Feb. 28. Each statewide winner will receive $100 and will be recognized at the Kentucky Agriculture Day Celebration in March. For more information, including contest rules and entry forms, go to www.kyagr.com/marketing/poster-essay-contest.html or contact Elizabeth McNulty at (502) 564-4983 or elizabeth.mcnulty@ky.gov.
  • The National Farm Machinery Show Championship Tractor Pull will be Feb. 13‐16 in Freedom Hall with five pulls at 7:30 p.m. each evening and at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Reserved tickets are $40 and $45, depending upon the day. Ticket sales begin at 10 a.m. Monday.

 

The Kentucky Ag Report is compiled weekly from news releases distributed by Keeton Communications, the Kentucky Press News Service.