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Farm Machinery Show
could generate $22 million
The National Farm Machinery Show was expected to draw more than 300,000 visitors to Louisville's Kentucky Exposition Center this week, generating an economic impact of nearly $22 million, show officials say.
Billed as America’s largest indoor farm show, it will feature around 860 exhibitors and use nearly every square inch of the fairgrounds’ 1.2 million square feet of space in eight connected halls.
Farmers and agribusiness professionals, as well as representatives of agriculture-related companies and organizations, will come to the exposition center from primarily across the Midwest to “gain knowledge and hands-on access to technological advancements needed for the upcoming farming season,” Amanda Storment, Kentucky State Fair Board spokesperson, told The Courier-Journal.
This is the 49th annual version of the show, which has been held in Louisville since its inception. It is produced and owned by the State Fair Board. “It’s here to stay,” Storment said.
The show is free and open to the public, but visitors will have to pay the fairgrounds’ $8 per vehicle parking fee. Visitors can attend free seminars led by industry experts on a wide range of topics.
A big part of the farm show is the companion Championship Tractor Pull, sponsored by Syngenta. The Louisville tractor pull will be the 46th annual event, making it the country’s oldest indoor tractor pull.
The event, which usually draws a total around 70,000 and is held at Freedom Hall on each of the four days of the farm show, is ticketed, with all seats reserved.
GAP training next Friday
GAP Connections, a nonprofit aiming to create awareness and cultivate positive environmental and social impact through good agricultural practices in the tobacco industry, has announced the launch of a new Web site and online Grower ID system to provide a resource for tobacco farmers and other interested parties to learn about the organization’s initiatives, as well as a way for farmers to sign up for the Grower ID System.
A tobacco update and GAP certification program will be at 10 a.m.-noon next Friday at the Shelby County Extension Office on Frankfort Road. Registration is required, and space is limited. Call 633-4593 to reserve a spot.
Participants will learn about GAP Connections, which offers a streamlined approach to free farmers from overlapping their efforts through the U.S. Tobacco GAP Program, supplying them with simple procedures that are coordinated with industry buyers and manufacturers.
The Grower ID System provides a secure way for tobacco farmers to document and share their agricultural practices training associated with the U.S. Tobacco GAP Program. Growers will be assigned a unique Grower ID number that will be used to track GAP training attendance and generate an electronic record of that attendance that can be shared with companies that purchase their tobacco and need to verify that the crop was grown using good agricultural practices.
Registered farmers can also use their Grower ID numbers to log into www.gapconnections.comto view and print their training records at any time.
If you have questions or would like help in securing your Grower ID, you can contact Corinne Belton at the Shelby County Extension Office at 633-4593.
Burley launches FFA program
Southern States is supporting the National FFA by selling FFA emblems for $1. The campaign runs from Feb. 19 until March 24.
“We are deeply appreciative of Southern States and their assistanceto raise financial support for FFA and heighten community awareness about our organization,” Molly Ball, president of the National FFA Foundation, said in a release announcing the program. “Funds raised through the sale of the FFA emblem at Southern States stores will support FFA at the local, state and national level and ensure that we’re able to continue to develop students’ leadership, growth and career success potential.”
Customers who buy an emblem can sign their names or even the name of a child, and the emblems will be displayed in the store. Proceeds are split between the local FFA chapter, the state FFA association and the National FFA Foundation.
To buy a paper emblem, visit a participating Southern States Cooperative.
The Kentucky Ag Report is compiled weekly from news releases distributed by Keeton Communications and the Kentucky Press News Service.