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Ag Report: Feb. 18, 2011

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Ellis’s gift to help create

‘better educated farmers’

Robert Ellis of Eminence has been presented his check for $2,500  for the Shelby County High School FFA program as part of the America’s Farmers Grow CommunitiesSM program sponsored by Monsanto.

Ellis said he is very excited to have been selected as the winner for Shelby County. “It's great to help someone else in a good way,” he said. “I chose the Shelby County FFA because we need better educated farmers. They need to be a step above the rest because it is different today than when my generation started out.”

Said FFA Advisor Kerwin Ewing: “I think it is great to see a commercial ag company like Monsanto reinvest in rural communities. I feel very lucky to be selected by Mr. Ellis because he had a variety of organizations to choose from and he chose us. It means a lot.”

In more than 1,200 eligible counties, farmers can win $2,500 for their favorite community non-profit. In total, more than $72,500 has been donated to nonprofits in Kentucky.

 

USDA program accepting loans

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA is accepting applications for loans and grants to create jobs and spur economic development through the Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant program.

“In his State of the Union address, President Obama laid out a vision for ‘winning the future,’ with a call to ‘out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world,’” Vilsack said. “These investment opportunities will promote business expansion and entrepreneurship by helping local businesses get access to capital, technical assistance and new markets for their products and services.”           

REDLG provides loan and grant funding for rural projects through local utility cooperatives, including zero-interest loans and limited grant support to utilities.

Applications must be received by March 31 for 3rd quarter funding and June 30 for fourth-quarter funding. For further details about eligibility rules and application procedures, see the Feb. 14 issue of the Federal Register, page 8334.

 

Cutting Horse Association sets schedule

The Shelby County Cutting Horse Association has set its 2011 schedule for events at the Rocky Fork Feeders Arena on Dover Road. The first show will be Feb. 26-27. Following that will be shows April 9-10, May 21-22, July 16-17, Aug. 5-7, Sept. 10-11 and Nov. 4-6. Members also will be participating in shows in Duquoin Ill., and at the Kentucky State Fair (Aug. 8-9). For more information, you can visit www.kchacutting.org.

 

Older cattle must be ID’d

All breeding cattle 18 months of age and older that are offered for sale at Kentucky stockyards are required to be identified with the state veterinarian’s office effective this week, state veterinarian Robert C. Stout has announced.
“When disease is identified in Kentucky cattle, it is important to identify affected and exposed animals as quickly as possible and with a minimum of cost and inconvenience to producers,” Dr. Stout said. “This requirement will make it easier for the Office of the State Veterinarian to pinpoint outbreaks and eradicate them while unaffected producers can carry on with business as usual.”
Metal ear tags in the U.S. Department of Agriculture-approved state series are available at no charge to producers and may be obtained from the state veterinarian’s office or from a veterinarian. Official tags that are already in place are sufficient to satisfy the requirement. That includes the metal USDA-approved tags and RFID tags in the 840 series or stamped with the USDA shield.
                         

National Farm Machinery Show under way

Farmers across the country are in Louisville this week for the 46th Annual National Farm Machinery Show. The show runs through Saturday at the Kentucky Exposition Center. Hundreds of exhibitors will be on hand showcasing a combination of agricultural basics and technological advancements that farmers can utilize to maximize their yield and minimize their costs.  

The show, which includes the Championship Tractor Pull, is open daily 9 a.m.-6 p.m.  Admission to the show is free, and parking is $5. For additional information call the NFMS call 502-367-5004 or visit www.farmmachineryshow.org.

 

Ag fund regional workshops

The Governor's Office of Agricultural Policy will hold 10 Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund (KADF) Regional Workshops in February and March. The GOAP staff will discuss new policy changes as well as changes concerning KADF programs and how they apply to the administrators, extension agents, and county council members. The nearest workshops to Shelby County will be March 15 at the Bullitt County Extension office, March 16 at Owen County and March 31 at Fayette County.

 

Upcoming dates:

§              Beef Cattle Marketing, Management and Health will be the topic at 5:30-9 p.m. Thursday at the Shelby County Extension Office. Beef Cattle Marketing is 5:30-7 p.m., with a beef dinner at 7-7:30 p.m., and beef cattle health and management is 7:30-9 p.m. Call 633-4593 to reserve a meal.

§       This year’s Winter CoverAll Dairy Series, sponsored by the Kentucky Dairy Development Council and Alltech, will end its statewide tour Thursday at the Shelby County Extension Office. If you want to register, call Sam Finney at 859-516-1966, and if you have any questions regarding the meetings and locations, you can contact your local KDDC Dairy Consultant, Extension office or Denise Jones at 859-516-1619.

§       San-N-Tone will host the Horse Show Series 2010-2011 at 9 a.m. on March 6 at the Shelby County Fairgrounds (Indoor Arena). Each entry must be received by prior Thursday (no phone entries). The cost is $10 per class or day of the show, $12 per class. Stalls are $20 and the grounds fee is $5. For more information call Sandy Stewart 502-241-1262 (leave a voicemail), 502-722-9330 or E-mail SANNTONESHOW@yahoo.com. Mail pre-entry forms and fees to Sandy Stewart, 468 McElvain Lane, Lebanon Jct., 40150.

 

The Kentucky Ag Report is compiled weekly from news releases distributed by Keeton Communications and other sources.