Ag Report: Feb. 24, 2012

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By The Staff

State to split $10 license donation

among FFA, 4-H, Kentucky Proud

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer joined Kentucky 4-H and Kentucky FFA leaders to announce that proceeds from voluntary donations to the Agricultural Program Trust Fund would be divided equally among 4-H, FFA, and Kentucky Proud.

“When Kentucky farmers renew their farm license plates, they can add a voluntary $10 donation that will be split evenly among these three fine organizations,” Comer, a former state FFA president, said in a news release announcing the donation plan. “FFA and 4-H give Kentucky’s young people opportunities to participate in constructive activities while they learn the value of hard work and discipline. Kentucky Proud helps Kentucky producers find new markets for their products. All three programs are vital to the future of Kentucky agriculture and Kentucky as a whole.”

Kentucky FFA has about 15,000 members in nearly 140 chapters of students ages 12-21 who are enrolled in an agriculture course in a public school. Some 205,000 youths are involved in Kentucky 4-H programs, and Kentucky ranks in the top 10 in several 4-H enrollment categories nationwide.

Kentucky Proud is the official state program for food and farm products that are grown, raised, made or processed in Kentucky. Nearly 3,000 farmers, processors, retailers, restaurants, farmers’ markets, school systems, Kentucky state parks, and Kentucky Farm Bureau roadside markets are members of Kentucky Proud.


Southern States raises money for FFA

Southern States is offering customers this week the opportunity to donate $1 for an FFA emblem as part of National FFA Week, which concludes Saturday. Southern States’ campaign runs through March 18 at its store on 7th Street in Shelbyville.

Customers who buy emblems can sign a name, and the emblems will be displayed in the store. Proceeds are split between the Shelby County FFA chapters at Collins and Shelby County High Schools, the state FFA association and the National FFA Foundation.


CSA season sign-up under way

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a movement in agriculture marketing that is growing across the state, with several having been formed in Shelby County.

The consumers, or CSA members, purchase a share in the production at the beginning of each growing season. By purchasing a share of the production in early February or March, community members provide the farmer with working capital in advance. This allows the growers to receive a set price for their crops, gain some financial security, and relieve of much of the burden of marketing.

SA signups for the 2012 season have begun. To find a CSA in Shelby County, visit www.localharvest.org.


Conservation sign-up ends Tuesday

The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service in Kentucky is encouraging landowners, farmers and producers to visit their local NRCS offices to apply for conservation technical assistance and possible financial assistance opportunities. The second sign-up period for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program ends Wednesday.

EQIP is a conservation program that provides financial and technical assistance to farmers who face threats to soil, water, air, and related natural resources on their land. 

For more information on NRCS, Conservation Planning and Farm Bill Programs www.ky.nrcs.usda.gov. 


Bulletin board

  • Professional Bull Riders will bring their Louisville Invitational to the Kentucky Exposition Center at 8 p.m. today and Saturday. Tickets are available for $44, $34, $24 and $18 for adults/reserved and $13 for youth (12 and under) reserved. Prices include facility fees. Tickets may be purchased at the KFC Yum Center, the Kentucky Exposition Center, the Kentucky International Convention Center ticket offices and Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com. Group discounts are available by calling 502-595-3555 or 877-306-1919.
  • Aclinic for horses to get their Coggins shots and a vaccination clinic will be at noon-1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Finchville Ruritan Club. Coggins shots will be $17, and all vaccines will be 10 percent off. For more information, call the hospital at 502-834-7387.
  • Shelby County 4H Shooting Sports is kicking off its 2012 season with an organizational meeting and new member sign-ups at 6:30 p.m. March 6 at the Shelby County Extension Office. Boys and girls between the ages of 9 and 19 may participate in archery (recurve and compound), BB, pellet, .22s and trap. Club members learn about safety  and have the option to test their skills in competitions. Most equipment is provided. The season runs through the end of September.  Registration for 2012 is $3.  For more information, contact the extension office at 633-4593 or E-mail Shelby4HShootingSports@gmail.com.
  • The Kentucky Horse Park is hosting its second free gelding clinic on March 10. Applications are currently being accepted, and the clinic is open to any horse whose owner who is financially unable to afford the surgery. Castrations will be performed by a veterinarian or a veterinary student under close supervision by a licensed veterinarian. Stallions must be halter broke, in good health, with two descended testicles and be at least four months of age, with current Coggins and health certificate. A $20 registration-processing fee will be charged to help offset some of the expenses. For application or additional information, contact Sheila Forbes at Sheila.Forbes@ky.gov or 859-233-4305.
  • Mount Eden Saddle Club’s first horse show of the season will be 6 p.m. April 14. The horse shows will continue every second Saturday through Oct. 13. If there’s rain, the shows will be on the fourth Saturday. For more information, call 502-232-5071.
  • Cattail Creek and Walnut Way Farm will co-host an Interscholastic Equestrian Association saddle seat competition at 11 a.m. on April 22 at Walnut Way Farm on Shelbyville road. Riders are involved in a riding program and attend weekly practice lessons. Horses for competitions are acquired from different sources by the hosting team. Riders select their mounts by “luck of the draw.” For more information, E-mail walnutwf@aol.com.


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