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