Ag Report: Feb. 25, 2011

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By The Staff

Schlosnagle, Heritage Farm  honored by Angus association 
Chelsey Schlosnagle of Pleasureville and Heritage Farm of Shelbyville have been recognized nationally by the American Angus Association for having two registered Angus cows included in the association's 2011 Pathfinder Report.
Only 2,099 of the nearly 30,000 American Angus Association members are represented in this year's report, according to Bill Bowman, chief operating officer and director of performance programs of the association.

The Pathfinder Program identifies superior Angus cows based upon recorded performance traits that are economically important to efficient beef production. These traits include early and regular calving and heavy weaning weights, Bowman said.

More than 1.9 million eligible dams and more than 6.2 million weaning records were examined to determine Pathfinder status. All registered Angus cows that meet the strict Pathfinder standards are listed, along with their owners, in the Pathfinder Report that is published annually by the Association.
The 2011 Pathfinder Report lists 9,083 individual cows and 242 Pathfinder sires. It is published at www.angus.org.

Farm Credit scholarship deadline

Tuesday is the deadline for applications for Farm Credit Services of Mid-America scholarships. FCS, an agricultural lending cooperative serving farmers, agribusinesses and rural residents in Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana and Tennessee, is offering 18 scholarships of $2,000 each to college students enrolled in agricultural and business programs at universities throughout the cooperative’s four-state territory.

“We understand the importance of investing in the future,” said Sharon Lott, financial services officer with Farm Credit in Shelbyville. “We are very proud to support students as they pursue careers in agriculture, finance, or agricultural business studies. As agriculture continues to grow and evolve, we want students to be at the forefront of the industry, and grow with it.”  

The scholarships are available to members, their dependents and spouses of Farm Credit. and will be awarded during the summer based on academic record, leadership qualities and community involvement. To apply, visit www.e-farmcredit.comand click on Community Support to download the application or call 800-444-3276.

Southern States sets FFA program

Southern States is supporting FFA, formerly known as Future Farmers of America, by selling FFA emblems for $1, starting Monday and running through March 14. After you buy an emblem, you can sign your name on it or even the name of a child you care about.  The emblems will then be displayed in the store for all to see.  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 near you.

Beef Expo  to have 2-day run

The Kentucky Farm Bureau Beef Expo will mark its silver anniversary during the 2011 edition of the annual shows and sales Friday and March 5 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. “The beef expo is a great opportunity for producers to see some of the best beef cattle in the country in one location,” Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer said. “Last year’s expo attracted 220 consignors from 16 states, and we expect just as many or more this year.”
Shows commence with Angus and Red Angus at 10 a.m. Friday and continue through March 5. All sales are scheduled for March 5. Other expo activities include a Junior Jackpot Steer, Heifer and Market Heifer Show, a youth judging contest for 4-H and FFA members, and a trade show.

New rules at stockyards

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 veterinarians. In May 2010, two beef cattle in a Fleming County herd tested positive for bovine tuberculosis, the first cases in Kentucky since 1981.

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.

NAP closing dates fast approaching

The deadlines to file an application for natural disaster protection under the Noninsured Assistance Program (NAP) are Tuesday and March 15. The crops for Tuesday’s deadline are alfalfa, clover, grass and mixed grass intended for grazing, hay or seed.

The crops for the March 15 deadline are beans, beets, broccoli, cabbage, canola (spring), cantaloupe, carrots, cauliflower, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, gourds, herbs, lettuce, oats, onions, peas, peppers, potatoes, pumpkins, radish, sorghum, soybeans, squash, strawberries, sunflowers, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turnips and watermelons.

Producers filing for coverage under the NAP are required to pay a $250 service fee per crop per county not to exceed $750 per producer per county or $1,875 per producer in all counties. All crops on all farms in all counties must be insured to be eligible for the SURE Program. Contact your local FSA Service Center for additional information.

Upcoming dates:

§       The Shelby County Cutting Horse Association will have its first show of the season Saturday and Sunday at the Rocky Fork Feeders Arena on Dover Road. 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.

§       his 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.

§       SAHIBA (Society of Arabian Horses in the Bluegrass Area) will be hosting its annual open horse show March 12-13 at the Shelby County Fairgrounds. KAHBA, WPCSA, and ASB classes will be offered for all ages and experience levels. Saddlebred classes will be held in the outdoor ring. Jumping classes will be held in the livestock facility, and Sport horse in hand and trail classes will be held in the Bradley Barn. All other classes, including fun and costume classes, will be held in the livestock facility. For a complete prize list or entry form contact Deneb Thompson at 304-389-5717 or cygnusarabs@yahoo.com or visit www.SAHIBA.org.


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