Ag Report: Feb. 4, 2011

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USDA aid available
for energy audits
USDA announced an expansion of the initiative to help farmers and ranchers conduct energy audits and improve their overall energy efficiency. The initiative builds on the existing energy audit initiative to also help producers implement the energy conservation and efficiency recommendations that result from an energy audit.
On-farm energy audits are tailored to each agricultural operation's primary energy uses. The audits help producers determine the amount of energy used by the entire operation and also identify short- and long-term measures producers can implement to conserve energy and achieve greater energy efficiencies.  
The On-Farm Energy Audit/Implementation Initiative is offered through USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), which provides technical and financial assistance for this purpose through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). The on-farm energy audits, which are offered as EQIP Agricultural Energy Management Plans, must be conducted by certified technical service providers. Producers who have had an on-farm energy audit conducted that meets or exceeds the criteria of an EQIP Agricultural Energy Management Plan may apply for technical and financial assistance to implement the audit's recommendations.
Interested producers should contact their local NRCS office immediately to determine their State's specific deadline and payment schedule. Application deadlines may be no later than Feb. 25.

Tobacco scholarship applicants sought
The Burley Tobacco Growers Cooperative Association is seeking applications for its 2011 scholarship.
"The Burley Tobacco Growers Cooperative will award four one-thousand-dollar scholarships to students for the 2011-2012 school years," Coop President Roger Quarles said. "It is a great way for our organization to help our farm families as they work to provide educational opportunities to their children."
The scholarship is awarded on the basis of the student's overall grade-point average, writing ability and leadership potential. All applicants must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.5. BTGCA will show preference to those applicants who have a tobacco farming background.
Applications are available at www.burleytobacco.com or by calling the office at (859) 252-3561. Applications must be postmarked by April 1.

Beekeeping meeting
The Shelby County Beekeepers Association will meet 7 p.m. Thursday, in Room A of Shelby County Extension Office on Frankfort Road. Topics of discussion will include where and how to order bees, what to feed the bees, and recipes for making bee food. For more information, visit  ces.ca.uky.edu/shelby/horticulture and click on the honey bee or www.ksbabeekeeping.org.

San-N-Tone show series
San-N-Tone will host the Horse Show Series 2010-2011 at 9 a.m. on Sunday and 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.

Beef marketing event
Beef Cattle Marketing, Management and Health will be the topic at 5:30-9 p.m. Feb. 23 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.

Winter CoverAll here Feb. 24
A stop in Shelby County is part of this year’s Winter CoverAll Dairy Series, sponsored by the Kentucky Dairy Development Council and Alltech, which got under way Thursday in Lincoln County and will tour around the state for a half-dozen sessions. Shelby County will be the final stop on the tour, with a session scheduled for Feb. 24 at the Shelby County Extension Office.
Experts will be at the meetings to discuss and answer questions on such topics as how mastitis causing bacteria actually affect the udder with a real udder dissection; treatment protocol and prevention, with a local veterinarian; and up to date reproductive technologies.
Registration for each session will begin at 10 a.m. local time, with presentations starting at noon. Lunch is provided.
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.

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