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National farming conference
set for Lexington this fall
Experts from throughout the nation will meet in Lexington in October for the first nationwide conference focused on farming, land use, and food policy. Agriculture Commissioner James Comer joined former Gov. and First Lady Brereton and Libby Jones, officials of American Farmland Trust, and Lexington Mayor Jim Gray to announce this national event.
The Farmland, Food and Livable Community Conference is scheduled for Oct. 20-22 at the Hilton Lexington Downtown.
“We are thrilled that American Farmland Trust has chosen Kentucky as the site of this national conference,” Comer said in a release. “The leaders and experts at this conference will take on some of the defining issues of the 21st century – food production, food safety, hunger and balancing the need to protect the environment with the need to provide a safe, abundant, and affordable food supply to a growing global population. As a state with a rich agricultural heritage and a diverse agriculture industry, Kentucky will lead the way in meeting these challenges.”
The conference programs will address four principal themes:
Participants will tour area farms, have mobile workshops and dine at a farmer-chef connection banquet.
For more information on the conference, visit: www.farmland.org.
Burley scholarship applications
The Burley Tobacco Growers Cooperative Association announced it is exception applications for its 2014 scholarship program. The group will award six $1000 scholarships to students for the 2014-2015 school years.
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 grade-point average of 2.5 from their current educational institution. The BTGCA will show preference to those applicants who have a tobacco farming background.
The BTGCA scholarship is awarded for one academic year, in two equal amounts for the fall and spring semesters. Students may re-apply each year. The scholarships are available to individuals from the states of Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Missouri and West Virginia.
The application and more information are available at www.burleytobacco.comor by calling 859-252-3561. Applications must be postmarked by April 1 and mailed to the BTGCA office.
GAP training, practices program
GAP Connections, a nonprofit aiming to create awareness and cultivate positive environmental and social impact through good agricultural practices in the tobacco industry, has announced the launch of a new Web site and online Grower ID system to provide a resource for tobacco farmers and other interested parties to learn about the organization’s initiatives, as well as a way for farmers to sign up for the Grower ID System.
GAP Connections offers a streamlined approach to free farmers from overlapping their efforts through the U.S. Tobacco GAP Program, supplying them with simple procedures that are coordinated with industry buyers and manufacturers.
The Grower ID System provides a secure way for tobacco farmers to document and share their agricultural practices training associated with the U.S. Tobacco GAP Program. Growers will be assigned a unique Grower ID number that will be used to track GAP training attendance and generate an electronic record of that attendance that can be shared with companies that purchase their tobacco and need to verify that the crop was grown using good agricultural practices.
Registered farmers can also use their Grower ID numbers to log into www.gapconnections.comto view and print their training records at any time.
If you have questions or would like help in securing your Grower ID, you can contact Corinne Belton at the Shelby County Extension Office at 633-4593.
The Kentucky Ag Report is compiled weekly from news releases distributed by Keeton Communications and the Kentucky Press News Service.