Ag Report: Jan. 20, 2012

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By The Staff

St. Matthews, Meade, Woodford

rated state’s top farmers’ markets

The St. Matthews Farmers’ Market, located in the heart of St Matthews at Beargrass Christian Church, 4100 Shelbyville Road, was named the Urban Market winner of the Ag Credit AgGenius Awards for the Kentucky Farmers’ Market of the Year Contest 2011at the 2012 Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference and Trade Show in Lexington last week.

“We are thrilled to be the Kentucky Farmers’ Market of the Year – Urban Market winner,” said Dale Mercker, chair of the farmers’ market committee in an announcement.  "With over sixty vendors and two thousand visitors each week, we are excited and humbled to earn this honor. Thanks for the support of a great community, wonderful vendors, and of course all of our many volunteers."
The Kentucky Farmers Market Association created the Kentucky Farmers’ Market of the Year Awards as a part of the Ag Credit AgGenius Awards to honor best practices used at farmers’ markets throughout the state.

Criteria for determining the award winners included market demographics, structure, rules and grievances, promotion, setup, and customer service.

In addition to St. Matthews, other winners were:

§       Runner-up Urban Market winner: Lexington.

§       Co-Winners Rural Market: Meade County, Woodford County.

§       Runner-up Rural Market: Bounty of the Barrens Farmers’ Market.


Mobile app available for farm machinery show

The National Farm Machinery Show will offer a mobile app for its show Feb. 15-18 in Louisville, billed as the largest indoor farm show in the United States. This first-ever mobile app, called “NFMS ’12,” for the National Farm Machinery Show,  is now available for free on smartphones (iPhone, Android and Blackberry) and features an interactive exhibitor map and listings, seminars and speakers, Championship Tractor Pull schedules and Louisville area information to plan your trip to the largest indoor farm show in America.

The mobile app will include frequent updates right up to the opening day of the show and will provide digital information from exhibitors, text alerts, product updates and instant connectivity, all in the palm of your hand. Text alerts and mobile updates on what’s happening during the show are also features.

Social media will also be incorporated into the app to connect attendees (#nfms12). To find additional information about the show, connect with National Farm Machinery Show by following it on Facebook and on Twitter @nfmslouisville.
The free application can be downloaded by searching "NFMS ’12" in the Apple Store, Android Market and BlackBerry’s App World or by clicking here.

Signups for USDA crop programs

It’s time to signup for the Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) Program or the traditional Direct and Counter-cyclical Program (DCP), which begin Monday and run through June 1.

"Farmers in Kentucky who are interested in enrolling in these programs need to add this

important deadline to their list of ‘must do’ jobs,” USDA Kentucky Executive Director John McCauley said. "Producers should contact the local county offices to set up appointments."

Annual contracts are required to be signed to receive program benefits. All signatures of

producers receiving a share in DCP and ACRE payments are required by June 1.

Also, the deadline is Jan. 31  to submit an application for payment under the 2011 Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey Bees, and Farm-raised Fish Program (ELAP), which provides emergency assistance to eligible producers of livestock, honeybees and farm-raised fish who have losses because of disease, adverse weather or other conditions.

ELAP assistance is for losses not covered under other disaster assistance programs established by the 2008 Farm Bill. FSA is authorized to spend up to $50 million per year nationwide to provide emergency relief for ELAP eligible losses.

For more information about any of these programs, producers can contact the FSA office on Howard Drive in Shelbyville or visit www.fsa.usda.gov/KY.


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§       The Vegetable Academy:  A Short Course to Advanced Vegetable Production in Kentucky will be 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 31-Feb. 1 at the Henry County Extension Office. Participants will gain valuable knowledge in irrigation and fertility management, variety selection, post-harvest handling, organic production, weed management, insect management and identification, equipment usage and marketing, which includes the farm-to-school program. Registration will cost $30 and is payable at the door or in advance.  Pre-register by calling 633-4593.

§       A healthy horse seminar will be 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 4 at the Shelby County Extension Office. The seminar, presented by Drs. Jack Easley, Sheena Bowen, Ryan Wonderlich, Kerry Beckman and Erica Tolar, is designed to help horse enthusiasts learn more about equine health and management. There is no cost to attend, but reservation is required in order to provide lunch free of charge to everyone. Topics will include vaccination scheduling, deworming programs, mare care, eye care and dentistry. Call 633-0112 by Jan. 28 with questions or to register.

§       The San-N-Tone horse show series for 2011-12 will continue at 9 a.m. Feb. 5 at the Shelby County Fairgrounds (indoor arena). Classes entered by Thursday before the show (no phone entries please) will be $10 per class. It’s $12 the day of the show; stalls are $20; and grounds fee $5. For more information, contact Sandy Stewart 502-241-1262 (voicemail) or 502-722-9330, E-mail SANNTONESHOW@yahoo.com or visit www.san-n-tone.com. There also is a show scheduled for March 4.

§       A short series of classes for current Master Gardeners will be held this winter. Classes will be taught by specialists at UK via the Lync video conferencing system. Courses will be: 6-8 p.m. Feb. 6, entomology, Lee Townsend; 6-8 p.m. Feb. 21, soils, Bob Pearce; time and location will be announced for pruning demonstration on March 9 by Brett Reese. Call 633-4593 to register for any or all of these courses.

§       Professional Bull Riders will bring their Louisville Invitational to the Kentucky Exposition Center at 8 p.m. Feb. 24-25. Tickets are available for $42, $32, $22 and $16 for adults/reserved and $11 for youth (12 and under) reserved. Prices include facility fees. All ticket prices increase by $2 on the day of show. 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.

§       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.


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