Ag Report: July 15, 2011

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By The Staff

SCHS’s White attends

ag leadership institute

Shelby County High School student Rachel White recently returned home from Kentucky Farm Bureau’s Institute for Future Agricultural Leaders (IFAL).

White and 43 other high school students from around the state attended the 5-day summer leadership conference, held June 20-24 at the University of Kentucky. An identical IFAL conference was also held June 13-17 at Murray State University for an additional 45 students.
IFAL is designed to expose high school students to college life while helping them explore the different fields of study for careers in agriculture.


SURE deadline approaching

Farmers applying for assistance for 2009 crop losses under the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) program have until July 29 to submit an application. SURE provides crop disaster assistance to eligible producers that have suffered crop production or quality losses.

Producers in a Secretarial Declared county must have suffered at least a 10 percent loss on a crop of economic significance. For those producers not in a Secretarial Declared county a total farm production loss of greater than 50 percent must occur.

To be eligible producers must have obtained a policy or plan of insurance under the Federal Crop Insurance Act or the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program.

Producers can sign-up for SURE at their local county FSA office, which is on Howard Drive in Shelbyville.


Grazing school registrations

The second installment of the 2011 Kentucky Grazing School will be held Aug. 15-16 at the Woodford County office of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service and the C. Oran Little Research Center in Versailles. Preregistration is necessary, as the school is limited to the first 45 applicants. Registration is $50 and includes all materials, grazing manuals and lunch both days. Payment is required to reserve a spot. The program runs 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. both days.

The program's agenda covers grazing information relative to Central and Eastern Kentucky with an emphasis on ruminants. UK College of Agriculture specialists in forages, beef cattle and dairy cattle will present a variety of topics ranging from meeting nutritional needs on pasture to implementing a grazing system.

Producers can register for the school through their local agriculture and natural resources extension agent or by contacting Jones at 859-257-7512 or email lyndsay.jones4@uky.edu. Registration forms are also available online at http://www.uky.edu/Ag/Forage/.


GOAP search updated

GOAP's new online search tool has recently been updated with fund recipients reported in the second quarter of 2011. The new search feature was designed to help increase transparency in the funding provided through the County Agricultural Investment Program. Because of the changes in the "producer definition" only information from 2009 forward will be available on the searchable site. Users may search by county, investment area, producer last name and/or year. Visit https://secure.kentucky.gov/renewalservices/governor/goap/lookup.aspx.


Bulletin board

§       RiverSong Farm will teach how to take a chicken from the field to table at the Chicken Dinner Workshop 3:30 p.m. starting this Saturday and on Saturday and July 23. Leave with a chicken cleaned, ready for cooking or freezing. The cost is $25 by reservation only.  Call 502-422-2069 or visit http://riversongfarm.com for details.

§       Cattail Creek Stables in Finchville is offering three weeks of summer day camps starting Monday through July 22 and Aug. 10-12. Learn riding and horse care. Riding lesson/camp combinations, pony birthday parties, crafts, games and outings for groups and families are available. The stables are three miles from I-64. Call for more information and pricing call 502-834-9964 or E-mail cattailcreek@att.net.

§       A program called “Pond Management and the Critters that Live There” will be hosted in the old dairy barn at Shelby Trails Park in Todds Point at 6-8 p.m. Tuesday. Ted Crowell, retired director for Kentucky Fisheries Department, will share stores. For more information visit the Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/clearcreektrailblazers or www.clearcreektrailblazers.org.

§       Gallrein Farms “family fun on the farm fundraiser” is 10 a.m.-5 p.m. July 23. The event will raise money for the Backpack Project, Operation Care and Pregnancy Resource Center.

§       The Kentucky Cutting Horse Association will have its next competition July 22-24 at the Rocky Fork Feeders Arena on Dover Road. For more information, visit www.kchacutting.org.

§       The annual Shelbyville Horse Show will be Aug. 3-6 at the arena at the Shelby Count Fairgrounds. Shows will be nightly at 8 p.m.

§       The Shelby County Farmers’ Market is open every Saturday, rain or shine, through Oct. 29. The market is located in the Coots Barn at the Shelby County Fairgrounds. Locally produced seasonable vegetables, fruits, herbs, plants, flowers, free range eggs, honey, salsa, baked goods, homemade jams and pickles are available. Also featured are handcrafted wood items, soaps and jewelry. For more information, call Doug at 633-7484.

§       Taylorsville Farmers’ Market meets 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays until the end of October at the Sanctuary Art Center on Main Street in Taylorsville. Produce, beef, chicken, seedlings, baked and canned goods will be available. Call 502-477-2217 for details.


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