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Kentucky Horse Council sets statewide caucuses for owners
The Kentucky Horse Council announced Horsemen's Regional Caucuses to inspire networking, communication and education for Kentucky's horse owners.
Each caucus will include a meal and an evening of discussions about horse issues and activities in the area. The results of the 2012 Kentucky Equine Survey will be presented, with specific county figures. Kentucky Horse Council board members will update horsemen on KHC projects and request input from horsemen on additional ideas that are specific to their areas.
Local and state officials will be invited to meet the horsemen in their areas, and to understand the horse industry in the region.
The first two caucuses will be in the regions surrounding Hardin, at 6 p.m. Aug. 21, and Boyle counties at 6 p.m. Aug. 22.
There is no charge to attend these caucuses, but registration is requested to estimate the number of meals and handouts. Additional caucuses to cover all regions of the Commonwealth will be scheduled throughout the remainder of 2013 and into 2014.
For more information or to register, please visit: www.kentuckyhorse.org/HorsemensCaucuses-Registration/
Comer to receive award
Agriculture Commissioner James Comer has been awarded National Friend of Extension honors by the cooperative extension organization Epsilon Sigma Phi. He will accept the award at the National Extension Agents Galaxy Conference in Pittsburgh, Pa., in September. He is one of four 2013 National Friend of Extension recipients and the only one of the four who is an elected official.
Foreign buyers notification
The USDA Farm Service Agency office issued a release reminding producers that the Agricultural Foreign Investment Disclosure Act requires all foreign owners of U.S. agricultural land to report their holdings to the Secretary of Agriculture. The Farm Service Agency administers this program for USDA.
All individuals who are not U.S. citizens, and have purchased or sold agricultural land in the county are required to report the transaction to FSA within 90 days of the closing. Failure to submit the AFIDA form (FSA-153) could result in civil penalties of up to 25 percent of the fair market value of the property. County government offices, realtors, attorneys and others involved in real estate transactions are reminded to notify foreign investors of these reporting requirements.
The Kentucky Ag Report is compiled weekly from news releases distributed by Keeton Communications, the Kentucky Press News Service.