Ag report: July 5, 2013

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By The Staff

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.


Bulletin board

  • The Kentucky Horse Council is conducting a seminar in building sustainable trails on Aug. 24. The class is limited to 15 individuals. Registration prices are $45 for participants with a discounted rate of $40 for Kentucky Horse Council members. Registration fees include all materials and lunch. This form must be completed by July 19. Questions should be directed to Ginny Grulke at 859-533-7002 or director@kentuckyhorse.org.
  • The Kentucky Center for Agriculture and Rural Development and UK Cooperative Extension agents are seeking in put from the public for a feasibility study they are conducting about the potential for constructing an all-species meat processing facility in Campbellsburg. If you are willing to share your input regarding the need for a local all-species meat processing facility, please complete the online survey found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/82Z3SQBor call Shelby County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources Corinne Belton at 502-633-4593.
  • The Spencer County horse show will resume at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, Sept. 7 and Oct. 5 at the fairgrounds. Gate admission is $2, and 6-year-olds and younger are free. For more information, contact Frank Rearden at 502-232-5138, Preston McDonald at 502-422-0176, Connie McDonald at 502-232-0739, Mary Lisby at 502-738-5388, Mae Rearden at 502-991-1505 or John Shouse at 502-437-7083.
  • The annual Shelbyville Horse Show is July 31-Aug. 3 at the Shelby County Fairgrounds.
  • The Shelby County Farmers' Market is open from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays through October at the Shelby County Fairgrounds’ Coots Barn at 1513 Midland trail. For more information, you can find and like the market organizers on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Shelby-County-Kentucky-Farmers-Market/173755406108757?fref=ts.
  • The 110th annual World’s Championship Horse Show will be Aug. 18-24 at Freedom Hall in Louisville. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. June 24. Prices range from $14 to 425, based on the date and the session.


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