Ag report: June 14, 2013

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By The Staff

Dairy farmers get notice with June’s special month


Kentucky’s dairy farmers are celebrating June Dairy Month.

“Kentucky’s dairy farms have adapted to keep going in today’s agricultural economy,” Agriculture Commissioner James Comer said in a release commemorating the event. “Some have consolidated to take advantage of economies of scale. Others have adopted time-saving and labor-saving technological advances. Still others produce unique value-added products and even open their farms to tourists. I appreciate Kentucky’s dairy farmers for all they do for Kentucky families.”
Kentucky’s dairy operations and processors produce ice cream, artisan cheese, goat cheese, and sheep cheese as well as fluid milk. There are nine commercial fluid milk processors.

They received more than $232 million in cash receipts from sales of dairy products in 2011, the National Agricultural Statistics Service reported. Kentucky had 792 dairy farms as of February, according to Eunice Schlappi, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s dairy marketing specialist.

Many of the dairy farms were clustered in south-central Kentucky and in southwestern Kentucky along the Tennessee border. At least two Kentucky counties, Christian and Todd, are seeing growth in numbers of dairy farms. 


Investigation program set

The Livestock Investigation Training is back this summer and will be held July 31-Aug. 2 at Morehead State University. Registration is open to all county and state officials, such as animal control officers, Sheriffs, and police officers. 

Developed by the Kentucky Horse Council in partnership with the Kentucky Cattlemen's Association, with input from enforcement officers, veterinarians, and livestock producers, this 3-day course is tailored to the needs state officials.

This summer's training is a Level I training, during which attendees will learn how to handle horses and cattle, assess body condition score in both species, identify situations that need intervention, and apply Kentucky statutes to animal cases.  Attendees also practice handling and evaluating live horses and cattle as well as examining Kentucky statutes and enforcement procedures.


McConnell receives farm award

U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) was honored with the Friend of Farm Credit Award during a presentation on capitol hill last by the AgriBank District Farm Credit Council. The award is presented each year to one member of the House and the Senate.

McConnell received the award because of his work on behalf of Kentucky farmers, including his success in securing a permanent death tax extension in the fiscal cliff package and, most recently, leading the fight to protect Kentucky’s tobacco farmers, a press release from his office said.

“I am honored to be recognized for my work on behalf of Kentucky’s farmers,” Senator McConnell said in the release. “Kentucky farmers work hard every day to provide agricultural products to consumers across the country, and as a senior member on the Senate Agriculture Committee, I am proud to represent them in the U.S. Senate.”


State fair entry deadlines

The general entry deadline for all categories of the 2013 Kentucky State Fair competitions is July 1 and must be postmarked by this date. All entries can be made online now by visiting www.kystatefair.org and filling out the online entry form. Forms are also available as a PDF and can be mailed once completed. Late general entries will be accepted, with an additional fee, until July 10.

The entry deadline for Open and 4-H/FFA Youth Livestock as well as Pigeon and Poultry is July 10. Rabbit applications are due July 18. Late entries for open livestock, with an additional fee, are due July 25. Extra late open livestock, with an additional fee, are due Aug. 5.

The Kentucky State Fair Premium Book has information about rules, prizes and drop-off deadlines specific to individual categories, as some entries are judged before the fair. It can be found at http://www.kystatefair.org/entries/premiumBook.aspx or can be mailed upon request by contacting the entry department at kfecentry@ksfb.ky.gov or (502) 367-5190.

The 109th Kentucky State Fair is Aug. 15-25.  For more information visit http://www.kystatefair.org.


Bulletin board

  • The annual Farm to Table Dinner will be at 6 p.m. June 23 at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood. Musical entertainment will be by Dozens of Dollars. Tickets are $90 for Yew Dell/Sow Food members and $110 for nonmembers. For more information, visit www.yewdellgardens.orgor call 502-241-4788.
  • The Shelby County Fair will be today through June 22 at the Shelby County Fairgrounds on Midland Trail in Shelbyville.
  • 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. on July 6, 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 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.
  • Shelby County 4-H Camp Enrollment forms are available at the extension office or printed from http://ces.ca.uky.edu/shelby. Camp Dates will be July 9-12. Space will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. For more information, call 633-4593.
  • 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.


The Kentucky Ag Report is compiled weekly from news releases distributed by Keeton Communications, the Kentucky Press News Service.