Ag Report: June 15, 2012

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By The Staff

5 Shelby students win

Farm Bureau scholarships

Callie Anderson, a senior at Collins High School, Hannah George, Rachel White and Gwen Martin, all seniors at Shelby County High School, and Tyler Bitzer, a student at the University of Kentucky, each have won 2012 college scholarships from Kentucky Farm Bureau.

Martin received a $1,000 Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation Scholarship, and Anderson, George and White received a $1,200 Shelby County Farm Bureau Scholarship. Bitzer received a $1,000 Shelby County Farm Bureau Current College Student Scholarship.

These awards are five of the 234 scholarships worth a total of $302,450 that those groups and others gave to students around the state.

Anderson plans to attend Lindsey Wilson College to major in biology and pursue a career as a pediatrician. She is the daughter of Stephen and Deborah Anderson of Shelbyville.

George plans to attend Campbellsville University to receive a degree in psychology. She is the daughter of Mark and Johnna George of Shelbyville/

White plans to major in agriculture community and leadership development with a minor in animal science at the University of Kentucky in order to pursue a career in agriculture. She is the daughter of Darrell and Judy White of Waddy.

Martin will attend the University of Kentucky to receive a major in early elementary education and pursue a career as an elementary school teacher. She is the daughter of William and Therese Martin of Waddy.

Bitzer intends to continue his major in agricultural economics with a minor in business at the University of Kentucky. He is the son of Craig and Tammy Bitzer of Shelbyville.

The scholarships, offered annually, are awarded to recipients who display the greatest levels of academic excellence, involvement in extracurricular activities, leadership abilities and financial need.


New database of horse show facilities

The Kentucky Horse Council has just completed the first phase of a horse show facility-listing database, available at www.kentuckyhorse.org/kentucky-horse-show-facilities, to list  both public and private facilities that are available for public rental. The listings provide a profile of the facility, including the size and type of the arenas (indoor and outdoor), stabling facilities, cross-country courses, jumps, dressage arenas, barrels and poles, restrooms, concessions and overnight hook-ups.

Phase two of this effort will be to provide similar information for horse show facilities at county fairgrounds.  Although most rural residents are familiar with county show facilities in their area, others across the state may not realize the opportunity to host horse shows at these facilities.

The horse council encourages equestrians to review the horse show facility list, and notify the council if any facilities were missed.


Guffey to head poultry federation

The Kentucky Poultry Federation named Jamie Guffey as its new executive director. Guffey, who has worked on a grandfather's dairy and tobacco farm, served in the Marine Corps, worked in sales New Holland and Westendorf and been the owner of JD's lawn care, is a broiler and pullet technician for Keystone Foods in Albany. Guffey can be contacted at jguffey@kypoultry.org. For more information on the Kentucky Poultry Federation, visit www.kypoultry.org.


UK introduces new grazing school

The first Advanced Kentucky Grazing School will take place July 10 at the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture's C. Oran Little Research Center in Versailles. The 1-day school is for participants who have attended one of UK's grazing programs. UK College of Agriculture specialists will reinforce and provide a more in-depth look at important concepts related to grazing and livestock management and share findings from recent research, said Lyndsay Jones, UK Master Grazer program coordinator.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Topics include strip grazing and livestock management, summer annual forages, health considerations for grazing ruminants, tall fescue varieties and management, benefits and limitations of herbicides and ultra-high density grazing.

The registration fee is $20. Registration forms are available at http://www.uky.edu/Ag/Forage/ or at the local office of the UK Cooperative Extension Service. Preregistration is required by July 2.


Bulletin board

  • The 150th Shelby County Fair continues through June 23 at the Shelby County Fairgrounds in Shelbyville.
  • The second annual Farm to Table Dinner will be hosted by Yew Dell Botanical Gardens and Slow Food Bluegrass at 6:30 p.m. June 24 at Yew Dell, which is located at 6220 Old LaGrange Road in Crestwood. For information about tickets, please call 241-4788 or visit www.yewdellgardens.org.  Tickets are $85 or $96, and seating is limited.
  • The Kentucky Cutting Horse Association will have its next show June 30-July 31 at the Rocky Fork Feeders Arena on Dover Road. The organization’s Web site is in the process of being updated.
  • The Shelby County Farmers’ Market is open every Saturday, 8 a.m. until noon, through Oct. 27 at the Shelby County Fairgrounds. Vendors from Shelby and surrounding areas offer several varieties of season produce, plus eggs, jams, jellies, flowers, perennials, shrubs and trees. In addition there is handmade soap, jewelry, pottery, yarn goods and other crafts.


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