Ag Report: June 3, 2011

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By The Staff

SCHS junior to attend

Farm Bureau program

Rachel White of Shelby County High School is one of 89 high school juniors from 57 counties chosen to attend Kentucky Farm Bureau’s 26thannual Institute for Future Agricultural Leaders this summer.

This is a unique, 5-day leadership conference that highlights a variety of careers in agriculture while exposing high school students to a preview of college life. Participants were nominated by their county’s Farm Bureau board of directors, with the assistance of school personnel and youth group advisors. IFAL students are among the top in their class, plan to further their education at the post-secondary level and have an interest in pursing a career in agriculture.

During the weeklong IFAL conference, attendees will through a variety of team and individual activities gain a better understanding of the nature and needs of the agriculture industry, see how basic and applied science is utilized in agriculture and learn of the political process used to develop agricultural policy.

The conference is split between two locations, and White will attend the section at the University of Kentucky on June 19-23.


County FSA seeking nominees

Farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers have until Aug. 1, to nominate eligible candidates to serve on local Farm Service Agency county committees.

FSA county committees make decisions on commodity price support loans, conservation programs, disaster programs, employing county executive directors and other significant agricultural issues.
To hold office as a county committee member, a person must participate or cooperate in a program administered by FSA, be eligible to vote in a county committee election and reside in the local administrative area (LAA) in which the person is a candidate. A complete list of eligibility requirements is posted at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/Internet/FSA_File/fsa_ccelections_2011.pdf .
Individuals may nominate themselves or others as candidates, and all nominees must sign nomination form FSA-669A, which includes a statement that the nominee agrees to serve if elected. The form is available at http://forms.sc.egov.usda.gov/efcommon/eFileServices/eFormsAdmin/FSA0669A 110331V01.pdf


Reminder to producers

FSA state executive director John W. McCauley reminds producers that, in order to receive USDA program payments, each payment recipient must have an Adjusted Gross Income verification consent form on file with the Internal Revenue Service. The consent form authorizes IRS to verify for FSA whether a payment recipient’s AGI meets the eligibility requirements for FSA programs. The form became a requirement for payment eligibility beginning with the 2009 crop year, however many program participants have not complied with this requirement.


World’s Championship Horse Show tickets on sale

The World’s Championship Horse Show will continue for its 107th year when it returns to the Kentucky State Fair on Aug. 21-Aug. 27. This year’s event will feature more than 2,000 horses vying for more than $1 million in prizes. People from around the world will watch these horses compete in eight different divisions showcasing 5-Gaited, 3-Gaited, Fine Harness, Saddlebred Pleasure, Saddlebred Equitation, Hackney/Harness Ponies, Roadster Ponies and Roadster Horses.

Ticket prices are for shows on Aug. 21-25, 6:30 p.m., $13 in advance and $17 after Aug. 17; Aug. 26, 6:30 p.m. $19 in advance and $25; and Aug. 27, 7:30 p.m., $19 in advance and $25.


Don’t strip bark of slippery elm

Kentuckians are urged to refrain from illegally stripping the bark from slippery elm trees, which the Kentucky Division of Forestry has reported happening in southeastern Kentucky this spring.

“The bark of a slippery elm tree can be harvested in a sustainable way that will allow the bark to grow back,” Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer said. “When the bark is harvested correctly, that tree will live and will continue producing bark for many years to come. But fully stripping a slippery elm tree will kill the tree.”
 Slippery elm bark is used to treat cough, sore throat, gastrointestinal disorders, and skin ulcers, according to the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. A Natural Resources Conservation Service fact sheet says the wood of the slippery elm tree is used to make furniture, paneling, and containers.

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