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Ag Report: March 14, 2014

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By The Staff

Shelby County Farmers’ Market seeking applications for season

The Shelby County Farmers Market is accepting applications to participate in the 2014 market season.

The program, which opens April 26, runs every Saturday morning until October at the Shelby County Fairgrounds. It features fresh vegetables and homemade goods, such as soaps and candles and crafts.

Applications will be accepted through the end of March. To apply or for more information, contact Cindy Burket at 502-633-7484.

Farm storage program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the expansion of the Farm Storage and Facility Loan program, which provides low-interest financing to producers. The enhanced program includes 22 new categories of eligible equipment for fruit and vegetable producers, and makes it easier for farmers and ranchers around the country to finance the equipment they need to grow and expand.  
Producers with small and mid-sized operations, and specialty crop fruit and vegetable growers, now have access to needed capital for a variety of supplies including sorting bins, wash stations and other food safety-related equipment.

Additionally, Farm Storage and Facility Loans security requirements have been eased for loans between $50,000 and $100,000.  Previously, all loans in excess of $50,000 required a promissory note and additional security, such as a lien on real estate.  Now loans up to $100,000 can be secured by only a promissory note.
To learn more visit the Farm Service Agency office on Breighton Boulevard in Shelbyville or www.fsa.usda.gov.

Educational deadline near

The deadline is fast approaching for local school districts to compete for a grant of up to $25,000, through America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education. Farmers can support their community and strengthen the school district’s application by nominating their local school districts.

Nominations will be accepted until April 6, and school applications must be completed by April 21.

Now in its third year, the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, is investing over $2.3 million to strengthen math and science education in rural school districts. To view a list of all the winning school districts from previous years and for more information visit www.GrowRuralEducation.com.

Datebook

  • Shelby County Cooperative Extension Service is offering a series of four classes on the basics of backyard poultry production. The classes are from 6 to 8 p.m. this Tuesday and on March 25 at 1117 Frankfort Road. Classes will cover selecting appropriate breeds, housing, feeding, disease prevention, marketing and more. Classes will be taught by Tony Pescatore and Jacqui Jacob, extension poultry specialists from the University of Kentucky and Walt Reichert, Shelby County Extension horticulture technician. Classes are free, but space is limited. Reserve a spot by calling 633-4593.
  • The Shelby County Extension Office will offer a series of Green Thumb Gardening once a month at 1117 Frankfort Road. Topics include: lawn mower care and maintenance, Thursday; herbs, April 17; growing cucumbers, cantaloupes, squash, etc., May 15; botanical garden shrub and tree tour, June 19; saving heirloom seeds, July 24; establishing an emerald green lawn, Aug. 21; propagating plants through cuttings, Sept. 18; and putting the garden to bed/spring bulbs, Oct. 16. The cost for the series of classes is $15. Classes will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. except for the fruit tree pruning class, which will be from 9 to 11 a.m. For one class, the cost is $5. Reserve a space by calling 633-4593.
  • The Shelby County Extension Office will be part of a series of equine seminars to assist horse owners with management of their animals and facilities. The four remaining sessions are at 6-8:30 p.m. and cost $10 each, including dinner. They are on equine dental care (Thursday in Shelbyville), survey results and impact (April 3 in La Grange), fly control (April 17 in Taylorsville) and grazing management and laminitis (May 1 in Bedford). For more information or to reserve your seating, call 502-222-9453 or send an E-mail to traci-missun@uky.edu.
  • The Farmland, Food and Livable Community Conference is scheduled for Oct. 20-22 at the Hilton Lexington Downtown. Participants will tour area farms, have mobile workshops and dine at a farmer-chef connection banquet. For more information on the conference, visit: www.farmland.org.
  • Classes on food gardening will again be offered this year at the Shelby County Extension office, 1117 Frankfort Road. You’ll learn to grow everything from potatoes to strawberries, cantaloupes to cucumbers. Classes start from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and run once a week through April 23. Classes are free but space is limited. For more information or to sign up, call 633-4593.

 

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