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