Ag Report: May 13, 2011

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Weather-caused livestock


deaths may generate aid

Farmers who had losses of livestock because of the recent storms and flooding in Kentucky are reminded that they have 30 days after the livestock loss was apparent to submit a notice of loss with their local Farm Service Agency office, the first step toward applying for partial reimbursement under the Livestock Indemnity Program.
This program  provides benefits to livestock producers for livestock deaths in excess of normal mortality caused by floods, other adverse weather events, extreme heat and extreme cold. The livestock do not have to be located in a county or contiguous county designated a natural disaster by the president or agriculture secretary for the producer to be eligible for benefits.
USDA bases the LIP national payment rate for eligible livestock owners on 75 percent of the average fair market value of the livestock. USDA bases the LIP national payment rate for eligible livestock contract growers on 75 percent of the average income loss sustained by the contract grower as a result of the death of the livestock.

The contract grower’s LIP payment is reduced by the amount the contractor pays for the loss of income suffered from the death of livestock under contract.
FSA advises federal crop insurance policyholders to notify their crop insurance companies as soon as they discover that their land is flooded.
To find out what documentation is required when applying for reimbursement under LIP, and for more information on LIP and other FSA programs, go to www.fsa.usda.gov/FSA  call the Kentucky FSA office at (859) 224-7601 or call (633-3294) or visit the office at 90 Howard Drive in Shelbyville.


Sheep, fiber festival upcoming

An author, designer and knitter will headline an array of attractions for producers, fiber artists and anyone interested in sheep and wool at the second annual Kentucky Sheep and Fiber Festival on May 21-22 at Masterson Station Park in Lexington. Workshops will begin Friday.
Author and designer Susan B. Anderson will sign and teach from her new “knit-and-read” book Spud and Chloë at the Farm. Anderson, who is from Madison, Wis., previously published three Itty Bitty Booksand maintains a blog on knitting.
Fiber artists of all skill levels can attend workshops on felting, braiding, painting, appliqué, spinning, weaving, dyeing, carding and rug hooking. Workshops for children also will be offered. A Kentucky Proud Lamb Cooking Contest featuring Sullivan University culinary students and Chef Jim Whaley is scheduled for May 21.

Other activities include sheep shearing demonstrations, silent auctions, musical entertainment, a grass-finished beef cooking demonstration and sampling, an antique tractor expo, and skein, fleece and photography contests.
The festival is held in conjunction with the Bluegrass Classic Stockdog Trial May 18-22.
For more information, visit www.kentuckysheepandfiber.com.

Beware impact of Gypsy Moth

During National Moving Month in May, federal and state officials urge the estimated 40 million Americans who move each year to take extra steps to leave one thing behind.
“Before you close that moving van door, check to make sure you aren’t taking an unwanted passenger – the gypsy moth,” Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer said. “The gypsy moth has dramatically changed the landscape in 19 states and the District of Columbia. Kentucky is not in the gypsy moth quarantine zone, but parts of four surrounding states are, and gypsy moths have been found in several Kentucky counties, mostly in the eastern and northeastern parts and along the Ohio River.”
The U.S. Department of Agriculture encourages anyone who is moving to inspect outdoor household goods – lawn furniture, grills, outdoor toys, camping equipment, etc. – for gypsy moth egg masses. Female moths lay their eggs, and the caterpillars spread during the spring and summer months.

Kentucky’s forests are especially susceptible to the gypsy moth. While more than 500 trees and shrubs can serve as hosts, it prefers oak trees, according to Kentucky entomologists.


Bulletin board:

§       The Mounted Games, postponed in April, will be at 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Red Orchard Park. A tradition in England is now becoming a fast-growing sport for teaching kids to ride and play with their equine partners. For more information call 502-232-2110 or E-mail braidpal@insightbb.com.

§       Whitehall House and Gardens will host its eighth annual Peony Festival on Monday at historic Whitehall, 3110 Lexington Road. This event is free. A peony sale will be 5:30-6:15 p.m. or until supplies last for $20 per plant.

§       The Shelby County Farmers’ Market is open every Saturday, rain or shine, through Oct. 29. The market is located in the Coots Barn at the Shelby County Fairgrounds. Locally produced seasonable vegetables, fruits, herbs, plants, flowers, free range eggs, honey, salsa, baked goods, homemade jams and pickles are available. Also featured are handcrafted wood items, soaps and jewelry. For more information, call Doug at 633-7484.

§       Taylorsville Farmers’ Market meets 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays until the end of October at the Sanctuary Art Center on Main Street in Taylorsville. Produce, beef, chicken, seedlings, baked and canned goods will be available. Call 502-477-2217 for details.

§       The Mount Eden Saddle Club Horse Show is Saturday on KY 53/KY 44. Classes included are gaited, western and contest. Visit www.mtedensaddleclub.weebly.com or us on Facebook. The meetings are every Thursday before the show at 7 p.m. at Cot Thompson’s barn (Pappy’s Place) on Hwy. 44 just outside of Mount Eden. Membership dues are $10 single, $15 couple and $25 family.

§              Bernheim Forest’s bloomFest and spring plant sale is 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 21 with the plant sale starting at 9 a.m. (8 a.m. for Bernheim members.) Both events are at the visitor center and are free after entering Bernheim (members are free and non-members are $5 per car). Visit www.bernheim.org for more information.

§       The Shelby County Cutting Horse Association has set its next show on May 21-22 at the Rocky Fork Feeders Arena on Dover Road.


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