Ag report: May 17, 2013

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By The Staff

Kentucky’s beef farmers

are celebrated in May


Agriculture Commissioner James Comer saluted Kentucky’s beef industry for its contributions to Kentucky’s agricultural economy and beef’s nutritional value as he commemorated May Beef Month.
“Kentucky is the leading beef cattle state east of the Mississippi River,” Commissioner Comer said. “Nearly forty-thousand dollars Kentucky farmers raise beef cattle. Beef also is an important source of protein, vitamins and minerals. As a beef producer myself, I appreciate the significance of beef in our everyday lives.”
Kentucky had more than 1 million head of beef cows as of Jan. 1, according to the Kentucky office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service. Kentucky producers took in nearly $669 million in farm cash receipts from the sale of cattle in 2012, the agricultural statistics service reported.
A 2007 University of Kentucky study found that the beef industry had a total direct, indirect, and induced economic impact of more than $1.8 billion.

To celebrate Beef Month, Farm Credit Mid-America is having a celebration at its office in Shelbyville.

“The beef cattle industry is important to our organization, ranking among the largest agriculture commodities in our portfolio,” Sharon Lott of Farm Credit in Shelbyville said in a release. “In fact, almost one-fifth of Farm Credit’s total loan concentration – or roughly twenty-eight thousand, five hundred customers – are involved in beef cattle. These farmers work hard all year to care for their cattle and produce nutritious and delicious beef.”

Farm Credit will have a cookout on 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday at its office at 1203 Mount Eden Road in Shelbyville.


Keough named deputy veterinarian

The Kentucky State Board of Agriculture today approved Dr. Bradley A. Keough of Franklin County as the new deputy state veterinarian at the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. Dr. Keough brings to the position 15 years of experience in veterinary medicine and more than 30 years of experience in the United States military.

Dr. Keough served as president of Buffalo Trace Veterinary Services in Versailles. Before that, he served as a shelter veterinarian for the Franklin County Humane Society and as an associate veterinarian for the Animal Medical Center in Frankfort.


CRP signup starts Monday

Landowners, farmers and ranchers are reminded that the opportunity to enroll in the Conservation Reserve Program general sign-up 45 begins Monday and ends June 14. Producers who want to offer eligible land for CRP's competitive general sign-up may

enroll at the Farm Service Agency (FSA) county office where their farm records are maintained.

CRP is a voluntary program available to agricultural producers to help them use environmentally sensitive land for conservation benefits. Producers enrolled in CRP plant long-term, resource conserving covers to improve the quality of water, control soil erosion, and develop wildlife habitat. In return, USDA provides participants with rental payments and cost-share assistance.

Contract duration is between 10 and 15 years. Producers with expiring contracts and producers with environmentally sensitive land are encouraged to evaluate their options under CRP.

For more information on CRP and other FSA programs, contact the FSA office on Breighton Place in Shelbyville or visit www.fsa.usda.gov.


Biodiesel in tractor pulls

The National Tractor Pullers Association will begin allowing the use of 100 percent biodiesel, in all diesel pulling classes for this season. This is the seventh season the soy checkoff has partnered with the NTPA to promote the use of biodiesel to pulling fans, including many farmers, truck drivers and other diesel users.

A study funded by the state soy checkoff board in Minnesota and conducted by United Pullers of Minnesota found using biodiesel in pulling competition can provide a 4 percent increase in torque and horsepower.

Biodiesel is known as America’s Advanced Biofuel because it reduces greenhouse-gas emissions by at least 50 percent compared with petroleum diesel. It offers excellent horsepower, mileage and octane, and adds as much as 65 percent lubricity to an engine.


Bulletin board

  • The Waddy Saddle Club will have a horse show at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Waddy Ruritan Club, 1171 Kings Highway. Events include Western Pleasure and Walking Horse classes, barrel racing and pole bending. Concessions will be available. For more information, contact Kelly Cox at 502-773-5539 or jcox428@shelbybb.net.
  • The Spencer County horse show will begin at 6 p.m. on May 25, June 1, July 6, Aug. 3, Sept. 7 and Oct. 5 at the fairgrounds. Gate admission is $2, and 6-year-olds and younger are free. For more information, contact Frank Rearden at 502-232-5138, Preston McDonald at 502-422-0176, Connie McDonald at 502-232-0739, Mary Lisby at 502-738-5388, Mae Rearden at 502-991-1505 or John Shouse at 502-437-7083.
  • The deadline for responding to the 2012 Census of Agriculture is May 31. Farmers and ranchers also can return their forms by mail or online by visiting www.agcensus.usda.gov. Federal law requires a response from everyone who receives the census form and requires NASS to keep visit www.agcensus.usda.gov or call 1-888-4AG-STAT.
  • Shelby County Master Gardeners and Shelby County Cooperative Extension will host a garden workday at the McClure Gardens at the entrance to Clear Creek Park from 9 a.m. until noon on June 8. Anyone willing to pull weeds, spread mulch, trim or mow is welcome to come join. It is also a good opportunity to ask knowledgeable gardeners about plant care and selection. For more information, call Walt Reichert at 633-4593.
  • The Shelby County Farmers' Market is open from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays through October at the Shelby County Fairgrounds’ Coots Barn at 1513 Midland trail. For more information, you can find and like the market organizers on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Shelby-County-Kentucky-Farmers-Market/173755406108757?fref=ts.
  • Shelby County 4-H Camp Enrollment forms are available at the extension office or printed from http://ces.ca.uky.edu/shelby. Camp Dates will be July 9-12. Space will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. For more information, call 633-4593.


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