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