Ag report: May 18, 2012

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By The Staff

Alpaca show hits

Louisville next week

Alpacas from across the country will be featured in the show ring competition next week at the Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association National Show at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville.

The show, which features class competition in conformation and fleece quality in many categories for both Suri and Huacaya alpacas, is 8 a.m. daily May 26-28.

Artisans will showcase alpaca fiber and examples of felting, fiber arts, and more. Dozens of vendors and farm displays will sell the latest alpaca fashions and hand-crafted items.

On Saturday, an alpaca auction will begin at 1 p.m. and run until 6. Admission is free, and a cash bar will be available.  The National Auction is the premiere event of the year for the North American alpaca industry.

USDA deadlines approaching

The USDA’s Kentucky Farm Service Agency reminds producers that June 1 is the deadline for enrolling in the 2012 Direct and Counter-cyclical, Average Crop Revenue Election and the Supplemental Revenue Assistance programs.

All signatures of producers receiving a share in DCP/ACRE payments are required by June 1. The election for ACRE for 2012 can be made any time before June 1. If a farm has an ACRE election from a prior year, the farm remains in the ACRE, however producers must still complete the annual enrollment process by the deadline.

The Supplemental Revenue Assistance program provides benefits for farm revenue losses because of natural disasters that occurred during the 2010 crop year. It is eligible in counties declared disasters or any farm that lost 50 percent or more production because of a disaster.

For more information about the DCP/ACRE programs please contact the FSA office on Howard Drive in Shelbyville or visit http://www.fsa.usda.gov.


Agricultural influences 5, 4

Keeton Communications conducted an informal poll of more than 100 individuals across the state, from farmers to leaders of commodity groups, to determine the most influential people in Kentucky agriculture today. In the next four weeks, the Ag Report will count down that top 10. Today, 5 and 4:

  • No. 5 Wayne Hunt: A true entrepreneur and businessman, he founded Agri-Chem, which provides ag-supply products and services to area farmers and has locations in Christian County and beyond. He founded Agri-Power Inc. in 1990 when he took over the Case company store in his hometown of Hopkinsville. In 1993, H&R Agri-Power was formed by the merger of H&R Implement Co., Inc. and Agri-Power Inc, and today the company has seven stores overall in three states. Hunt has an extensive grain farm based in Christian County; he is a manager for Commonwealth Agri-Energy, and serves on boards throughout the state including the Kentucky Ag Development Board and the Kentucky Ag Finance Board. Know as the "godfather" of agriculture in Western Kentucky, his influence reaches far beyond the row crops of western Kentucky and far beyond the field of agriculture.
  • No. 4 James Comer: Touted as a rising star in the Republican party, this newly elected commissioner says he is more excited these days about his chance to serve Kentucky's agriculture community. He said he admits he has always had a love for farming and politics and tried to balance the two while serving as state representative. As commissioner, Comer said he knows he will not have the opportunity to be out in his farm field like he is used to, but instead he is going to be out in the field working with farmers across the state on initiatives to improve Kentucky agriculture.


Bulletin board

  • Tyson's Chance animal rescue will host its second annual Canines and Wine fundraiser at 6 p.m. Saturday 19 at Talon Winery, 400 Gordon Lane, in Shelbyville. The cost is $15 per person or $25 a couple. Tickets will be sold at the door. Wine is not included in admission price. For more information, call 633-4944 or 321-7074.
  • A perennial plant swap will be at 1 p.m. May 26 at Metzger’s Country Store in Simpsonville. If you have perennials taking over your yard, bring some to swap with others for free. If you don’t have perennials and would like to start a perennial garden, there will be plenty for you as well!  For more information, call 502-722-8850.
  • The Kentucky Cutting Horse Association will have its next show May 26-27 at the Rocky Fork Feeders Arena on Dover Road. The organization’s Web site is in the process of being updated.
  • The Shelby County Farmers’ Market is open every Saturday, 8 a.m. until noon, through Oct. 27 at the Shelby County Fairgrounds. Vendors from Shelby and surrounding areas offer several varieties of season produce, plus eggs, jams, jellies, flowers, perennials, shrubs and trees. In addition there is handmade soap, jewelry, pottery, yarn goods and other crafts.


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