Ag Report: May 20, 2011

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By The Staff

Shelby farmers eligible

for federal disaster loans

Shelby County is among those slated as contiguous to the 14 in Kentucky declared federal disaster areas, and its farm families are eligible to qualify for FSA EM loans.

President Obama declared disaster areas because of damages and losses caused by severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding that occurred starting April 26. They included Oldham County.

That meant also that 29 nearly counties would receive some benefits, which is how families in Shelby would qualify. Jefferson, Henry, Anderson and Franklin also are on that list.

EM loan applications for physical and production losses will be received through Dec.1, and applications pending on that date may be processed and completed. Farmers interested in applying for assistance should contact their local FSA county offices.

Ag development forums set

The state’s Ag Development Board and the staff at GOAP have set up a series of meetings across the state, the KY Ag Development Fund Forums. The first was Thursday in Frankfort, and seven more are scheduled. The forums are seen as an opportunity for the Ag Development Board to engage with farmers and community leaders across the state. The next event will be May 24 in Maysville, and the next closest to Shelby County will be held June 15 at the Pritchard Community Center in Elizabethtown. For more information visit http://agpolicy.ky.gov.


May is youth gardening month

Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer proclaimed May as Youth Gardening Month in Kentucky. Rodger Bingham, deputy executive director of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s marketing office, delivered the proclamation at the Western Hills High School greenhouse.


Bulletin board:

§              Bernheim Forest’s bloomFest and spring plant sale is 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday 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 Saturday and Sunday at the Rocky Fork Feeders Arena on Dover Road.

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