Ag report: Nov. 15, 2013

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By The Staff

Farm-City Week includes

celebration in Shelby

Kentucky Farm Bureau joins agricultural organizations across the country to celebrate National Farm-City Week on Nov. 22-28.

This week has been set aside annually since 1955 to support educational programming that builds interdependence between rural and urban citizens.

In celebration, Shelby County’s annual Farm City Banquet will be at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 26 in Floral Hall at the Shelby County Fairgrounds. The keynote speaker will be Warren Beeler, Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s director of ag policy.

That’s also when Shelby County’s Farmer of the Year will be honored.

A release from Farm Bureau said that today’s farmer grows twice as much food as his or her parents did but uses less land, water and energy to do so. About 90 percent of those farms are operated by families or individuals.

Additionally, recent U.S. Census data shows that an estimated 20 percent of U.S. farm production is exported and, according to figures from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service, agriculture is also one of the few remaining industries with a positive balance of trade. There are 2.2 million farms accounting for more than 24 million jobs nationwide.

District dairy meeting

Dairy farmers of Shelby County will have a District 4 meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Claudia Sanders Dinner House in Shelbyville. Board members will be elected, and information will be given to dairy farmers that will be useful to them in the coming year.

There will be a short promotion report, dinner and door prizes. Registration information is available at the Shelby County Extension Office, 1117 Frankfort Road. Contact Corinne Belton at 633-4593.


FSA county election continues

Voting at the USDA Farm Service in Shelby County for its county committee for the coming year will continue through Dec. 2 at the FSA office on Breighton Boulevard in Shelbyville.

County committee members serve as links between producers and the USDA and help deliver FSA programs at the local levels. Committees operate under specific guidelines to maintain federal law.

Eligible voters are farmers and ranchers who participate or cooperate in an FSA program. The current election is for Local Administrative Area (LAA) 3. which includes areas of Shelby County lying north of Interstate 64 and east of KY 53. Candidates for election are Philip McCoun and Gene Witt.    

Eligible voters who have not received their ballots can do so at the USDA office. For more information, call 633-3294.


Bulletin board

  • The Shelbyville/Shelby County Kiwanis Club will host the Farm City Banquet at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 26 at Floral Hall, Shelby County Fairgrounds.  The keynote speaker will be Warren Beeler, Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s director of ag policy. Among other awards given, will be the Farmer of the Year award. A ticket is needed for admission and will be distributed through sponsors. For more information, contact Ferenc Vegh at 633-2310.
  • Kentucky Round-Up, an annual event sponsored by the Kentucky Horse Council that celebrates horses with live demonstrations, hands-on activities and educational exhibits, will be Feb. 15-16 at the Alltech Arena in the Kentucky Horse Park.


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