Ag report: Oct. 11, 2013

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By The Staff

2 info sessions today about CAIP program

If you are thinking about applying for a cost-share grant as part of Shelby’s County Agricultural Investment Program, you can find out more today in two informational sessions, at 2 p.m. or 7 p.m. at the Shelby County Extension Office.

The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board announced that it had awarded $282,000 to the Shelby County Agricultural Development Foundation Inc. to be distributed, which is down from an adjusted total of $500,000 in 2012.

CAIP is designed to provide farmers with incentives to allow them to improve and diversify their current production practices. CAIP combines what were previously known as county model cost-share programs into one, where each model program becomes an investment area.

The program covers a wide variety of agricultural enterprises in its 10 investment areas, including commercial production of aquaculture; bees and honey; equine; forage; beef and dairy cattle; goats and sheep; horticulture; poultry; swine; and timber, as well as energy efficiency and production; farm infrastructure and water enhancement; marketing; and value-added production.

Judy White, who administers the program in Shelby County, said applicants must complete a project before they’re reimbursed 50 percent cost-share, up to $2,500.

Producer applications will be available starting Thursday and continuing through Oct. 24       at the extension office, 1117 Frankfort Road in Shelbyville.

For more information about the sign-up period and the complete guidelines for this program in Shelby County, contact White at 502-633-4593, 502-321-8757 or shelby.caip@gmail.com.


Roadside Market sign-up time

Gallrein Farm and Mulberry Orchard in Shelby County are among the Kentucky Farm Bureau’s Certified Roadside Market program, and now is the time to apply to be part of that program in 2014.

Established in July 1996, the program began as an initiative to help farmers market their fruits and vegetables directly from roadside markets to consumers. Since then the membership has expanded to include farm enterprises such as greenhouses, landscape nurseries, Christmas tree farms, vineyards/wineries and meat/cheese farm markets.

Early enrollment discounts are available for the 2014 KFB Certified Roadside Market program. Returning markets that renew their membership before Nov. 15 receive the discounted rate of $250. Renewal rates increase to $325 for markets that wait to enroll Nov. 16-Dec. 31. New markets can enroll for $225 during the same period.

All enrollment applications must be postmarked by Dec. 31 to guarantee placement in the annual Membership Directory. Applications are available at kyfb.com/roadside. For more information, contact Kara Keeton at 502-495-5106 or kara.keeton@kyfb.com


Ag department open house

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer invites the public to join him and his senior staff at the first Kentucky Department of Agriculture open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at 111 Corporate Drive in Frankfort. Guests will be served hot dogs and potato chips and hear from Comer and his executive directors a presentation on the department’s operations and services. You can RSVP by calling 502-573-0450.


Cal’s shops to use state milk

Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt will use only Udderly Kentucky milk in its frozen yogurt products in 11 Orange Leaf shops in Kentucky. Agriculture Commissioner James Comer and University of Kentucky men’s basketball coach John Calipari made the announcement Tuesday at the Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt Shop in Brighton Place Shoppes in Lexington.

Udderly Kentucky milk is produced by 105 dairy farms in Kentucky and processed in Somerset.

“We think this brand is going to continue to grow,” Ag Commissioner James Comer said in a release announcing the deal. “We’re going to continue to help keep dairy farmers in Kentucky on the farm. And one reason is because of people like Coach Cal who support our product.”
Said Calipari: “You guys [came] up with the idea, ‘Let’s just be about Kentucky.’ What a great idea. Let’s just be about Kentucky. Let’s make sure whatever we’re doing, we’re giving back.”


Bulletin board

  • The Mount Eden Saddle Club will host an end-of-season horse show at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Mount Eden Ruritan Club’s grounds in Mount Eden. Classes include Western, gaited, miniature, contest and three championship classes. A free stick-horse race will be available for the kids, and there will be door prizes. There will be a $2 gate fee, and children 6 years old and younger are free. For more information call, Chasidy at 502-680-0497, Leslie at 502-321-8166 or Sharon at 502-738-9741.
  • Introduction to Beekeeping, a 2-part beginner’s beekeeping class, will be from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday and Oct. 24 at the Shelby County Cooperative Extension office, 1117 Frankfort Road. Classes are free, but reservations are required. For more information or to confirm attendance, call 633-4593 or send an E-mail to beekeeper66@gmail.com.
  • The Kentucky Aquaculture Association’s 2013 annual meeting and workshop will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Kentucky State University Aquaculture Research Center, 103 Athletic Road in Frankfort. The program will address topics such as an in-depth cage-building exercise, aquaponics, fish production in Kentucky, marketing information, pond management and species selection. The cost will be $25 for KAA members, $35 for non-members. RSVP to shawn.coyle@kysu.eduor angela.caporelli@kysu.edu by Oct. 18.
  • The Shelby County Farmers’ Market has added a mid-week market held every Wednesday, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. This new market day is in addition to the market held from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday through October in the Coots Barn at the Shelby County Fairgrounds, 1513 Midland Trail in Shelbyville. For more information, visit shelbycokyfarmersmarket.com.
  • The National FFA Convention and Expo will be Oct. 30-Nov. 2 in Louisville.
  • 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.