Ag Report: Oct. 14, 2011

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Horses being added

to Kentucky Proud

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture, the Kentucky Equine Education Project and the Kentucky Horse Council announced that horses have been added to the Kentucky Proud program.

As new members of Kentucky Proud, horse farms will be eligible to receive financial grants from the state Department of Agriculture, will be eligible to participate in a cost-share program and will be able to use the Kentucky Proud logo in advertising their equine products.
“In working with KEEP and KHC to add horses to the program, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture is expanding its support for Kentucky farmers,” Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer said.  “Kentucky is known around the world for its signature equine industry. We are excited to add horses to our list of Kentucky Proud products.”
Anna Zinkhon, President of the Kentucky Horse Council Board, added: “The Kentucky Horse Council is glad to partner with KEEP on this important new program.  Two years ago my predecessor, Madelyn Milllard, initiated the idea by approaching KDA regarding a Kentucky Proud for Horses. The Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s interest in adding horses to this highly successful agricultural program enhances our farms’ abilities to market their horses nationally and internationally.”

Individually, farms should contact KEEP or the Kentucky Horse Council for applications and more information on the Kentucky Proud program.

Once approved, farms will have access to all the services and support that the Kentucky Department of Agriculture gives to members of that program, including marketing assistance and product promotion, as well as participation in a cost-share program.  

Kentucky Proud is the official farm-marketing program of the state. Kentucky Proud generated more than $200 million in retail sales of Kentucky farm products just through member retailers in 2010. More than 2,800 farmers, processors, retailers, restaurants, school districts, farmers’ markets, Kentucky state parks, and Kentucky Farm Bureau roadside markets are members of Kentucky Proud.

Co-ops celebrating history

Southern States Cooperative is celebrating Co-op Month to review and recognize the coop’s contributions to the agricultural communities. Each coop is a member-owned business.

The theme chosen for the month-long celebration is “Cooperative Enterprises Build a Better World,” and is the same theme chosen for the year 2012, which the United Nations has designated “The International Year of the Cooperative.”

The UN is promoting co-ops because of their potential to foster economic growth and development on a local level, with a model that can be duplicated worldwide.

Southern States is based in Richmond, Va., founded in 1923, and has more than 300,000 farmer-members, primarily for fertilizer, seed, livestock feed and pet food, animal health supplies and petroleum products, as well as other items for the farm and home. For more information, visit http://www.southernstates.comfor more information.


Heifer essay contest for students

The Kentucky Cattleman’s Association and Farm Credit Services of Mid-America are teaming up for an essay contest in which students can win $2,000 toward buying a heifer from a Kentucky Cattlemen’s member. The prize is offered in each of three age-group divisions – ages 9-13, 14-17 and 18-21 – and each division has a different essay question and submission requirements. A personal interview also will be part of the process.

Entries must be postmarked by Dec. 12, and winners will be announced in January at the KCA convention.

To see the questions, get an entry form or learn more, visit wwww.e-farmcredit.com or contact Brandy graves (859-278-0899 or bgraves@kycattle.org).


New cattle management program

The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board awarded $310,000 to the Kentucky Beef Network LLC to develop and offer the Management and Genetics 60 (MAG-60) program for Kentucky producers.  

The MAG-60 program will provide cost-share to beef producers to synchronize the estrus cycle in their beef females for timed insemination to reduce labor costs associated with artificial insemination. Females will be inseminated to a small, select group of sires that are proven in their ability to sire productive, profitable calves. 

Calves from this program will be managed through a rigid program that includes pre-conditioning, age/source verification and more. The calves will also be marketed through several MAG-60 opportunities.

For more information about the MAG-60 program, contact Becky Thompson with KBN at 859-278-0899 or bthompson@kycattle.org.  


FFA convention live on Internet

The National FFA Organization will stream its 2011 convention in Indianapolis live online via the newly launched Alltech Ag Network on iHigh.com. The televised convention, which is Wednesday through Saturday, will be accessible real time via computers, iPads and all iPhone, Android and BlackBerry mobile devices.

As FFA membership stands at more than a half-million students throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, iHigh.com expects this to be their largest telecast ever.

“iHigh.com is a true supporter of FFA and exemplifies this by providing the means to take our convention message to tens of thousands of FFA members throughout the country and beyond who aren’t able to attend the event,” FFA CEO Dwight Armstrong said. “This is a major opportunity for FFA and we are extremely grateful for iHigh.com’s expertise, resources and abilities to reach our membership in a new and meaningful way.”

Broadcasts will be viewable live and on-demand at no cost to the users. If there are any issues viewing a broadcast, please contact 859-514-3886 for technical support.


Bulletin board

§       Bee school is 7 p.m. Thursday and Oct. 27 at Shelby County Extension Office. Call 633-4593 to register for the course.

§       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.

§              Cow camp is 5:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Shelby County Extension Office. Topics include herd health, nutrition, animal handling, and marketing. The event will satisfy CAIP educational requirement. Dinner will be provided. Call 633-4593 by Nov. 1 to register and reserve your meal.

§       The Kentucky Cutting Horse Association will have its next event Nov.  4-5-6 at the Rocky Fork Feeders Arena on Dover Road. For more information, visit www.kchacutting.org.



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