Ag report: Oct. 18, 2013

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By The Staff

Farm to School art contest draws connections to food

Kentucky students can learn about the benefits of local food while competing for prizes in the third annual Farm to School Art Contest, which commemorates Farm to School Week starting Monday.

Contest entries must be mailed by Nov. 15 to Kentucky Farm to School Program coordinator Tina Garland, 107 Corporate Drive, Frankfort, 40601. Winners will be announced at a school food service directors conference in December in Bowling Green.

Each county is asked to select winners in elementary, middle school/junior high, and high school. Statewide winners will be awarded $50 for first place, $30 for second, and $20 for third.
All entries must be drawn on 8-by-11-inch, white, unlined paper and have the theme “Farm to School Lunch ….  Across Kentucky” printed on them, with the student’s name, address, grade, and school listed on the back. Some entries be reproduced onto note cards, calendars, or T-shirts.

Each state winner’s school will receive a visit from renowned Kentucky chef Jim Whaley, who will spend a day with the school food service director and his or her staff. Whaley, chef consultant at Jefferson County Public Schools with more than 30 years of experience, focuses on integrating local farmers’ foods into his cooking.
Kentucky schools spent an estimated $460,000 on local foods in the 2012-2013 school year, up from $280,000 in 2011-2012. Eighty-four Kentucky school districts are members of Kentucky Proud, and more than 80 producers sell foods to Kentucky schools through the Farm to School Program.
For more information about the Farm to School program, contact Tina.Garland@ky.gov.

Asbury 1st private Kentucky Proud school

Asbury University became the first private institution of higher learning in Kentucky to enter the Kentucky Proud Farm to Campus program.

“By your university being committed to buying more local products, that helps our economy, and that helps build the infrastructure for family farmers to get started in the business of food production,” Agriculture Commissioner James Comer said in a release announcing the designation. “On behalf of all the farmers in the state of Kentucky, I want to say a big ‘thank you’ to Asbury University for being our newest university in the Farm to Campus initiative.”
Asbury joins Eastern Kentucky University, the University of Louisville, and Morehead State University as members of the Farm to Campus Program. More announcements are planned later this year at other Kentucky colleges and universities.
Under the Farm to Campus program, the ag department helps schools with their buy-local efforts. Over the next two years, the department will target college campuses to put more shelf-stable Kentucky Proud products in their bookstores and gift shops, and more farm-fresh Kentucky Proud products in their cafeterias and food service systems.

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.”


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  • The deadline is Thursday to apply for a cost-share grant as part of Shelby’s County Agricultural Investment Program. CAIP is designed to provide farmers with incentives to allow them to improve and diversify their current production practices. Applicants must complete a project before they’re reimbursed 50 percent cost-share, up to $2,500. Producer applications are at the Shelby County 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 Judy White at 502-633-4593, 502-321-8757 or shelby.caip@gmail.com.
  • The second session of Introduction to Beekeeping, a beginner’s beekeeping class, will be from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday 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 today.
  • The Shelby County Farmers’ Market has added a midweek 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.


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