Ag report: Oct. 25, 2013

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By The Staff

White Ridge Dairy honored in youth livestock competition

A Shelby County dairy farm was honored Saturday among the state’s top youth livestock exhibitors during the leading youth livestock exhibitors were honored for their efforts during the 2013 show season at the 10th annual Kentucky Proud Points Luncheon in Frankfort.

White Ridge Dairy in Waddy, owned by the White family, was noted as the top breeder among dairy farms.

“The lessons you learn showing livestock will translate into being productive citizens as adults,” Agriculture Commissioner James Comer told the exhibitors at the luncheon.

Based on points accumulated from shows, trophies are presented for top exhibitors and other individual categories among beef, sheep, swine and goats, as well as five overall awards.

The Whites were the only Shelby entrant to win.

For full results and photographs, visit the Facebook pages for the Division of Show and Fair Promotion and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.

Farmers’ market closes Saturday

Saturday is the final day in the Shelby County Farmers’ Market’s annual season.

The group expanded this year to add shows on Wednesday afternoon but will wind up with its 8 a.m.-until-noon session in the Coots Barn at the Shelby County Fairgrounds, 1513 Midland Trail in Shelbyville.

For more information, visit shelbycokyfarmersmarket.com.

Farm City Banquet set

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.

Garden cleanup

The Shelby County Master Gardeners will put the McClure Botanical Gardens to bed for the winter from 9 a.m. to noon on Nov. 2. The group will add mulch, do some pruning and eliminate weeds.

Volunteers will learn to prune a tree for disease control and how to prune shrubs at the correct time. There is also a collection of perennials to give away on a you-dig-you-take basis.

For more information, call the Shelby County Extension Office at 633-4593.

Teachers nominees wanted

Friday is the deadline to nominate Kentucky teachers for the 2013 Excellence in Ag Literacy Award, which the Kentucky Farm Bureau awards annually to teachers who excel in their efforts to incorporate agricultural concepts throughout their core academic studies.

All certified pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade teachers who are engaged in integrating agricultural concepts into non-agricultural curriculum are eligible. Self-nominations, as well as nominations from school faculty, community leaders or parents, are encouraged. A downloadable nomination form, complete with program guidelines and evaluation criteria about the Excellence in Ag Literacy Award, is available through kyfb.com/federation.

The winner, who will be announced Dec. 6, will receive $500 and an all-expense-paid trip to the National Ag in the Classroom Conference in Hershey, Pa., June 23-27.

Loan base rises

Kentucky’s Farm Service Agency announced that the loan limit for the Guaranteed Loan Program increased to $1.355 million on Oct. 1. The limit is adjusted annually based on the “Prices Paid to Farmers Index,” compiled by the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

FSA guaranteed loans allow lenders to provide agricultural credit to farmers who do not meet the lender's normal underwriting criteria. Farmers and ranchers apply for a guaranteed loan through a commercial lender, and the lender arranges for the guarantee. FSA can guarantee up to 95 percent of the loss of principal and interest on a loan. Guaranteed loans can be used for both farm ownership and operating purposes.

Producers should contact the FSA Service Center on Breighton Boulevard in Shelbyville.

Bulletin board

  • The Kentucky Aquaculture Association’s 2013 annual meeting and workshop will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday 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 National FFA Convention and Expo will be Wednesday through 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.