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Ag Report: Oct. 26, 2012

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By The Staff

Shelby Farmers’ Market closes season Saturday

The annual Shelby County Farmers’ Market wraps up its season on Saturday morning.

The market, which is held in the barn at the Shelby County Fairgrounds on Midland Trail, is open from  8 a.m. until noon.

Vendors from Shelby and surrounding areas offer several varieties of season produce, plus eggs, jams, jellies, flowers, perennials, shrubs and trees. In addition there is handmade soap, jewelry, pottery, yarn goods and other crafts.

Southern States to conduct meeting, election on Nov. 2

Southern States Cooperative will review its operations and elect officers at its annual meeting next Friday at its outlet in Shelbyville. The business meeting will be at 1 p.m. at 623 South 7th St.

The cooperative’s management will use the meeting to report on both local and company-wide operations, as well as projected budget results for next year. Local board members and Farm and Home Advisory Committee (FHAC) will be elected, and retiring board and FHAC members will be recognized.

Board nominees include Shane Courtney, Daniel Rutledge, Ray Tucker and Gene Witt. FHAC nominees include Katherine Tingle.

“The annual meeting is the best single opportunity to outline our plans for the future to our membership and discuss our progress in meeting our financial goals,” said Ben Parker, manager of the Shelbyville branch. “The board of directors, management and employees of Southern States continue to be thankful for your business and dedication.”

Founded in 1923, Southern States now has more than 300,000 farmer-members.

Ingram to continue as burley director

Tom Ingram of Shelbyville will remain the District 3 director of the Burley Tobacco Growers Cooperative Association, serving another 3-year term.

Ingram was one of seven incumbent directors who were elected by acclimation because there was no opposition. Tim Lyons of Bath County and Wayne Cropper of Mason County also were elected by the tobacco growers in their districts.

Directors were sworn into service at the organization’s board meeting. The president is Pat Raines.

To learn more about the BTGCA visit www.burleytobacco.com.

FSA election upcoming

The Kentucky Farm Service Agency says ballots for the 2012 FSA county committee elections will be mailed to eligible voters on Nov. 5.

To be an eligible voter, farmers and producers must participate or cooperate in FSA programs. A person who is not of legal voting age, but supervises and conducts the farming operations of an entire farm, can also vote. Agricultural producers in each county submitted candidate names during the nomination period held last summer. 

Eligible voters who do not receive a ballot can obtain ballots at their local USDA Service Center. Dec. 3 is the last day for voters to submit ballots in person to local USDA Service Centers. Ballots returned by mail must be postmarked no later than Dec. 3. 

For more information, contact the FSA office on Brunerstown Road in Shelbyville.

Bulletin board

  • A second Master Stocker session on nutrition management will be 6-9 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Shelby County Extension Office. Registration fee is $50 to cover meals and materials. Registration form and information is available at  http://ces.ca.uky.edu/oldham/UpcomingEvents.

 

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