Ag report: Oct. 4, 2013

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By The Staff

Shelby 4-H receives

$1,100 from donations

Shelby County has earned $1,128.34 from the recent distribution by the 4-H Foundation from proceeds gathered by voluntary donations to the state’s “ag tags” for vehicles renewed in March.

The Agricultural Program Trust Fund collects the $10 donations and divides them equally among 4-H, FFA and Kentucky Proud farmers. For the fiscal year ending June 30, 4-H received $160,895.06, which it divided based on the among donated from each county.

These funds benefit all levels of Kentucky 4-H and are equally between the county where the funds originated and the Kentucky 4-H Foundation. That means part of the donations stay right here in the county, funding local 4-H programs and activities for the youth in the community. Allen County led the distribution by receiving $19,950.

“We thank those of you who stepped up in their communities to help raise funds for these three outstanding organizations” Agriculture Commissioner James Comer said in a release announcing the distributions. “I can assure you that these programs will benefit from the support of the Ag Tag donations. The voluntary donations from the Kentucky farm license plate renewals help champion our farmers and shape our future leaders.”

More than 237,000 youth are involved in Kentucky 4-H programs.


USDA/FSA offices closed

The shutdown of the federal government has closed the USDA and Farm Service Agency offices on Breighton Boulevard in Shelbyville. That includes the Soil Conservation District office, too.

Ann Griffin, administrative assistant of Shelby’s conservation district, said that people began calling Monday in anticipation of the shutdown, with concerns that they would not be able to make payments on their farm loans.

“This whole USDA service center is shut down,” she said. “The Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Conservation District and Farm Service Agency and Rural Development is all in this building, and I’ve had people calling, wanting to know about paying on their loans, because this is the first of the month, and they have to make their payments

“So they won’t be able to payments until we’re back up and running again. It could be tomorrow, so we hope it’s probably not going to be a big deal. But we are shut down until further notice.”


Kentucky Aquaculture Association workshop

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.


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

  • Mount Eden Saddle Club will sponsor a contest show Saturday 5 at the Mount Eden Ruritan Club grounds. There will be more than $500 added money. Events will include running barrels, flags and poles. Warm-ups start at 11 a.m., and the show will start at 1 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information, call Chasidy at 502-680-0497, Sharon at 502-738-9741 or Leslie at 502-321-8166.
  • The Spencer County horse show will be at 6 p.m. Saturday at the fairgrounds. Gate admission is $2, and 6-year-olds and younger are free. For more information, contact Frank Rearden at 502-232-5138, Preston McDonald at 502-422-0176, Connie McDonald at 502-232-0739, Mary Lisby at 502-738-5388, Mae Rearden at 502-991-1505 or John Shouse at 502-437-7083.
  • The Mount Eden Saddle Club will host an end-of-season horse show at 6 p.m. Oct. 12 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 Oct. 17 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 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.