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