Ag report: Sept. 13, 2013

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By The Staff

Farm Safety Week brings focus to sharing roadways

Kentucky Farm Bureau is using National Farm Safety Week next week as a time to remind motorists that farmers are harvesting their crops and thus more often on the roads, moving equipment from one field to another.

According to statistics from the Kentucky State Police, there were 180 collisions involving tractors and other farm equipment on Kentucky roadways in 2012, causing 42 injuries and three fatalities. KFB’s release said that a majority of the accidents (40 percent) were labeled by state police as the result of “inattention” – further proof that increased caution during harvest season is needed to prevent tragedy.

KFB distributed a list of suggestions for both motorists and farmers to help create safer roads, including pay attention to roads, watch signs, don’t assume farmers know you’re there, keep your distance from equipment, use caution when passing, keep flashing lights on farm equipment, keep equipment to the right and be patient.


UK inducts ag director

Longtime Kentucky agriculture leader Warren Beeler, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s director of agriculture policy, has been inducted into UK’s Department of Animal and Food Sciences Hall of Fame.
“Warren greatly deserves this honor for his service to agriculture in Kentucky and throughout the United States,” Agriculture Commissioner James Comer said in a release. “He has distinguished himself as a leader, a farmer, and a livestock judge. Perhaps his most important contribution has been his work teaching children about farming and how important it is. I am blessed to have Warren as a mentor, a counselor, and a close personal friend.”
In their nomination of Beeler, UK faculty members Donald Ely and Debra Aaron wrote that he “is such an advocate of animal agriculture. He will stand on any corner of any city, and has done so, to deliver the message that livestock of today are produced in cleaner, safer, and healthier environments than ever before in history.”
Induction into the Hall of Fame is the highest honor given by the Department of Animal and Food Sciences.


USDA offers special loans

USDA Farm Service Agency reserves funds each year to make loans to socially disadvantaged applicants to buy and operate family-size farms. A socially disadvantaged farmer is one of a group whose members have been subjected to racial, ethnic, or gender prejudice because of their identity as members of the group without regard to their individual qualities. For the purposes of this program, socially disadvantaged groups have been defined as women, Blacks or African Americans, American Indians or Alaskan Natives, Hispanics, Asians, and Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders.

Loans are for various credit needs for livestock, equipment and even purchase and improvement of farms and are available to individuals, partnerships, joint operations, corporations and companies.

For more information or to obtain an applications, visit the Farm Service Agency office on Breighton Place in Shelbyville.


Bulletin board

  • The Shelby County Cooperative Extension Service and Metzger’s Country Store will present a Shelby County Good Neighbors Farm Tour, which will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 21. The tour is to be self-guided and include dairy, beef cattle, alpaca and horse farms and farm businesses. Participants are to learn about raising fruit, tobacco, grain, rabbits, chickens and more and get a chance to sample food and interact with the animals. Various horse breeds will be included, and machinery will be on exhibit. For information, a tour map and passport, call the extension office at 633-4593 or Metzger’s at 722-8850.
  • Gallrein Farms will host its third annual “Family Fun Fundraiser” from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 21. This event helps to support several charitable organizations within Shelby County, including Operation Care, Mentor Shelby Kids, ALC Pregnancy Resource Center, Shelby County Backpack Project and Open Door of Hope men’s shelter. The day is the kickoff weekend for Gallrein’s fall season. Events include pony rides, gourd sling shots, a straw pyramid, petting zoo, hay rides to the pumpkin patch, a barrel train and roasting of sweet corn. For more information, contact Josh Hurst at 502-633-2310 or  josh.hurst@kyfb.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 Spencer County horse show will be at 6 p.m. Oct. 5 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 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.