Ag report: Sept. 6, 2013

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By The Staff

Gallrein sets annual family fundraiser

Gallrein Farms will open its annual fall season by hosting its third annual “Family Fun Fundraiser” at 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 21.

Three years ago, Randie Gallrein came up with the idea to try to help a couple of organizations that were in need, and the event has grown to five different organizations:  Operation Care, Mentor Shelby Kids, ALC Pregnancy Resource Center, Shelby County Backpack Project and the Open Door of Hope men’s shelter.

Josh Hurst, chair of the organizing committee, said the goal this year is to raise $15,000.

“All of the usual fall fun at the farm will be a part of the day, along with the addition of some great silent auction items as well as an opportunity to give a general donation to the organizations,” Hurst said in a release. “We just invite folks to come out and have a good time, whether they donate or not it makes for a great day. This has been such a fun event to be a part of the past couple of years and we can’t wait to see what this year brings.”

Activities will include pony rides, gourd sling shots, a straw pyramid, petting zoo, hay rides to the pumpkin patch and a barrel train. A new addition to this year’s event will be that Gallrein Farms will be roasting its popular sweet corn for patrons to enjoy.

To participate or for more information, contact Hurst at 502-633-2310 or  josh.hurst@kyfb.com.

New tobacco specialist

The Burley Tobacco Growers Cooperative Association announced the hiring of Jeff Vice to serve as a tobacco specialist.

"We feel very fortunate to have a person with the experience that Jeff has in the tobacco industry" President Pat Raines said in announcing the hiring. “Jeff has worked over 38 years in grading, purchasing, and blending tobacco and we look forward to working with him.”

As tobacco specialist, Vice will be responsible for grading and purchasing of burley tobacco with a goal of increasing the amount of tobacco purchased and expanding the marketing.

Vice, a resident of Flemingsburg, retired after 38 years with Philip Morris USA/Altria.

He will begin work when the co-op opens on Oct. 18.


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  • You can learn about beekeeping without taking the plunge into buying hives, bee suits and supers during the Shelby County Beekeepers’ 2-hour, hands-on class on beekeeping and honey extraction. Classes will be Saturday, one from 10 a.m. until noon and another from 1 to 3 p.m. Classes are free, but each session will be limited to 10 participants to allow for a hands-on experience opening and looking into beehives. To register, call 502-633-4593 and ask for Walt.  Safety bee jackets and gloves will be provided. If you want to learn more, beginning beekeeping classes will offered at the Shelby County Extension Office on Oct. 17-24.
  • The Spencer County horse show will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday and 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.
  • Shelby County Youth Livestock Club is having its annual livestock auction at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Shelby County Extension Office.
  • 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.
  • 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.