Beshear visits Shelby Wednesday

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Langley farm to host event

By Lisa King

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear makes a stop today at one of Shelby County’s most prominent farms, the home on Taylorsville Road of Kentucky Farmer of the Year Doug Langley.

Beshear will be there at noon to discuss his Farm Energy and Efficiency and Renewable Energy partnership in Shelby County.

Chosen Farmer of the Year in June, Langley raises 200 acres of burley tobacco, 2,800 acres of corn, 2,400 acres of soybeans and 60 acres of wheat. He and his family also raise 2,000 head of cattle annually.

Roger Thomas, executive director for the Governor's Office of Agricultural

Policy, said Beshear will discuss the federal stimulus money that is to be allocated to Kentucky farmers as part of the state’s energy program award.

"Kentucky agriculture holds a priority role in helping the Commonwealth of Kentucky reduce its dependence on foreign energy and harness power through environmentally sustainable methods," Thomas said in an e-mail to Jack Trumbo of Shelby County Farm Bureau.

"I appreciate the opportunity to work with the Energy and Environment Cabinet to promote energy efficiency and production on farms throughout the Commonwealth."

Along with the governor, Len Peters, secretary of the Energy and Environment Cabinet, will discuss two programs of paramount importance to farmers.

"They will be discussing the On Farmer Energy Efficiency In Production program, and that will be something that individual farmers will be able to access, and then the second is a multicounty, collaborative ag energy initiative, which will be more of a regional type project," said Sandra Gardner, director of communications for the GOAP.

Langley also is scheduled to speak.