• Ag Report: March 14, 2014

    Shelby County Farmers’ Market seeking applications for season

    The Shelby County Farmers Market is accepting applications to participate in the 2014 market season.

    The program, which opens April 26, runs every Saturday morning until October at the Shelby County Fairgrounds. It features fresh vegetables and homemade goods, such as soaps and candles and crafts.

    Applications will be accepted through the end of March. To apply or for more information, contact Cindy Burket at 502-633-7484.

  • Ag report: March 7, 2014

    Shelby farmer Poole wins $2,500 donation for FFA

    Shelby County farmer Ronald Poole has directed $2,500 to the Shelby County High School FFA to increase student participation in the FFA chapter.

    The donation, funded by America’s Farmers Grow Communities, will allow the students to take more field trips, participate in field day events at universities, and attend national and local FFA conventions.

  • Ag report: Feb. 28, 2014

    Farm Bureau volunteers have briefing in Washington

    Some 185 Kentucky Farm Bureau volunteer leaders spent this week in Washington for a series of strategic discussions with Kentucky’s Congressional Delegation to examine issues facing agriculture in the commonwealth.

  • Ag report: Feb. 14, 2014

    Farm Machinery Show

    could generate $22 million

    The National Farm Machinery Show was expected to draw more than 300,000 visitors to Louisville's Kentucky Exposition Center this week, generating an economic impact of nearly $22 million, show officials say.

    Billed as America’s largest indoor farm show, it will feature around 860 exhibitors and use nearly every square inch of the fairgrounds’ 1.2 million square feet of space in eight connected halls.

  • Ag report: Feb. 21, 2014

    Farm Bureau volunteers

    to be briefed in Washington

    Some 185 Kentucky Farm Bureau volunteer leaders are heading to the nation’s capitol next week for a series of strategic discussions with Kentucky’s Congressional Delegation to examine issues facing agriculture in the commonwealth.

  • Ag report: Feb. 7, 2014

    National farming conference

    set for Lexington this fall

    Experts from throughout the nation will meet in Lexington in October for the first nationwide conference focused on farming, land use, and food policy. Agriculture Commissioner James Comer joined former Gov. and First Lady Brereton and Libby Jones, officials of American Farmland Trust, and Lexington Mayor Jim Gray to announce this national event.

    The Farmland, Food and Livable Community Conference is scheduled for Oct. 20-22 at the Hilton Lexington Downtown.

  • Ag report: Jan 31, 2014

    New program to track GAP training, practices

    GAP Connections, a nonprofit aiming to create awareness and cultivate positive environmental and social impact through good agricultural practices in the tobacco industry, has announced the launch of a new Web site and online Grower ID system to provide a resource for tobacco farmers and other interested parties to learn about the organization’s initiatives, as well as a way for farmers to sign up for the Grower ID System.

  • Ag report: Jan.24, 2014

    Extension office to host

    ag leadership program

    The Shelby County Extension Office will host two events to help train leaders and spokespersons to deliver the message of the agriculture industry.

    These training programs will be at 6-8 p.m. Feb. 13 and Feb. 20 at the office at 1117 Frankfort Road. They are free.

    The goal of the program, its announcement says, is to help sort through information and misinformation and to communicate the concept that farmers provide safe, affordable food for families.

  • Ag report: Jan. 17, 2014

    Today is last day to vote for FSA county committee

    USDA Farm Service Agency officials issued a reminder to farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers that they have until today to return to the FSA office completed ballots for county committee members.

    Eligible voters who have not received a ballot can obtain one from the USDA Service Center on Breighton Boulevard in Shelbyville. This is the last day for voters to submit completed ballots in person to local USDA Service Centers, and mail ballots must be postmarked no later than today.

  • Ag report: Jan. 10, 2014

    Shelby farm honored

    again for its corn crop

    Kevin and Kathy Smith once again this year are being honored for having an outstanding corn crop.

    The Smiths, who operate Dusty Feather Farms on Figgs Store Road in southern Shelby County, were notified recently that they were being honored by the National Corn Growers Association that they were winners for District 4 in Kentucky.

    They will travel to Bowling Green next week to accept their rewards during the Kentucky Commodities Classic.