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Agriculture

  • 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.

  • Ag report: Jan. 3, 2014

    Hemp commission report: Dialogue ‘positive,’ ongoing

    The Kentucky Industrial Hemp Commission on Monday discussed ongoing communications with both the U.S. attorney general and the Kentucky attorney general regarding the effort to make Kentucky a leader in industrial hemp production.

  • Ag Report: Dec 27, 2013

    Industrial Hemp Commission to review position on Monday

     

    The state Industrial Hemp Commission, of which Shelby County resident and state Sen. Paul Hornback (R-Shelbyville) is a member, is gathering Monday to review its position about trying to earn federal approval to make industrial hemp legal.

    The group will review its communication with the Department of Justice and hear reports from the office of Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky).

  • Ag report: Dec. 27, 2013

    Industrial Hemp Commission

    to review position on Monday

    The state Industrial Hemp Commission, of which Shelby County resident and state Sen. Paul Hornback (R-Shelbyville) is a member, is gathering Monday to review its position about trying to earn federal approval to make industrial hemp legal.

    The group will review its communication with the Department of Justice and hear reports from the office of Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky).

  • Ag report: Dec. 20, 2013

    FSA offering loans for grain storage

    Farm Service Agency is offering low-interest loans to grain producers to build new or upgrade existing storage facilities and permanent drying and handling equipment.