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Agriculture

  • Statewide equine survey reveals horses are billion dollar industry

    The first part of Phase 1 of the annual statewide equine survey is out, and the results are of particular importance to the horse industry, officials say, as the study found that the total of all equine-related sales and income for equine operations in 2011 was about $1.1 billion.

    That total came from sales of all equines, estimated to be $521.1 million, and $491 million in income from services provided, including both breeding and non-breeding services such as training, lessons, boarding, farrier, transportation, purses, incentives, etc.

  • Shelby vineyard harvests grapes for sale

    Shelby County’s return to its wine-making roots was in full vintage on Saturday, when Vegh-Davis Vineyard called in a few friends to help gather about 4.5 acres of traminette grapes at a converted farm on Hempridge Road.

  • Reichert is new horticulture extension agent

    A familiar name and face has a new role in the Shelby County agricultural scene.

    Walt Reichert, former editor of The Sentinel-Newsand faculty member of Jefferson Community & Technical College’s Shelby County campus, is the new horticulture technician at the University of Kentucky’s Shelby County Extension Office. He replaces Corinne Kephart, who recently moved from that job to be the agriculture agent.

  • Shelby's new ag agent not new to field

    Corinne Kephart may be new to the field of county agriculture agent, but she is hardly new in the field.

    You could say, in fact, that Kephart, who was named in April to replace Brett Reese as the oracle for farming in Shelby County, has been out thereall her life, having most recently served as the horticulture agent at the Shelby County Extension office and before that as 4-H agent.

  • 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: Nov. 15, 2013

    Farm-City Week includes

    celebration in Shelby

    Kentucky Farm Bureau joins agricultural organizations across the country to celebrate National Farm-City Week on Nov. 22-28.

    This week has been set aside annually since 1955 to support educational programming that builds interdependence between rural and urban citizens.

  • Ag report: Nov. 8, 2013

    McCoun, Witt nominated for FSA county committee

    The USDA Farm Service in Shelby County is in the process of electing its county committee for the coming year.

    The election, which began Monday, will continue through Dec. 2 at the FSA office on Breighton Boulevard in Shelbyville.

    County committee members serve as links between producers and the USDA and help deliver FSA programs at the local levels. Committees operate under specific guidelines to maintain federal law.

  • Ag report: Nov. 1, 2013

    Master Gardeners to clean up

    botanical garden on Saturday

     

    Volunteers are welcome as the Shelby County Master Gardeners will put the McClure Botanical Gardens to bed for the winter with a worship from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

    The group will add mulch, do some pruning and eliminate weeds in the garden, which is at the front of Clear Creek Park on Burks Branch Road.

  • Ag report: Oct. 25, 2013

    White Ridge Dairy honored in youth livestock competition

    A Shelby County dairy farm was honored Saturday among the state’s top youth livestock exhibitors during the leading youth livestock exhibitors were honored for their efforts during the 2013 show season at the 10th annual Kentucky Proud Points Luncheon in Frankfort.

    White Ridge Dairy in Waddy, owned by the White family, was noted as the top breeder among dairy farms.

  • Ag report: Oct. 18, 2013

    Farm to School art contest draws connections to food

    Kentucky students can learn about the benefits of local food while competing for prizes in the third annual Farm to School Art Contest, which commemorates Farm to School Week starting Monday.

    Contest entries must be mailed by Nov. 15 to Kentucky Farm to School Program coordinator Tina Garland, 107 Corporate Drive, Frankfort, 40601. Winners will be announced at a school food service directors conference in December in Bowling Green.