Ag report: June 21, 2013

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By The Staff

State fair entry

deadlines coming up

The general entry deadline for all categories of the 2013 Kentucky State Fair competitions is July 1, and all entries must be postmarked by this date.

All entries can be made online now by visiting www.kystatefair.org and filling out the online entry form. Forms are also available as a PDF and can be mailed once completed. Late general entries will be accepted, with an additional fee, until July 10.

The entry deadline for Open and 4-H/FFA Youth Livestock as well as Pigeon and Poultry is July 10. Rabbit applications are due July 18. Late entries for open livestock, with an additional fee, are due July 25. Extra late open livestock, with an additional fee, are due Aug. 5.

The Kentucky State Fair Premium Book has information about rules, prizes and drop-off deadlines specific to individual categories, as some entries are judged before the fair. It can be found at http://www.kystatefair.org/entries/premiumBook.aspx or can be mailed upon request by contacting the entry department at kfecentry@ksfb.ky.gov or (502) 367-5190.

The 109th Kentucky State Fair is Aug. 15-25.  For more information visit http://www.kystatefair.org.


USDA awards 2 agribusiness grants

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced in May that two Kentucky agribusinesses, Fairplay Meat Processing and Kentucky Specialty Grains, were awarded USDA Value Added Producer Grants.

"This support will benefit rural businesses and the communities where the recipients are located," Vilsack said in a release. "These awards also will advance USDA's goals to develop a bio-based economy and support local and regional food systems."

VAPG grants may be used to fund business and marketing plans and feasibility studies or to acquire working capital to operate a value-added business venture or alliance.  The grants help agricultural producers increase their income by expanding marketing opportunities, creating new products or developing new uses for existing products.

"KCARD worked with both of the recipients on their plans for their businesses and their strategy for seeking this competitive federal grant. These two businesses started early on the process and were able to demonstrate what a great investment they were for USDA. These grant funds will help these businesses grow and create economic growth in the rural communities where these producers are located," said Aleta Botts, executive Director of the Kentucky Center for Agriculture and Rural Development.

Fairplay Meat Processing in Columbia was awarded grant funds to assist with the costs associated with the expansion of their value-added line of pork products. Kentucky Specialty Grains, a producer-owned corporation, has licensed new lines of summer flowering chia, the product of ground-breaking plant breeding. KSG was awarded grant funds to conduct a feasibility study of a producer-owned chia-processing venture by evaluating the market potential for chia end-products when compared to the market for raw seed.

Top horse shows on Web

The road to the Alltech National Horse Show is in full gear, and viewers will have a chance to watch the competition live and on-demand. Starting July 24 viewers will have a chance to watch top riders compete at the Kentucky Summer Classic Series live or on-demand on ShowNet.biz.

Equine enthusiasts will be able to go online to watch complete live and on-demand coverage of both weeks, including:

  • Kentucky Summer Classic Series, July 24-28, featuring the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic and the $50,000 Rood and Riddle Kentucky Grand Prix.
  • Kentucky Summer Classic Series, July 31-Aug. 4, featuring the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic and the $50,000 Kentucky Summer Grand Prix.

For most riders, the North American show circuit culminates at the Alltech National Horse Show, where the top-performing equestrians of the year will face off inside the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park from Oct. 29 through Nov. 3.

All shows will be produced and delivered to viewers via the ShowNet cameras. ShowNet offers live results and individual video clips of each ring at these shows. Please visit the ShowNet website at www.shownet.bizto open your account.


Trail building class

The Kentucky Horse Council is inviting anyone interested in building sustainable trails to a 1-day Trail Building Class on Aug. 24. This class is open to all non-motorized trail user groups, tourism and travel individuals, and anyone interested in building or maintaining non-motorized trails in their communities. The trail topics to be discussed will not be unique to horse trails, but are applicable for any type of non-motorized trail.

The location of the class will be determined by the location of interested participants.

No trail building experience is necessary. The class is limited to 15 individuals. Registration prices are $45 for participants with a discounted rate of $40 for Kentucky Horse Council members. Registration fees include all materials and lunch.

To be considered for the class, individuals must complete an online "Interest Form" at www.kentuckyhorse.org/trailbuildclass, to allow KHC to determine the best class location.  This form must be completed by July 19. 

Questions should be directed to Ginny Grulke at 859-533-7002 or director@kentuckyhorse.org.


Bulletin board

  • The annual Farm to Table Dinner will be at 6 p.m. Sunday at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood. Musical entertainment will be by Dozens of Dollars. Tickets are $90 for Yew Dell/Sow Food members and $110 for nonmembers. For more information, visit www.yewdellgardens.orgor call 502-241-4788.
  • §  The Shelby County Fair will be today through Saturday at the Shelby County Fairgrounds on Midland Trail in Shelbyville.
  • The Kentucky Center for Agriculture and Rural Development and UK Cooperative Extension agents are seeking in put from the public for a feasibility study they are conducting about the potential for constructing an all-species meat processing facility in Campbellsburg. If you are willing to share your input regarding the need for a local all-species meat processing facility, please complete the online survey found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/82Z3SQBor call Shelby County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources Corinne Belton at 502-633-4593.
  • The Spencer County horse show will resume at 6 p.m. on July 6, Aug. 3, Sept. 7 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.
  • The Shelby County Farmers' Market is open from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays through October at the Shelby County Fairgrounds’ Coots Barn at 1513 Midland trail. For more information, you can find and like the market organizers on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Shelby-County-Kentucky-Farmers-Market/173755406108757?fref=ts.
  • Shelby County 4-H Camp Enrollment forms are available at the extension office or printed from http://ces.ca.uky.edu/shelby. Camp Dates will be July 9-12. Space will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. For more information, call 633-4593.
  • The 110th annual World’s Championship Horse Show will be Aug. 18-24 at Freedom Hall in Louisville. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. June 24. Prices range from $14 to 425, based on the date and the session.

The Kentucky Ag Report is compiled weekly from news releases distributed by Keeton Communications, the Kentucky Press News Service.