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Ag Report: Sept. 23, 2011

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By The Staff

Bitzer’s cow recognized
by Gelbvieh organization

Tyler Bitzer of Shelbyville recently was recognized by the American Gelbvieh Association as being the owner of a cow that has exhibited the consistent maternal efficiency of the breed. The AGA designated his cow as a Dam of Merit and Dam of Distinction.
Maternal productivity plays a major role in profitable beef production, because about 60 percent of the cost of a pound of beef can be attributed to the herd. Cows consistently delivering healthy, strong calves can influence profit for some owners.
The title Dam of Merit recognizes cows that meet strict selection criteria, including calving intervals and weights of calves. Only 4.4 percent of all Gelbvieh qualify. Dam of Distinction recognizes cow that meet those standards for at least eight calves. Only 1 percent qualify for that level.
CAIP grant application period starts Monday
Phase I of the Shelby County Community Agriculture Investment Program is under way.
Agricultural producers in the county may submit applications for grants between Monday and Oct. 7 through the Shelby County Extension Office.
Tammy Brookshier of the Shelby County Cattlemen and the extension office is coordinator for the program, and she will have those applications at the extension office, which is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at 1117 Frankfort Road in Shelbyville.
CAIP is designed to provide farmers incentive to diversify and improve their production. It combines what were previously known as county model cost-share programs into one, where each model program becomes an investment area.
CAIP covers 11 such investment areas, including commercial production of aquaculture, bees and honey, equine, forage, fruit; livestock, mushrooms, ornamental horticulture, poultry, rabbits, timber and vegetables, as well as agritourism business development, commercial kitchen construction or conversion, energy efficiency/production and on-farm water enhancement.
For more information, contact Brookshier at 633-4593 or tammy.brookshier@uky.edu.
Waddy residents in national event
Waddy residents Rachel White and Evelyn Bauer have entered competition at the North American International Livestock Exposition, which will be Nov. 5-18 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville.
White has entered four categories: junior Brown Swiss, Jr. Milking, Shorthorn and dairy goat. Bauer will compete in two Brown Swiss areas of the dairy cattle competition.
The show will have more than 23,000 entries in numerous categories.
For more information, visit www.livestockexpo.org.
FSA guaranteed loan limit increases
The Farm Service Agency’s lending limit for guaranteed  loans will be increased to $1.214 million effective Oct. 1. The lending limit increases every year according to an inflation index. The maximum combined guaranteed and direct farm loan indebtedness will also be increased to $1,514,000.
For more information about this, please contact the FSA office on Howard Drive in Shelbyville.
Agritourism month in Kentucky
September is Agritourism Month in Kentucky, one of the busiest times of the year for the more than 350 farm operators registered in the state’s agritourism program. To learn more about Kentucky’s Agritourism industry or to find great farm markets and events in your area visit www.kentuckyfarmsarefun.com or http://kyfb.com/roadside.
Finalists for state’s top farmer
Kentucky Farm Bureau has named its finalists for farmer of the year, which recognizes an individual whose efforts not only strengthen the state’s agriculture industry but also demonstrate service and leadership on and off the farm. Those who have made the cut are Jere Cannon of Fleming County, Craig Roberts of Caldwell County and Jim Sidebottom of Green County. Doug Langley of Shelby County won in 2009.
FSA milk program changes
There are changes this month for producers who participate in the milk-income loss program administered by the Farm Service Agency. Participants must make changes to their production start on or before the 14th of the month before the month originally selected by the dairy operation as their MILC production start month and newly-selected MILC production start month for the dairy operation.
Changes must be made in advance of payment rates being known by the public for both the original production start month that the dairy operation is changing from and the production start month to which the dairy operation is changing.
For more information, contact the FSA office on Howard Drive in Shelbyville.
Bulletin board
The Shelby County Farmers’ Market is open every Saturday, rain or shine, through Oct. 29. The market is located in the Coots Barn at the Shelby County Fairgrounds. Locally produced seasonable vegetables, fruits, herbs, plants, flowers, free range eggs, honey, salsa, baked goods, homemade jams and pickles are available. Also featured are handcrafted wood items, soaps and jewelry. For more information, call Doug at 633-7484.
Taylorsville Farmers’ Market meets 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays until the end of October at the Sanctuary Art Center on Main Street in Taylorsville. Produce, beef, chicken, seedlings, baked and canned goods will be available. Call 502-477-2217 for details.
Jennifer Zingg, an award-winning artist from Frankfort, will conduct a special, fund-raising seminar for students at The Gallery, Shelby Artists on Main. Oct. 29. Zingg will focus on creating art from gourds. Cost will be $75, and Zingg will donate a portion of her fee to the gallery. For more information, call  633-7372 or E-mail Lipoart@aol.com.

The Kentucky Ag Report is compiled weekly from news releases distributed by Keeton Communications and other sources.