Farm Briefs for March 30

March 30, 2004

Ag board awards money to Mercer, Lincoln

The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board, chaired by Gov. Ernie Fletcher, approved funding for projects across the state March 19. Mercer County received $40,000 for fencing improvement and $20,000 for goat diversification. Lincoln County received $21,000 for forage improvement.

Angus field day set for May 8

The 2004 Kentucky Angus Association field day will be held at 2 p.m. May 8 at Cliffside Farms on Chenault Bridge Road.

Briggs and Beth Cunningham, owners of Cliffside Farms, will host the field day with activities for Angus enthusiasts of all ages.


Topics such as freeze branding, synchronization, and using and understanding ultrasound technology will be discussed. The Central Kentucky Junior Angus Association plans activities for youths. A tour of the farm and an evening meal will conclude the activities.

"We hope to make this an educational and enjoyable day for everyone who can attend," said Beth Cunningham.

For more information, call the Cunninghams at (859) 792-4618 or visit

Home and Garden Show starts Thursday

The 29th annual Central Kentucky Home and Garden Show will be held Thursday through Sunday at Lexington Center in Lexington. The show will include some 600 booths covering 150,000 square feet and features everything from indoor air quality products and bathroom fixtures to log cabins and home improvement seminars.

Auctions on Friday, Saturday and Sunday will benefit the University of Kentucky Children's Hospital. Over the past nine years, the auctions have generated more than $300,000 for the hospital.

Admission is $7.50 for adults and free for children under 14.

Kentucky Bred offers incentives to youths

FRANKFORT - State Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer announced development of the new "Kentucky Bred" program.

The program will provide additional premiums and awards to youths who show animals at Kentucky Department of Agriculture-sponsored youth livestock shows, that they have raised themselves or have purchased from a Kentucky breeder.

"Establishing this program will add value and increase demand for show animals from Kentucky farmers," Farmer said. "Kentucky youths purchase thousands of lambs, goats, pigs, steers and heifers for shows each year. Kentucky Bred encourages youth to buy in state and adds to the vitality of the state's agriculture economy."

To be eligible for the program, exhibitors must complete a verification form with signatures from the exhibitor, breeder, and 4-H agent or vocational agriculture teacher and turn it in to the Kentucky Department of Agriculture by June 10.

Verification forms are available on the Department of Agriculture's Web site,

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