Beef quality assurance certification class set for April 21

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By Tim Hendrick

Producers who will need to be Beef Quality Assured in order to sell beef at certain sales and to meet the requirements for some of the Phase 1 cost-share programs will need to attend the training on Thurs-day, April 21, at 7 p.m. at the Carroll County Extension Office.

We will be having a chute side training that evening. Please park on the back side of the office in the gravel lot. Enter the parking area at the four-way stop by the veterinary clinic. There will be a basket class going on in the meeting room and we will meet on the porch. If it is raining, we will go to the 4-H livestock barn inside the fairgrounds. There is a $5 fee for the paperwork associated with the certificate. Have the exact change or a check made out to the Kentucky Beef Network.

2011 burley contracts 

mixed for growers

The 2011 tobacco contracts are out. That’s good news for some growers and bad news for others.
As U.S. tobacco consumption continues to drop and export demand remains stagnant, tobacco companies cut some burley growers’ contracts this year. Some growers, however, received contract increases this year.

“World burley supplies remain relatively high compared to demand, but high quality stocks are probably fairly tight following the disastrous 2010 U.S. burley crop, along with subpar quality crops in 2007 and 2008. Thus, some companies may have boosted contracts of their higher quality growers to replenish depleted inventories,” said Will Snell, agricultural economist at the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture.

He speculated another potential reason for some contract increases is that companies may be using more U.S. burley in their cigarette blends and less imported tobacco. Also excess U.S. burley production enables additional supplies to move at lower prices through non-contract market outlets.

Tobacco contracts in 2010 also varied greatly, but probably had an overall decrease of 20 to 30 percent, with some growers’ contracts not being renewed. 

While some growers’ contracts increased this year, it doesn’t mean the demand for U.S. burley is returning.
Snell said anticipated regulations from the Food and Drug Administration and international community may not be favorable to U.S. burley. Additionally, international growers plan to increase burley production despite declining demand, and U.S. cigarette sales will continue to decline.

“The hope for U.S. burley growers is that the value of the dollar continues to be relatively low and new marketing opportunities such as China evolve,” Snell said.

No-till drills for lease

The Carroll County Conservation District no-till drills that used to be at States Rental are now based at the Conservation District Office. Contact the district at (502) 732-6098 or (502) 732-0070 between the hours of 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday for leasing information.

4-H camp

Carroll County will be going to 4-H Camp July 18-21 this year. Cartmell 4-Hers should have brought home a flyer in their Monday folders this week about camp.

The camp fee this year is $165, which must be paid in full before the child leaves for camp. I have been telling the kids that we will work with parents if they need to pay in installments for camp. Your space is not held unless you have paid for camp. Applications are currently available at the Extension Office which is located at 500 Floyd Drive. We are by the fairgrounds behind Walmart and Kroger.

Tim Hendrick is the Carroll County Extension agent for agriculture and natural resources. Call him at (502) 732-7030 or send e-mail to thendrick@uky.edu.