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20- November 28, 2013 Your Hometown Newspaper News Outlook A Kentucky initiative to identify farm products produced by veterans will become a national brand, ,Koatucky Agriculture Com- missioner James Comer an- nounced on Veterans Day at the Frazier History Mu- seum in Louisville. The Farmer Veteran Coalition will administer the Homegrown by He- roes program on the na- ! ,' tiOnal level.' At Monday's !: announcement, the Farm Credit System announced a $250,000 commitment to i" fund the national program. U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, U.S. Reps John Yarmuth and Andy Barr, and Louis- : 'ville Mayor Greg Fischer ' all spoke in support of the program. "From the day we started Homegrown by Heroes, it was my intention to take it national so it can benefit :veterans from every state," ' Commissioner Comer said. 'q'oday, I am pleased to announce that intention is becoming a reality with the help of our generous partners. This is something we in agriculture can do to show our respect and ap- predation for our military veteran farmers across the United States." The Farmer Veteran Coalition, based in Davis, Calif., helps veterans de- velop careers in agriculture through collaborations of the agricultural and mili- tary communities. 'q'he veterans we work with have served their country twice -- once by defending it, and now by feeding it," said Michael O'Gorman, executive direc- tor of the Farmer Veteran Coalition. ' rhen Kentucky became the first state to honor them for that service in the marketplace, we were anxious to see every farmer veteran in America get that same recognition." "Many of the men and women who serve proudly in our military come from America's rural areas and small towns," said Everett M. Dobrinski, board chair- man for CoBank and di- rector for the Farm Credit Council board. "The Farm Credit System has a mis- sion to serve rural America. By supporting the expan- sion of the Homegrown by Heroes effort, we hope to increase economic oppor- tunity for those veterans who choose to return to ag- riculture and, in doing so, help our rural communities thrive." Farm Credit's contribu- tion to the Farmer Veteran Coalition's Homegrown by Heroes program was made possible by the gen- erous support of Agribank of St. Paul, Minn.; AgFirst of Columbia, S.C.; CoBank of Denver, Colo.; and Farm Credit Bank of Texas, based in Austin. "I have the honor today to be the proudest Ken- tucky Proud farmer," said farmer/veteran Michael Lewis of Berea, director of Growing Warriors, which helps veterans get started in farming. Kentucky Department of Agrictflture has, and will continue to, create opportunities for family farmers in Kentucky. Now, with this partnership, that opportunity is going to cross borders and create economic opportunities for farmer/veterans in other states, and for that, I am ex- ceedingly grateful." Commissioner Comer launched Homegrown by Heroes in January as a brand that identifies agri- cultural products produced by Kentucky military veter- ans, providing an incentive for consumers to buy those products and for retailers to stock them on their store shelves. "I've never seen anybody clean up a mess and get on offense and come up with new and effective things to do faster than Commission- er Comer," Sen. McConnell Bath County High School sophomore Sarah Price is one of the stateVs top girlsv high school bas- ketball players. Price is ranked among the stateTs top players on Rick Bolusw High Potential Basketball Recruiting Servicers Ken- tuckyms Top Rising Pros- pects list for the 2013-14 season. Price was named Honor- able Mention All-State by the Courier-Journal at the conclusion of her freshman campaign. She averaged 14.8 points and 11.4 re- bounds per game for Bath County during the 2012-13 season. Price shot 47.1 per- cent from the field and also fared well at the free throw line, shooting 72.8 percent from the charity stripe dur- ing her freshman season. said. "I'm here basically to salute you, Commissioner, for the great job that you are doing and thank all of our veterans, particularly those who are going into agricul- re, for all you do." "With this partnership, we are ensuring that Home- grown by Heroes extends beyond the borders of Ken- tucky and beyond my time as agriculture commission- er," Comer said. "Farmer/ veterans from Maine to California, and from this day forward, will be able to use this brand to tell con- sumers that someone who served in defense of our country made that product. And consumers can say ffhank you for your service' by buying that product and helping that veteran make a living on the farm." Winds blowing straightavid smallmouth angler from rig them hook exposed on a from Santa Claus' abode at the Park Hills who fishes Laurel 1/4-otmce ball head. I rarely di- North Pole rocketed across River Lake as often as pos- vert from a 1/.ounce head in Kentucky this past week, sible. 'The deeper the creek falL" bringing with them the start is; the better the fishing." Tais comb'marion works ex- of reservoir smalimouth bass Smallmouth bass follow the tremely well on Laurel River fishing season, baitfish into the major creek Lake, a notoriously tough "From now into late winter, arms on these lakes.The point lake to fish. 'Taurel has a tie- if you can stand it, is the best time of year to catch trophy srnallmouth bass," said John ' Williams, southeastern fish- eries district biologist for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. "Ihe whole cold water period of the year is the most productive time for large smallmouths." Water temperatures at I.ake Cumberland, Dale Hollow Lake and Laurel River Lake are getting perfect for bring- iug smaUmouth into the range of anglers lures, "When the water tempera- tures drop to 60 degrees, the where the creek ann meets the main lake is a good place to start looking for the small- mouths at this time of year. The secondary points leading up into the creek should be next on the list Ortwe'm, the co-owner of a company that manufactures lights for night fishing from boats, likes smaller grubs and swimbalts for hte fall and win- ter smallmouth bass. Ortwein searches for balls of baltfish such as alewives or shad on his elecWonic sonar unit be- fore he fishes an are 'The 3-inch pearl Slider mendous population of tiophy smallmouth bass," said W]J- liams, who oversees the fish- eries management at Laurel River, Cumberland and Dale Hollow lakes, 'They can be hit or miss on Laurel. The small- mouth bass are there, even if you don't catch therrL" OrtweJn caught sk small- mouth bass yesterday on Laurel River Lake, the days after the nastiest cold front swimbalt rigged hook ex- posed on #pound test fluo- rocarbon line to boat two smallmouth bass longer than 2(Vmches on a raw, tough day by counting his lure down to the fish. Charlie Brewer, the origina- tor of Slider fishing, believed in probing the water column dS'anply counting down to the active fish zone. After casting your lure off a point in a deep smallmouth reservoir like Laurel or Cumberland, slowly count as the offering sinks. Reel in the Slider grub or swimbait in a straight line af- ter counfug down to 12, for example. Count down deeper since last winter hit Kentucl .. on successive casts until you The air tempem was 18 feel pecks or nips on your lure baltfish start m inp the gruB'i the best smalImbuth .... snow. .... :: creel , 'makiSe i( x n -,bass-bait,there is," he said. "I Yet, he,used a3iii peatl degrees atdaybreakThefish- from small bass or baitfish ingline froze in his rod guides, during the retrieve. Probe alit- Frost flew from his reel like tie deeper on the next cast and find the smallmouths lurking under the baitflslx i'i' is This method works just as well for someone who doesn't own a boat. If you can walk to a point that slopes into deep water on these lakes, you can catch trophy smallmouths by counting down your 3-'inch pearl swimbait or black 3-'inch grub to find the activity zone and the sma)lmouth bass. For those who just want to catch fish, p' J g large crap- pie minnows or mediums' - t shiners into main lake pockets on Lake Cumberland, Dale Hollow or Laurel River lakes is incredible fun. Using medi- um or medium-light spinning gear, fie on a size 1/0 Octopus style hook to 6- or £ fluorocarbon line. Pinch on one or two BBsized split shot sinkers (the non-removable kind work best) 18- to 24-inch- es above the hook Hook the shiner through both lips starting from the bot- tom one. Rig a large crappie minnow through the tail Gen- fly cast this presentation to the main lake pocket or point and let it slowly sink toward bot- torrL Rhythmically retrieve the offering once it touches down until the line jumps, goes slack or moves off to one side. Take a few deep breaths, reel in the slack line and set the hook Hve bait produces more fro- phy smallmouth bass than anything else in fall and winter. Kentuckians are lucl . Our state is the home of the all4ackle, world record small- mouth bass, an 11 -pound, 15ounce beast caught from the Kentucky portion of Dale Hollow Lake in the summer of 1955. Dale Hollow, Cumber- land and Laurel River lakes hold some of the biggest spec- imens of smallmouth bass on Earth. 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