Kentucky Ag News
Vol. 7 No. 5 • March 4, 2014
Safety on the road is everyone’s job, especially when one of the vehicles involved is a farm implement. That’s the message of the 21st annual Farm Safety Symposium and Louis Crosier Lecture March 7 at the Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, 600 College Street Road, Elizabethtown.
If you have a farm license plate on your vehicle, you can help advance agricultural education in Kentucky and promote Kentucky farm products. All you have to do is give a voluntary $10 donation when you buy or renew your farm plates.
Agriculture Commissioner James Comer dropped by the Kentucky Farm Bureau Beef Expo last weekend to take in the breed shows and sales and say hello to friends old and new. Look for pictures from Commissioner Comer's visit on the Kentucky Department of Agriculture's page on Facebook.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced 76 grants totaling more than $35 million to support research, teaching and Extension activities at 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Colleges and Universities through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).
As a way to help military families bond and reconnect when they return from a
deployment, the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service is hosting
two free military family camps this summer.
With Kentucky still in the grip of winter, many farmer/vendors are already exploring educational opportunities so that they can get certified to offer free samples. Senior Extension associate Miranda Hileman talked about the benefits of sampling on a recent podcast of Kentucky Farm Bureau's "Across Kentucky." (audio)
- Homebased processing and microprocessing workshops
- UK Equine Career and Opportunity Fair
- UK IPM training
- Kentucky Certified Roadside Farm Market Program Spring Education Meeting
- Farm Safety Symposium
- 4th Annual Organic Conference
- Bluegrass Beekeeping School
- "Managing Poo Begins With You" dairy meetings
- Maysville CTC Farm and Family Night
- Mountain Monday Series: Grafting Workshop
- Alltech Farm Innovation Series meeting
- Extension aquaculture/pond management workshop
- W. Norris Duvall Leader in Residence event
- KADF On-Farm Energy Program application deadline
- Appalachian SeedSwap
Kentucky Farm Fact
Appalachia is home to one of the largest tomato producers in Kentucky, the largest high school farm in the state, three members of the Kentucky Proud Farm to Campus Program, the exhibitor of the grand champion steer at the 2013 state fair, the processor for Udderly Kentucky milk, and much more. To find out more about Eastern Kentucky agriculture and Agriculture Commissioner James Comer's plan for the region, go to www.appalachiaproudky.com.