Jeff Casada, Extension Agent for Agriculture/Natural ResourcesJeffrey H. Casada

County Extension Agent for Agricultural/Natural Resources

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Agriculture and Natural Resources: The Agriculture and Natural Resources program provides non-formal education in the areas of agricultural production, homeowner plantings, and natural resource utilization. Specific programs include information on food production, farm business management, marketing and processing agricultural products, natural resource management and home lawn and garden information. We address issues dealing with environmental stewardship, the rural-urban interface, and value-added enterprises.


(Also, see Upcoming Programs at the top of the page, click the links below or call 598-2789 for more information.)

  • Ag Development Council Meeting - Tuesday, December 11th at 6:00 pm.  We will look at shared use equipment needs for the county.

  • Beekeeping Workshop - Saturday, December 15th at 9:00 am at the EXCEL building.  Lunch will be provided.  Please call 598-2789 to register, so that we will have enough food.  FREE & open to the public.  FLYER

  • 2019 KY Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Meeting will be January 7th & 8th at the Embassy Suites in Lexington, KY.  A $40 per person preregistration allows entrance into all conference educational meeting sessions.  Advanced registration must be received by Friday, December 14th.  Registration at the site is $60.00To register online go to: or you can call the Extension Office at 598-2789 for a registration form, a list of educational sessions and other events such as wine tasting and exhibitor/grower luncheons for Monday and Tuesday.

  • Eastern Kentucky Beekeeping School - will be Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 9:00 am at Perry County Central High School, 305 Park Avenue, Hazard, KY 41701.  Registration begins at 8 am.  Registrations fee: $20 by January 11th or $25 at the door (includes morning refreshments & lunch).  Special discounts for families & school age children.  FLYER    REGISTRATION FORM

  • Bull Value Assessment Program - Session 1 will be on February 5th at 6:00 pm ET at Annville Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.  Topics include: Understanding & Utilizing, Expected Progeny Differences, Matching Genetics to Your Management & Environment, Bull Creeding Soundness Exams, Proper Bull Nutrition & Health Programs, Tools for Selection, Selection Decisions for Different Marketing Options.  Session 2 will be on February 12th at 6:00 pm ET at the Wilderness Trail Area Marketing Alliance Facility.  Topics include: Mock Auction and Evaluating Bull Purchases.  You MUST attend both sessions.  Pre-registration is required and space is limited to 50 individuals.  To register, please call 598-2789.  No cost to attend.  FLYER

  • Kentucky State University Small-Scale Farm Grant Program - applications are available online at or you can request an application from Joni Nelson via email at

         Small Farm Grant Brochure

         2018 Small Farm Grant Application

         2018 Small Farm Grant Farmer Education Application

The Clay County Community Farmers Market is hiring!

We have a job opening for a market manager. The manager will be responsible for the daily activities of the market, social media marketing, community development, planning special market days, Kentucky Double Dollars Program, have a passion for the community and local agriculture. This is a part time seasonal position. Please share this with anyone you know who might be interested. We hope to have someone hired to begin work by the first week of July. Those interested may contact Melissa Wyatt at or (270)300-4036, Jim Cornett at (606)598-8407, Maggie Bowling at  or (606)391-8446  or Jeff Casada at or (606)598-2789.

JOB DESCRIPTION - click here!!!

2017-2018 Kentucky Agricultural Economic Situation and Outlook - University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment

Mike Hooker - Shared Use Equipment Caretaker

598-4485 Home   681-9111 Cell

Equipment rental is $25/day for all pieces of equipment. The shared-use equipment is located at Mike’s place on Sacker, in the Burning Springs Community.  Call Mike to check on availability and to rent.

Equipment includes: Vegetable Transplanter with Mulch Layer & Lifter, Headgate Squeeze Chute/Scales, Post Driver, 6 Ton Lime Spreader,  Bale Wrapper, Pasture Aerator, Pasture Pleaser-Pasture Renovator/Tye Drill, 185 Manure Spreader, 145 Manure Spreader, 2 & 4 Row Corn Planter, Low Profile Sprayer, Weed Wipe, Corn Sheller, Chain Drag Harrow and No Till Drill.  WE NOW HAVE A 6'10" X 18' LOWBOY TRAILER TO HAUL THE VEGETABLE TRANSPLANTER WITH MULCH LAYER& LIFTER.

The Shared Use Equipment Program is supported by the Clay County Agriculture Development Council, Clay County Farm Bureau and the Clay County Conservation District.


Clay County Community Farmers Market

The Southeast Kentucky Beekeepers meet at the Laurel County Extension Office on the 3rd Thursday of each month from March through October.  Meetings begin with a potluck dinner at 6 pm, so please bring a covered dish to share.  Whether you're an experienced beekeeper or just starting out, everyone is welcome!              


The Beef IRM now has a facebook page.   Jeff encourages all  beef producers to visit and like the page.   KY Beef IRM-



Kentucky Department of Agriculture

Kentucky Department of Agriculture - Honeybees

Beginning Beekeeping for Kentuckians

Kentucky State Beekeepers Association Website

Carpenter Bees


Poultry Website

Ag Magazine

Kentucky Fruit Facts

How to Take Soil Test Samples  YouTube Instructional Video

Department of Animal & Food Sciences

Home Vegetable Gardening in Kentucky

Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources