Will Bowling County Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources

Will Bowling

County Extension Agent for Agricultural/Natural Resources

Email to: will.bowling2@uky.edu 

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.



Apple Tree Cost-Share Program

The Clay County Soil Conservation District is sponsoring an apple tree cost-share program. Participants will receive a package of heirloom apple seedlings. All of these varieties should do well in our climate, and the ripening dates are spread through the season so you can have fresh apples coming in from early summer through late summer. This is a cost-share, and the Conservation District is planning to pay 50% of the full price, with the participant paying the other 50%. The trees will ship in fall 2022 and will be available for pickup in Manchester. Supplies are limited, so if you’re interested please call the Soil Conservation District office at 598-5132.

July 12th - Preparing for Climate Change

July 20th - Adaptation Planning & Practices (In-person)

Adaptation Planning and Practices for Kentucky Forests is a 2-part series for foresters, landowners, Natural Resource professionals & educators and county agents. For more information, scan the QR code or visit: https://bit.ly/forest-adaptation

  • July 12 – (Virtual): Preparing for Climate Change
  • July 20 –(In-person): Adaptation Planning & Practices Quicksand, Breathitt County

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August 6th - Invasive Species Management Field Day

Invasive Species Management Field Day will be August 6th at St. Ann’s Church on Town Branch Rd from 9AM-12PM. We’ll be covering common invasive species identification, demonstrating different treatment options, and financial resources to assist with management. We’ll be joined by staff from KSU, KDFWR, USFS, and the Ruffed Grouse Society. This field day will take place in the woods, so please dress appropriately. FREE & open to the public. Please call 598-2789 to register or for more information.

August 11: RCARS ResearchTwilight Tours

RCARS Research Twilight Tour Program will be August 11, 2022 at the Robinson Center in Jackson, KY. Registration begins at 6PM. Tour begins at 6:30PM. Tour Options: Forage Cutting Heights, Weed Control in Hayfields, Frost Seeding, Crabgrass, Novell Fescue, Tomato/Cut Flower, Fall Cabbage, Finishing Beef Cattle on a Small Scale, Hemp Trials, Sweet Potato Slip Production and Other Seasonal Option. CAIP Educational Hours Eligible.  FLYER

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3 Tips for Farm Management During Rising Inflation


Managing Legume-Induced Bloat in Cattle

White and red clover in pastures reduces the impact of fescue toxicosis, provides free nitrogen, and improves pasture quality and animal performance. These are huge benefits, but bloat can be a concern. This is a valid concern, but a UK publication describes simple steps that every producer can take to reduce the risk of bloat. It also describes how bloat occurs and the symptoms to watch for. Access this publication at https://bit.ly/managing-bloat or by scanning the QR code below with your phone camera.

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Stay Up-to-Date on Ag Information  

Did you know that several different departments in the UK College of Ag put out weekly or monthly newsletters? This is often one of the best ways to stay up-to-date on Kentucky-specific ag information. Some of these newsletters are found online in a blog format, but you can also directly subscribe to many of these resources to have new editions delivered to your email.  Click the link below or scan the QR code with your smartphone camera to visit the newsletter site.

Some of the ones you might consider include:

Off the Hoof Beef Newsletter

Kentucky Forage News

Kentucky Pest News

Kentucky Hort News

UK Fruit Facts

Center for Crop Diversification Newsletter

Kentucky Maple Syrup E-News

Forestry Department E-News

Corn and Soybean Newsletter

Eonomic and Policy Update

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Many farmers wonder whether outside funding exists to help them expand or improve their operations. There are several “traditional” financing options such as local banks, the Farm Service Agency, and ag cooperatives (such as Farm Credit Mid-America). However, this column focuses on less common funding sources that have been used by Clay County producers. Click here to check out all those sources!

Cane Blight of Brambles

Strategies for Cattle Producers to Reduce Fertilizer Costs

Ways to Minimize Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Damage

Update on Agriculture Exemption Number for Sales Tax Exemption on Farm Purchases

The application deadline for farms with existing Exemption Certificates on file with farm suppliers was January 1, 2022. Applications are still being accepted for existing farms. However, the Kentucky Department of Revenue may not be able to issue an Agriculture Exemption Number for late applications before the current Exemption Certificates expire. That could cause a lapse in sales tax exemption this year. The existing Exemption Certificates are valid through June 30, 2022. Farmers who missed the deadline should apply as soon as possible. 

Farms that do not have existing Exemption Certificates should also apply as soon as possible in order to qualify for the sales tax exemption. 

Kentucky law now requires that farmers apply to the Kentucky Department of Revenue for an Agriculture Exemption Number to qualify for exemption from sales tax on qualified purchases for the farm.



Agricultural Exemption Number

Department of Animal & Food Sciences

Forage News

Kentucky Department of Agriculture

Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources

Kentucky Proud

Poultry Website

Unsolicited Packages of Foreign Seeds