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.

The Clay County Soil Conservation District Will Be Sponsoring a 50/50 Cost Share Heirloom Apple Tree Project for October 2018

           Apple Trees will be offered in packages of 5 with varieties chosen for this area. Each package will include a yellow or red June apple plus 4 trees that ripen in succession throughout the season.  Limit 2 packages per household.  Cost per 5 tree package before cost share is $80, after cost share $40.  Delivery of trees will be in around the first of November 2018.   A Clay County Cooperative Extension Service Class for planting and care will be November 8th at 12:00 noon at the Soil Conservation District site in East Manchester.

          Signups will be taken at the Conservation District Office starting October 1, 2018.  Quantities are limited and some other restrictions may apply. Call the Clay County Soil Conservation District Office at (606) 598-5132 for more information; or, visit the Conservation District Office at 102 Richmond Road, Ste. 204, Manchester, KY 40962 to apply.


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

  • October 8th is the deadline to participate in the Bred Heifer & Cow Sale on November 3rd at 2:00 pm at Laurel County Cattlemen Sale Facilities at 3610 Slate Lick Church Rd, London, Kentucky.  FLYER

  • There will be a BQCA (Beef Quality and Care Assurance) Training on Tuesday, October 9th at 1:00 pm at the EXCEL building.  Please call 598-2789 to register.  This program is CAIP approved for those participating in the CAIP program and are needing their educational training.

  • Bull Value Assessment Program - October 11th & 18th at 6:00 pm at the Madison County Extension Office.

  • The next Beekeeping Workshop will be Saturday, October 20th at 9:00 am at the EXCEL building.  Beginner session at 9 am – topics include: How Bees Communicate, Role of the Drone, Queen & Worker, How do Bees Make Honey, Wild Bees! And How to Set-up a Bee Hive.  Intermediate session at 12 pm – topics include: Conduct Hive Inspections, Pulling of any Remaining Honey Supers, Varroa Mite Treatment, Hive Beetle & Wax Moth Management and Feeding of Bees.  Beginner sessions are inside in a classroom environment.  Intermediate is outside and hands-on at a bee farm conveniently located near the morning session.  Beginners will learn terms, concepts and overall beekeeping knowledge.  Beginners may want to attend the afternoon session as well, but they will need protective clothing.  Intermediate beekeepers have existing colonies, at least a year of experience and need to bring their own protective clothing and tools to the workshop.  Lunch will be provided!  For more information and to register, so that we have enough food for everyone, please call Jeff at 598-2789 or Joel Gonia at 502-235-0727.  FLYER

  • Cindy Rice, with the Socially Disadvantaged Groups Grant, will be at the Clay County Extension Office on October 23rd between 12:30-4:00 pm. She will assist female and minority producers/farmers in application completion and conservation programs and practices. Applications assisting with may include NRCS, FSA, RD, Small Farm Grant, association funding and possible CAIP. There will be information on opportunities such as hemp production, conferences and fields days along with handouts from the Socially Disadvantages Groups Workshops. The SDG program is focused on female and minority farmers. Call the Extension Office at 598-2789 to register or for more information.

  • KY Beef Conference will be October 24th in Lexington at the Fayette County Extension Office. Registration is $10.00 and begins at 9:00 am. Call our office at 598-2789 for more information.  FLYER  PROGRAM OUTLINE

  • 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