Jeff Casada, County Extension Agent for Ag/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.

Soil Testing Cost Share

The Clay County Conservation District is cost-sharing with Clay County producers for the next year on soil samples.  A soil sample is $7.00 and with the 50% cost share, it will only cost the producer $3.50.  This is open to all Clay Countians, but there is a limit of 10 soil samples per household/address.  The cost share period begins on March 1, 2017 and ends on February 28, 2018.


(For more information on each program: See Upcoming Programs to the top left, click the links below or call 598-2789.)

  • Produce Best Practices Training - Thursday, January 18th from 1-3 pm at the Clay County Extension Office.  The Clay County Extension Service will offer the new KY Produce Best Practices Training.  This program teaches produce growers about food safety.  It is designed to address food contamination issues between the farm and the consumer.  Farmers offering samples at farmers’ markets or intending to sell in the farm to school program will need a certificate of completion of the KY Produce Best Practices training.  It will replace the current GAP certificates that many farms hold.  If a farm is GAP certified and already has a sampling certificate from KDA they will not have to complete KY Produce Best Practices Training until their current GAP expires.  There is no cost for the training and it will last about 2 hours.  Please call 598-2789 to register.
  • Eastern Kentucky Beekeeping School - Saturday, January 20, 2018 - 9 am - Hazard Community & Technical College - Dr. John Skinner, University of Tennessee Entomology "Swarms".  Some classes will be offered twice.  The Beginning BeeKeeping Track will be run all day, 4 different classes.  There will also be be vendors at the school and lots of door prizes will be given away.  Registration fee is $20 by January 12th or $25 at the door (includes morning refreshments & lunch).  Special discounts for families & school age children. FLYER      REGISTRATION FORM
  • Marketing Locally Grown Meat Workshop - Tuesday, January 23rd - 9 am til 4 pm - registration begins at 8:30 am - Morgan County Cooperative Extension Office, 1002 Prestonsburg Street, West Liberty, KY 41472.  Cost - $15 per person, includes lunch and educational materials.  Are you currently engaged in or interested in marketing meat directly to the consumer or to retail stores and restaurants?  This workshop focuses on the information you need to consider when selling meat, such as the regulations, marketing issues, and customer demands.  To register, email or call Kati Bowman with KCARD at or at 859-550-3972.
  • Sorghum Producer’s Short Course will be on January 29th at 1 pm at the Robinson Center Auditorium in Jackson, KY.  Pesticide CEU will be available. FLYER
  • Beef Quality and Care Assurance Training - Tuesday, January 30th at the EXCEL building at 6:00 pm.  This is a required meeting for producers that are purchasing bulls or heifers through the County Agriculture Investment Program (CAIP) that do not already have a BQA number that is still active.  There is a $5 cost for administration of the database for the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association.
  • Homemade Bread Workshop will be on February 12th at 6 pm at the Robinson Center Auditorium in Jackson, KY. FLYER
  • Baking Academy will be on February 17th from 9 am - 3 pm at the Robinson Center Auditorium in Jackson, KY.  FLYER
  • Planning for Profit will be at 6:30 pm at the Annville Baptist Church, 126 Church Street, Annville, Kentucky 40402.  “Planning for the Next Generation of Landowners will be on February 19th.  “Can I Afford This?” will be on February 26th.  “Minimizing the Tax Burden, Maximizing Tax Benefits” will be on March 5th.  For more information call the Clay County Extension Office at 606-598-2789, Jackson County Extension Office at 606-287-7693 or Laurel County Extension Office at 606-864-4167.
  • Homebased Microprocessor Workshop - March 2nd from 9:30 am - 3:00 pm at the Clay County Extension OfficeFLYER

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.

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

Poultry Website

Ag Magazine

Kentucky Fruit Facts

How to Take Soil Test Samples  YouTube Instructional Video

Goat Research & Education

Home Vegetable Gardening in Kentucky

Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources