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 to the top left of the page, click the links below or call 598-2789 for more information.)

  • Beekeeping Workshop will be on Saturday, August 25th at 9 am at the EXCEL building beside McDonalds. FREE! Lunch will be provided, but you must call to register.

    Workshops consist of two sessions: Beginner and Intermediate.
    Beginner is INSIDE in a classroom environment located at the EXCEL building, typically 9 AM - 11 AM. Intermediate is OUTSIDE and hands-on at a bee farm conveniently located near the morning session, typically 12 PM - 2 PM. Beginners do not need to purchase any items to attend, they do not need protective clothing or bees. 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 workshops.

    For more information and to register, so that we have enough food for everyone, call Jeff Casada at 606-598-2789 or Joel Gonia at 502 235-0727.

  • Mum Field Day will be on Friday, August 31, 2018 at Maple Crest Farm home of Kevin and Linda Cornett at 12:00 noon.  Steve Berberich, UK Horticulture Specialist, will be with us to talk about all aspects of mum production.  You will also be able to purchase or reserve a mum to pick up later for your fall decorating.  Please call the office at 598-2789 for more information and directions to the farm.  This meeting is CAIP approved.  FLYER
  • BQCA (Beef quality & Care Assurance) - September 11th at 6:00 pm at the EXCEL building beside McDonalds.
  • Small Scale Logging Equipment Demonstration - September 15th from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm at Walt Rybka Farm, 5325 Hwy 519, Morehead 40351. The purpose is to demonstrate timber harvesting equipment, operations, and techniques for woodland owners interested in small scale harvesting methods. Pre-registration is requested. Cost to attend is$5 per adult.  See flyer for more information.  FLYER
  • Bull Value Assessment Program - October 11th & 18th at 6:00 pm at the Madison County Extension Office

  • 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