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.

We are taking orders for Apple and Pear Rootstock at $1.00 each.  Rootstock is not a fruit tree that can be planted.  Rootstock must have scion wood grafted onto it to be a tree.  Call the Extension Office at 598-2789 for more information about grafting and to place your order.

The Clay County Cooperative Extension Service is now taking orders for strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, asparagus and candy onions.  For more information, call our office at 598-2789 or check out the order form in the picture.  Hurry before they're gone!



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

  • 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

  • Tobacco GAP and Producer Best Practice Training will be March 27th at 6:00 pm at the Laurel County Extension Office.  Please call Jeff at 598-2789 for more information.  This program is CAIP approved.
  • Do you grow a garden, produce local crafts, have extra eggs, honey, etc? We would love for you to join us as a Clay County Community Farmer’s Market Vendor! Join us for more information and to help plan the 2018 market season! We are a community farmer’s market, meaning anyone in Clay and surrounding counties are eligible to be a vendor. We are expanding by moving to a different location this season and will have plenty of space for you to set up.  Please help us get the word out by sharing about the meeting.  2018 Farmer’s Market Vendor Meeting will be on March 29th at 6:00 pm at the EXCEL building beside McDonalds in Manchester. FLYER

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

Department of Animal & Food Sciences

Home Vegetable Gardening in Kentucky

Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources