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.)

June 17th - Clay County Community Farmer's Market Opening Day - Manchester B School - 9 am - 1 pm

August 9th - Pest Control Training - 10 am-2 pm - EXCEL - FLYER

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.

UK Robinson Forest Open for First Field Day

(Click link above for more information)

The Governor’s Office for Agriculture Policy has funded the SOAR Small Production Loan Fund for a second round.  These are loans up to $7,500 repayable over 5 years at 1% interest with year one, interest only.  This is just the right amount of cash to get a small producer to the next level. You can call Jeff at 598-2789 for more information on SOAR.

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