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

Clay County Community Farmers’ Market is open each Saturday from 9 am to 1:00 pm at the EXCEL Building.  Come and buy fresh produce, jams, jellies, baked goods and crafts.

►Clay County Beekeepers Association will meet Thursday, August 29th at the EXCEL Building at 6:00 pm. The program will be a panel discussion on what is currently happening in the hive. Please register on Beekeeping Facebook page - Clay County Kentucky Beekeepers Association.

►The Fall 2019 KY Grazing School will be September 10th and 11th in Woodford County.  Cost is $50.00. There are limited spots available so please call the Extension Office for more information on how to register.

Clay County Cattlemen’s Association fall meeting will be on Thursday evening, September 19, 2019 at 6:00 pm at the EXCEL Building.  Mr. Doug Wilson, from the Natural Resources and Conservation Service, will be with us to discuss help offered to cattle producers.  Wayne, Jody and the gang are frying fish for the group.  So PLEASE CALL the Extension Office at 598-2789 by Tuesday the 17th to register so we make sure that we fry enough fish for everyone.

►The Clay County Beekeepers Association will have their next meeting on Thursday, September 26th at 6:00 pm at the EXCEL Building.  They will elect officers and prepare for the 2020 honey season.

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.


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! 


 2017-2018 Kentucky Agricultural Economic Situation and Outlook - University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment

The Beef IRM now has a facebook page.   Jeff encourages all  beef producers to visit and like the page.   KY Beef IRM-



Clay County Community Farmers Market -

Kentucky Department of Agriculture

Kentucky Department of Agriculture - Honeybees

Beginning Beekeeping for Kentuckians

Kentucky State Beekeepers Association Website

Kentucky Pest News - Carpenter Bees - Thwart Ticks

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