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.)

The USDA Farm Service Agency is taking applications for the Livestock Forage Program (LFP).

Clay County, KY went into D3 drought status on Oct. 1, 2019, according to the US Drought Monitor. This triggered implementation of LFP.

To be eligible, producers in Clay County must own or lease a farm with a registered Farm Serial Number, owned livestock at least 60 days before October 1st, 2019 and have a 2019 Acreage Report for pasture land on file with the FSA office.  Producers can still file a late crop report. However, there is a $46 late file fee per farm.

Please contact the Barbourville FSA Service Center for more information at (606) 546-3373, ext. 2.

2020 Kentucky Hemp Program Appliacation Period to Open Nov. 15th with New Online Application

FRANKFORT (Sept. 27, 2019) – Kentucky hemp growers and processors may apply for a hemp license from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s (KDA) hemp program for 2020 beginning November 15, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles announced.

“We are constantly looking for ways to improve our hemp program,” Commissioner Quarles said. “We are making significant changes to the application process for the 2020 growing season to make it work better for Kentucky’s growers and processors. 2019 will be a record-breaking year for Kentucky’s hemp program, and we expect continued growth in 2020.”

Among the major application changes in 2020:

  • KDA will accept grower applications from November 15, 2019, to March 15, 2020.
  • KDA will accept processor/handler applications beginning on November 15, 2019.
  • The KDA will host an online application on its hemp webpage,
  • The new online application will include a mapping function.

For those interested in learning more about Kentucky’s hemp program, KDA will host a Kentucky Hemp Summit for growers, processors, and other interested parties on December 4, 2019, at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville.

For more information about KDA’s hemp research pilot program, go to

Attention: BEGINNING FARMERS Have you been a farmer for 0-9 years and would like to expand your knowledge, capabilities and efficiencies? Sign up for FREE Beginning Farmer Educational Series! Classes will be held one day per month starting in January, in 4 areas of Eastern being held here in Clay County. Topics include: Business Planning, Resource Development, Crop Management, Harvesting Techniques and Protected Agriculture (High Tunnels+). Apply online at Applications close November 27th! Limited space available. Contact Mark Walden (859) 985-4178, or Kayla Preston (859) 302-1174, for more info! Sponsored by Grow Appalachia: Berea College.

The Kentucky Aquaculture Association Annual Meeting will be held at the Hardin County Extension Office, Opportunity Way, Elizabethtown on Saturday December 14th from 10:00 to 3:00 Eastern Time. For more information, call the Extension Office at 598-2789.


Cow-calf Profitability Conference Dates and Locations:

December 17, 2019 – London, KY - FLYER

January 8, 2020 – Grand Rivers, KY      January 9, 2020 – Madisonville, KY

January 22, 2020 – Morehead, KY         January 29, 2020 – Shelbyville, KY

March 16, 2020 – Monticello, KY            March 17, 2020 – Campbellsville, KY

March 18, 2020 – Bowling Green, KY    March 19, 2020 – Elizabethtown, KY

These programs will last from roughly 9am until 4pm.  We will be focusing on practices and strategies most likely to impact profitability. 

The 2020 Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference is approaching rapidly; January 6-7, 2020 in Lexington. The program and registration form as well as online registration can be found by going to the Kentucky Horticulture Council web site at: To directly access the online Eventbrite registration site see:  You can also call the Clay County Extension Office at 598-2789 and we will get you a copy. 

This conference has a wide range of presentations and information which will be of great benefit to new growers that are considering growing and marketing a crop, as well as for experienced growers.   

The conference will begin with a pre-conference Marketing Short Course or Farm Food Safety Plan Writing Workshop followed by Vegetable and Tree and Small Fruit Round Table Discussions. This year we will feature sessions on Direct Marketing, Commercial Fruit and Vegetable Production, Organic Production, Protected Ag Production, Marketing and Business Management, PBPT and FSMA Updates, and a Grape and Wine Short Course.


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.



 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