Will Bowling

County Extension Agent for Agricultural/Natural Resources

Email to: coming soon!

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 pleased to announce that Will Bowling has accepted the Clay County ANR Agent position and he will start his new appointment on June 1, 2021.  


Please join me in congratulating and welcoming Will to Extension. 


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

Clay County Community Farmers' Market 

Opening Day -May 1st

Clay Community Farmers Market Opening Day will be on May 1st from 9 am – 1 pm at 86 Muddy Gap Rd – EXCEL building, beside McDonalds. If you are interested in becoming a vendor or have questions about how the market works, just send your questions to clayco.fm@gmail.com.

Small Farm Flood Relief Fund

Flooding relief funds are available for farmers and small businesses at the following link: https://www.appalachianky.org/flood.

There are two ways farmers can apply for flood relief funds if they do not have internet access or feel comfortable navigating an online application:

(1) For a printable application - click here

(2) Farmers can also call one of two Community Farm Alliance staff for live person assistance - Laurie White at 859-428-7961 or Jennifer Weeber at 859-652-3403.

The free Horticulture Webinar Wednesdays continue on Zoom each Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. ET/11:30 p.m. CT. University of Kentucky extension specialists and horticulture agents teach the 45- to 60-minute sessions, covering a variety of topics that will be of interest to those tending large or small gardens or landscapes, no matter their expertise level. 

Topics for April and May include: 

  • Using Native Plants in the Landscape, April 7 
  • Companion Planting, April 14 
  • How to Start a Community Garden, April 21 
  • Common Vegetable Diseases, April 28 
  • From My Head Toma Toes, May 5 
  • Japanese Art of Kokedama, May 12 
  • Begonias, May 19 
  • Summer and Fall Lawn Care, May 26.

Those interested in joining the webinars should register for one or more of the sessions at https://tinyurl.com/UKYHortWebWed21

Last year’s webinars are available for viewing at https://kentuckyhortnews.com/horticulture-webinar-wednesdays/season-one/

The UK Cooperative Extension Service is part of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. With its land-grant partner, Kentucky State University, UK Cooperative Extension brings the university to the people in their local communities, addressing issues of importance to all Kentuckians. 

HERE is a list of links for all of the past sessions to the UK Beef Webinar Series "Reaching Out While Locked In" that we were able to get posted on YouTube; if you missed any, this should keep you busy through January! -The Beef Extension Team.


If Cows Could Talk

Extension Agents Host Virutal 14th Annual Patures Please!!

Pub of the Month: Strategies for Reclaiming Hay Feeding Areas (AGR-255)

Hay Export Market Status and Alfalfa Acreage

Developing Heifers on Novel Endophyte Tall Fescue

Forage Timely Tips: January

Upcoming Events

Kentucky Maple School Taps into State's Sweet Potential - check out the article

Unsolicited Packages of Foreign Seeds

People in several states, including several residents in Kentucky, have received unsolicited small packages of foreign seeds in the mail from China. Potentially these can pose a threat to Kentucky agriculture and the environment through the introduction of invasive plants or diseases.  The purpose of these seed shipments is unclear at this time but we need to get the message out that people should not plant them and to send these to the appropriate authorities.

Here is a press release by Commissioner Quarles from this morning. We are asking that anyone who receives any seeds to fill out the attached form and send them inside an air-tight container to the USDA office in NKY. There are several states that have been receiving seeds and the USDA is trying to gather as much information as possible. The seeds are in small sample packets and I have attached a couple of pictures from what we have seen thus far.  

Send the unopened packages in a secure package to:


P.O. Box 475

Hebron, Kentucky 41048

Individuals are also encouraged to contact the Kentucky Department of Agriculture at (502) 573-0282 or e-mail ag.web@ky.gov. If anyone has any questions, please let them know to contact Joe Collins at the UK Dept of Entomology (859-257-5838).

You may also call the Clay County Extension Office at 606-598-2789.

Asian Longhorned Tick

Asain longhorned tick, Haemaphysalis longicornis, has been confirmed in three counties in Kentucky, Floyd, Martin, and Metcalfe Counties. The samples were found on a black bear, elk, and cow respectively. In Metcalfe County the cow was reported to have hundreds of this tick. This is an exotic tick native to China, Korea, and Japan. It has spread to Australia and New Zealand as well, where it feeds on a variety of wild and domestic animals and humans. The Asian longhorned tick has only recently (2017) established populations in the United States. Thus far it has been confirmed in Arkansas, Delaware, Connecticut, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia. It is a known serious pest of livestock, pets, and humans. Reported hosts include cow, deer, raccoon, opossum, cat, coyote, elk, fox, sheep goat, groundhog, horse, black bear, Canada goose, chicken, cottontail, red-tailed hawk, and skunk.

Asian longhorned ticks are small, reddish brown ticks with no distinctive markings to aid in quick recognition. The unfed adults are smaller (3 to 4 mm long) than the other adult hard ticks that we commonly encounter (such as Lonestar ticks and black legged deer ticks). This species is capable of disease transmission, though the pathogens associated with it in its native range have not been found in the US. However, recent laboratory research indicates this species could be a competent vector for spotted fever rickettsia, a disease we have seen increased incidences of in this state. However, we do not yet know if these ticks are able to pass these germs in nature.

This species is an aggressive biter and frequently builds intense infestations on domestic hosts that can cause stress, reduced growth, and severe blood loss. One reason for their rapid buildup on hosts is that the female ticks can lay eggs without mating. It only takes a single fed female tick to create a population of ticks. Potentially, thousands can be found on an animal. It is also a known/suspected vector of several viral, bacterial, and protozoan agents of livestock importance. There is ongoing testing of ticks collected in the United States and it is likely that some ticks will contain germs that can be harmful to animals.

You should protect yourself from tick bites when in tick habitat.  Personal protective measures such as the use of EPA-approved insect repellents and 0.5% permethrin-treated clothing are effective against Asian longhorned ticks. Wearing light colored clothing, tucking your pants into your socks and checking yourself frequently helps to spot ticks before they have a chance to attach.

Ric Bessin and Jonathan Larson, Extension Entomologists.


Just a reminder of the CFAP. We encourage producers to explore the CFAP and to utilize the CFAP Call Center at 877-508-8364 for questions and one-on-one assistance with the application process.  The Call Center is open 8:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m.  Producers may also visit www.farmers.gov/cfap to learn more.






Kentucky Forage News - Keeping Forage-Livestock producers in Kentucky informed

Click this link for more information!

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 Beef IRM now has a facebook page.   Jeff encourages all  beef producers to visit and like the page.   KY Beef IRM-  http://www.facebook.com/KyBeefIRM



Clay County Community Farmers Market - www.claycountyfarmersmarket.com

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Kentucky State Beekeepers Association Website

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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

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