Jeff Casada, County Extension Agent for Ag/Natural ResourcesJeffrey H. Casada

County Extension Agent for Agricultural/Natural Resources

Email to: jcasada@uky.edu

 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.

 

NOW TAKING PLANT ORDERS

We are now taking plant orders on Allstar & Earliglow Strawberries $3.25/bundle of 25, Natchez Blackberries $3 each,  Blue Crop Blueberries $6 each. Tula Magic Raspberries $2 each, Jersey Knight Asparagus $1 each and Candy Onion plants $4 bundle of 60.  Plants should be at the Extension Office the first week of April 2017.  We will contact you when they arrive.  Money is due in advance, when plant order is placed.  Make checks payable to: WTA AG Fund.  We have publications on these plants at the Extension Office, if you would like to come by and pick one up.  This way you can have your ground ready before your plants arrive.  Call the Extension Office at 598-2789 for more information about plants and to place your order.  Click HERE for plant order form!


PROGRAMS

(For more information on each program: See Upcoming Programs to the top left, click the links below or call 598-2789.)

  • March 28th - 6 pm - Tobacco & Vegetable GAP Meeting - Laurel County extension Office

  • March 29th - 6 pm - Clay County Community Farmers' Market - EXCEL building beside McDonald's

  • April 13th - 10 am & 6 pm - Private Pesticide Applicator Trainings - Extension Offic

  • April 25th - 6 pm - Clay County Cattlemen Association - EXCEL building beside McDonald's


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-  http://www.facebook.com/KyBeefIRM


 

CHECK OUT THESE HELPFUL LINKS:

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