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.)

The Clay County Soil Conservation District will be sponsoring a 50/50 Cost Share Heirloom Apple Tree Project for November 2017. 

            Apple Trees will be offered in packages of 5 with varieties chosen for this area. Each package will include a Yellow June apple and 4 trees that ripen in succession throughout the season.  Limit one package per household.  Cost per 5 tree package before cost share is $80, after cost share $40.  Delivery of trees will be in November 2017.  Participants will be notified prior to delivery. A Clay County Cooperative Extension Service Class for planting and care will be offered prior to delivery.

            Signups will be taken at the Conservation District Office from September 15th until October 15th.  Quantities are limited and some other restrictions may apply. Call the Clay County Soil Conservation District Office at (606) 598-5132 for more information; or, visit the Conservation District Office at 102 Richmond Road, Ste. 204, Manchester, KY 40962 to apply.

 ♦Indoor Tilapia, Shrimp & Aquaponics Programs – Saturday, September 16th at KY State University Aquaculture Research Center. Contact the Clay County Extension Office at 598-2789 for more information.

19th East KY Replacement Bred Heifer Sale – Lee City Stockyards – Saturday, September 16th at 1:00 pm (viewing at 12:00 noon).  Contact the Clay County Extension Office at 598-2789 for more information.

♦Our next Clay County Cattlemen’s Association meeting will be held at the Ronnie Bowling Farm in Oneida, KY on Tuesday evening, September 19, 2017 at 5:30 pm.  This meeting will start a little earlier than normal, so that we can see the native warm season grass plot and also the animal composting, before it gets too dark.  Jeff hopes that you will make every effort to attend this important meeting.  This will be a CAIP approved meeting and will count for the upcoming County Agriculture Investment Program.  So make sure you come and sign in.  Dr. Jimmy Henning, UK Extension Forage Specialist, will be with us to discuss benefits and management of native warm season grasses.  Will this work in your pasture/hay management system?  Jeff looks forward to seeing you on Tuesday the 19th of September.  As always, make sure you call the Extension Office at 598-2789 to let us know that you and your guests are coming, so that we will be sure to have plenty of food!

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

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