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 Cooperative Extension Service is now taking plant orders for the following plants: Strawberries (Allstar & Earliglow), Natchez Blackberries, Blueberries (Patriot & Blue Crop), Raspberries (Tula Magic & Bristol Black), Jersey Knight Asparagus and Candy Onions. Call our office at 598-2789 for more information or an order form.  ORDER FORM

  • We are taking orders for Apple and Pear Rootstock at $1.00 each.  Rootstock is not a fruit tree that can be planted.  Rootstock must have scion wood grafted onto it to be a tree.  Call the Extension Office at 598-2789 for more information about grafting and to place your order.  

  • University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service will offer a series of free webinars, Getting to Know Your Woodlands: A Primer for Beginners, in February and March. Each session will last from 7 - 9 p.m. at the Clay County Extension Office. The goal of the web-based series is to empower woodland owners to promote environmental and forest health through increased awareness, experience and access to resources.  The technology allows participants at each site to ask questions of the experts.  This is an excellent opportunity for people to receive a significant amount of information in a relatively short time without having to drive great distances to attend.  Kentucky Master Loggers can also receive two continuing education credits for each session they attend. March 21st will be Forestry and Wildlife Assistance in Kentucky.  Interested participants may register by calling the Extension Office at 598-2789.   FLYER

  • Pruning Demonstration will be on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 1:00 pm.  We will meet at the Clay County Extension Office and travel to the pruning site in East Manchester.

  • Evidence-Based Turfgrass Management Workshop will be March 22nd at the Laurel County Extension Office beginning at 9:00 am.  Pre-registration is $40.  The cost is $50 on the day of event.  There are 4 CEU’s for this training. Call Jeff at 598-2789 for more information.

  • Tobacco GAP (Good Agriculture Practices) and Vegetable PBPT (Produce Best Practices Training) will be on Tuesday, March 26th, 2019 at 6:00 pm at the Laurel County Extension Office. Please call 598-2789 and let us know if you will be attending by March 22nd.

The Clay County Community Farmers Market is hiring!

We have a job opening for a market manager. The manager will be responsible for the daily activities of the market, social media marketing, community development, planning special market days, Kentucky Double Dollars Program, have a passion for the community and local agriculture. This is a part time seasonal position. Please share this with anyone you know who might be interested. We hope to have someone hired to begin work by the first week of July. Those interested may contact Melissa Wyatt at or (270)300-4036, Jim Cornett at (606)598-8407, Maggie Bowling at  or (606)391-8446  or Jeff Casada at or (606)598-2789.

JOB DESCRIPTION - click here!!!

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

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.


Clay County Community Farmers Market

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

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