OC 4-H Excels at 2017 KY State Shoot

Oldham County 4-H’ers Excel at State Shoot

The Kentucky 4-H State Shooting Sports Competition was held in Wilmore, KY on September 9 and 10. Fifty-three Oldham County 4-H’ers between the ages of nine and eighteen competed in .22 Pistol, .22 Rifle, Air Pistol, Archery, and Trap/Shotgun. Oldham County 4-H members won a total of forty-four trophies, four jackets, and three top scores.

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.22 PISTOL

3rd Place Individual (Age 12-14)
Kaitlyn Snyder

1st Place Team (Age 12-14)
Noah Anderson
Kaitlyn Snyder
Audra Spellman
Sydney Wells

1st Place Individual (Age 15-18)
John Clore

3rd Place Individual (Age 15-18)
Shane Bickett

1st Place Team (Age 15-18)
Shane Bickett
John Clore
Dain MacDonald
John Wells

AIR PISTOL

1st Place Individual (Age 15-18)
Cameron Rice

3rd Place Individual (Age 15-18)
John Clore

1st Place Team (Age 15-18)
Shane Bickett
John Clore
Dain MacDonald
Cameron Rice

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ARCHERY

1st Place Barebow Individual (Age 9-11)
Izzy Perez

2nd Place Barebow Individual (Age 9-11)
Tyler Zahradnicek

3rd Place Barebow Team (Age 9-11)
Sawyer McLean
John Morales
Izzy Perez
Tyler Zahradnicek

3rd Place Barebow Team (Age 15-18)
Sarah Griffin
Brandon Howard
Max Renner
Spencer Wieland

RIFLE .22 Sport

3rd Place Team (Age 9-11)
Sam Magsig
John Morales
Neil Simonson
Laura Worth

3rd Place Individual (Age 12-14)
Cole Powell

1st Place Team (Age 12-14)
Sarah Grace Jackson
Cole Powell
Audra Spellman
Sophia Worth

1st Place Individual (Age 15-18)
Cameron Rice

2nd Place Individual (Age 15-18)
John Clore

3rd Place Individual (Age 15-18)
Dalton Harjes

1st Place Team (Age 15-18)
John Clore
Dalton Harjes
Dain MacDonald
Cameron Rice

Congratulations to all State Shoot participants!

Educational programs of KY Cooperative Extension serve all people regardless of economic or social status and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, creed, religion, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, marital status, genetic information, age, veteran status, or physical or mental disability.

Written by Lauren State, Oldham County Extension Staff Assistant. Reviewed by Kelly Woods, Oldham County 4-H Youth Development Agent.

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Fall 2017 4-H Events

The following 4-H Youth Development calendar printed in the Fall 2017 edition of the quarterly Oldham County Extension newsletter.

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All activities are held at Oldham County Extension unless otherwise noted.

September 4-H Calendar

4 Office closed for Labor Day
5 4-H Club Leader Meeting, 6:30 p.m.
11 Teen Club, 6:00 p.m.
14 Busy 4-H’ers, 6:30 p.m.
16 Challenge Walk, Wendell Moore Park, 9:30 a.m.
16 District 3 Teen Council, Carroll County Extension, 10:00 a.m.
18 Delicious Delights, 6:30 p.m.
19 Extension Foundation, 9:00 a.m.

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October 4-H Calendar

5 Leaders of the Pack, 6:30 p.m.
7 Oldham County Dog Show
12 Extension Council, 9:00 a.m.
12 District Board, 10:00 a.m.
12 4-H Council, 7:00 p.m.
13 4-H Reality Store, North Oldham High School
14 Teen Club, haunted house outing
16 Delicious Delights, 6:30 p.m.
30 Busy 4-H’ers, 6:30 p.m.

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November 4-H Calendar

9 Leaders of the Pack, 6:30 p.m.
14 Busy 4-H’ers, 6:30 p.m.
20 Delicious Delights, 6:30 p.m.
20 Teen Club, volunteering opportunity
21 4-H Awards Banquet, John Black Center
23-24 Office closed for Thanksgiving

Fall 2017 FCS Events

The following Family & Consumer Science calendar printed in the Fall 2017 edition of the quarterly Oldham County Extension newsletter.

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All activities are held at Oldham County Extension unless otherwise noted.

September FCS Calendar

4 Office closed for Labor Day
16 Challenge Walk, Wendell Moore Park, 9:30 a.m.
20 Dare to Care Cooking & Nutrition Class, LaGrange Community Center, 1:15 p.m.
25 Come Sew with Us, “Pillow Cases and More,” 3:00 – 8:00 p.m.
26 Senior Health Fair, Oldham County Health Department, 9:00 a.m. – noon
28 Homemaker Lesson, “Dealing Creatively with Conflict,” 10:00 a.m.
30 Autumn Colors Craft Show, LaGrange Community Center, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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October FCS Calendar

2 Paid reservations for Louisville Area Annual Meeting due
8-14 Celebrate Homemaker Week
10 Perfecting Your Pies, 1:00 p.m.
12 Extension Council, 9:00 a.m.; District Board 10:00 a.m.
17 Homemaker Annual Meeting, Henry County Extension Office, 9:30 a.m.
18 Dare to Care Cooking & Nutrition Class, LaGrange Community Center, 1:15 p.m.
23 Come Sew with Us, “Just Stuff It,” 3:00 – 8:00 p.m.
26 Homemaker Lesson, “Toaster Ovens,” 10:00 a.m.

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November FCS Calendar

2 Homemaker Holiday Showcase: An Old Fashioned Holiday, 10:00 a.m. – noon
13 Come Sew with Us, “Holiday Ideas,” 3:00 p.m.
15 Dare to Care Cooking & Nutrition Class, LaGrange Community Center, 1:15 p.m.
17 Louisville Area Diabetes Awareness Day, Shelby County Extension Office, 10:00 a.m.
23-24 Office closed for Thanksgiving
30 Homemaker dues and enrollment due to extension office

Fall 2017 Ag Events

The following Agriculture & Natural Resources calendar printed in the Fall 2017 edition of the quarterly Oldham County Extension newsletter.

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All activities are held at the Oldham County Extension office unless otherwise noted. Please call to RSVP for classes held at extension offices.

September Ag Calendar

1 Master Gardener classes begin
4 Office closed for Labor Day
7 Growing Daylilies, sponsored by the Oldham County Master Gardener Association, 6:30 p.m.
8 Oldham County Beekeepers Association, 7:30 p.m.
11 Green Thumbs Garden Club, carpool leaves extension office at 8:30 a.m.
16 Oldham County Master Gardener Association meeting, 9:00 a.m.
16 Indoor Tilapia, Shrimp, & Aquaponics, Kentucky State University, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., details/RSVP via kathryn.mitchell@kysu.edu
19 Extension Foundation, 9:00 a.m.
25 Regional Beef Field Day, Todd Rand Farm, Bedford
27-28 Kentucky Grazing School, Versailles, Kentucky

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October Ag Calendar

5 Landscaping for All Seasons, Oldham County Arts Center, sponsored by Oldham County Community Education, 6:00 p.m.
9 Green Thumbs Garden Club, contact office for details
12 Extension Council, 9:00 a.m.
12 Extension District Board, 10:00 a.m.
13 Oldham County Beekeepers Association, 7:30 p.m.
17 Kentucky Grazing Conference, Lexington
19 Beef Quality Assurance Training/Certification, 6:00 p.m.
23 Monarchs in Mexico, Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve, sponsored by the Oldham County Master Gardener Association, 6:30 p.m.

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November Ag Calendar

9 Beef Quality Assurance Training/Certification, 9:00 a.m.
10 Oldham County Beekeepers Association, 7:30 p.m.
13 Green Thumbs Garden Club, contact office for details
17 Master Gardener Graduation Celebration, 9:00 a.m.
23-24 Office closed for Thanksgiving

Oldham County 4-H Dates to Remember

The following Oldham County 4-H articles printed in the Fall 2017 edition of the quarterly Oldham County Extension newsletter.

Fall Oldham County 4-H Dates

District 3 Teen Council Meeting

The District 3 Teen Council Meeting will be held from 10:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday, September 16, at the Carroll County Extension Office. Oldham County 4-H’ers age 14 to 19 are welcome to attend. 4-H members will have fun meeting other teens from the district and participate in a service opportunity.

4-H Awards Night

The 2017 4-H Awards Night is the evening of Tuesday, November 21, hosted by the Leaders of the Pack 4-H Dog Club, at the John Black Community Center. Save the date!

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Nominations for 4-H Awards are due by October 16. Club leaders will receive more information about the awards in their club packets. 4-H Awards to be granted during the Awards Banquet will include the Ten Year, 100 Ribbon Club, 250 Ribbon Club, Achievement, Horse Level Books, Club Secretary Book, and the Community Service awards.

The applications for the Oldham County Outstanding 4-H Member Award for junior and senior members are available online.

Shooting Sports Coaches Certification

Are you interested in becoming a 4-H Shooting Sports coach? Plan on attending the certification workshop at the Kentucky Leadership Center in Jabez, Kentucky! Designed to familiarize coaches with National Shooting Sports materials, covered topics include the role of shooting sports in 4-H, productive club meetings, teaching resources, how to teach safety, and information on state competition. A workshop will be held for 4-H coaches seeking their first 4-H Certification on October 6 through 8 at Lake Cumberland 4-H Education Center. For more information about the workshop, please contact the extension office before September 8.

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Be The Next Emerald Award Winner

The Achievement Program provides the opportunity to receive scholarships to Teen Conference, 4-H Congress, and even college. You can get started in the Achievement Program in sixth grade and continue throughout the rest of your 4-H career. Call today to schedule an individual or club work session to start your Achievement Application. Now is the time get started, Oldham County 4-H!

Learn more about the Achievement Program on our website. All Achievement applications are due to the extension office by October 16.

4-H Club Leader Meeting

Club enrollment packets will be provided to all Oldham County 4-H club leaders at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 5, at the extension office. If you are a club leader, please plan on attending this extremely important meeting to receive your club enrollment materials. Every club needs to have a representative. If you cannot attend, please send a volunteer from your club. Please do not use enrollments forms used in the past. All enrollment forms for new and returning members are due to the extension office by November 1.

Kentucky Volunteer Forum

The 2018 Kentucky Volunteer Forum will be held February 9 through 11, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency in Lexington. The theme of the event will be “Rolling Out the Green Carpet for Volunteers.” Contact Kelly Woods, Oldham County 4-H Agent, via (502) 222-9453 or kwoods@uky.edu for information on workshops and registration.

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Registration is due to the extension office by December 1. Nominations for awards to be presented at the forum are due by October 1. Further information will be included in the leader packets at the club leader meeting on September 5.

Written by Amy Logsdon, Oldham County 4-H Assistant; and Lauren State Fernandez, Oldham County Extension Staff Assistant.

Invitation from the OC Homemakers

The following Family & Consumer Science articles printed in the Fall 2017 edition of the quarterly Oldham County Extension newsletter.

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Autumn Colors Craft Show

From 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 30, stop by the Autumn Colors Craft Show at the LaGrange Community Center. Visit artisans, shop for holiday gifts, enjoy local culinary arts, and support homemaker activities in Oldham County.

Come Sew With Us

Master Clothing Volunteer Angela Morris has prepared a new and exciting schedule for this year’s sewing classes. Come Sew With Us between 3:00 and 8:00 p.m. on the following Mondays:

  • “Pillow Cases & More” on September 25
  • “Just Stuff It” on October 23
  • “Holiday Ideas” on November 13

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Keep watch for supply lists on our website: oldham.ca.uky.edu/sewing. To sign up for the fall series of sewing classes, contact the extension office via (502) 222-9453 or crivera@uky.edu.

2017 Holiday Showcase

Join us on memory lane for An Old Fashioned Holiday, when life was simpler, and toys and decorations were handmade. Reminisce with us your childhood memories and the stories our grandparents told. Enjoy the delicious aromas coming from the kitchen: cinnamon, cookies, pies, and cakes baking, cider simmering on the stove, and the scent of cedar and pine cone decorations. We will also make a toy to take home.

An Old Fashioned Holiday takes place at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 2, at the Oldham County Extension Office.

Homemaker Lessons

Shelby County FCS Agent Shelia Fawbush presents Dealing Creatively With Conflict at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 28. Not always negative, conflict can help keep organizations growing and also provide personal growth opportunities. Successful conflict resolution relies on understanding how to utilize the correct conflict response in each situation as well as removing barriers.

At 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 26, Valerie Holland, Jefferson County FCS Agent, introduces Today’s Toaster Oven, a popular household appliance since the 50’s. Gain insights on purchase, use, and care. Review the advantages and challenges, and take home recipes.

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Written by Chris Duncan, Oldham County Family & Consumer Science Agent; and Lauren State Fernandez, Oldham County Extension Staff Assistant.

2017 Oldham County Fair Winners

The following article printed in the August 17, 2017 edition of the Oldham Era.

4-H Fair Winners

The following received one or more blue ribbons in the 4-H department:

Maggie Anderson Tyler Bickert Kora Birchmeier
Addison Blake Katherine Carter Riley Dant
Blake Fogle AJ Furnish Sarah Griffin
Emily Harris Rachel Harris Ryan Hawkins
Benny Hernandez Beth Huffman Ethan Jasinski
Katelynn Jasinski Lindsay Jasinski Zachary Jasinski
Bailey Johnson Riely Johnson Sean Johnson
Keirsten Kennedy Kendall Kennedy Molly Logsdon
Jasmine McCaslin Maria Murphy Carrie Olds
Ella Olds Jaylynn Oldson Hannah Santos
Manuel Solis Trent Schmitt Ayden Speth
Sarah Spradlin Ty Westerman April York

The following Oldham County 4-H’ers were division champions and will proceed to the Kentucky State Fair:

Maggie Anderson Kora Birchmeier Katherine Carter
Sarah Griffin Rachel Harris Ryan Hawkins
Beth Huffman Ethan Jasinski Katelynn Jasinski
Lindsay Jasinski Zachary Jasinski Riely Johnson
Keirsten Kennedy Kendall Kennedy Molly Logsdon
Carrie Olds Hannah Santos

Agriculture Fair Winners

The following received one or more blue ribbons in the Youth Division of the Agriculture Department:

Thomas Blackburn Melody Hardin Sarah Hardin
Emma Lane Lauren Potts Porter Salisbury
Casey Smith

The following received one or more blue ribbons in the Adult Division of the Agriculture Department:

Alice Ashlock Buck Ashlock Bob Fishback
Ashley Haselton Christy Husband LeAnne Smith

In the Agriculture Department, Sarah Hardin was the Youth Division Champion, and Bob Fishback was the Adult Division Champion for the second year in a row. Bob Fishback’s herbs won Best in Show in the Adult Division. Lauren Potts’s pumpkin won Best of Show: Youth.

Floral Fair Winners

The following individuals received one or more blue ribbons in the Youth Division of the Floral Department:

Kaylee Blackburn Sarah Griffin Sarah Hardin
Ashley Potts Lauren Potts Paisley Salisbury

The following individuals received one or more blue ribbons in the Adult Division of the Floral Department:

Susan Lancaster LeAnne Smith

HOME & FAMILY ARTS Fair Winners

The following received one or more blue ribbons in the Junior Division of the Home & Family Arts Department:

Mary Elizabeth Broecker Weslee Bodenheimer Wyatt Bodenheimer
Ethan Jasinski Katelynn Jasinski Lindsay Jasinski
Zachary Jasinski Lucy Pike Lucy Ray

The following received one or more blue ribbons in the Open Division of the Home & Family Arts Department:

Sarah Bulgrin Lucille Cash Kathy Cursh-Gray
Todd Driskell Patti Hardesty Becky Mings
Tara Paine LeAnne Smith Lauren State
Russell Thomas, Sr. Candy Thompson Diane Weis

The following received one or more blue ribbons in the Senior Division of the Home & Family Arts Department:

Mary Bramblett Jo Anne Crouch Joanne Ferguson
Kathy Cursh-Gray Harvey Gilley Linda Jensen
Susan Lancaster Barb Lynch Ronnie Meier
Michael Slaughter Sharon Stotler Candy Thompson
Diane Weis

In the Home & Family Arts Department, Ronnie Meier won Best of Show Quilt, an award sponsored by the Oldham County Log Cabin Quilters, for the third year in a row. Mary Elizabeth Broecker is the Junior Division Champion with eight ribbons and $28 in premiums. With seven blue ribbons, Becky Mings is the Open Division Champion. Susan Lancaster is the Senior Division Champion with 26 entries and $140 premium money.

PHOTOGRAPHY Fair Winners

The following individuals received one or more blue ribbons in the Junior Division of the Photography Department:

Grace Baker Mary Elizabeth Broecker Ethan Jasinski
Katelynn Jasinski Lindsay Jasinski Zachary Jasinski
Lauren Potts

The following individuals received one or more blue ribbons in the Adult Division of the Photography Department:

Toni Hoehle Susan Lancaster Hannah Ray
Cheryl Satterly Angela Thomas

Written by Lauren State Fernandez, Oldham County Extension Staff Assistant.

2017 Kentucky Wood Expo

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The Kentucky Wood Expo will take place on September 15 and 16 in Lexington at Masterson Station Park. Open to the public, attendees will enjoy a wide variety of activities, demonstrations, and educational events. University of Kentucky Forestry and Natural Resources Extension is partnering with the Kentucky Forest Industries Association (KFIA) to put on several educational programs including: Small Scale Logging Demonstration, Your Backyard Woods, and the ever-popular Critter Tent including a new mammal display with skulls and skins of native Kentucky animals. In addition, Wood Expo attendees will once again have a chance to make and take home their own cutting boards. Other planned activities include live Country and Bluegrass Music, Chainsaw Carving Demonstrations, and a competition between local police and fire departments in forestry related events.

There are also several other contests that the public can participate in and a wide variety of crafts, food, and fun for the entire family. Make sure to come out to the Kentucky Wood Expo to cheer on the UK Forestry student team as they compete in the Collegiate Lumberjack Competition against seven other universities! Mark your calendars now and plan to join us at the 2017 Kentucky Wood Expo! Learn more by visiting here.

Events include:

  • Forestry Equipment Sales & Demonstrations
  • Lumberjack Competitions & Entertainment
  • Chainsaw Carving Demonstration & Auction
  • Crafts
  • Wood Expo Tickets

    General admission to the 2017 Kentucky Wood Expo will be $7.00 at the gate. Advance tickets are available for $5.00. Tickets are $5.00 for kids ages six to twelve. Kids under age six can enter free of charge. Parking is free.

    For further information, contact the KFIA Office via (502) 695-3979 or michele@kfia.org.

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    Wood Expo Competitors

    KFIA is looking for chainsaw carvers to participate in the Chainsaw Carving Competition in exchange for submitting a large carving completed during KY Wood Expo hours. Carvers will be provided wood and an outside space for carving during the show. One- to eight-foot white pine log will be supplied for the auction piece. First and second place prize money is available. The winner will be determined by the carving with the highest bid.

    Wood Expo Exhibitors

    Exhibit at the 2017 KY Wood Expo! KFIA is currently taking reservations to exhibit at the 2017 Kentucky Wood Expo, held September 15 and 16 at Masterson Station Park in Lexington, Kentucky. The Kentucky Forest Industries Association, Inc. will accommodate each exhibitor to the best of their ability while ensuring a successful show for all involved.

    For further information, contact the KFIA Office via (502) 695-3979 or michele@kfia.org.

    KY Spring Native Flowers

    Home to over twenty-five hundred plant species, Kentucky is a veritable wildflower garden. Kentucky native spring flowers include bloodroot, spring beauty, and Virginia bluebells.

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    Bloodroot

    Spring Kentucky Native Flower

    One of the earliest blooming wildflowers in Kentucky, bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) appears in the late winter and early spring. This native wildflower gets its name from its red-orange rhizome and the red juice that can be squeezed from it. Native Americans used bloodroot to treat fever, ulcers, ringworm, and skin infections. It finds use in dye-making and is also being studied for possible anti-cancer properties. Bloodroot, however, is toxic when ingested, causing vomiting and loss of consciousness.

    Bloodroot can be planted from seed or through root division. It can grow in sun or shade as long as rich, moist soil is available. You will find this short wildflower in both Kentucky’s woodlands and open fields. Bloodroot’s white flowers, yellow stamens at the center, are about an inch and a half to two inches across. A single round leaf accompanies each flower.

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    Spring Beauty

    Kentucky Spring Wildflower

    Spring beauty (Claytonia Virginica) is another of Kentucky’s early spring wildflowers. Less than a foot in height, the small white to pink flowers emerge before the trees begin to leaf out. Spring beauty opens in the morning to take in the sun’s warmth and closes again each evening. Its inconspicuous leaves blend in with surrounding grasses. Like many wildflowers, its loveliness is fading, blooms lasting only a couple weeks.

    Claytonia readily reseeds itself and can be found soaking up the sun across the eastern United States. Gardeners can collect the seeds to bring a little spring beauty to their own gardens.

    Spring beauty owes its name to John Clayton, an eighteenth century naturalist who so impressed Benjamin Franklin that the founding father “granted him free mail privileges for shipping his plants and letters.”

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    Virginia Bluebells

    Ephemeral KY Native Wildflower

    When traversing Kentucky’s woodlands in the early spring, you may encounter Virginia bluebells (Mertensia virginica), also called cowslip or mertensia. Virginia bluebells flourish in sandy and loamy soil and can often be found along creeks and other waterways. Nurseries and seed catalogs also carry these spring beauties. The nodding, bell-shaped wildflowers vary from blue to purple to pink. The inch-long trumpets bloom in clusters. Bluebells grow to a height of one to two feet, and if the growing conditions are right, they may quickly spread and naturalize. Bees, butterflies, and moths all pollinate them.

    This Kentucky native wildflower springs up after the last hard frost in March or April. A spring ephemeral, Virginia bluebells only bloom for two to three weeks before going to seed. The foliage dies back by early summer. Mass plantings are breath-taking while Virginia bluebells are in bloom, but they are short-lived and may leave a “hole” in your landscape once they have died back. Keep this transience in mind when planting bluebells in your garden.

    Virginia bluebells were a favorite of Thomas Jefferson’s and still grow at the Monticello today.

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    Native Plants Attract Butterflies and Bees

    Interested in planting wildflowers for pollinators? Bloodroot, spring beauty, and Virginia bluebells all attract butterflies and bees.

    For more information on using native plants to attract butterflies, check out the following resources:

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    Oldham County Gardening

    Upcoming Gardening Classes

    Oldham County Extension offers educational classes, the following of which are free and open to the public. RSVP for an upcoming gardening class in Oldham County, Kentucky via (502) 222-9453 or lauren.state@uky.edu. To get notifications of upcoming gardening classes, contact the Oldham County Extension office.

    Hellebores
    Friday, March 24, 6:30 p.m.
    Biologist Anne Cartwright of the American Hosta Society discusses another of her favorite flowers: hellebores. This gardening class is sponsored by the Oldham County Master Gardener Association.

    Wildflower Walks With Tavia
    Saturday, March 25
    Woodland Garden Walk: 10:15 a.m.
    Forest Trails Wildflower Walk: 12:15 p.m.
    March is a marvelous time to rediscover our scenic landscape and its many inhabitants. Tavia will share share medicinal uses of plants, how they got their names, any fun strategies of how they reproduce, and “flora-lore” and stories that have been told by Native Americans.

    Vegetable Gardening
    Tuesday, April 11, 6:30 p.m.
    Horticulturist Michael Boice will share tips on establishing and maintaining a successful home vegetable garden.

    Gardening for Wildlife
    Thursday, May 4, 6:30 p.m.
    Master Gardener Mike Guelda discusses using native plants to draw in birds, bees, and butterflies. This gardening class is sponsored by the Oldham County Master Gardener Association.

    Year-Round Irises
    Thursday, May 11, 10:00 a.m.
    Bob Strohman, author of the recently published Iris Red, Iris Dead and member of the Louisville Iris Society, shows how to have irises in bloom all twelve months of the year. This gardening class is sponsored by the Oldham County Master Gardener Association.

    Photographs by Jennifer Anderson (USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database), Paul Henjum, Christian Hummert, SB Johnny, Ryan Kaldari, Nicholas A. Tonelli, Sudhir Viswarajan. Used under the Creative Commons License.

    Written by Lauren State, Oldham County Master Gardener. Reviewed by Traci Missun, Oldham County Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent.

    January 2017 Agriculture News/Events

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    It is shaping up to be a busy winter season. We’ve added an event – on Friday, March 3, an inspector from the KY Department of Agriculture will be here to check your scales and certify them for farmers market sales. If you haven’t been through this process before, make sure you take a look at the Farmers Market manual to understand what constitutes a ‘legal’ scale.

    EXTENSION CLASSES

    Reserve your space by calling 222-9453 unless otherwise noted.

    • Industrial Hemp Seminar, February 9, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Shelby Co. Extension (includes lunch). Call 633-4593 to reserve space for this meeting. Agenda and presenter information available online.
    • Farmers Market Scale Certification, March 3, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Oldham Co. Extension. No registration required. Scale regulations are available in the farmers market manual.
    • Adapting Your Garden as You Age, February 13, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m., Oldham County Extension. Sponsored by Green Thumbs Garden Club and presented by Oldham County Horticulture Assistant Michael Boice.

    OC Gardening Classes

    • Grain Crop – Weed Control, February 21, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Henry Co. Extension (includes lunch). Presented by UK Extension Specialist Dr. J.D. Green.
    • Grain Crop – Economics & Marketing, February 28, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Shelby Co. Extension (includes lunch). Presented by UK Extension Specialist Dr. Greg Halich.
    • Grain Crop – 2016 Season Review & Production Fundamentals, March 14, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Oldham County Extension (includes lunch). Presented by UK Extension Specialist Carrie Knott
    • Managing Nuisance Wildlife – Gardens & Farms, March 6, 6:00 – 8:15 p.m., John Black Community Center (includes dinner). Presented by UK Extension Specialist Dr. Matt Springer. He will discuss control measures for deer, raccoons, other small mammals, plus coyotes and black headed vultures.

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    • Living Along a KY Stream, March 16 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Oldham County Extension. Registered participants will receive a tree seedling. Presented by Curry’s Fork Watershed Director Jen Shean and Oldham County Agriculture Agent Traci Missun.
    • Good Ag Practices Training, March 20, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Oldham County Extension (Sampling Certificate Info Available on Request)

    ATTENTION, DOG OWNERS!

    If you own dogs, please make sure you keep them properly restrained on your property. This is for the safety of the dogs as well as for neighbors’ livestock. There have been three incidents this month of dogs killing livestock and poultry on farms. Even the most docile and gentle dog is capable of chasing and/or killing livestock.

    Under Kentucky Revised Statutes 258.235, “Any livestock owner or his agent, without liability, may kill any dog trespassing on that owner’s property and observed in the act of pursuing or wounding his livestock.” Help prevent these problems by keeping your dogs confined to your property. Problems with dogs running loose may be reported to Oldham County Animal Control, 222-7387.

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    CONSERVATION DISTRICT TREE GIVEAWAY

    Oldham County Conservation District will host their Arbor Day Tree Giveaway for Oldham County residents on March 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (or when all are trees are gone). The event will be held at their office, 700 West Jefferson Street in La Grange. These are the trees they plan to have available: Cypress, Eastern Redbud, Yellow Poplar, Wild Plum, White Oak, Pin Oak, KY Coffeetree, White Pine, Northern Red Oak, Pawpaw, Hazelnut, Chestnut Oak. Any questions should be directed to Andrea at 222-5123 or oldhamswcd@gmail.com.

    WHAT DO EXTENSION AGENTS DO IN WINTER?

    • Like many producers, agriculture agents attend classes and conferences to learn new practices to improve production. We also host and teach quite a few programs.
    • Agents still make farm visits in the winter. So far this month I’ve looked at property with new landowners to help them decide potential uses based on their interests. I’ve also visited several farms to pull hay samples for testing.
    • Agents often take leadership roles with different commodity groups, and winter is always a busy meeting season. I have the honor of serving as the Kentucky Forage & Grassland Council president this year. KFGC works closely with UK Extension to offer field days, grazing workshops, and conferences that will benefit producers. There are several coming up that will be of interest. If you would like to join or want to talk more about benefits of membership, just give me a call.
    • Agents like me often eat too much fattening food with the advent of hibernating weather. If you fall in that category, check out some healthy recipe ideas from my co-worker Chris Duncan.

    FRUIT PRODUCTION INFO

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    SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

    • Oldham Co. Conservation District is accepting applications for the H. Glenn Watson scholarship – applications must be postmarked by February 1. Contact Andrea at 222-5123 or oldhamswcd@gmail.com to get an application. (For Oldham County high school seniors only)
    • Louisville Agricultural Club is offering scholarships – see their web page for details, guidelines and applications.
    • Kentucky Ag in the Classroom offers a list of several other ag scholarships.

    Written by Traci Missun, Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent at Oldham County Cooperative Extension. Traci addresses a variety of topics including farming, crops, pastures, and natural resources such as water and forestry.