2018 Oldham County Fair News

The following Agriculture & Natural Resources and Family & Consumer Sciences articles originally printed in the 2018 Summer edition of the Oldham County Extension Newsletter.

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Oldham County Fair – Ag Entries Accepted July 30

Ag entries, including vegetables, fruits, hay, straw, and other crops, will be taken at the Extension Office on Monday, July 30th, from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. Entries will be judged the following morning and taken to the fairgrounds. New this year: check your entries in online ahead of time. Watch our website for details.

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2018 Oldham County Fair

The 2018 Oldham County Fair is July 31 through August 4! This year, you will be able to register your entries online. More information will be available soon via oldham.ca.uky.edu/oldham-county-fair.

Home and Family Arts Department entries will be taken at the Oldham County Extension office. Please bring non-perishable items for entry between 2:00 and 7:00 p.m. on Monday, July 23, or 9:00 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, July 24. Perishable entries will be accepted on Monday, July 30, from 9:00 a.m. until noon.

Entries can be picked up at the Oldham County Fairgrounds between noon and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 5. Contact the Extension Office if you have any questions.

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Written by Traci Missun, Oldham County Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent; Chris Duncan, Oldham County Family & Consumer Sciences Agent; and Lauren Fernandez,Oldham County Extension Staff Assistant.


Oldham County Ag News: Cost-Share, Producer Spotlight

The following Agriculture & Natural Resources articles originally printed in the 2018 Summer edition of the Oldham County Extension Newsletter.

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Cost-Share Applications Anticipated in June

We anticipate having applications available in June for two cost-share programs. Please follow up with our office in early June for application and deadline information These cost-share programs are offered through the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund in partnership with the Oldham County Agriculture Development Council and Oldham County Farm Bureau.

The first cost-share program is the County Agricultural Investment Program. This cost-share offers 11 investment areas that give Kentucky ag producers the ability to increase net farm income, add value to their products, and diversify their operations. This cost-share has a maximum of $1,500 per approved applicant. New this year: some of the investment areas have specific educational requirements in the form of video training. A schedule of these and other educational opportunities will be mailed to those approved for CAIP cost-share.

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The second cost-share program is the Youth Ag Incentives Program. This cost-share program was developed to benefit youth actively engaged in agriculture and focuses on youth developing agriculture projects. Applicants are required to be enrolled in elementary, middle, or high school, and may also include home school students. Applicants must be at least 9 years of age as of January 1, 2018. Award amount is based on number of applicants, not to exceed $1,500 per applicant.

As a reminder – cash receipts are not eligible for reimbursement in these cost-share programs. CAIP applicants must have a farm serial number to complete an application. If you are unsure of this number, please contact the Farm Service Agency at (502) 845-2820 for more information.

Read more about cost-share guidelines online. Please call our office or email traci.missun@uky.edu with questions about projects that qualify.

Appointments are available with our program administrator for help completing cost-share applications from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on the following dates: June 6, June 13, and June 20. Please call (502) 222-9453 to schedule an appointment.

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Producer Spotlight – Managing Small Acreage Horse Pasture

One of the joys of being an agent is seeing people be successful. A few years ago, I met Shannon and Greg Ash. I’d gone over to their place to look at their pastures and help with some questions. Since then, I’ve tested their soil and given advice for timely seeding and weed control for their pastures. Although Shannon and Greg have limited acreage for their horses, they have learned to manage it well.

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A must-have piece of equipment for horse owners is a chain harrow or some other light cultivation implement, especially for those without access to a no-till seeder. A chain harrow allows roughing of the soil in order to get good seed to soil contact that is needed for germination. Chain harrows come in different sizes, including types that can be pulled with ATV’s and UTV’s. Chain harrows can be used to rough the soil (points side down) then flipped to settle seeds into the soil after sowing.

Establishing or reseeding pastures involves several steps, and it’s important to follow through with soil testing, fertilizing, controlling weeds, and managing horses to prevent overgrazing. After testing soil, Shannon and Greg applied fertilizer and lime recommended by the soil test. They followed up with timely herbicide applications to keep problem weeds under control. They also reseeded thinning pastures to provide adequate grazing, keep weeds from coming back, and to prevent erosion. This spring, they shared their latest success:

“We leveled soil in this pasture, then harrowed it both ways (crisscross) to create a good seedbed. In late February, we used a broadcast seeder to spread a mix of perennial ryegrass and clover. We’d planned to run the harrow back over the pasture to get better seed to soil contact, but it started snowing while we were seeding. There were a couple of snows after we seeded. After the new seedlings got about 2 inches high, we went in and hand-raked a few bare spots and reseeded those. The pasture is growing well this spring. We’ve already mowed it to a 5-inch height once. And it’s ready to be mowed again.”

Even though the weather kept them from doing everything exactly as planned, they were still successful. The Ashes plan to keep horses off the pasture for a while to allow good root establishment so horses can’t pull the new grass out of the ground. This is another key to good pasture establishment. Thanks, Shannon and Greg, for sharing your success!

For more information on managing pastures, contact traci.missun@uky.edu or visit forages.ca.uky.edu.

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Written by Traci Missun, Oldham County Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent, and Lauren Fernandez,Oldham County Extension Staff Assistant.

2018 Oldham County Master Gardener Classes

The following Agriculture & Natural Resources article originally printed in the 2018 Summer edition of the Oldham County Extension Newsletter.

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Master Gardener Classes

We are gauging interest for the next Master Gardener volunteer program, anticipated to begin in September. The program includes 12 classes that meet weekly, covering botany, soils, entomology, plant pathology, and other foundation topics. The cost for the program is $100, and partial scholarships to cover this fee are available. If you are interested, please call our office or send an email to lauren.state@uky.edu.

Master Gardener classes are designed for those who wish to become certified volunteers. Graduates complete 40 hours of service work and continuing education within one year of class completion in order to become certified Master Gardeners.

In subsequent years, Master Gardeners must complete at least 20 hours of volunteer service, plus 10 hours of continuing education to maintain certification.

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Master Gardener volunteers may choose to join the Oldham County Master Gardener Association. The association is a great networking resource and facilitates completion of volunteer hours. Oldham County Master Gardener Association also organizes and helps teach gardening programs for the public. Learn about upcoming Master Gardener programs at: oldham.ca.uky.edu/OC-Master-Gardeners.

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Written by Traci Missun, Oldham County Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent, and Lauren Fernandez,Oldham County Extension Staff Assistant.

Celebrating Extension Leaders

The following article originally printed in the 2018 Summer edition of the Oldham County Extension Newsletter.

Award & Leader Recognition Program

In March, we celebrated recent state-level achievements of our volunteers and clients with a recognition program at the John Black Community Center.

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Karen Horton is our Extension Leader of the Year! She has led our 4-H Cloverbuds Club for five years, volunteered at 4-H summer camp, and supported Oldham County youth in countless other ways.

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Jon Bednarski and Tee Ray received Ag Water Quality Leader Awards for their outstanding conservation efforts. Both of these gentlemen have been featured in Kentucky Extension promotional videos for ag water quality, viewable online at www.youtube.com/user/UKAgriculture.

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Barbara Rosenman received the Friend of Extension Award. As Director of Oldham County Animal Control, she dealt with both domesticated animals and livestock. She has taught Extension programs and helped educate clients about leash laws, spay/neuter programs, and livestock laws.

Written by Traci Missun, Oldham County Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent, and Lauren Fernandez,Oldham County Extension Staff Assistant.

Classic Kentucky Recipes

The University Press of Kentucky

Schmid Cover for blogWith the weather warming up, it’s almost time to bring out the grill and cook up some homemade barbecue. There’s nothing like getting a few friends together and fixing up an old family recipe, but if you’re looking for something new to spice up your table, look no further than Albert W. A. Schmid’s upcoming book, Burgoo, Barbecue, and Bourbon: A Kentucky Culinary Trinity.

Burgoo, barbecue, and bourbon have long been recognized as the trinity of good taste in Kentucky. Drawing from past and present sources from across Kentucky, Schmid offers both new and forgotten versions of some favorite regional dishes while sharing the storied traditions that surround them. The following recipes are just a small taste of the culinary journey that Schmid has to offer:

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Healthy Summer Squash Pizza Recipe

Summer Squash Pizza

Yield: 4 servings

Crust Ingredients: 1/2 tablespoon rapid rise yeast • 1 tablespoon sugar • 1/2 cup warm water • 1/2-1 cup whole wheat flour • 1/2 teaspoon salt • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Topping Ingredients: 2 yellow summer squash, thinly sliced • 1 cup thinly sliced onion • 1 green pepper, thinly sliced • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary • Salt and pepper to taste • 3 tablespoons olive oil • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place sliced squash, onion and pepper in roasting pan. Sprinkle with rosemary, salt, pepper and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Toss to coat. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until onions are lightly brown and squash and peppers are tender. Set aside. Increase oven temperature to 450 degrees F. In a medium mixing bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water. Let yeast proof, about 10 minutes. Stir in 1/2 cup flour, salt and oil. Mix until smooth then rest for 5 minutes. Add additional flour as needed to be able turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll into flat 1/4 inch thick crust. Place crust onto a baking sheet. Bake 5 minutes to set crust. Remove from oven and distribute vegetable mixture on crust. Bake an additional 10 minutes or until crust is firm, being careful not to burn. Remove from oven, sprinkle with cheese and remaining tablespoon olive oil. Cut into quarters and serve.

Nutritional Analysis: 310 calories, 19 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 340 mg sodium, 33 g carbohydrate, 6 g fiber, 7 g sugars, 9 g protein

Recipe from Plate It Up! Kentucky Proud. The Kentucky Proud Project is a cooperation between County Extension Agents for Family and Consumer Sciences and Dietetics and Human Nutrition Students at the University of Kentucky.

Upcoming Oldham County Events

The following calendar originally printed in the 2018 Spring edition of the Oldham County Extension Newsletter.

Upcoming Extension Events

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

March Extension Events

1 Oldham County Extension District Board, 9 am
1 Chickens 101 (Part 1), Shelby County Extension, 6 pm
1 Leaders of the Pack 4-H Dog Club
2-3 Organic Association of Kentucky Conference, Lexington
5 Dicamba Training for Grain Producers, Shelby County Extension, 10 am
5 4-H Robotics Club
6 Growing Succulents, 6:30 pm
7 4-H Budget Committee
8 Registration due for Needlework Workshop
8 Chickens 101 (Part 2), John Black Center, 6 pm
9 Oldham County Beekeepers, 7:30 pm
10 Produce Growers Best Practices, 9 am
12 Green Thumbs Garden Club, 9:30 am
12 4-H Cloverbud Club
13 Needlework Workshop, Shelby County Extension
15 Busy 4-H’ers of Oldham County
15 Improving Garden Soils, Oldham County Arts Center, 6:30 pm
16 Market Scale Certification, 10 am – noon
16 4-H Camp Teen Leader Interviews
17 Oldham County Master Gardeners, 10 am
16 Busy 4-H’ers of Oldham County
19 Delicious Delights 4-H Cooking Club
20 Evening with Extension, John Black Center, 5:30 pm
22 Homemakers Lesson: Couch Potato Challenge, 10 am
22 Homemakers Executive Board, noon
22-24 4-H Leadership Summit
23 Louisville Area Homemakers Council, 8 am – 3 pm
26 Come Sew With Us: Monograming, 3–8 pm
26 Oldham County 4-H Communications Event
27 4-H Teen Club
29 Oldham County Extension Council, 9 am
29 Oldham County Extension District Board, 10 am
29 Green Thumbs 4-H Horticulture Club
31 District 4-H Teen Council

April Extension Events

1 Homemaker Scholarship Applications Due
9 Green Thumbs Garden Club
9 4-H Robotics Club
10 Green Thumbs 4-H Horticulture Club
11 Nutrition Basics for Diabetics, 10:30 am
12 Leaders of the Pack 4-H Dog Club
13 Oldham County Beekeepers, 7:30 pm
14 Tree Seedling Giveaway, Oldham County Conservation District
14 District 4-H Communications Event
16 Delicious Delights 4-H Cooking Club
17 Fairy Gardens, 6:30 pm
19 4-H Council
20 SOHS 4-H Reality Store
23 Come Sew With Us: Gardening/Outdoor Accessories, 3–8 pm
26 Homemaker Lesson: Gardening in Small Spaces, 10 am
26 Homemaker Executive Board, noon
26 Busy 4-H’ers of Oldham County
30 4-H Cloverbud Club

May Extension Events

3 Oldham County Extension District Board, 9 am
5-7 KEHA State Meeting, Louisville
7 4-H Robotics Club
8 Native Shrubs, 6:30 pm
10 Green Thumbs 4-H Horticulture Club
11 Oldham County Beekeepers, 7:30 pm
14 Green Thumbs Garden Club
14 4-H Cloverbud Club
17 Oldham County Homemakers Annual Meeting
17 Busy 4-H’ers of Oldham County
21 Delicious Delights 4-H Cooking Club
22 4-H Camp Teen Leader Training
28 Memorial Day, Extension Office Closed

Asian Asparagus Salad Recipe

The following Family & Consumer Sciences article originally printed in the 2018 Spring edition of the Oldham County Extension Newsletter.

Asian Asparagus Salad Recipe


  • 1 pound fresh asparagus
  • 1½ tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sugar or artificial sweetener
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds

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Yield: 4, ½ cup servings


  1. Snap off and discard the root ends of the asparagus.
  2. Wash remaining stalks thoroughly.
  3. Slice stalks into 1½ inch lengths on the diagonal.
  4. Blanch asparagus for 1-3 minutes in boiling water, until bright green in color.
  5. Cool immediately under cold water and drain.
  6. Combine soy sauce, sugar, olive oil, and sesame seeds in a small glass bowl. Mix dressing until sugar is dissolved.
  7. In a gallon zip-seal bag, add asparagus and dressing. Turn bag to coat asparagus with dressing and chill in the refrigerator for 15 minutes. Turn bag again and chill for an additional 15 minutes before serving.

Nutritional Analysis: 70 calories, 4.5 g fat, .5 g sat. fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 250 mg sodium, 7 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 3 g protein

This Kentucky Proud recipe is a favorite of Chris Duncan, Family & Consumer Sciences Agent in Oldham County.

Oldham County Homemakers News

The following Family & Consumer Sciences articles originally printed in the 2018 Spring edition of the Oldham County Extension Newsletter.

Homemakers Offer Scholarships

The Oldham County Extension Homemakers Association offers college scholarships to its members as well as members’ children and grandchildren. Check for details online at oldham.ca.uky.edu/OC-Homemakers or stop by the Extension Office. Applications must be postmarked by April 1.

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Spit Polish a Success

Peggy Townsend, Louisville Area Cultural Arts Chair, facilitated a great program on preparing entries for Cultural Arts, Kentucky State Fair, and other competitions. Six counties from the Louisville Area Extension Homemaker Association were represented. Additional presenters included Angela Morris, Faye Korthaus, Nancy Dahlgren, and Mary Bauer.

Upcoming Homemakers Meetings

The 2018 KEHA State Meeting will be held at the Louisville Crown Plaza in May. Watch for the state newsletter this spring with further details. Contact FCS Agent Chris Duncan via (502) 222-9453 or crivera@uky.edu if you have any questions.

May 17 is the Oldham County Homemaker Annual Meeting at the John Black Center. The Suburbanites and Share & Sample clubs are organizing this year’s meeting. Further information should be available by the end of March.

Written by Chris Duncan, Family & Consumer Sciences Agent in Oldham County, Kentucky.

Classes on Cooking, Gardening, Sewing & More

The following Family & Consumer Sciences articles originally printed in the 2018 Spring edition of the Oldham County Extension Newsletter.

Homemaker Lessons – Open to the Public

Louisville Area Needlework • March 13, Shelby County Extension

Learn about Silk Ribbon, Cross Stitch, Basic Needle, Crewel Embroidery, and Creative Stitchery. Pick up an information packet at the Oldham County Extension Office, or contact us for the registration materials. Registration is due Thursday, March 8, to the Bullitt County Extension Office.

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Couch Potato Challenge • March 22, 10:00 a.m., Oldham County Extension

A 12-week set of walking challenges based on the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institutes’ walking plan, this program helps you get started walking at a pace that is comfortable for you! RSVP via (502) 222-9453.

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Gardening in Small Spaces • April 26, 10:00 a.m., Oldham County Extension

Gardening is one of America’s most popular hobbies, and rightly so. Gardening activities help promote healthy habits. The physical activity of working in the garden burns calories. As well, consuming home-grown vegetables is good for your health. Lesson taught by Traci Missun, Oldham County Extension Agent. Save your seat by emailing lauren.state@uky.edu or calling (502) 222-9453.

Come Sew With Us

Sewing classes are free and open to the public! All ages welcome — youth must be accompanied by an adult. The project of the day is not mandatory; you are encouraged to bring your own project to work on. Project supply lists are available online. Please call and reserve your seat.

Monograming • Monday, March 26, 3:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Gardening & Outdoor Accessories • Monday, April 23, 3:00 – 8:00 p.m.

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Cooking for Diabetics & Everyone Else Too!

Making healthy food choices is part of managing diabetes. At 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 11, learn about cooking healthy, easy meals that are both economical and tasty. This free class takes place at the Oldham County Extension Office. Call (502) 222-9453 to reserve your seat.

Looking Ahead to Summer

Mark your calendars! Canning Boot Camp will premiere at 6:30 p.m. on June 7, to be repeated at 10:00 a.m. on June 8.

Jefferson County is hosting this year’s Louisville Area Homemakers Annual Meeting on Monday, June 25. The meeting will be held at Riverside, The Farnsley-Moremen Landing, located at 7410 Moorman Road in Louisville. Watch your email for more details.

Kids’ Cooking Camp is scheduled for June 26 and 27. Further details to be announced.

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