Supporting Oldham County Agriculture

The following Agriculture & Natural Resources articles originally published in the 2017 Report to the People and reprinted in the 2017 Winter edition of the Oldham County Extension Newsletter.

“If it wasn’t for 4-H I do not think I would have developed the skills that have helped me take care of my own horse, and I would not have gained the knowledge that is helping me [study pre-veterinary science.]”
– Oldham County 4-H alumni

Supporting Oldham’s #1 Ag Commodity

The 2012 Kentucky Equine Survey reported a total value of Oldham County’s equine and equine-related assets of $163 million. Oldham County ranks 4th in Kentucky in value of equine sold, 5th in equine operation income, 6th in value of equine and equine acres, and 7th in equine population.

Oldham County Extension supports farm managers and horse owners through site visits to help troubleshoot problems and improve pastures and horse health. This includes improving pastures through reseeding, fertility management, weed control, and grazing management; improving horse diets; and hay testing.

The Extension Service also provides equine programs on worming, pasture management, vaccinations, showmanship, and tack care. Between July 2016 and June 2017, the county 4-H and agriculture agents, as well as numerous community equine professionals and veterinarians, taught seven educational sessions to 4-H members and horse owners. Thirty-six repeat attendees learned valuable horse care information that improved health and safety of both horse and rider.

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Oldham County 4-H’ers at the Kentucky State 4-H Horse Show.

Through monthly educational meetings, 4-H horse club members build social and emotional skills like accountability, empathy, leadership, and confidence.

Beef Field Day

In Oldham County, pasture makes up 32% of available farmland and provides grazing for livestock. Livestock are important to Oldham County’s economy, with cattle alone representing over 2.4 million dollars in sales in 2012, according to the Census of Agriculture.

Because of the importance and prevalence of cattle production in the area, agriculture extension agents in Oldham, Trimble, Henry, and Shelby Counties have organized and held annual Regional Beef Field Days for farmers since 2005. These field days offer farmers an opportunity to see how production practices work on other farms. Field days also promote implementation of new practices that improve production efficiency while protecting natural resources, which are goals outlined in the county plan of work.

In 2016, this event was held at an Oldham County Farm. During the field day, 250 Louisville area producers attended and learned about:

  • Heavy Use Feeding Areas and Other Conservation Practices that Protect Soil and Water
  • Proper Handling Facilities to Minimize Animal Stress
  • Good Herd Health Practices and Update on Antibiotics Use

Farms make up one-half of total land acreage in Oldham County.

“Looking at the handling facilities setup helped me decide on changes needed for my own system.”
– Oldham County farmer

Written by Lauren State, Oldham County Extension Staff Assistant; Traci Missun, Oldham County Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent; and Kelly Woods, Oldham County 4-H Youth Development Agent.

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2017 Winter OC Extension Events

The following calendar originally printed in the 2017 Winter edition of the Oldham County Extension newsletter.

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

December Extension Calendar

1 Louisville Area Homemakers Council, John Black Center, 10 am
1 4-H Teen Club
4 4-H Robotics Club
5 OC Homemakers Executive Board, 10 am
5 Cattlemen’s Association, 6 pm
7 Leaders of the Pack 4-H Dog Club
8 Beef Quality Assurance Training/Certification, 9 am
8 OC Beekeepers, 6:30 pm
11 Green Thumbs Garden Club, 9:30 am
11 4-H Cloverbud Club
12 Green Thumbs 4-H Horticulture Club
14 Private Pesticide Applicator Training/Certification, 9 am
14 Busy 4-H’ers of Oldham County
18 Delicious Delights 4-H Cooking Club
18 Santa’s Workshop

December 22 – January 1: Office Closed for Winter Break

January Extension Calendar

4 OC Homemaker Council, 10 am
4 Leaders of the Pack 4-H Dog Club
8 Green Thumbs, 9:30 am
8 4-H Robotics Club
8-9 KY Fruit & Vegetable Growers Conference, Lexington
9 Ornamental Grasses, 10 am
11 Green Thumbs 4-H Horticulture Club
11-12 KY Cattlemen’s Convention, Lexington
12 OC Beekeepers, 7:30 pm
14-17 American Forage & Grassland Council Conference, Louisville
15 MLK Day, Office Closed
15 4-H Cloverbud Club
15 4-H Teen Club
16 Plant Propagation, 6 pm
17 Master Haymaker begins, Shelby Co. Extension
18 4-H Council
19 Shade Gardens, 10 am
20 Curing The Winter Blues With Succulents, Oldham Co. Conservation District, 10 am
22 Come Sew With Us: Serging, 10 am–2 pm
22 Come Sew With Us: Repair & Up-Cycle, 3–8 pm
25 Homemaker Lesson: Vegetarian 101, 10 am
25 Busy 4-H’ers of Oldham County
26 Private Pesticide Applicator Training, 9 am
29 Delicious Delights 4-H Cooking Club

February Extension Calendar

1 OC Extension Council & District Board
1 Leaders of the Pack 4-H Dog Club
5 “Spit Polish,” 10 am
5 4-H Robotics Club
7-10 Kentucky Volunteer Forum
9 OC Beekeepers, 7:30 pm
12 Green Thumbs Garden Club, 9:30 am
12 4-H Cloverbud Club
15 Green Thumbs 4-H Club
16 Oldham County Cultural Arts
16 4-H Teen Club
19 Delicious Delights 4-H Club
20 Garden Myths, 6:30 pm
22 Alfalfa/Stored Forages Conference, Cave City
22 Homemaker Lesson: Ins & Outs of Downsizing, 10 am
22 Busy 4-H’ers of Oldham County
23 Louisville Area Cultural Arts
24 Fruit Production
26 Come Sew With Us: Kitchen Accessories, 10 am–2 pm
28 Flower Photography, 6:30 pm

Note: The printed version of the newsletter listed nutrition classes at Dare to Care food pantries. As of November, Dare to Care will no longer be conducting a mobile pantry at the LaGrange Community Center. Dare to Care will continue to contribute to pantries such as HighPoint in La Grange and Grace and Glory in Goshen.

Extension Teaches Food Safety & Nutrition Classes

The following Agriculture & Natural Resources and Family & Consumer Science articles originally published in the 2017 Report to the People and reprinted in the 2017 Winter edition of the Oldham County Extension Newsletter.

Food Safety in Oldham County

Oldham and surrounding counties are home to many farmers markets, roadside farm markets, and community supported agriculture sites. Additionally, some farms sell to grocery stores and restaurants. A concern for producers and consumers is safe production, harvest, handling, and storage of food to minimize risk of microbial and other contaminant-related sicknesses.

farmers market produce

The University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service and Kentucky Department of Agriculture developed Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) guidelines to reduce the likelihood of produce contamination. It focuses on safe techniques and inputs on all levels of the farm to fork food chain. Farmers that utilize GAP principles in their production proactively take steps to reduce the possibility of producing unsafe food products. County Extension Offices provide GAP training to producers throughout the state.

From 2008 to 2017:

  • Oldham County Extension has provided 15 GAP training sessions to 56 producers.
  • These producers sell products in at least 44 markets, community supported agriculture sites, grocery stores, and restaurants.
  • These producers sell in Oldham, Jefferson, Henry, Shelby, Trimble, and Barren counties.

At a conservative estimate of 500 consumers reached through each market, this represents a minimum of 22,000 consumers purchasing foods that have been safely produced by local farmers. GAP is an ongoing training program offered periodically throughout the year at Oldham County Extension, with training verified through the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.

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Oldham County Extension also targets food safety during canning classes. Following Canning Boot Camp in June 2017, twenty-five Oldham Countians reported that they could identify research-based methods for home food preservation, safe methods of canning low and high acid foods, and signs of spoilage in home canned goods. Participants with intermediate to skilled canning experience indicated plans to increase the amount of food that they canned.

Stretching Your Food Dollars

Although Oldham County is one of Kentucky’s healthiest and wealthiest counties, over 5,100 residents live in poverty. Struggling Oldham County residents learn food budgeting tips at the Oldham County Extension office.

Over the past year, the FCS agent taught a series of seven Economical Entrée classes for Extension Homemakers and the general public. This “train the trainer” program reached more than 1,533 people in Oldham and surrounding counties. Post-lesson survey results showed that 99% of participants understood the entrée’s role according to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 95% could identify economical proteins, and 94% felt confident planning meals using economical entrees. A six month follow-up survey revealed 89% of participants use new skills to prepare economical entrees at home and estimate saving $25.00 or more on monthly food expenses.

economical entrees

Extension programming emphasizes utilizing available resources to help provide nutritious food for a growing family. In 2013, Sheila N. attended a series of “Cooking on a Budget” classes that were held at the Oldham County Extension office. Her husband being an avid hunter, Sheila was looking for ways to make meals with the wild game that her family would find more appealing. Along with meal planning and money-saving strategies, the FCS agent provided easy and economical recipes that included venison and other wild game. Recently, Sheila reported that her family now boasts that they have the most delicious meals using wild game. Plus, Sheila has been able to be a stay at home mom and provide care for her children.

To help support individuals and families in tough economic times, Oldham County Extension partners with the Dare To Care Food Bank to provide economic cooking and nutrition classes using the foods donated to the mobile pantry. Participants learn about preparing healthy recipes, meal planning, buying vegetables and fruit in season, and other ways to stretch a food budget. Of the 70 plus families that receive supplemental food each month, more than 40% report using recipes and tips to save an average of $20.00 a week.

Inmates Pursue Healthier Lifestyles

The National Institute on Drug Abuse asserts that successful addiction treatment helps an addict become drug-free, stay drug-free, and be productive member of the family. In an effort to address the latter, the Oldham County Extension EFNEP assistant partnered with Roederer Correctional Complex to bring nutrition education to their substance abuse program. Lessons from the Healthy Choices curriculum focus on helping prepare inmates for a healthier lifestyle upon returning to their families.

Since the fall of 2016, approximately 60 participants have learned how to use nutrition labels to find healthy food choices for their families, proper food safety techniques, and stretch food dollars. Extension also provides low-salt, low-sugar versions of common recipes, such as Bean and Corn Salsa for healthier tailgating.

healthy food choices

Multiple participants noted the importance in keeping a daily food journal, especially in the case of previous health issues. One man expressed his hope that his diabetic wife could use this strategy to improve her eating habits.

Written by Chris Duncan, Oldham County Extension Family & Consumer Science Agent; Lauren State Fernandez, Oldham County Extension Staff Assistant; Traci Missun, Oldham County Extension Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent; and Sherry Ragsdale, Expanded Food and Nutrition Program Assistant.

Important Hay and Pasture Information

The following Agriculture & Natural Resources article originally printed in the 2017 Winter edition of the Oldham County Extension newsletter.

Hay and Pasture – Don’t Forget the Basics

oldham county hay field

Are your pastures and hay fields yielding like they should? Or have you seen production fall off in recent years? Pastures and hay fields are important for any grazing animal operation. Better pasture and hay production means less purchased feed, and this means more money in your pocket. Well-maintained pastures also protect natural resources through prevention of erosion and manure runoff. It’s not too late to evaluate forage stands and make decisions now that will increase your production in 2018. These are things to consider:

Are your pastures overgrazed?
Grazing or mowing fescue and orchard grass below a 4-inch height greatly reduces its ability to regrow. Rotate animals to new pasture area before they overgraze. Ideally a pasture rest period of 28 days allows it to regrow sufficiently. Of course, the number of days varies with the season and rainfall, so your eye is critical in deciding when pastures should be rested and when they need to be grazed. Check your mowing equipment height, too, as some can cut lower than 4 inches.

How long has it been since you fertilized pasture and hay fields?
Some nutrients are returned to the soil on pastures through manure. For hay fields, every time you cut hay you are taking away nutrients. Unless you soil test and apply nutrients as recommended, expect pastures and hay fields to decline.

oldham county hay field

Are you counting on clover or alfalfa to provide nitrogen for companion grasses in a field?
If the answer is yes, remember there must be at least 25% clover or alfalfa in the stand to provide enough nitrogen for companion grasses. I’ve seen some fields where producers thought there was adequate clover, but the grass clearly showed a nitrogen deficiency. If you’re not sure, contact me to visit and survey clover/alfalfa populations. There’s a scientific method for doing this that will be more accurate than just walking the field.

Are you managing pasture and hay to keep it vegetative?
Keeping forages vegetative means two things. First, quality of the forage is higher when vegetative (not flowering/producing seed heads), and second, grasses produce new stems from the base during this stage vs. producing a seed head. These new stems are how grass grows outward, fills in, and yields more for grazing or hay. A thick stand of forage helps keep weeds from moving in, too.

Are stands thinning?
If so, consider reseeding. Test soil and amend as needed. Weed control may be necessary, depending on populations and time of the year. The Grain and Forage Crop Guide provides seeding rates, depths, and best planting times.

oldham county pasture

Do you need help getting pastures and hay fields back into shape?
The best thing about being an Agriculture Agent is helping people solve problems. I’m available to look at pastures and fields with you to talk through options for improvements. All you have to do is call and set up a time.

Written by Traci Missun, Oldham County Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent.

Fall 2017 Ag Events

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

oldham county agriculture calendar

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

2017 Fair Results

The following 4-H Youth Development, Agriculture & Natural Resources, and Family & Consumer Science articles printed in the Fall 2017 edition of the quarterly Oldham County Extension newsletter.

4-H Fair Results

Congratulations 4-H Fair Winners

4-H members entered 290 projects in the 2017 Oldham County Fair, demonstrating many talents and lots of hard work. We would like to congratulate the following participants whose 58 projects advanced to the State Fair:

Maggie Anderson Kora Birchmier Katherine Carter
+* Sarah Griffin Emily Harris Rachel Harris
* Ryan Hawkins * Beth Huffman +* Ethan Jasinski
Katelynn Jasinski * Lindsay Jasinski Zach Jasinski
* Bailey Johnson +* Riely Johnson Keirstin Kennedy
* Kendall Kennedy * Molly Logsdon * Carrie Olds
* Ella Olds Hannah Santos

Congratulations to the 4-H members who received one or more blue ribbons (denoted by asterisk *) for their awesome work at the Kentucky State Fair. Special congratulations to the Oldham County 4-H’ers whose projects were selected State Fair Class Champion (marked with plus +) in their categories.

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Ag Fair Results

Thank You, County Fair Exhibitors

Thank you to everyone who brought entries to the 2017 Oldham County Fair! The Agriculture Department had a record-setting 157 vegetable and crop entries this year.

The following individuals received blue ribbons in the Youth Division:

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

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The following Oldham Countians earned one or more blue ribbons in the Adult Division:

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

Sarah Hardin was this year’s Youth Division Champion. 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 in the Youth Division.

Congratulations to all Agriculture Department exhibitors!

FCS Fair Results

Successful Oldham County Fair Home & Family Arts Exhibit

With great weather, excellent volunteers, and increased entries and participation, the 2017 Oldham County Fair was a grand success. Plan now to enter your culinary, artistic, and/or handwork creations next year!

fcs fair winners

Written by Chris Duncan, Oldham County Family & Consumer Science Agent; Traci Missun, Oldham County Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent; Lauren State Fernandez, Oldham County Extension Staff Assistant; and Kelly Woods, Oldham County 4-H Agent.

Fall Oldham County Agriculture News

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

Weed Identification Contest

horseweed

Congratulations to Barbara Rosenman, winner of last issue’s weed identification contest. Barbara correctly identified Horseweed, also known as Marestail (Conyza canadensis).

Youth Ag Incentives Program

The Youth Ag Incentives Program is a new cost-share opportunity, offered through the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund in partnership with the Oldham County Agriculture Development Council. This cost-share program was designed to benefit Oldham County youth actively engaged in agriculture.

Applicants are required to be enrolled in elementary, middle, or high school, and may also include home school students. Applicants must be at least age nine as of January 1, 2017.

We anticipate that applications for this cost-share program will be available by mid-September. Contact our office via (502) 222-9453 or traci.missun@uky.edu for more information and program guidelines.

Hail Damage to Grain Crops

corn crop storm damage

An August 1st hail storm caused varying degrees of damage to corn, soybeans, and hemp on a farm near Goshen. Some fields sustained heavier damage, with nearly all leaves stripped from plants. Hail also damaged stems, stalks, pods, and ears. Bruising and kernel rupture on corn ears also produced rot inside the shucks, observed above.

We are monitoring these fields through the rest of the growing season to see the full extent of the damage.

Written by Traci Missun, Oldham County Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent. Edited by 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.

    Summer 2017 Ag Events

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

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

    June Ag Calendar

    1 Master Cattleman, 6:00 p.m.
    8 County Extension Council, 9:00 a.m.
    8 Extension District Board, 10:00 a.m.
    8 Equine Farm & Facilities Expo, Lexington, University of Kentucky Extension Forages
    9 Oldham County Beekeepers, 7:30 p.m.
    12 Green Thumbs, contact office for details
    15 Master Cattleman, 6:00 p.m.
    20 Ag Development Council, 7:00 p.m.
    24 Master Gardener Association Meeting and Rain Garden Work Day, 9:00 a.m., Oldham County Extension Pavilion

    July Ag Calendar

    4 Office closed for Independence Day
    6 Master Cattleman, 6:00 p.m., Henry County Extension
    6 I Love Roses, 6:30 p.m., Oldham County Public Library, La Grange. Guest speaker Janet Miller of the Louisville Rose Society. Sponsored by Oldham County Master Gardener Association.
    10 Green Thumbs, Contact office for details
    14 Oldham County Beekeepers, 7:30 p.m.
    17 How Flowers Flirt and Flourish, 6:30 p.m., Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve, Goshen. Guest speaker Tavia Cathcart Brown, Wildflower Expert and Author. Sponsored by Oldham County Master Gardener Association.
    18 Oldham County Cattlemen, 6:00 p.m.
    20 Master Cattleman, 6:00 p.m., Shelby County Extension
    31 Ag Exhibits Entry for County Fair, 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., (NEW LOCATION: Oldham County Extension office)

    August Ag Calendar

    3 Late Summer/Early Fall Gardening, 10:00 a.m. Guest speaker Jeff Wallitsch, Wallitsch Nursery and Garden Center. Sponsored by Oldham County Master Gardener Association.
    3 Master Cattleman, 6:00 p.m.
    8 Extension Foundation, 9:00 a.m.
    10 Rinse & Return for Pesticide Containers, 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon
    11 Oldham County Beekeepers, 7:30 p.m.
    16 Master Gardener/Green Thumbs Outing, Streamcliff Farms