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 FCS 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.

    June FCS Calendar

    5 Homemaker Executive Board, 9:30 a.m.
    8 Canning Boot Camp, 6:30 p.m.
    9 Canning Boot Camp, 10:00 a.m.
    13 FCS Council, 10:00 a.m.
    16 Homemakers Club Reports due to Extension Office
    21 Dare to Care Cooking & Nutrition Class, La Grange Community Center, 1:00 p.m.
    30 Homemaker Volunteer Hours due to Extension Office

    July FCS Calendar

    4 Office closed for Independence Day
    10-12 Kids Cooking Camp
    19 Wednesday Quilters, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    19 Dare to Care Cooking & Nutrition Class, La Grange Community Center, 1:00 p.m.
    24 County Fair Entry Day (Non-Perishables), 1:00 – 7:00 p.m.
    25 County Fair Entry Day (Non-Perishables), 9:00 a.m. – noon
    31 County Fair Entry Day (Culinary), 9:00 a.m. – noon

    August FCS Calendar

    1-5 Oldham County Fair
    6 County Fair Entry Check Out, Oldham County Fairgrounds, noon – 2:00 p.m.
    8 Extension Foundation, 9:00 a.m.
    16 Dare to Care Cooking & Nutrition Class, La Grange Community Center, 1:00 p.m.
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    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

    Landscape Help Publications Available

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

    New/Updated Landscape Publications Available

    New and updated publications covering landscape topics are now available. These Kentucky Extension publications and others covering lawn care, flower gardens, vegetables, and fruit are accessible online at www.uky.edu/hort/home-horticulture and at the extension office.

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    Soil Percolation, A Key to Survival of Landscape Plants’ details the effect of soil quality on the success of your landscape planting, covering ways to evaluate and improve your soil as well as the importance of selecting of the right plant to fit your soil type.

    Planting Container Grown Trees and Shrubs’ covers information about handling containers grown plants and proper planting technique to insure the success of your landscape.

    Planting Bareroot Trees in Your Landscape.’ Planting bareroot trees has always been a technique used to move young trees in landscapes and fruit orchards. This publication covers the proper handling and planting methods of bareroot plants for success.

    ‘After Your Ash Tree Dies, Making an Informed Decision on What to Replant will give you resources to decide what tree varieties mature similar in size to the ash and provide diversity to your landscape.

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    ‘What is Your Tree Worth?’ Landscape trees can add to the value of your property if undamaged, healthy, and planted in an appropriate location. This publication describes how to have your trees evaluated to determine their value in your landscape.

    Get Help With Pond Weeds

    A common problem for pond owners is control of weedy plants. Correctly identifying the plant is the first step in managing it. Scoop up problem weeds in a bucket and bring to our office for identification and control tips. Keeping pond weeds in water helps preserve them for accurate identification. An open container is best because it keeps the sample fresher. A closed container can be used for same day delivery to our office, but plants will begin decaying if kept enclosed multiple days, especially in a hot environment.

    Tips for Fall Allergy Sufferers

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    Tips for Fall Allergies

    From festivals to marathons, colorful leaves to pumpkin spice, there’s a lot to look forward to in the fall. If you suffer from fall allergies, however, it can be difficult to enjoy the joys of the season.

    Hay fever, also called allergic rhinitis, starts with cold-like symptoms. Unlike a cold that goes away within a week, hay fever lingers until the cause of the allergic reaction is identified and treated. One of the most common causes, especially during the fall allergy season, is ragweed. Ragweed begins to pollinate in mid-August and sticks around until a hard freeze.

    Mold can cause problems for allergy sufferers any time of the year, but a warmer-than-normal fall, high humidity, or windy conditions can allow mold spores to be released into the air for an extended period of time.

    Raking leaves, a common fall chore, can also stir up mold and pollen in the ground. Allergy sufferers who rake their yard can use an N-95 respirator mask when raking leaves to lessen the impacts of allergens. Children who have allergies should avoid jumping or playing in leaves.

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    Many indoor allergies can worsen in the fall as you stay inside more. While you can’t get rid of all the allergens in your home, you can minimize them. Here are some tips:

    • Wash your sheets weekly in hot water and your blankets every two to three weeks to kill dust mites.
    • Replace pillows every two to three years.
    • Encase your mattress, pillows and other padded furniture with allergen-proof covers.

    Sometimes signs of allergies aren’t straightforward due to the difficulty in distinguishing allergy symptoms from the common cold. This is especially true with children. If you or your child has cold symptoms that last more than a week or seem to occur at the same time every year, you may want to talk with your health care provider about the situation. Only a certified health care provider can truly diagnose allergies and prescribe treatments.

    More information on healthy living is available at the Oldham County Extension office. Call (502) 222-9453 to speak with Chris Duncan, Oldham County Family & Consumer Science Agent.

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    Educational programs of the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service 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 Nicole Peritore, Senior Extension Specialist. Edited by Lauren State, Oldham County Extension Staff Assistant.

    OC 4-H’ers Shine in Competition

    The following 4-H Youth Development articles printed in the quarterly Oldham County Extension newsletter.

    Summer OC 4-H Competitions

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    OC 4-H Dog Club

    Oldham County 4-H and Kentucky State Dog Show Results

    The 4-H Dog Show was held at Full Circle Farm on Saturday, July 23rd, one of the hottest days this summer. Special thanks to the owners of Full Circle Farm for making the day possible — without their support we could not have continued with the show due to the heat.

    Congratulations to the 4-H members who were county competition champions: Will Barber, Rebekah Degnan, Beth Huffman, and Ella Olds.

    Congratulations as well to those who competed in the State 4-H Dog Show:

    ♣♦ Will Barber ♦ Carrie Olds
    ♣♦ Rebekah Degnan ♦ Ella Olds
    ♦ Kailey Greenwell Keira Puckett
    ♦ Beth Huffman ♣♦ Audrey Roberts
    ♣♦ Anna Laverty Brianna Ross

    ♦ Denotes a blue ribbon winner.
    ♣ Denotes a class champion.

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    Oldham County 4-H Shooting Sports Competition

    The Oldham County 4-H Shooting Sports Club held their county competitions in August. Congratulations to all participants!

    Rifle, Age 9-11 Rifle, Age 12-14 Rifle, Age 15-18
    1st Place – Sarah Grace Jackson 1st Place – Dain MacDonald 1st Place – Shane Bickett
    2nd Place – Cole Powell 2nd Place – Brian Ball 2nd Place – John Clore
    3rd Place – Andrew Myers 3rd Place Parker Jones 3rd Place – Cameron Rice
    Pistol, Age 12-14 Pistol, Age 15-18 Trap, Age 9-11
    1st Place – Brian Ball 1st Place – Cameron Rice 1st Place – Grayson Hume
    2nd Place – Kaitlyn Snyder 2nd Place – Shane Bickett
    3rd Place Logan Roberts 3rd Place – Hannah Anderson
    Trap, Age 12-14 Bowhunter, Age 9-11 Bowhunter, Age 12-14
    1st Place – Hayden Bailey 1st Place – Nick Sauer 1st Place – Jonathan Gadberry
    2nd Place – Will Shannon 2nd Place – Lily Anderson 2nd Place – Kali Anderson
    3rd Place Eli King 3rd Place – Sean Johnson 3rd Place – Hayven Lentz
    Bowhunter, 15-18 Bare, Cloverbuds Bare, 9-11
    1st Place – Cameron Rice 1st Place – Catalina Perez 1st Place – Cole Powell
    2nd Place Drew Laverty 2nd Place – Sam Laverty 2nd Place – Izzy Perez
    3rd Place – Brandon Howard 3rd Place – Emma Reader
    Bare, 12-14 Bare, 15-18 Recurve, 9-11
    1st Place – Spencer Wieland 1st Place – Brandon Howard 1st Place – John Morgan Morales
    2nd Place Will Shannon 2nd Place – Max Renner 2nd Place – Spencer Duke
    3rd Place – Ethan Willis 3rd Place – Megan Snyder
    Target, 9-11 Target, Age 12-14
    1st Place – Trent Fitzner 1st Place – Justin Ensor

    In Rifle, Shane Bickett achieved the highest score. Cameron Rice was the highest overall in Pistol.

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    Ballardsville High Riders Excel at State Events

    The Kentucky 4-H Horse Contest was held in Lexington on June 9th and 10th. Congratulations to the following members for their accomplishments:

    Heidi Keck Ella Olds
    3rd in Craft Equipment 1st in Event Photography
    5th in Original Design Art
    Isabelle Von Busch Victoria Winn
    6th in Craft Equipment 1st in Digital Collage
    8th in Original Design Art 2nd in Photography Showing Movement
    4th in Photo Collection
    4th in Original Design Art
    7th in Craft Equipment

    The Kentucky 4-H Horse Show was held at the State Fairgrounds July 3rd thru 9th. Congratulations to the following members for their accomplishments at the Kentucky 4-H State Horse Show:

    Emily Bennett Carrie Olds
    1st in Hunter 2nd in Hunter, Under Saddle W/T
    3rd in Jumper, 34″ and Below 4th in Dressage
    7th in Showmanship 5th in W/T, Over Crossrails
    6th in Hunt Seat Equitation
    7th in Showmanship
    Miranda Smith Emmett King
    3rd in Hunt Seat Equitation, Over Fences 2nd in Green Horse, Over Crossrails
    4th in Dressage
    6th in Beginner Horse, Over 2′ Fences
    7th in Hunter, Under Saddle

    Congratulations to everyone who participated in the 2016 District and State Horse Shows!

    For more information regarding the 4-H Horse program contact the Cooperative Extension office. To qualify for participation in horse related competitive events, 4-H members must complete equine educational requirements and be registered with the Extension office by April 15, 2017.

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    Oldham County 4-H Fashion Revue

    The 4-H Fashion Revue was held on Monday, July 25th at the Mt. Tabor United Methodist Church. The Delicious Delights 4-H Cooking Club provided refreshments at the event. Rebekah Degnan received Senior Fashion Magic Champion Award. Molly Logsdon won the Senior Sewing Champion Award. Maggie Anderson earned the Junior Fashion Magic Champion Award. Kendall Kennedy received the Cloverbud Champion Awards in Sewing and Fashion Magic.

    Congratulations to all who participated!

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

    Fall OC 4-H Events

    The following 4-H Youth Development articles printed in the quarterly Oldham County Extension newsletter.

    Attention Club Leaders

    4-H Club Leader Meeting

    Club enrollment packets will be provided to all 4-H Club Leaders at a meeting on Tuesday, September 6th at 6:30 p.m. at the Extension Office. Club leaders, please plan on attending this very important meeting to receive your club enrollment materials. Every club must have a representative. If you cannot attend, please send a volunteer from your club. Do not use enrollment forms from past years as the form has been updated. All enrollment forms (for new as well as returning members) are due October 14th.

    4-H Shooting Sports Coaches Certification

    Are you interested in becoming a 4-H Shooting Sports coach? The Kentucky Leadership Center in Jabez, Kentucky will host the certification workshop designed to familiarize coaches with the National Shooting Sports materials and grant certification. Topics to be covered 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 at Lake Cumberland 4-H Education Center, October 7-9, 2016 for 4-H coaches seeking their first 4-H Certification. For more information about the workshop, please contact the Extension Office before September 16th.

    Attention OC 4-H’ers

    4-H Awards Night

    The Delicious Delights 4-H Cooking Club will host the 4-H Awards Night on the evening of Tuesday, November 22nd, at the John Black Community Center. Save the date!

    Nominations for 4-H Awards will be due on October 14th. Club leaders will receive more information about the awards in their club packets at the Club Leaders Meeting on Tuesday, September 6th. 4-H Awards to be granted during the awards dinner will include: Ten Year Award, 100 Ribbon Club, 250 Ribbon Club, Achievement Awards, Horse Level Books, Club Secretary Book, and Community Service Award.

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

    Be the Next Emerald Award Recipient

    The Achievement Program provides the opportunity to receive scholarships to Teen Conference, 4-H Congress, and college. Certain levels require interviews at the state level. You can get started in the Achievement Program when you are in the 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. We have many 4-H members who can excel in this program, and now is the time get started!

    All Achievement applications are due October 14th. Download the Achievement application from the Extension website.

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

    KY Dairy Cattle News

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    Kentucky Dairy Notes

    The University of Kentucky Dairy Extension team circulates a monthly e-newsletter called Kentucky Dairy Notes. The following article “Heat Stress is a Hot Topic” comes from the May 2016 issue of Kentucky Dairy Notes.

    Heat Stress is a Hot Topic

    Written by Barbara Wadsworth, University of Kentucky Dairy Graduate Research Student, and Dr. Jeffrey Bewley, University of Kentucky Dairy Assistant Professor.

    Heat stress negatively affects many cattle around the world. In the United States, heat stress is particularly bad in the southeast. Heat stress decreases dry matter intake, production, and reproductive performance. Below are reviews of new and interesting research conducted at various research institutes.

    University of California, Davis researchers conducted a study where the objective was to determine the relationship between signs of panting and respiration rates, both of which may be indicators of cow’s heat load. Respiration rates and panting signs (drooling, mouth open, or tongue out) were measured every five minutes for thirty-two cows. The researchers determined that all signs of panting were accompanied by a higher respiration rate. Take home message: When cows are panting and breathing heavily, they may be trying to dissipate their heat load. This study reaffirms that if a cow exhibits these signs, a producer will want to provide cows with more heat abatement resources (fans, shade, and sprinklers).

    Cornell University researchers studied the relationship between milk yield with rectal temperature, respiration rate, udder skin temperature, and body surface temperature on eight cows. Four cows were housed in a cooled environment and four cows were housed in an environment with a temperature humidity index of 79.5. The researchers discovered that udder skin temperatures and respiration rates were equally related with rectal temperatures. They also discovered that rectal temperatures had the highest correlation with milk yield. Udder skin temperature was a better indicator of milk yield then respiration rates. Udder skin temperature may be a useful indicator of heat stress as udder skin temperature is fast to measure and non-invasive. Take home message: Udder skin temperatures are comparable to respiration rates as a heat stress indicator.

    California Polytechnic State University researchers studied differences in the degree of heat stress based on cow cooling methods. Fifteen cows were housed in two different barns. One barn had fans and soakers and the other barn had soakers only. Rectal temperatures were measured three times per day to assess cow heat stress. No difference in the rectal temperatures of the cows housed in the two barns was shown. However, differences in rectal temperatures of the cows that were housed in the barn with soakers only (101.5º F) occurred when they were moved to the holding pen which had fans and soakers (100.8º F). This result highlights that having fans and soakers may be effective in decreasing heat stress. Take home message: This study reiterates that housing cows in barns with fans and soakers may help alleviate heat stress.

    University of Florida scientists examined the cellular structure of calves’ intestines after being in utero in heat stressed cows. Thirty bull calves were sacrificed either at birth, or 1 and 2 days after birth. Their intestines were removed and tissues sampled. The researchers discovered that calves in utero of cows exposed to heat stress had limited passive immunity capability. Take home message: Cooling dry cows may help calves born to these dams increase their IgG uptake and increase their passive immunity capability.

    Cornell University researchers conducted a study where they used temperature humidity index to evaluate its impact on pregnancies per AI and postpartum disease. The researchers determined that when cows were inseminated in times of heat stress compared to non-heat stress they had reduced pregnancies per AI from 38.7% to 32.5%, respectively. Cows that calved during a period of heat stress had an increased risk (30.2%) of having a postpartum disease than cows calving during a period of non-heat stress (26.3%). Take home message: Inseminating cows during heat stress may decrease the rate of pregnancies per AI. Calving during heat stress may increase the cow’s risk for disease.

    In conclusion, heat stress can negatively affect cows. Heat stress increases cow’s panting and respiration rate, rectal temperature rate, postpartum disease rate, and decreases their pregnancies per AI rate. Heat stress on the dam can also negatively affect calves by decreasing their passive immunity capability. This new research was presented at the 2015 Joint Annual Meeting of American Society of Animal Science and American Dairy Science Association in Orlando, FL. What a great environment Orlando made to discuss heat stress!

    Master Clothing Volunteer

    The following Family & Consumer Science article printed in the March 31, 2016 edition of the Oldham Era.

    Extending Knowledge

    Become an Extension Master Clothing Volunteer

    If you’re interested in making sewing more than just a hobby, Cooperative Extension’s Master Clothing Volunteer program might be right for you. Recruitment for the Master Clothing Volunteer Class of 2016 is ongoing through the end of June.

    A master volunteer is an individual who goes above and beyond the traditional volunteer role. Master Clothing Volunteers have basic knowledge of sewing and garment construction skills. They are interested in receiving in-depth training in the subject and are dedicated to helping others learn their art.

    The Kentucky Master Volunteer in Clothing Construction Program has been certifying individuals since 1990. A new class of volunteers is selected every two years. The class of 2016 will be the 13th class to begin the certification process.

    Participation in the Master Clothing Volunteer program is highly selective. Only two individuals are selected from each of the state’s 14 extension areas. Individuals must first apply to the program at their county’s extension office, where they are already an approved volunteer. From there, a county committee will screen the applicants. Individuals will be notified by mail about the status of their application. Those selected will advance to an area screening committee. The committee will make their selections based on an individual’s sewing knowledge and people skills drawn from the application and an interview.

    Those selected to participate in the program will attend a statewide training, Oct. 18-21 at the Lake Cumberland 4-H Educational Center in Jabez and begin the certification process. During this process, they will receive training on subject matter, record keeping, teaching, and people skills. They will also make a written commitment to give back a specific amount of time to Cooperative Extension and the community by teaching basic sewing skills to groups of individuals. After completing the volunteer requirements, the individual will become a Certified Master Clothing Volunteer recognized by the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service as a trained professional aide.

    Applications are available at county extension offices. For more information on becoming a Kentucky Master Clothing Volunteer, contact the Oldham County Cooperative Extension Service.

    Educational programs of the Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of race, color, sex, religion, disability or national origin.

    Source: Marjorie Baker, extension associate for clothing and textiles

    KY Forestry News

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    Spring 2016 Kentucky Forestry News

    To promote stewardship and sustainable management of Kentucky’s non-industrial private forests, the Kentucky Forestry Extension Service and Kentucky Division of Forestry publish multiple forestry resources including the Kentucky Woodlands Magazine. The current issue approaches a variety of topics: GMOs, mussels, logging, best management practices, the Northern long-eared bat, and more.

    Download the full edition of Kentucky Woodlands Magazine.

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    2015 KY Forest Economic Report

    Kentucky Forestry Extension released the Kentucky Forestry Economic Report for 2015 which estimates Kentucky’s growing role in the national forest industry. Some of these stats include:

    • $9.1 billion in direct economic contribution.
    • $14.6 billion (9% increase) in total economic contribution.
    • 28,408 jobs in the forest industry; estimated 57,750 jobs overall.
    • 713 facilities located in 109 (of 120) Kentucky counties; gain of 10 facilities.

    Dr. Jeff Stringer, Kentucky Extension Professor, reported on Kentucky’s progress.

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    KY Forest Leadership Program

    The Kentucky Forest Leadership Program offers first-hand forestry experience to high school students. The program encourages the development of life-long learning skills, focusing on observation, action, and evaluation. This year’s participants will also have the opportunity to study entomology and wildlife. Students are also introduced to a variety of forestry-related careers such as civil engineering, entomology, soil science, wildlife habitat assessment, and water quality.

    For more information on the Kentucky Forest Leadership Program, contact Extension Associate Laurie Thomas.

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    KY Forestry Events

    Ohio River Valley Woodlands & Wildlife Workshop
    April 2, 10 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.
    Cliffty Falls State Park
    Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio forestry and wildlife specialists will be available to answer land management questions.

    Kentucky Forest Industries Association Annual Meeting
    April 5-7
    The Brown Hotel in Downtown Louisville, KY
    Discuss current forestry issues, and enjoy numerous forest-related activities. Over 400 regional company representatives will be in attendance.

    Kentucky Woodland Owners Short Course
    July 16
    Henry County Extension
    Individuals and families have the opportunity to learn more about enhancing the woodlands on their property.

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    KY Forest Resources

    The University of Kentucky Department of Forestry is responsible for Kentucky research, instruction, and extension programs in forest and wildland natural resources.
    The Sustainable Forestry Initiative is a non-profit organization helping promote sustainable management of U.S. forests. Partnerships allow the Sustainable Forestry Initiative to award grants for forestry management improvement projects.

    Through various programs and services, the Kentucky Division of Forestry informs the public of the environmental, social, and economic importance of forest resources. In addition to forestry education, the Kentucky Division of Forestry is responsible for wildland fire management.

    The National Association of State Foresters encourage the protection and sustainable management of state and private forests. Kentucky is part of the Southern Group of State Foresters.

    Since 1900, the Society of American Foresters has informed and provided networking opportunities for American forestry professionals.

    Protecting nearly 200 national forests and grasslands, the U.S. Forest Service teaches sustainable practices for the health, diversity, and productivity of U.S. forests.

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