Commodity conferences plentiful during March

By KEENAN BISHOP Extension Agent for Agriculture Published:

March is full of a variety of commodity conferences and workshops. No matter your interests, there is probably a topic or theme this month to satisfy you. If there are new aspects or enterprises that you are interested in, these are good ways to explore the options.

For starters, there is the second annual Kentucky Poultry Producer Education Conference on March 4 in Owensboro. The theme is Avian Influenza. This is an excellent opportunity for you to learn about this topic and the potential response to AI and other poultry diseases. Dr. Cigainero a veterinarian with Pilgrim's Pride has experience in dealing with AI in Mexico and Texas and will share his experiences.

While this event is geared towards the large commercial producer, it will be a chance to pick up info about avian flu and other aspects that can be informative for backyard flocks. If you are interested please register ($10) through the Kentucky Poultry Federation at (859) 373-0761 or e-mail kypoultry@earthlink.net.

The Kentucky Dairy Conference will be held at the Cave City Convention Center, March 7. The registration fee is $20. Details of the program are available at the office or contact George Heersche, UK, (859) 257-5987 or gheersch@uky.edu.

Based on recent local interest, the Ohio River Valley Woodland and Wildlife Workshop on March 25 in Cincinnati will be a popular event. This special workshop is for woodland owners in the area where Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky meet.

Forestry and wildlife experts from all three states will be on hand to present a variety of topics and answer your questions. While most sessions will be indoors, you may have an opportunity to go outside in some. There will be displays and opportunities to interact with the presenters after most of the sessions. There will be special programming provided for K-12 youth. The morning session will explore wildlife topics while the afternoon session will explore forest topics. For details visit http://woodlandstewards.osu.edu.

If you missed the Kentucky bee keeping classes earlier you may want to drive up to southern Ohio. Also on March 25 will be the biggest bee keepers school in Ohio at the Oasis Conference Center in Loveland. This covers practically everything from beginning to the experienced apiarist. This will be a great chance to gather information on beekeeping. For details and registration go to http://warren.osu.edu/ag/Bschool.htm.

On March 4, a new beekeeping school, the Kentucky Audubon Beekeeping School, will take place near Henderson, at Stone Hill Honey, in Spottsville, the home and headquarters of Paul and Betsy Stones beekeeping operation. For more information contact them at (270) 826-2767, or by e-mail at bpstoneky@bellsouth.net.

The KSU Third Thursday Thing on March 16 will focus on goats. Ken Andries, the KSU Goat Specialist, has a wealth of knowledge on the subject. This has proven to be a popular spring topic at KSU. An added attraction is the lunch they serve is usually theme based! Call Marion Simon for the details at 597-6437 or marion.simon@kysu.edu.

Another source for finding out about local events and upcoming attractions is the Franklin County Agricultural and Natural Resources newsletter Of Cows and Plows If you are not currently getting this monthly newsletter but would like to, please call the office at 695-9035 and ask to be added to the mailing list.

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