Agriculture News: Land Extravaganza set for Sept. 15

By Keenan Bishop Published:

The Woods and Waters Land Trust will have its 4th Annual Land Extravaganza on Saturday, Sept. 15 at Robin and Charlie Jones’ farm in Bald Knob. The Extravaganza is a fundraiser for land protection in the lower Kentucky River watershed. 

Join W&WLT for an evening of fine food and music in an unforgettable location. The hosts own 525 acres with spectacular views and 1½ miles of river frontage. Besides operating a working farm, they have actively worked to protect and conserve their woodlands, which boast rare species.

A tour with views of the river featuring a talk by geologist Brandon Nutgall will begin at 5 p.m. Wear comfortable clothes. Travel will be by pickup truck to a high point on the farm with fabulous views. Then walk a short distance to the top of the river bluff.

Appetizers and a silent auction begin at 6. Enjoy live music by a local group (to be announced) and browse the outstanding items for purchase at the silent auction.

An open-air dinner begins at 6:30. The feature of this year’s fine local cuisine will be pork produced on the farm. Other menu items include stuffed potatoes, artisan bread by Stone & Ember Bakery, as well as salads and desserts. A short program highlighting the conservation work on the farm and the significance of the area will conclude dinner.

This is an opportunity for you to see a new part of Franklin County and learn about the conservation achievements of the hosts. For details visit http://www.woodsandwaterstrust.org/extravaganza. Purchase discounted tickets online to help with planning. Tickets prices at the event are: individual $40, couple $70, child $10.

AGRICULTURE'S FUTURE IS TOPIC OF FORUM

The Kentucky Agricultural Council is holding a series of public forums across the state to which the public and all those interested in the future of Kentucky agriculture are cordially invited. These forums will provide important input to a new strategic plan for Kentucky agriculture and the state’s rural communities for the 2013-18 period.

KAC is a non-profit group that is the umbrella organization for all of Kentucky’s commodity groups, plus state and federal agencies, academic institutions involved with ag education, as well as other agriculturally-oriented organizations.  Since 2007, the KAC’s mission is to be the steward of strategic planning for all of Kentucky Agriculture and its rural communities.

Kentucky State University will host the forum here in Franklin County on Wednesday, Sept. 5 from 7-8:30 p.m. The meeting will be at the KSU Cooperative Extension Building, Room 238. For more information contact: Dawn Riley at dawn.riley@insightbb.com, 502-552-5849 or Steven Spalding at sspalding@bellsouth.net, 502-744-8115.

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