Agriculture News: Upcoming events for farmers, producers

By Keenan Bishop Published:

Beef Conference Tuesday in Lexington

This conference is the best opportunity to find out the latest in raising cattle and get an insight on what the coming year will entail.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23 at the Fayette County Extension Office on Red Mile Road. The program begins at 10 a.m. with a welcome and opening comments and then Lance Zimmerman, Analyst for Cattle-FAX will explain the “Current Beef Cattle Situation.”

Kenny Burdine, UK Marketing & Profitability for Livestock, Forage and Equine, covering the “Economics of Heifer Development”, will follow him. Lunch is included with your registration fee.

After lunch, Dr. Les Anderson, UK, Beef Extension Specialist talks about “Reproductive Implications of the 2012 Drought” while Jeffery Lehmkuhler, UK Extension Beef Specialist discusses “Pinch Your Pennies, Pay the Price – Feeding Considerations with High Feed Prices.” Zimmerman will wrap up the program by 3 speaking on “Marketing Strategies for 2012.”

Kentucky Women in Agriculture Conference

Kentucky Women in Agriculture will hold their 13th Annual Conference Nov. 7-8 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Louisville and the deadline to register in this Wednesday, Oct. 24.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Agriculture – Making Kentucky Proud.” Registration is $85 for the two-day conference ($65 for students), which includes all meals, Taste of Kentucky Proud event and membership dues for 2013.  Conference scholarships are available. 

Seminars to be held Wednesday will cover risk management, agriculture advocacy, health issues and marketing.   KWIA’s 2012 award winners will also be announced during Wednesday’s luncheon, recognizing the outstanding achievements of KWIA members and supporters.  

Thursday includes a district networking breakfast, featuring testimonials from farmers from each membership district.  Participants are encouraged to attend the Kentucky Agriculture Summit (, which begins that afternoon at the Kentucky Exposition Center.  The evening wraps up with the “Kentucky Proud Taste Event,” featuring Kentucky Proud.

For more information, visit the KWIA website at or contact by email at or by phone at (877) 266-8823.

Poultry Show

The Bluegrass Poultry Association will once again have its Annual Fall Show and swap meet at Lakeview Park Saturday, Oct. 27. It starts at 8 a.m. and is free to the public but there is a dealer set up fee of $5. Remember that all goats, sheep, horses, and cattle require current health papers. No adult dogs are allowed.

Catalogs and entry forms are available at the Extension Office, 101 Lakeview Ct. For information contact Marty Short at 859-274-3337 or

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