Agriculture News: A few upcoming events for local farmers and producers

By Keenan Bishop Published:

Here are more programs and events that may be of interest to local farmers and producers.

CAIP deadline Friday

The Franklin County Cattlemen’s Association KADF CAIP cost share application period ends at noon Friday, Nov. 9. Applications for the 2012 CAIP will be available until then at the Extension Office, 101 Lakeview Ct., or on-line at http://ces.ca.uky.edu/franklin/AgNaturalResources. .

CAIP covers a wide variety of agricultural enterprises in its 11 investment areas, including commercial production of aquaculture; bees and honey; equine; forage; fruit; livestock; mushrooms; ornamental horticulture; poultry; rabbits; timber; and vegetables, as well as agritourism business development; commercial kitchen construction or conversion; energy efficiency/production; and on-farm water enhancement.

For details visit http://agpolicy.ky.gov/funds/caip.shtml.

Fall Metal Recycling

The Franklin County Conservation District is once again offering its Fall Scrap Metal and Appliance Recycling Drive, Nov. 7-10. Old fencing, sheet metal, farm equipment, etc., can be disposed of by hauling it to Lakeview Park during daylight hours. The Conservation District has arranged for a licensed Freon removal service, so old metal appliances can be accepted at this location.

Tires, batteries and paint cannot be accepted, however. For more details, contact the District directly at 695-5203, ext. 3. Conservation District members will be on site daily.

KSU Conference set

KSU is hosting its 2012 Kentucky Small, Limited Resource, Minority Farmers Conference next week. It’s a three-day event set for Nov. 13-15.

The conference begins at noon Nov. 13 at the KSU Research Farm with opening ceremonies, a luncheon and then keynote speaker Aleta Botts, Agricultural Policy Outreach Director, University of Kentucky. She will discuss “The Making of a Farm Bill.” Botts worked in Washington many years and does an excellent job of explaining the Farm Bill and the complexities of how it works.

Afterwards you’ll be entertained by Kentucky State University’s drum line.

Alvin Harris, Harris Farms, Millington, Tenn., will cover “How I made my living farming” followed by “Transferring the Family Farm” by Cinnamon Butler, USDA-Office of Adjudication, Washington, D.C. and “Working with FSA & Drought” by Shayla L. Watson, USDA, Farm Service Agency, Washington, D.C. and Mary Lou Bohannon, Farm Service Agency, Lexington.

Wednesday morning, Nov. 14 on KSU’s campus will feature concurrent sessions on “Organic Farming & Soil Health” with John Graham, NRCS, Resource Soil Scientist; “Environmental Quality Incentive” with Katie Little, NRCS Resource Conservationist Program; “Easement Programs,” Dr. Jerome Faulkner, NRCS Resource Conservationist.

Also, “Grant Programs:  How to Find Them and Prepare Good Applications,” Aleta Botts, Agribusiness Grant Facilitation Program Coordinator; “Single Family Housing Program,” Blaine Barnes, RD Rural Housing Specialist; “Rural Business Cooperative Services,” Dean Tandy and Cheryl Clay, RD Rural Business Specialists; “Grants for Small Farmers,” Mac Stone, KSU and Bill McCloskey, Director of Financial Services, Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy.

After the luncheon there will be Farmer Success Stories by Alice Glover, Jefferson County, Travis Cleaver, Larue County and Ken Waters, Shelby County. Next will be tours of Locust Trace Farm with Ed Thompson; New Aquaculture Building, Dr. Robert Durborow; University of Kentucky Meat’s Laboratory or Ken Waters Farm, Anthony Silvernail.

Thursday is back to regular programming with the Third Thursday Thing featuring AgrAbility, SARE Programs, and Forages. For details on cost and the full schedule contact Edwin Chavous at 695-9035 or edwin.chavous@kysu.edu.

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