Agriculture News: Upcoming agriculture programs

By Keenan Bishop, Published:

Here are several opportunities for you in the upcoming year. Let’s hope the weather and chores cooperate so we’ll be able to get out and take advantage of some of these.

2013 Fruit and Veggie Conference, Trade Show

The 2013 Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference and Trade Show will again be at the Embassy Suites Hotel, Lexington on Jan. 7-8. Highlights of this year’s meeting will be a pre-conference Winemaking Techniques Workshop and a Fruit Round Table Discussion.

During the conference there will be sessions on Farmers Markets, Commercial Fruit and Vegetable Production, Small Fruit Production, Organic Farming and Gardening, the Grape and Wine Short Course, Agritourism, Beginning Fruit and Vegetable Production, High Tunnels and Wholesale Marketing.

The KVS will have an optional Celebration of Kentucky Wines Monday evening. This year there will be an Exhibitor and Grower Luncheon and Grower Awards Luncheon featuring Kentucky Proud products. There will be a Trading Post bulletin board to sell used equipment. If you are looking for equipment buyers, bring along a description containing your name, phone number and the equipment price.

The $30 meeting registration fee includes a year’s membership in the KVGA, KSHS or OAK and entrance into the Grape & Wine Short Course. Participants that did not pre-register may register at the door. For details visit http://www.uky.edu/Ag/Horticulture/2013f&vmeeting.pdf

KCA & Burley Convention

The Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association Convention is Jan. 10-12 and is held in conjunction with the Burley Tobacco Growers Cooperative Annual Convention with a joint Ag Industry Trade Show. Both will be in Lexington at the Lexington Convention Center. For a program schedule and registration information, visit http://www.kycattle.org/Pages/Convention.aspx

Burley tobacco update

Our Tobacco Update is set for the evening of Jan. 31 with a meal at the Woodford County Extension Office.  We’ll have a list of topics and speakers soon. Those planning on raising a crop in 2013 should plan to attend and RSVP by calling the Extension Office at 695-9035.

Small Ruminant Grazing Conference

The conference is Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Morehead State University Farm. The registration fee is $25 and it starts at 8:40. At 3:45 p.m. there will be an optional FAMACHA Training for $15 by Dr. Michelle Arnold, DVM, UK Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.

Topics include: “Economics/Marketing Update” Tess Caudill, KDA; “Getting Acquainted with Sericia Lespedeza,” Dr. David Ditsch, UK Plant and Soil Sciences; “Environmental Stewardship for Small Ruminant Production,” Dr. Steve Higgins, UK Biosystems and Ag Engineering; “Reproduction and Causes of Abortion and Infertility,” Dr. Seyedmehdi Mobini, DVM, Fort Valley State University and “Small Ruminant Health and Management,” Dr. Seyedmehdi Mobini.

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