Agriculture News: Winter School to discuss local history of hemp

By Keenan Bishop, Published:

Don’t forget the third class in this year’s Winter School series begins 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Franklin County Extension Office, 101 Lakeview Ct.

“The History of Hemp in Franklin County” turns out to be a timely topic. Hemp played an important role in the county and the state as the main cash crop before burley tobacco. Local personality and historian Russ Hatter will make the presentation. Alvin Bogie, who farms in Peaks Mill, will bring some tools used in hemp production from his vast collection of historic farm implements.

“Your on-farm Water Quality Plan” is also an important topic for farmers and landowners for two reasons.

One is that we are all impacted, rural and city alike, by the quality of our water both above and below ground. The other reason is that having an up-to-date water quality plan on file with the NRCS is necessary for those seeking certain cost share such as the KADF CAIP (KY Agricultural Development Fund County Agriculture Improvement Program) sponsored locally by the Franklin County Cattlemen’s Association.

Amanda Gumbert, University of Kentucky Extension associate, will discuss water quality issues and help explain how to easily update or create your Water Quality Plan online.

ALFALFA CONFERENCE

The 33rd Annual Kentucky Alfalfa Conference is set for Thursday at the Fayette County Extension Office, Red Mile Road, Lexington. The program committee has put together a very timely/practical program including three top producers.

The program begins at 8 a.m. with registration, which is $15 ($5 students) to be paid at the conference with no advance registration required. Registration fee includes the conference and exhibit area, lunch, refreshments, proceedings and other related materials. In addition to excellent speakers, participants can visit with exhibitors and bid on silent auction items. The Alfalfa Awards will be presented during lunch.

The program begins at 8:45 with a welcome. Dr. Dennis Hancock, native Kentuckian and Extension Forage Specialist at the University of Georgia, will be the keynote speaker.

Subjects and speakers include: 9 a.m., Alfalfa for Grazing, Garry Lacefield, UK Forage Specialist; 9:20, Keys to Success When Harvesting Alfalfa as Baleage, Ray Smith, UK Forage Specialist; 9:40, Our Experience with Roundup Ready Alfalfa, Clayton Geralds, Hart County hay producer; 10:10, break, visit exhibits, silent auction; 11, Fertilizer: How much is in each Bale?, Dennis Hancock, UK Forage Agronomist; 11:45, discussion.

Noon, awards, silent auction results; 1 p.m., Making and Marketing Hay for the Horse Industry, Todd Clark, Fayette County farmer; 1:30, Finishing Beef on Alfalfa, Todd Powell, Calloway County agriculture agent; 2, Blue Ribbon Panel – All Speakers; 3, adjourn.

For more information and a map to the conference, see the full program on the website http://www.uky.edu/Ag/Forage/. Do not hesitate to contact Christi (cforsyth@uky.edu 270-365-7541, Ext. 221) or Dr. Lacefield (glacefie@uky.edu 270-339-2273) if you have any questions.

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