Here are a couple of upcoming agriculture programs that you might want to check into.
Rinse & Return
Franklin County’s annual Rinse & Return is Thursday from 9 a.m.-noon at the Franklin County Road Department. The Rinse and Return Program is a voluntary, cooperative program sponsored by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and the Agri-Business Association of Kentucky (ABAK).
Other partners include the UK Cooperative Extension Service, Farm Bureau, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and the local conservation districts.
The Rinse and Return program has collected 956,503 pounds of pesticide containers since its inception with more than 100 counties participating. It started in 1991 with three participating counties and gathered 10,000 pounds of material in the first year. KDA field technicians believe the 1 million pound mark can be achieved this year.
If you are pressure rinsing follow these instructions: 1. Remove cover from container. Empty the pesticide into the spray tank and let the container drain for 30 seconds. 2. Continue holding the container upside down over the sprayer tank opening so rinsate will run into the sprayer tank. 3. Insert the pressure-rinse nozzle by puncturing through the bottom of the pesticide container. 4. Rinse for length of time recommended by the manufacturer (generally 30 seconds or more).
If you’re triple rinsing: 1. Remove cover from container. Empty the pesticide into the spray tank and let the container drain for 30 seconds. 2. Fill the container 10-20 percent full of water or rinse solution. 3. Secure the cover on the container. 4. Swirl the container to rinse all inside surfaces. 5. Remove cover from the container. Add the rinsate from the container to sprayer tank and let drain for 30 seconds or more. Repeat steps 2 through 5 two more times. Finally, puncture the container.
KY FarmStart Program
Franklin County was a pilot county for the KY FarmStart or Beginning Farmer program. I was pleasantly surprised that we had a full class and the workshops were very well received. We’ve discussed doing it again, especially since several have asked.
In the meantime there is the opportunity to learn at the Beginning Farmer Conference Oct. 5, at the KSU Center for Sustainability. The cost is $15 each or $25 per “farm.” It is presented by KY FarmStart, UK Extension and the Community Farm Alliance (CFA).
Topics include horticulture, meat production, land access, grants and loans, record keeping, cost analysis, retail versus wholesale and legal issues.
Register through CFA at www.comunityfarmalliance.org. The special guest speaker is Ivor Chodkowski of Field Day Family Farm.