Agriculture News: Sparrow retiring after 35 years in UK Cooperative Extension Service


Roger Sparrow’s 35 years of dedicated service and commitment to the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service will be celebrated with a Retirement Roast and Cookout from 4-6:30 p.m. Friday at the Franklin County Extension Service Office, Lakeview Park.

At 5 p.m. during the event, there will be program area and county presentations. It will be a time to visit with Roger and his family and relive some of the memories. Call the office at 502-695-9035 if you plan to attend.

Many remember Roger Sparrow as the county agent in the late 1980s and 1990s. After leaving Franklin County, he moved up the ladder to become a district director (and my supervisor) of District 4, which is basically most of central Kentucky.

With his retirement at the end of this month, Sparrow plans to spend time with family, concentrate on his farms and cattle and to just do what he wants for a change.

Grazing School

The University of Kentucky Eden Shale Farm is not that far from here, straight up U.S. 127 North and then a little to the east of Owenton. 

Producers who want to receive research-based information and tips to extend the grazing season for their ruminant animals should plan to attend the Advanced Kentucky Grazing School beginning at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 11 at the farm. Participants must preregister by Sept. 1. The registration fee is $15.

The one-day event, hosted by specialists with the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment targets producers who have participated in at least one other UK grazing program. Many Franklin County farmers have attended the two-day grazing schools called Master Grazer offered in Woodford County.

During the program, participants will receive in-depth information and important grazing concept reminders from UK forage and animal specialists as well as agriculture and natural resources agents with the UK Cooperative Extension Service. Topics include seed suppression, fall grazing, creep grazing alfalfa, and managed intensive grazing. The program will also include demonstrations and hands-on activities.

For a complete agenda, farm directions and registration forms, visit the UK Master Grazer website at or contact Cody Smith, UK Master Grazer coordinator at 859-257-7512 or

Mail registration forms and a check payable to the Kentucky Forage and Grassland Council to Cody Smith, 804 W.P. Garrigus Building, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40546-0215.

Grazing school sponsors include the Master Grazer Educational Program, UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund, Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Kentucky Forage and Grassland Council.

Cattlemen’s quarterly meeting

The Franklin County Cattlemen’s Association will have its quarterly educational meeting the evening of Sept. 2. Southern States will be sponsoring the meal and discussing pasture management as well winter-feeding options.

Call the office at 502-695-9035 for the time and to reserve your steak and register for door prizes. Non-members are welcome to attend.

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