Rooted in Shelby

              Rooted in Shelby members should plan to attend a membership meeting on Wednesday, January 9 at 6 p.m. at the Extension Office.  Representatives from Louisville Farm To Table and KCARD will be joining us to discuss options for marketing and moving products into wholesale markets.


CAIP Educational Requirements

For those who need BQCA training in order to receive CAIP funding, there are two upcoming opportunities:  January 23 at 10 a.m. or February 7 at 6 p.m.  Please call to register for either of these sessions or click here.

Also, for those needing educational hours, please see the upcoming programs listed in this newsletter.  You may also choose to attend one of two upcoming CAIP video viewing sessions:  January 30 at 1 p.m. or March 28 at 6 p.m.

Remember, most educational classes will be scheduled through March to early April.  Please don’t wait until the last minute to attend a class!


Equine Pasture Program

The annual University of Kentucky Forage Department’s “Pastures Please!” program will be held at the Mercer County Extension Office on January 28 at 5:30 p.m.  Topics include:

  • Weedy Grasses in Grazed Pastures
  • Using Seed Coatings and Other Techniques to Improve Pasture Establishment
  • How Novel: Safe Tall Fescue Varieties for All Classes of Horses

Light refreshments will be provided.  This is a free event and no RSVP is required.


Kentucky Alfalfa & Stored Forages Conference

The 38th Annual Kentucky Alfalfa and Stored Forages Conference will be held on February 21 at the Fayette County Extension Office.  This year’s theme is “Practical considerations for the production of high quality hay and baleage.”  Presentations include:

  • Economics of Hay Production
  • Hay Prices and Trends
  • Update on Hay Making Equipment and Technology
  • Barn Considerations for Cash Hay Operations
  • Evolution of Mechanization and Transport in My Hay Operation
  • How Good is Our Kentucky Haylage?

The event begins at 8 a.m. and will last until 3 p.m.  Pre-registration can be found online here. 


Estate Planning

No one likes to think about the death of a family member.  However, it’s important to make plans in advance for elderly care, end-of-life expenses and transitioning the estate or farm to other family members.

Join us on Tuesdays, January 22 and 29 to learn from the experts what you need to do to plan ahead.  Each session will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Extension Office and last approximately 2 hours. 

Please call 633-4593 or click here  to reserve your seat.


Introduction to Forages and Pasture Improvement

Join us Monday, February 11 at 6 p.m. to learn basic pasture plant identification, weed control and strategies to improve your stand of desirable grasses and legumes.  This will be an introductory-level class, so don’t feel bad if you don’t know the difference between orchardgrass and onion!

This class will provide an overview of forage identification and use for livestock grazing and hay production.  Participants will learn strategies for pasture renovation and optimum timing for relative practices including seeding and fertilization.  Discussion will include interpretation and application of forage test results.  Weed control recommendations will be provided, including chemical and non-chemical options.

Call 633-4593 or click here  to reserve your space


Tobacco GAP Training

Tobacco producers are required to receive Tobacco GAP (good agriculture practices) Training annually.  This year’s local training will be offered on Friday, February 8, at both Shelby and Henry county extension offices.  Please note a change in the times! The Henry County training will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude by noon.  The Shelby County session will begin at 1 p.m. and conclude by 4 p.m.  This is opposite from what we have done before.

Producers should bring their GAPConnections Grower ID card to receive proper credit.  Producers needing a grower ID or who have lost their card should visit  prior to the meeting. 

              In addition to the required GAP training update, Dr. Bob Pearce, UK Extension Tobacco Specialist, will provide a production update. 

              Please call 633-4593 or click here  to register for the Shelby County session or 845-2811 to register for the Henry County session.


Good Neighbors Farm Tour

Plans will soon be underway for the 2019 Good Neighbors Farm Tour!  This year’s tour will be held Saturday, September 21 from 9 a.m.– 4 p.m. 

If you are interested in being a host farm, or know someone whose farm would make a great addition to the tour, please let us know.  You can email Corinne at or call  633-4593.

If you would love to help plan the Farm Tour or be involved in putting together the gift baskets or promoting the tour, please consider joining the Farm Tour Committee.  This committee meets approximately three times per year to plan the Tour.  We welcome new input and the committee has a lot of fun recruiting and visiting new farms for the tour each year!  Call 633-4593 for more information about helping out with the Good Neighbors Farm Tour.