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Goat and Sheepmeeting
LaRue County Goat and Sheep Producers will meet 6:30 p.m. Jan. 23 at the LaRue County Extension office. Plans for Extension Expo on March 15 will be discussed and a video shown on “What Kind of Hay for Goats and Sheep.” A potluck meal is planned. For more information, call the Extension office at 270-358-3401.
Beekeeping workshop
The Nelson County Beekeepers will host a beginner beekeeping workshop 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Nelson County Extension office, 317 S. 3rd St., Bardstown. Beekeeping terminology, building wooden ware, installing a hive are among some of the topics to be covered. The cost is $25 and lunch will be provided. Register by calling the Nelson County Extension office at 502-348-9204 by Jan. 17.

Private pesticide applicator training
The LaRue County Extension office will conduct private pesticide applicator trainings at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Jan. 24; and 6:30 p.m. Jan. 30. The office is located at 807 Old Elizabethtown Road, Hodgenville. The two-hour training (need to attend only one session) is for farmers whose certification to purchase and apply restricted use pesticides has expired, and for new producers who need the certification but have not been trained. The training session will qualify attendees as a certified private pesticide applicator until Dec. 31, 2017. Call the Extension office at 270-358-3401 for more information.

Community Farm Alliance
Community Farm Alliance annual meeting is 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Jan. 25 at Kentucky State University Research and Demonstration Farm. Registration is $35. Breakfast and lunch served; silent auction. Register at www.communityfarmalliance.org.

Beef Quality Assurance training

The LaRue County Extension office will conduct beef quality assurance training for beef producers 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Extension office. BQA certification is a good idea for all beef producers, but is required for certain beef grant programs, for those selling feeder cattle in CPH sales, and to complete the Master Cattlemen program. The training will last about one hour. For more information, call 270-358-3401.

Master Stocker program offered
A beef master stocker educational program will be offered by the LaRue County Extension office. There are eight two-hour sessions which will cover health, nutrition, forages, marketing, feeder cattle type, environmental interactions and livestock handling. Sessions begin at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 6 and will be offered on first and third Thursdays through May. The program will be offered via Lync, a video-audio interactive link of the program from another location. There is no registration fee, but registration is needed as soon as possible so accompanying handouts can be ordered. Call the Extension office at 270-358-3401 for more information.