January brings annual events

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Column by David Harrison

By David Harrison

January brings several farm-related state annual meetings and state programs important to LaRue County and Kentucky farmers. In today’s column we will highlight the programs of many of them.

The Annual Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference and Trade Show will be held in Lexington at the Embassy Suites Hotel Jan. 5-6. The event features the 153rd annual meeting of the Kentucky State Horticulture Society, the 38th Annual Meeting of the Kentucky Vegetable Grower’s Association, the Kentucky Grape and Wine Short Course, a trade show and educational sessions on pesticide certification, farmer’s markets, winemaking, vegetable production, tree fruits, organic farming and gardening, greenhouse management, cucurbit production and small fruit production. More information is on the Web at http:www.uky.edu/Ag/Horticulture/meetings.html.

The Kentucky Small Ruminant (goat and sheep) Grazing Conference will be Jan. 6 at the Fayette County Extension Office in Lexington. Discussion topics will center on nutrition, grazing systems, parasite control and economic outlook/marketing. The program will begin at 9:15 a.m. and conclude at 4:45 p.m.

The Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association Annual Convention is Jan. 8-10. The theme is Working Together, Growing Together and will be at the Lexington Convention Center. The program features a large trade show for cattlemen, a live stockmanship and stewardship demonstration, a Master Cattlemen Program, a silent auction, regional meetings, Beef Quality Assurance  training, a ladies’ program, an internet feeder calf sale, association business meetings and various other sessions and educational events. Great food, featuring beef, of course will be available. A registration fee is required.

Forages at the KCA annual meeting is Jan. 8 in Lexington. The program begins at 2 p.m. at the Lexington Convention Center. Topics include: How I Use Forages; Selecting Forage Varieties Wisely; Weed Control Options for Pasture; Teff: What is it? Where does it fit in Kentucky?; and Extended Grazing and Reducing Stored Feed Need.

The Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy  will hold its annual meeting Jan. 15 at the Lexington Convention Center. The meeting features a keynote address from Chris Chinn, former chairman of the AFBF Young Farmer Committee, a trade show, Kentucky Product samples, policy and program updates and an Awards Luncheon.

The 2009 Tobacco Summit and Expo will be at the Lexington Convention Center on Jan. 21. The program begins at 8 a.m. and includes a tobacco summit program, production seminars, a trade show and the Burley Tobacco Growers Cooperative Association’s annual meeting.

The Kentucky Pork Producers Association annual meeting will be Jan. 23-24 in Bowling Green. This annual event features interesting topics on swine production. This year’s topics include discussions on county of origin labelling, environmental regulations and permitting requirements for AFOs and CAFOs, comprehensive nutrient management plans, improving nutrient efficiencies, high rise swine manure composting finishing facility and economic outlook for grain and livestock. There will also be various association meetings and opportunities for good food, fun and fellowship.

The 2009 Kentucky Commodity Conference will be Jan. 23 at the Holiday Inn University Plaza in Bowling Green. There will be annual meetings of the Corn Growers, Small Grain Growers and Soybean Growers Associations. The keynote speaker will be Richard Brock, a well-known agricultural marketing adviser. State Grain Yield Contest winners will be announced at the evening banquet.

Many of these events have preregistration and require registration fees. Contact the Extension Service at 358-3401 if you have a particular interest in an event.