Field Day is Oct. 13 at MacLean Tree Farm

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Event includes dinner, tour of American chestnut orchard

By Steve Moore

The Angus MacLean Tree Farm in Oldham County will be the site of this year’s Tree Farmer of the Year Field Day. The farm has been under active woodland management for more than 50 years, and the MacLean family has managed it to promote high-quality timber and wildlife habitat.
The event, which runs from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, will include a tour of the farm and dinner. Participants will learn about the farm’s history and be given an overview of the American Tree Farm System. They will tour the premier American chestnut orchard in Kentucky and learn about the progress being made to return the chestnut to the state’s woodlands.
Preregistration is required for meal-planning purposes. To register, contact the Oldham County Cooperative Extension Office at (502) 222-9453.

Kentucky Grazing Conference

The Kentucky Grazing Conference will be held at the WKU Expo Center in Bowling Green this Thursday, October 13. 

Goat producers

The North Central Goat Producers will meet at the Henry County Extension Office at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, for a pot-luck dinner and a speaker. Please contact the Henry County Extension Office at 845-2811 to announce your intentions to attend if you have not already notified Sonia or Mary Ann.

NRCS announces 2012
farm bill program

The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service in Kentucky is encouraging landowners, farmers and producers to visit their local NRCS office now to apply for conservation technical assistance and possible financial funding opportunities in the EQIP and WHIP Farm Bill programs. The cutoff date for consideration of 2012 funds in this sign up period is Nov. 15.

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program is a conservation program that provides financial and technical assistance to farmers who face threats to soil, water, air and related natural resources on their land.  Through EQIP, NRCS develops contracts with farmers to voluntarily implement conservation practices. Persons engaged in livestock or crop production and owners of private forestland are eligible for this program.

The Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program is a voluntary program for developing or improving high-quality habitat that supports fish and wildlife populations. Through WHIP, the NRCS provides technical and financial assistance to eligible landowners for the development of wildlife habitat.

All recipients of assistance are required to develop a Conservation Plan.  The Conservation Plan will serve as a roadmap to a variety of technical assistance and financial assistance through EQIP and WHIP.  

If you are interested in participating in farm bill conservation programs, you should sign-up as soon as possible and request a conservation plan.

For more information, contact Randy Van Matre, NRCS district conservationist at (502) 845-2890.