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Make money by growing food

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By Steve Moore

The Louisville Farm to Table effort will present a full day of exploration into  the world beyond farmers’ markets, Making Money Growing Food, this Thursday, Oct. 20, at St. Catharine Mother House near Springfield.

The program begins at 8:30 a.m., and will include many discussions of opportunities to ramp up your food growing farming operation.  Topics will include:  large volume buyers, beef and beyond, specialty products, public school food service, the wine market, MarketReady, “They Want What?” and others.  

Goat Third Thursday program

The KSU Third Thursday Program, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 20, will feature Frank Pinkerton, the Goat Man from the Goat Rancher publication.  He will discuss marketing issues for both direct marketing and more traditional marketing of goats and some insight into breeds and breed issues with goats. 

A short research update for producers is included on the program, with a chance to see some of the breeds currently being used at the research farm.

As always the program is free and open to the public and lunch is included.   Contact the Henry County Extension Office at 845-2811 for further information.

Prevent theft on the farm

Farmers can take precautions to prevent farm equipment theft

Equipment and tools are valuable to any farming operation. They allow farmers to do jobs easier and quicker and many times, are costly investments. Recently, it appears they’ve became attractive targets to thieves.

Farm equipment and tools, both large and small, are potential targets for thieves. The following precautions could help farmers protect their equipment:

  • Keep valuable equipment and tools in a secure facility.
  • Lock equipment with cabs, barn doors, sheds, toolboxes and other on-farm facilities after use.
  • Close gates after leaving the property.
  • Take inventory, including photos, descriptions and any identifying numbers, of all tools and equipment.
  • Don’t leave equipment in fields overnight if possible. If unavoidable, make sure the equipment is parked away from the road; immobilize the machinery by removing the battery, distributor cap or rotor. Chain and lock the front wheels together and/or to a stationary object, such as a tree.
  • Develop a watch system with neighbors so everyone is on the lookout for suspicious activity in the area and report  to the proper authorities.
  • Use lockable fuel caps on machinery, and lock bulk fuel tanks.
  • Purchase security cameras or alarm systems.