MCTC to Host 11th Annual Farm and Family Night
February 10, 2020
by Brady Shultz
The eleventh annual Farm and Family Night will be held on the Maysville Campus of Maysville Community and Technical College on Tuesday, March 10, from 4:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Dinner begins at 4:30 pm. Meadowview Regional Medical Center is the title sponsor for the event.
This year’s event keynote speaker will feature Dr. Laura Stephenson, Director of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service.
Dr. Laura Stephenson’s passion for the Cooperative Extension mission began as a youth who participated in 4-H speech, demonstration and food preparation projects. Her professional career with the organization has included serving the University of Kentucky as the Clark County Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences, District 2 Director, and Assistant Director for FCS Extension Field Programs. For six years, she served as the University of Tennessee Associate Dean and Department Chair of Family and Consumer Sciences. She currently serves as the University of Kentucky Associate Dean and Extension Director.
Dr. Stephenson is a strong advocate for county-based programming, building capacity of interdisciplinary faculty/agent teams and engagement of local, regional and state stakeholders. Her vision for Cooperative Extension is to build strong, healthy, economically viable Kentucky communities through campus-county partnerships.
Farm and Family Night attendees will get to choose from a program of concurrent sessions on farm and home including Understanding The Cattle Cycle, Beef Calf Management, Renovating Spring Pastures & Hay Fields, Getting Your Horses Ready For The Riding Season, Energize Your Cows Before Breeding, How To Manage Pain Safely And Effectively, Fitness At Any Age, Strawberry Production, Early Heart Attack Care & Stroke Recognition & Care, Why Are My Trees Dying, Nutrition Making A Healthier You, Beginning Beekeeping, The Buzz About Honey, Hook & Cook, Gardening Options For Everyone In Raised Beds And Containers, Value Added Marketing Opportunities for Cattle, DVB, Managing Your Horses On Pasture, Reading A Mineral Tag, Managing Your Farm Acre By Acre, Back Yard Fruit, Invasive of the Future: Forest Health Threats To Have On Your Radar, Different Types of Soils & Mulch, Spring Hive Management, Foraging for Local Wild Edible Foods, Cook Wild With A Focus On Venison,
Wildlife Management For Home Gardens/Landscaping, and Electric Pressure Cooker Basics.
Sessions for youth focus on robotics, how to read ear notches & make your own pig ears and STEM. A 4-H Livestock Extravaganza allows youth to acquire 2 of the 6 livestock hours required each year while demonstrating their knowledge of livestock in a fun and interactive way. “Parent and Me” classes will be offered for children 2 – 6 years of age, which are fun sessions for an adult and child to share.
Over 50 exhibitors from area agricultural and related businesses round out the event. Attendees can register to win a variety of door prizes that will be given away at the conclusion of the evening. Participants must be present to win. The customary “Milk and Cookie” break featuring all varieties of milk sponsored by Dairy Farmers of America and cookies baked by the MCTC Culinary Program is expected to be a popular feature of the evening, as it has been in the past.
While there is no charge for attending the event, a ticket is required for dinner. Free dinner tickets can be picked up at the Mason, Lewis, Robertson, Bracken, Fleming and Nicholas County Extension Offices in Kentucky, or the Adams, Brown, Clermont and Highland County Extension Offices in Ohio. Tickets are also available at the Maysville Campus of MCTC located at 1755 US Hwy 68 in Maysville, the Maysville-Mason County Area Chamber of Commerce and Mason and Fleming County Farm Bureau.
Event sponsorship opportunities are still available. If your organization would like to set up a display you may contact the number attached.
For more information, contact MCTC Workforce Solutions, 606-759-7141, extension 66120.