Farm and Family Night well attended

Visitors at Farm and Family NightOver 500 farmers and family members were in attendance at the first ever Farm and Family Night hosted at Maysville Community and Technical College (MCTC). The program was developed by representatives from the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Services from Mason, Robertson, Bracken, Lewis and Fleming Counties, the Ohio Cooperative Extension Service, Brown and Adams Counties, and the college.

This was a great event, said MCTC President Ed Story. Our farmers have been the backbone of our economy since the earliest days. It is only fitting that we host events that can be of assistance to them today.

Thanks to suggestions from local farmers, sessions were geared toward the areas they felt they needed to learn more about. With over 45 sessions to choose from, there were sessions on a wide variety of topics including cattle management, equine, forage, grant opportunities, beekeeping, technology for farm use, composting and gardening, and viticulture. Partnering with MCTC and the other county Extension offices to offer an event with so many educational classes while allowing local farm families a time to do something together, was rewarding, said Mason County Cooperative Extension Service Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent Tad Campbell. The interest exhibited by participants is what made the event successful.

Food and nutrition and home classes were offered by the Family and Consumer Science Extension Agents and included topics such as decorating with fabric, fish and seafood cooking, making green home cleaning products and cooking from your cabinet. There were even programs for youth on safety and health. The Livestock Skill-a-Thon hosted by 4-H Agents allowed youth to get required Kentucky Livestock hours.Babysitting for infants was provided by the YMCA.

My husband is a farmer and he was interested in learning about producing biofuels as well as how the new animal rights bill being discussed in Kentucky right now could affect our farm, said Mary Jo Shepherd. I attended the session about beekeeping and the one with Jennifer Gleason, about organic gardening practices. Both sessions provided some great information and I am doing some additional research into both.

The free event was sponsored by Farm Credit Services of Mid America, Southern States Maysville Coop, Cahall Brothers, Hinton Mills, Primary Plus, and Mitsubishi.