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COLUMN: Kentucky Alfalfa Conference coming to Lexington

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By Bryce Roberts

After several years in Cave City, the 33rd Kentucky Alfalfa Conference will take place Feb. 21 at the Fayette County office of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service in Lexington. The conference begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m.
Speakers include UK College of Agriculture extension forage specialists, Kentucky alfalfa producers and the conference’s keynote speaker Dennis Hancock, extension forage specialist at the University of Georgia.
Hancock, a graduate of the UK College of Agriculture, will discuss the amount of fertilizer in each bale of alfalfa. Other topics include grazing alfalfa, keys to harvesting alfalfa as baleage, a producer’s experience with Roundup Ready alfalfa, making and marketing hay for the horse industry and finishing beef on alfalfa. At the closing session of the conference, all speakers will return to the stage to answer participants’ questions.
In addition to the speakers, the conference will include awards, exhibits and a silent auction.
Program organizers have applied for continuing education units for Certified Crop Advisers.
The conference registration fee is $15 and $5 for students and includes proceedings, meals and refreshments.  
Conference sponsors include the UK College of Agriculture, UK Cooperative Extension Service and the Kentucky Forage and Grassland Council.
For more information about the conference and directions to the Fayette County Cooperative Extension office, visit the UK Forage Extension website at http://www.uky.edu/Ag/Forage/.

District Board Meeting
The Spencer Co. Cooperative Extension District Board will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 19, beginning at 5 p.m.  Meeting will be held at the Extension Office, located at 100 Oak Tree Way.  Items to be discussed but not limited to include setting the 2013-14 budget.    
Feel free to contact me at your Spencer County Cooperative Extension Service at 477-2217 or you can email me at broberts@uky.edu.  You can visit the Spencer County Extension Services’ website at www.spencerextension.com.
Educational programs of the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of race, color, age, sex, religion, disability, or national origin.