Crossroads: Farm-City Funfest

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By Bryce Roberts

On Monday evening, June 15, the Spencer County Extension Service, along with the Spencer and Jefferson County Farm Bureaus and the Jefferson County Extension Service, is sponsoring the Crossroads:  Farm-City Funfest on the farm of Tommee Clark in Jeffersontown.  Sunny Acres Farm is located at 6516 Echo Trail in Jeffersontown.

    This year’s event will be focusing on buying locally produced goods and items.  There will be Farmers Market vendors set up along with many other displays relating to buying local. 

    There will also be many activities for kids, including a coloring contest, Farmer for a Day, and the Louisville Zoo will also be along with some of their exotic animals on display.  The kids will get an up close look at the animals.

    Information will also be available on farm and home safety and many other topics.  There will also be a hayride, creek walk, and activities for everyone.

    Registration for the field day begins at 4:30 p.m. and the exhibits open at 5:15 p.m. with supper served at 6:30.

    A Kentucky Proud supper, featuring locally produced items, will be served so registration is required.  To register, please call our office at 477-2217 by Friday, June 12.  For more information on the field day and to get detailed directions, please visit our website at www.spencerextension.com and look under “County Links” for the link to the Crossroads Field Day page.

Equine Field Day

    The University of Kentucky Equine Initiative will hold an all-equine field day, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 27 on UK’s Maine Chance Equine Campus on Newtown Pike, just north of Interstate75. Admission is free, and lunch will be available for purchase from the Fayette County Cattlemen’s Association and the Fayette County 4-H and FFA Livestock Club.

    The field day is designed for horse owners, farm owners, farm managers and equine veterinarians. Participants are encouraged to come prepared with a long list of questions for the experts.

    “We are really excited to showcase the practical application of research being conducted at UK. Our researchers are known nationally and internationally for their work, and now we have a chance to highlight what they have been doing to a local audience,” said Ray Smith, field day chair and researcher in the College of Agriculture’s Department of Plant and Soil Sciences.

    ands-on workshops include managing problem weeds on horse farms, degenerative joint disease, evaluating a feeding program, vaccination and infectious disease control, making sure a deworming program is working, rotational grazing, normal development of an equine pregnancy, economic considerations on a horse farm and how to prevent muddy pastures and provide clean water.

    Participants will have the opportunity to visit a trade fair featuring field day sponsors, College of Agriculture departments and programs and Equine Initiative working groups.

    The title sponsor for the field day is Intervet Schering Plough. Other major sponsors include the American Saddlebred Horse Association, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc., Brumfield Hay and Grain, Central Equipment, Darley America –Jonabell Farm, Dow Agrosciences, Fort Dodge Animal Health, Franklin-Williams, Hagyard Equine Medical Center, John Wiley Books, Kentucky Buying Cooperative (KBC), Keeneland, Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP), Kentucky Equine Research, Kentucky Thoroughbred Association-Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders (KTA-KTOB), McCauley Brothers, Neogen, The Pond Lady, Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital, Saunders-Mosbey-Churchill-Elsevier and Sun Coast Bedding.

    Please visit www.ag.uky.edu/equine/index.php?p=198 to find out more about the event.

    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.