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Free food, free information on foraging and farm animals are just some of what folks can expect at the 2008 Spencer Showcase on Monday September 8. Everyone is encouraged to attend the event being held at the Scott Travis farm, located at 1420 Max Rouse Road in Cox’s Creek.
The showcase is being sponsored by the Spencer County Extension office and will have about 30 exhibitors including farmers market participants, local youths showing the animals which they are raising, the Kentucky Soybean Growers and the Kentucky Corn Producers Associations.
Ray Smith, one of the University of Kentucky forage extension specialists will be in attendance to take questions and to discuss the current forage trials being done at the Travis farm in participation with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture.
Bryce Roberts, Spencer County extension agent explained the purpose of the trials are to find out “what would be the best for our farmers in Spencer County.”
Roberts and Travis have been working together, by planting several different areas of an assortment of clovers, alfalfa, and other grasses.
One of the goals is to find which grass is the best for this area.
“By this time last year folks were feeding hay,” said Roberts. “That was way too early in the year. I have heard some are having to already this year.”
For this study, Roberts has dug up a square foot from each patch, tested it at his office to see what the numbers turn out to be.
“These studies will tell us how many tons per acre we should expect per year, and what they will yield,” said Roberts.
For Travis, this study is two-fold, the first being the forage capabilities for farmers, which will assist them now, but he is also interested in the possibility of renewable energy for the not-so-distant future.
“We could be looking at using one kind of alfalfa for foraging, and a different one for fuel,” said Travis.
Agreeing on the point, Roberts added, “Farmers may be able to grow 20 acres of this(motioning toward the alfalfa) to feet their cattle, and then grow 10 acres of that to light their home,” he said. With the high price of gas, people are having to stay close to home to get what they need said Roberts.
“Come to local farmers markets. We have everything you need. We have the chickens, meat, we got it all here,” he said.
“We are just trying to come up with solutions,” said Travis.
The showcase exhibits will open at 4 p.m. and the free meal catered by Bootleg Bar B Que will be served at 6:30 p.m.
Folks are welcome to visit the many information and activity booths, as well as check out the items being brought in my the Farmers Markets vendors before enjoying the free meal.
Please contact the Spencer County Extension Office at 477-2217 to RSVP by September 4. This is necessary to avoid running out of Bootleg Bar-B-Que.
More information as well as directions to the Travis Farm can be obtained by visiting the Web site at www.spencerextension.com or by calling the number listed above.