The Third Thursday Thing is a monthly sustainable agriculture workshop targeting small farmers, beginning farmers and agricultural professionals.

 

Sustainable Agriculture Workshop

Third Thursday Thing”

October 20, 2016

Harold R. Benson Research and Demonstration Farm

1525 Mills Lane   Frankfort, Kentucky  (502) 597-6325

Dr. Marion Simon, State Specialist, Small Farm and Part-time Farmers

e-mail address:  marion.simon@kysu.edu

College of Agriculture, Food Science, and Sustainable Systems

Harold R. Benson Research and Demonstration Farm

Center for the Sustainability of Farms and Families

1525 Mills Lane, Frankfort, KY

Directions:  From I-64 Exit 53, take US-127 south toward Lawrenceburg, at the 4th stoplight, turn left onto Mills Lane, the Kentucky State University Research Farm is 1 ½ miles on the right.

Goats

TIME PROGRAM
10:00 – 10:15 am Welcome

Dr. Marion Simon, Kentucky State University

10:15 – 10:50 am “Forage Testing for Your Herd”

Kim Field, Kentucky Department of Agriculture

11:00 – 11:50 am “Left at Feed Bin and Right at Hay Feeder:  Navigating to a Balanced Ration”

Kasey Woolam, Burkmann Feeds

www.burkmann.com

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch

KSU Farm Crew

1:00 – 1:50 pm “Budgeting for Your Herd”

Lee Meyer, University of Kentucky

2:00 – 2:50 pm “Stock Dog – Herding Dog, Demonstration and Discussion”

Denice Rackley, Clearfield Stock Dogs

www.clearfieldstockdogs.com

3:00 – 3:30 pm “Hoof Trimming and Handling”

Dr. Ken Andries, Kentucky State University

3:30 pm Adjourn

PLEASE NOTE:  The next Third Thursday Thing will be November 17, 2016 on Agribility.

Educational programs of the Cooperative Extension System serve all people regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, marital or familial status. Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension Work Act of September 29, 1977, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Cooperative Extension Program, Kentucky State University, Frankfort, Kentucky.

International_Symbol_of_AccessAccessibleIconCrop



Horticulture

TIME PROGRAM
10:00 – 10:15 am Welcome – Dr. Marion Simon

“Third Thursday Thing Impact Statements”

Jane O’Tiernan & Darold Akridge

10:15 – 10:45 am “Fall-fruiting Blackberries”

Jeremy Lowe, Kentucky State University

10:45 – 11:15 am “Growing Pawpaws in Kentucky”

Sheri Crabtree, Kentucky State University

11:15 – 11:45 am “Attracting Beneficial Insects to Your Garden”

Dr. John Sedlacek, Kentucky State University

11:45 – 12:00 pm “Consumer Preference for Indigo Series Tomatoes”

Srijana Thapa Magar, Kentucky State University

12:00 pm Lunch
1:00  – 2:00 pm Sorghum Field Tour and Demonstration

Tony Silvernail, Kentucky State University

1:00 – 2:00 pm Cut Flower Workshop

Jane O’Tiernan, Richmond, Kentucky

2:00 – 3:00 pm Carnivorous Plants Workshop

Dr. Hideka Kobayashi, Kentucky State University

3:00 pm Dismiss

PLEASE NOTE:  The next Third Thursday Thing will be October 20, 2016 on Goats.

Educational programs of the Cooperative Extension System serve all people regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, marital or familial status. Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension Work Act of September 29, 1977, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Cooperative Extension Program, Kentucky State University, Frankfort, Kentucky.

International_Symbol_of_AccessAccessibleIconCrop



New Opportunities

TIME PROGRAM
10:00 am – 10:15 am Welcome – Dr. Marion Simon
10:15 am – 12:00 pm “The Production of Elderberry” – Mr. Terry Durham, River Hills Harvest, Hartsburg, Missouri

www.riverhillsharvest.com

10:15 am – 12:00 pm Risk Management – Mr. Rockiell Woods, NCAT
12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 – 1:45 pm Organics Research at Kentucky State University – Dr. Shawn Lucas, KSU
1:00 – 2:30 pm “Value Added Products” – Mr. Johnny Perkins, Johnny B’s BBQ Inc., Somerset, Kentucky

www.johnnybsbbq.net

 

PLEASE NOTE: 

The next Third Thursday Thing will be September 15, 2016 on Horticulture.

Educational programs of the Cooperative Extension System serve all people regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, marital or familial status. Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension Work Act of September 29, 1977, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Cooperative Extension Program, Kentucky State University, Frankfort, Kentucky.

International_Symbol_of_AccessAccessibleIconCrop

Our July program was on:  Pasture Poultry

TIME

PROGRAM

10:00 – 10:15 am Welcome – Dr. Marion Simon
10:15 – 12:00 pm Bird Health and Nutrition – Dr. Tony Pescatore, UK, Poultry Production & Management
10:30 – 12:00 pm Looping Videos:

Poultry Processing

Hoop Pen

Brooders

12:00 – 1:15 pm Lunch
1:15 – 2:15 pm Backyard Flocks – Dr. Tony Pescatore, UK, Poultry Production & Management
1:30 – 3:00 pm Looping Videos:

Poultry Processing

Hoop Pen

Brooders

PLEASE NOTE:  The next Third Thursday Thing will be August 18, 2016 on New Opportunities
AccessibleIconCrop


 

 

 

 

 

 

Our June programs was on:

Aquaculture and Resilient Agriculture

TIME PROGRAM
10:00 – 10:15 am Welcome – Dr. Marion Simon & Dr. James Tidwell

Dr. Bob Durborow, moderating

10:15 – 10:40 am Largemouth Bass

Mr. Shawn Coyle

10:40 – 11:05 am Education Outreach at High Schools

Mr. Ken Thompson

10:30 – 12:00 pm Building on the Family Farm Into the Future – Resilient Agriculture

Dr. James “Jim” Worstell

Delta Land & Community, Fox, Arkansas

(separate session)

11:05 – 11:30 am Intensive Production of 1st Year Paddlefish on Feed

Dr. Ken Semmens

11:30 – 11:55 am Koi and Koi x Goldfish Hybrids: Production & Genetics

Dr. Boris Gomelsky

12:00 – 1:15 pm Lunch
1:15 – 1:30 pm Freshwater Mussels in Kentucky

Ms. Lesley Sneed

1:30 – 1:45 pm Local Marketing of Fish and Crustaceans in Kentucky

Mr. Richard Bryant

1:45 – 2:00 pm Market Fish

Mr. Michael Tierney

2:00 – 2:15 pm Catfish Production, Live Hauling, & Fee Fishing

Mr. Forrest Wynne

2:15 – 2:30 pm Fish Disease Diagnostic Laboratory

Mr. John Kelso

2:30 – 2:45 pm Marine Shrimp Research

Dr. Andrew Ray

2:45 – 3:00 pm Fish Nutrition Research

Dr. Waldemar Rossi

3:00 – 3:15 pm Undergraduate Involvement in Aquaculture

Mr. Christopher Lyvers

International_Symbol_of_AccessAccessibleIconCrop

The July Third Thursday Thing will be  July 21, 2016 and will be on Pastured Poultry


Our May programs were on:

Nutrition

Sustainable Agriculture Workshop

Third Thursday Thing”

May 19, 2016

Harold R. Benson Research and Demonstration Farm

1525 Mills Lane   Frankfort, Kentucky  (502) 597-6325

Dr. Marion Simon, State Specialist, Small Farm and Part-time Farmers

e-mail address:  marion.simon@kysu.edu

College of Agriculture, Food Science, and Sustainable Systems

Harold R. Benson Research and Demonstration Farm, Center for the Sustainability of Farms and Families

1525 Mills Lane, Frankfort, KY (4 miles south of I-64, off US 127)

Directions:  From I-64 Exit 53, take US-127 south toward Lawrenceburg, at the 4th stoplight, turn left onto Mills Lane, the Kentucky State University Research Farm is 1 ½ miles on the right.

Educational programs of the Cooperative Extension System serve all people regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, marital or familial status. Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension Work Act of September 29, 1977, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Cooperative Extension Program, Kentucky State University, Frankfort, Kentucky.

International_Symbol_of_AccessAccessibleIconCrop

TIME PROGRAM
9:30 – 10:00 am Registration

Sustainability Center

KSU Research Farm

10:00—10:05 am Welcome – Dr. Marion Simon
10:05 – 10:20 am Introduction – Dr. Kristopher Grimes
10:20 – 11:00 am “Basic Nutrition Concepts” – Dr. Avinash Tope
11:00 – 11:15 am Break
11:15 – 12:00 pm “Healthy Substitutions” – Food Demonstration
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 – 2:30 pm
  • Breakout Sessions:   Fit and Faithful
  • Color My Nutrition
  • Accessing Food in Your Community
2:30 – 3:00 pm Wrap-up/Adjourn

 

 

       The June Third Thursday Thing will be May 16, 2016 and will be on Aquaculture

The July Third Thursday Thing will be  July 21, 2016 and will be on Pastured Poultry

 


USDA Programs

Sustainable Agriculture Workshop

Third Thursday Thing”

April 21, 2016

Harold R. Benson Research and Demonstration Farm

1525 Mills Lane   Frankfort, Kentucky  (502) 597-6325

Dr. Marion Simon, State Specialist, Small Farm and Part-time Farmers

e-mail address:  marion.simon@kysu.edu

College of Agriculture, Food Science, and Sustainable Systems

Harold R. Benson Research and Demonstration Farm, Center for the Sustainability of Farms and Families

1525 Mills Lane, Frankfort, KY (4 miles south of I-64, off US 127)

Directions:  From I-64 Exit 53, take US-127 south toward Lawrenceburg, at the 4th stoplight, turn left onto Mills Lane, the Kentucky State University Research Farm is 1 ½ miles on the right.

TIME

PROGRAM

9:30 – 10 am Sign in – Sustainability Center, KSU Research Farm
10:00—10:05 am Introduction and Welcome

Dr. Marion Simon, Kentucky State University

10:05 – 10:40 am Kentucky Agricultural Water Quality Act and Nutrient Management Plans

Macy Fawns, University of Kentucky

Agriculture Nutrient Management Planner

10:40 – 11:10 am The Conservation Planning Process

Mark Ferguson, State Resource Conservationist, USDA-NRCS

11:10 – 11:35 am Grazing Cover Crops

Randy Smallwood, State Agronomist, USDA-NRCS

11:35-12:00 pm Pasture Evaluation Tools

Randy Smallwood, State Agronomist,  USDA-NRCS

12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 – 1:20 pm Conservation Activity Plans

Mark Ferguson, State Resource Conservationist, USDA-NRCS

1:30 – 3:00 pm “Understanding Risk Management Agency Insurance Options and Managing Risk”

Rockiell Woods and Felicia Bell, National Center for Appropriate Technology

www.ncat.org

3:00 pm Adjourn

The May Third Thursday Thing will be May 19, 2016 and will be on Nutrition.

 


 

Our March program this year was focused on:

Sustainable Agriculture Workshop

Third Thursday Thing”

March 17, 2016

Harold R. Benson Research and Demonstration Farm

1525 Mills Lane   Frankfort, Kentucky  (502) 597-6325

Dr. Marion Simon, State Specialist, Small Farm and Part-time Farmers

e-mail address:  marion.simon@kysu.edu

Goat Production and Alpaca and Fiber Production

 

TIME PROGRAM
10:00 – 10:10 am Welcome and Announcements – Ken Andries, KSU
10:10 —10:50 am Producer Value Added Grants and KCARD – Joni Nelson, KSU & Kati Bowman, KCARD

At the 10:50 break the agenda will break into two tracts:

 

  • Goat Production
  • Alpaca and Fiber

Goat Production 

11:00 – 11:50 am   Scrapie Program Update & Issues
12:00 – 1:00 pm   Lunch
1:00 – 2:00 pm   Grazing Program for Improved Production

Ken Andries, KSU

2:10 – 3:30 pm   Hands on Kid Processing

Ken Andries, KSU

Alpaca and Fiber

11:00 – 11:50 am Finding Your Fiber Art

Alvina Maynard, River Hill Ranch, & Others

12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 – 1:50 pm Raising & Harvesting Alpaca Fleece for Maximum Quality & Usage

Part 1

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Raising & Harvesting Alpaca Fleece for Maximum Quality & Usage

Part 2

The next Third Thursday Thing will be April 21, 2016 and will be on USDA Programs..

Educational programs of the Cooperative Extension System serve all people regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, marital or familial status. Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension Work Act of September 29, 1977, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Cooperative Extension Program, Kentucky State University, Frankfort, Kentucky.

AccessibleIconCrop

 

International_Symbol_of_Access

 


 

The Third Thursday Thing is a monthly sustainable agriculture workshop targeting small farmers, beginning farmers and agricultural professionals.

Our February program this year focused on:

  • High tunnel systems

  • Issues and techniques in organic production in Kentucky

TIME

PROGRAM

9:30 – 10 am Sign in – Sustainability Center, KSU Research Farm
10:00—10:15 am Tony Silvernail – Introduction and Welcome
10:15 – 10:45 am Krista Jacobson – University of Kentucky
10:45 – 11:00 am TBA
11:00 – 11:30 am Jeremy Lowe and Sheri Crabtree – Kentucky State University
11:30 – 12:00 pm Janet Meyer – Berea College
12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch from “Ramsi’s Café On the World” – Chef Rhona Bowles Kamar
1:15 – 2:15 pm Load up and head to Beyond the Bridge Organic Farm*
2:15 – 3:15 pm KSU High Tunnels**
3:15 pm Return to KSU Research Farm and Adjourn

Next Third Thursday Thing: March 17, 2016

Goat Production 

*Transportation will be available for approximately 40 people.  The farm is approximately 6 miles from KSU Farm.

**KSU tunnels are on campus, about 7 miles from Beyond the Bridge Organic Farm

Educational programs of the Cooperative Extension System serve all people regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, marital or familial status. Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension Work Act of September 29, 1977, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Cooperative Extension Program, Kentucky State University, Frankfort, Kentucky.

International_Symbol_of_Access  AccessibleIconCrop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Below are listings of previous Third Thursday Meetings


 

January program this year was focused on viticulture from the planting and care of grape vines to the creation of Kentucky Proud products.

Sustainable Agriculture Workshop

Third Thursday Thing”

January 21, 2016

Harold R. Benson Research and Demonstration Farm

1525 Mills Lane   Frankfort, Kentucky  (502) 597-6325

Dr. Marion Simon, State Specialist, Small Farm and Part-time Farmers

e-mail address:  marion.simon@kysu.edu

TIME PROGRAM
  9:45 am Welcome and Announcements – Louie Rivers, Jr., KSU
10:00—10:30 am Francine Sloan with Rising Son Winery – Discussing KY Proud Products made from Grapes
10:30 – 11:00 am Eddie O’Daniel with Spring Hill Winery – Financial Aspects of a Winery
11:30 – 11:45 am Cynthia Bohn with Equus Run Vineyards – Developing a Vineyard and Winery,Including Labor Costs
12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 – 1:30 pm Grape Jelly and Jam Tasting
1:30—3:00 pm Patsy Wilson – U. K. Viticulturist – Pruning and Propagation presentation and field demonstration (Please wear weather appropriate clothing and bring pruners)
3:00 pm Adjourn

                         The next Third Thursday Thing will be February 18, 2016 and will be on Organics

Educational programs of the Cooperative Extension System serve all people regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, marital or familial status. Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension Work Act of September 29, 1977, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Cooperative Extension Program, Kentucky State University, Frankfort, Kentucky.

 

October 2015’s Third Thursday Thing program was about goat production and marketing in the US.  Attendees were given two books on goat production published by American Institute for Goat Research at Langston University:

  • Meat Goat Production Handbook 2nd Edition
    • ISBN 10: 1-880667-06-1
    • ISBN 13: 978-1-880667-06-4
  • Meat Goat Production Basics
    • ISBN 10 : 1-880667-04-05
    • ISBN 13: 978-1-880667-05-07

In the morning session:

Frank Pinkerton from Texas gave a presentation titled Market Supply, Demand Issues and International Competition

Ken McMillan, from Louisiana State University, gave a presentation titled Goat Carcass Research and Adding Value

After lunch:

Frank Pinkerton expanded on markets with the presentation: Direct Markets: Opportunities, Constraints and Logistics

Denise Martin with Martin Meadows Farm gave the presentation: Taste of Chevon: A Step By Step Journey

The sessions were recorded using Adobe Connect for those who could not join us at KSU’s Center for Farms and Families.  To view the presentation, just click on the hyperlinked name of the presentation.