Shane Bogle, Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources at the UK Extension Center, was in studio Wednesday morning for WPKY’s weekly Extension Program.

Shane started off by reminding listeners that as spring approaches the roads will become busy with area farmers moving large equipment. He implored people to exercise caution when driving during the upcoming weeks, stating that staying patient is the key to a safe planting season for both farmers and members of the community.

Shane then reminded listeners of the upcoming Caldwell/Lyon Cattleman’s Association spring meeting on Thursday, March 22nd at 6PM at the Extension Office. Anyone interested in joining the Association is welcome to attend the meeting, whether you are cattle owner or not. Association fees are $30 but include four steak dinners throughout the year. Anyone interested in attending does need to call the Extension Office at 270-365-2787 so they’ll know how many to prepare for. Shane also said that the Cattleman’s Association’s main goal is to support the beef industry and also provides scholarships for local students with money it raises throughout the year.

Shane then told listeners that the Caldwell County Farmer’s Market is gearing up to begin it’s selling season very soon. He also mentioned that they are excited about moving forward in the process to build a permanent pavilion in front of the Senior Citizen Center. He also mentioned some changes this year to certifications. The Kentucky Department of Agriculture has changed the certification needed to offer produce samples during the Farmer’s Market. The Produce Best Practices certification is now mandatory for anyone wishing to offer unprepared samples of fresh produce, an example would be offering a slice of tomato for a taste test. The Extension Office will be offering two training sessions for those interested in becoming certified. The first will be on Tuesday, April 17th at 6PM, the second will be on Thursday, April 26th at 6PM, and both will be at the Extension Office. For anyone interested in attending please call the Extension Office at 270-365-2787. Shane stated that the information is great for all fresh produce merchants, even if they do not plan on giving out unprepared samples. He also said that vendor applications for the Farmer’s Market are available at the Extension Office for anyone interested in becoming a merchant.

Shane then told listeners about the renovations being done at the UK Research and Education Center including the addition of a new Grain and Forage Center of Excellence. The new additions will bring new jobs, updated laboratories, an updated meeting room, and the addition of the Grain and Forage Center. An official groundbreaking will be held Thursday, March 15th at 2PM at the UK Research and Education Center and will be attended by many University of Kentucky and state officials. The public is invited to attend.

For any questions or to sign up for any upcoming events, workshops, or trainings you can call the Caldwell County UK Extension Office at 270-365-2787.

You can catch the full interview with Shane Bogle below.