January 20, 2006 | By: Laura Skillman

Whether you’ve just moved to a rural setting or have lived there all your life, a series of rural living clinics should provide something of interest.

The five clinics are the result of discussions by staff and clientele of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service that identified the rural-urban interface as a top issue in the west region of the state. To address this issue, Extension agents, community members and representatives of various organizations met in focus groups to determine the most pressing educational needs, according to Jeanne Davis, regional coordinator of the Extension Service’s west region.

The Rural Living – What’s It All About? clinics will kick off Feb. 20 at the Marshall County Extension office in Benton. All five sessions will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

That first clinic – Living on a Few Acres – is designed for the small farm owner. It will include information on asset management, land use, small farm practices, types of small farm operations and budgeting.

Pasture Management is the March 13 session and will cover animal species and preferred forages, weed and brush control, soil sampling and fertility, and fencing needs for animals.

Rural Living is March 20, with participants learning about such things as fencing laws, liability, hunting rights, trespassing and attractive nuisances.

Wells and Septic Tanks will be presented March 27. Information on well types and installation, septic tank installation, well and septic tank maintenance, and water quality and quantity issues will be available.

The final session, Maintaining Ponds, is April 10. Topics include pond construction, proper design, cost of building and maintaining a pond, cost-share programs, and fish stocking and regulations.

Registration is $5 per session or $20 for all five. The fee includes resource materials plus light refreshments. Registration forms are due by noon Feb. 10. To receive a form or for more information, contact a local Cooperative Extension Service office or the Marshall County Extension office at (270) 527-3285.