January 7, 2004 | By: Laura Skillman
OWENSBORO, Ky.

For 30 years, farmers from across western Kentucky have traveled to Daviess County in late January for a daylong educational program and trade show.

This year’s event will be Jan. 28 at the Executive Inn Rivermont’s Exposition Center in Owensboro and will be held in conjunction with the Kentucky Commodity Conference, an annual meeting of the Kentucky Corn Growers, Kentucky Soybean Association and Kentucky Small Grain Growers.

The commodity conference awards banquet will be held the previous evening, and the following day the organizations will hold their annual meetings prior to the start of Ag Expo.

“We’re excited that the commodity conference is being held at the same time and it offers us a chance to collaborate and provide an excellent quality program,” said Clint Hardy, Daviess County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources. 

The Grain Day Committee in coordination with the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service sponsors Ag Expo. The event annually attracts between 800 to 1,000 farmers from western Kentucky, southern Indiana and southern Illinois.

This year’s program will again provide an array of educational tracks for farmers to attend including three separate sessions on grain marketing.

New to the program this year will be a section on forage improvement. This has not been a focus before but committee members wanted to offer beef producers in the region an educational opportunity as well, Hardy said.

Utilizing expertise from the commodity organizations, one session will provide an update on ethanol and biodiesel while another will discuss new uses for corn and soybeans.

Additional topics include rust and aphids in soybeans, vegetable research data, herbicide considerations in vegetable crops, soil management for higher yields, Herculex corn and new traits in corn, a legislative update, and an overview of UK’s Agricultural Weather Center and forecasts.

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and you must be registered by 10:30 a.m. to receive the free lunch. The luncheon speaker will be Jerry Carroll, an agricultural humorist from North Carolina. The commodity associations provide the lunch.

Educational sessions begin at 9 a.m.  There will be several breaks throughout the day to allow participants ample opportunity to visit with exhibitors at the trade show.

For more information on Ag Expo contact Clint Hardy, Daviess County Extension agent for agriculture and natural resources, at (270) 685-8480.

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Contact: 

Writer: Laura Skillman 270-365-7541 ext. 278
Source: Clint Hardy, 270-685-8480