September 1, 2001 | By: Haven Miller

If you are a Kentucky producer wanting to hear first-hand how other farmers are making money on enterprises ranging from fish to flowers, you'll want to be in Elizabethtown on November 6.

"It's our Farm to Table Connection conference, and it's designed for producers and also consumers who are interested in learning about all kinds of new agricultural products and opportunities," said Theresa Howard, Extension agent for family and consumer science in LaRue County.

The conference, which is jointly sponsored by the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, is part of a long-range educational effort geared to help producers meet new challenges. The conference includes morning break-out sessions, afternoon round table discussions, and a special "Taste of Kentucky" evening event where you can taste and buy a variety of Kentucky products.

"We'll have morning sessions on such things as cultivating herbs, marketing meats, purchasing fruits and vegetables, setting up a web page, and estate planning," said David Harrison, LaRue County Extension agent for agriculture and natural resources. "Last year's conference was very successful, and we'll be having back many of the same speakers and resource people who participated then."

Conference attendees will have the opportunity to choose six topics from a list of 28 for the afternoon round table discussions. The list includes organic farming, aquaculture, bees and honey, raising goats, cut flowers, farm tourism, cider production, starting a bed and breakfast business, blueberries, u-pick operations, cattle marketing and many other topics.

"These discussions are set up in small groups, about 10 people at a table, and rotate every 30 minutes to allow plenty of time for participants to get the information they need," said Rick Greenwell, Washington County Extension agent for agriculture and natural resources. "The beauty of the Farm To Table conference is that people who are already successful in these different enterprises are willing to come and share their knowledge and experience."

In addition to break out sessions and round table discussions, the conference also will feature a Kentucky products luncheon with special guest speakers, and a mobile wellness unit offering free blood sugar and blood pressure checks.

The conference is Tuesday, November 6, at the Pritchard Community Center in Elizabethtown. The starting time is 9:00 a.m. (Eastern Time). Your cost for attending all day is $ 15. Cost of attending only the evening Taste of Kentucky event is $ 5. The pre-registration deadline is October 15. Registration information is available from your local Lincoln Trail or Mammoth Cave Area Cooperative Extension office.


Theresa Howard, 270-358-3401