July 2, 2001 | By: Aimee D. Heald

As part of the 75th anniversary of the Robinson Station Field Day, organizers will offer programs geared to women and youth on July 19.

"We wanted to recognize women are very much a part of agriculture," said Deborah Murray, northeast area Extension program director and field day chairperson. "Women's involvement tends to be overlooked."

Murray said the concept came out of the second annual Women Involved in Agriculture conference in Louisville last fall, and some of the same concepts will be used with emphasis being on regional products and commodities, including timber and natural resources.

Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. before Terri Gilbert, president of the Kentucky Farm Bureau Women addresses the crowd at 1 p.m. Gilbert will discuss traditional and contemporary roles women have in agriculture.

University of Kentucky Hardwood Silviculturalist, Jeff Stringer will discuss how to manage woodlands in regards to cutting timber, protecting woodlands for the future, how to maximize revenue, how to protect financial interests and where to get assistance.

To end the half-day meeting, Kim Henken and Jenni Jenny Cocanougher, UK Extension associates for the environmental and natural resources issues task force will address water concerns. They will look at water as it relates to streams and run-off, as well as the importance of developing a water quality plan.

The Robinson Station field day will also have a youth focus. The programs are aimed at 4-H-age youth. Many of the learning opportunities will be hands-on, such as a milk mustache competition.

Murray said youth will learn about nutrition in a fun way. They can also make wooden dinosaurs, while learning about the timber industry.

"Most of these programs are geared toward eastern Kentucky," Murray said. "The kids will be learning about careers in the timber and environmental resources areas in this part of the state. But, kids who come from other areas of Kentucky, can learn how eastern Kentucky is different from where they live.

The 75th Robinson Station field day is taking a family approach. Murray said there is something for everyone.


Deborah Murray 606-666-2438, ext. 237