July 3, 2007 | By: Laura Skillman
PRINCETON, Ky.

Every two years, the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture showcases the latest research and extension work conducted on its farm in western Kentucky as well as throughout the college. This year's event is July 26 at the Research and Education Center in Princeton.

The event also offers an array of educational and fun activities for youth and families. Approximately 2,000 people are expected to attend. Activities begin at 8 a.m. with a brief welcome ceremony. From 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m., guests may participate in tours and view demonstrations and exhibits.

“We are excited to showcase the agricultural research that is being conducted by the University of Kentucky,” said Don Hershman, UK plant pathologist and field day chairman. “Current trends in Kentucky agriculture will give producers added insight into new technology that is likely to go mainstream in the near future. This type of information will give those in attendance a competitive advantage.”

This year’s field day will feature 11 production-related tours focusing on beef cattle, tobacco, forages, pest management in grain crops, corn and soybean production, fertility management in grain crops, weed management in forages and pastures, and a precision agriculture equipment demonstration. Other tours include orchard/vineyard, ornamentals and vegetable crops. One tour will provide visitors with an overview of activities under way at the research center. All tours last approximately one hour and fifteen minutes and continuously run throughout the day.

More than 40 exhibitors from the College of Agriculture, agricultural associations and organizations will be inside an exhibits tent located near the large main tent area. All tours will begin from the main tent area.

With youth and family and consumer sciences activities also at field day, the program strives to have a bit of something for everyone. 

“We are attempting to make this field day one that the entire family will want to attend,” Hershman said.

There will be three family and consumer sciences events held at specific times throughout the day. These will be listed in the program visitors will receive upon arrival at the field day. In addition, there will be about 20 family and consumer sciences exhibits and displays. These activities will be in the air-conditioned main building with buses providing transportation from the main tent to the facility.

“This year's family and consumer sciences exhibits will have something for everyone such as how to have healthier homes, how to save money by using compact fluorescent bulbs and how to become a Master Clothing Volunteer,” said Nancy Hunt, Crittenden County extension agent for family and consumer sciences and field day committee member. “Participants will get to taste some new recipes and attend presentations on Kentucky Foods and Making Our Homes More Secure. We are pleased to have exhibits coming from the UK School of Human Environmental Sciences, Kentucky Women in Agriculture and Master Foods Programs.”

Youth activities will include everything from farm safety to a vegetable derby to a mini-petting zoo. Kentucky Agriculture and Environment in the Classroom will set up its Mobile Science Activity Center. In all, more than 20 booths and activities are specifically aimed at young people attending this year’s event.

“We are going to have activities of interest for youngsters up to teens,” said Wanda Paris, Lyon County extension 4-H youth development agent and youth activities coordinator. 

“There will be hands-on activities, some educational things to do and some things just for fun.” 
Various commodity groups will provide lunch and participants may earn certified crop adviser continuing education credits.

The UK Research and Education Center is on Kentucky 91 South, 1.5 miles southeast of the Caldwell County Courthouse in Princeton. For more information, contact a county office of the UK Cooperative Extension Service or visit the UKREC Web site.

Contact: 

Don Hershman, 270-365-2541, ext. 215, Nancy Hunt, 270-965-5236, Wanda Paris, 270-388-2341