Cooperative Extension remains on call for questions
by Hawkins Teague
Sep 05, 2007 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The first of many University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service agents to serve Trigg County started working here in 1915. Almost a century later, agents are still taking calls to give advice to farmers, gardeners, students and many others.

U.K.’s Cooperative Extension Service is based in the school’s College of Agriculture. According to the college’s Web site, www.ca.uky.edu/ces, their mission is to “make a difference in the lives of Kentucky citizens through research-based education.” It says that, along with their other land grant partner, Kentucky State University, they have taken “the University to the people in their local communities, addressing issues of importance of all Kentuckians.”

The program, which is accessible in every Kentucky county, is divided into agriculture, 4-H youth services and family and consumer science. Trigg County has agents for each of these programs, although Agriculture Agent David Fourqurean said that not every county has three agents. Fourqurean said that most of his job is providing technical assistance to anyone with questions about the land, whether it be crops, gardens or lawns.

Much of the time, Fourqurean said he examines crops for diseases and insects and assists farmers by giving them advice on what measures to take in order to save them. He tries to identify the diseases and determine how farmers can best to deal with them while still making a decent profit. He said he also takes such factors into account as how much of the field is diseased and whether or not the weather conditions could lead to it spreading.

Fourqurean said the most pressing problem he has dealt with this summer has been the long drought. One of the many problems that local farmers encountered was that they were running out of hay for their livestock, so Fourqurean said he worked with them to help them stretch their supply. Another service the extension office provides is that they help secure bids through Kentucky Beef Integrated Resource Management to supply the areas cattle with the minerals they need, Fourqurean said.

Of course, it just farmers who ask for Fourqurean’s advice. He said he gets lots of calls from people asking about how they can take care of their home gardens and lawns. He said he always recommends that they get a soil sample tested to see what levels of fertilizer are needed or whether or not the lawn needs lime. He said that most problems with gardens and fruit trees are caused by disease and can be prevented with a regular spray schedule.

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