Gardens of Owen County take spotlight

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Extension Service Agriculture News

Beef synchronization
The weather we had this past summer may cause some later calving cows to be particularly late in coming into cycle for re-breeding this spring. There are some techniques available that might help producers tighten up the potentially drawn-out calving season for next year.
A meeting to discuss new research and methods of estrus synchronization for beef cattle will be held at the Carroll County Extension Office at 7 next Tuesday night. Anyone interested in learning more about this is invited to attend. Call the extension office for more information.

Great Gardens of Owen County
Are you interested in finding out more about improving your home landscape? If so, plan to attend the first in a series of gardening meetings, starting next week.
Great Gardens of Owen County is a series of programs on gardening and landscaping in Owen County.
The first meeting will be addressing “Winter Gardening,” where we will investigate ideas on how you can extend your landscape season through the winter.
The series is jointly organized by the Owen County Public Library and the Owen County Extension Service.
The first meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Feb 10.
Anyone interested in upgrading their home landscapes is invited to attend.

‘Profit With Produce’
Capstone Produce Market is hosting a meeting that will focus on producing vegetables, as well as food safety and marketing. It will be held 9 a.m. -3 p.m. Feb. 15 at the auction house.
Capstone is located in the old Southern States building near Campbellsburg in Henry County. A sponsored lunch will be provided, so pre-registration is needed.
Call (502) 532-7045 if you would like to attend.

producer training
Food producers and processors who are interested in selling to restaurants or food-service institutions have a unique opportunity to explore ways to improve and expand their food businesses with the “MarketReady Producer Sales Training” program. The “MarketReady” training is useful to producers who are considering or developing a new food business, and can be helpful to those who are currently selling product to a few local retailers or restaurants. The “MarketReady” program will also provide individuals with a professional marketing education to improve sales relationships with restaurants and foodservice institutions. The training is built around best business practices identified by buyers who are actively seeking to engage local suppliers. Vendors selling dairy, fruits, meats and vegetables may find it helpful in designing a better business strategy to succeed.
The training is scheduled for 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 23 at Elk Creek Winery. Registration is $25, which includes class materials and lunch. Local producers will have their registration reimbursed through local ag development funding. Pre-registration is required from the extension office.

Tobacco production update
An update meeting is scheduled for those planning on raising tobacco this coming year in Owen and Grant counties. Topics will focus on new varieties, fertilizer application, managing diseases, crop insurance and suggested good agricultural practices.
The meeting will be held at 6:30 Feb. 28 at the Jonesville Firehouse. A sponsored supper will be provided, so pre-registration is needed from the Grant County Extension Office — (859) 824-3355.