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Horse College
Water Pioneers
Operation: Military Kids Family Camp
Master Loggers
Weight - the Reality Series
Farm Service Agency (FSA) Borrower Training
Nutrition Education Program
Army Worm Alert
Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) for Youth
Master Clothing Volunteer Program
Plant Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (PDDL)
Step Up to Leadership
Woodlot Owners Short Course
Tax Preparers' Seminars

Horse College

Horse College is a 4 to 5 night educational program for recreational horse-owners that covers nutrition and feeding, pasture management, health care, hoof care, facilities, and behavior.  This past year, five "colleges" were held with over 300 horse owners attending.  As a result of the program, owners have improved management practices to more effectively and economically care for their animals.

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Water Pioneers

In order to teach youth the importance of water in our state, the Water Pioneers program was conducted with 28 high school youth from 28 different Eastern Kentucky counties. Students learned about non-point and point pollution; chemical, physical and biological assessment techniques; and the interrelationship of water, geology, soils, forestry, wildlife, and people. After a week-long session, the "pioneers" then completed a community service project back in their home communities. They undertook such projects as promoting environmentally-friendly cleaners, hosting a tire pick-up event, writing articles for local newspapers, and lobbying for sanitary sewers.

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Operation: Military Kids Family Camp

Operation: Military Kids Family Camp was a three-day overnight camp for injured or wounded military service members and their families. The camp was conducted for 23 families (100 participants) at the West Kentucky 4-H Camp in Dawson Springs. The camp offered opportunities for family team building through such activities such as storytelling, sports, arts and crafts, health and wellness activities, challenge courses, swimming, canoeing and fishing.  From participating in the camp, individuals indicated they acquired coping mechanisms, learned to talk with others going through similar experiences, and learned that there are resources available that they can access.  Some comments of participants were: "You have really made our family stronger," "It helped me (soldier) set aside time to spend with my son," and "I would love to volunteer at a second camp to give back everything you have done for my family." 

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Master Loggers

The Kentucky Master Logger program provides training for timber harvesting professionals on such topics as environmental protection, safe logging practices, and laws and regulations impacting the timber harvesting industry.  This past year, eight three-day training sessions were conducted for 201 new loggers, and 572 current Master Loggers obtained continuing education to maintain their Master Logger status.  As a result of the training, logging firms were able to comply with state and federal regulations, accidents were reduced, and "best environmental practices" were followed.

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Weight - the Reality Series

A ten-week program to help Kentuckians achieve a healthier weight reached over 2,000 persons this past year. The program was conducted 130 times in 60 counties with one-third of the participants reporting that they lost at least 5% of their initial weight. In addition, the average reduction in waist circumference was two inches. 

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Farm Service Agency (FSA) Borrower Training

The 1990 Farm Bill mandated that first-time FSA borrowers be required to receive training in farm business planning, financial management, and crop and livestock production practices.  In response, the Department of Agricultural Economics developed a 16-hour training program for prospective borrowers. In the past five years, 1,426 borrowers have been trained in 87 workshops.  Even though many participants entered the workshop with a negative attitude since they were required to attend, at the end of the training, 97% said they would recommend the workshop to other farmers. Two comments were especially revealing, "I wish they would have made us do this thirty years ago" and "Every farmer should be hogtied and made to take this workshop."

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Nutrition Education Program

During the past year, through the Nutrition Education Program, 6,043 limited resource families were taught how to serve more nutritious meals with limited resources, how to keep food safe, and how to utilize local food sources. From participation in the program, 97% of the families improved the nutritional quality of their diets, 61% started comparison shopping in order to save money, and 25% decreased the number of meals eaten away from home.

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Army Worm Alert

Due to an alert issued by the Integrated Pest Management program, Extension agents in 15 counties visited 3,700 acres to survey damage and warn producers.  As a result of the alert, 64,250 bushels of corn, 5,875 bushels of wheat, and 150 tons of pasture were saved, for a combined value of over $350,000.

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Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) for Youth

The 4-H program is uniquely positioned to emphasize science, engineering and technology through its non-formal, hands-on programs and activities. In the past year, 24,141 4-H youth participated in programs in robotics, biotechnology, geospatial relations, electronics and multi-media. These learning experiences in the sciences are a first step in attracting youth to explore the sciences as a future career option. 

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Master Clothing Volunteer Program

To a great extent, the teaching of clothing construction in Extension programs is being conducted by volunteers.  Master Clothing Volunteers have been trained to conduct sewing classes and provide assistance to individual youth and adults wanting advice on sewing.  During the past year, eighty certified Master Clothing Volunteers contributed over 7,000 volunteer hours in teaching clothing construction.  Since the program's inception seventeen years ago, 252 master volunteers have been trained and are teaching others.

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Plan Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (PDDL)

The Department of Plant Pathology operates a Plant Disease Diagnostic Laboratory that analyzes samples and provides a diagnosis of plant diseases.  This is a service for individual producers and homeowners, as well as the basis for posting alerts on disease outbreaks and formulating educational programs. In the past year, the PDDL handled 2,909 plant samples, 501 soybean cyst nematode soil samples, 148 samples for Sudden Oak Death pathogen, and 534 samples for Asian Soybean Rust pathogen. In addition, 132 cases were submitted and responded to through the Digital Consulting System.

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Step Up to Leadership

With the goal of developing Kentucky's youth, the 4-H program has emphasized leadership education through the Step Up to Leadership curriculum. In the past year, 11,106 youth in 76 counties completed at least six-hours of leadership education. These youth increased their knowledge and skills in communication and public speaking, decision making, group facilitation and teamwork. Of the youth participating in the program, 81% served as members of advisory committees, 75% served as mentors for younger youth, and 64% worked with adults in addressing community issues.

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Woodlot Owners Short Course

The Woodlot Owners Short course is a three-segment educational program focusing on Woodland Management, Woodland Economics, and Woodland Wildlife and Recreation for the owners of woodlots. The programs were repeated three times this past year for over 160 participants.  The participants learned about how to increase revenue from timber, improve wildlife habitat, increase woodlot productivity, and improve woodland health. Participants indicated they planned to utilize the new information on 53,665 acres. 

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Tax Preparers' Seminars

The Department of Agricultural Economics conducted the 43rd annual in-service training seminars for tax preparers, CPAs, farmers and attorneys. During the past year, there were 1,476 participants at 15 different two-day seminars, 71 participants at three Beginner Tax schools, and 116 participants at Ethics seminars. Particular attention was given to the tax issues of tobacco buyouts payments, conservation payments, and drought-induced livestock sales. Ninety percent of the individuals were repeat participants.

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Contact

UK College of Agriculture
S-107 Ag Science Bldg. North
Lexington, KY 40546-0091
Phone: 859-257-4302
Fax: 859-257-3501
darlene.mylin@uky.edu

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