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A dry day to talk about farming

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Farm expo to showcase new ag technology

By John Friedlein

By JOHN FRIEDLEIN

jfriedlein@thenewsenterprise.com

ELIZABETHTOWN — Every two years, local producers gather at a Hardin County farm to learn about the latest developments in agriculture.

During the 2008 Central Kentucky Farm Expo — which starts at 2 p.m. Thursday — speakers will discuss a variety of topics including this season’s corn crop, irrigation and horticulture and soybean marketing techniques, said county Extension agent Kayla Helmrich.

The event at C & J Stuecker Farm is free and open to the public.

Also on tap will be tips on finding alternative feed for livestock — a timely subject considering the recent hay shortage and dry spell.

The Hardin County Cattlemen’s Association will cook a free dinner at 6 p.m. and Homemakers will provide desserts.

Then, around 7 p.m., Roger Thomas, the new executive director of the Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy, will talk about how farming is the backbone of Kentucky, Helmrich said.

Also at the expo, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture will hold a safety demonstration, which will include a tractor roll-over segment. Representatives from various agencies will discuss topics such as soil improvement and the 2008 Farm Bill. There also will be a trade show.

Today and Wednesday, about 400 students will be bused to the farm to participate in a youth program. Topics will include equine and ATV safety and soil and water conservation. In addition, 4H members will discuss lifestyle projects and the Farm Bureau will track the path of money consumers spend on food.

John Friedlein can be

reached at 505-1746.