With winter upon us, the days are shorter and the farm activities have slowed somewhat, but the time for winter meetings is here. The extension service offers many ways to increase knowledge and listed below is some information regarding a few meetings and programs coming up this winter. Plan now to attend so you can bring home new ideas for your operation in 2020.

ARC/PLC Farm Bill Meeting. The Hardin County Extension Service is hosting a 2020 Farm Bill Education and ARC/PLC Decision Making meeting at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 27 at its office. The presenter is Dr. Todd Davis, assistant extension professor in ag economics. His presentation will cover ARC/PLC decisions and provide a market outlook for 2019-20 crops. Many things have changed with the implementation of programs from the 2018 Farm Bill in regards to ARC/PLC signups.

This meeting will go over all of the options and many scenarios to help aid producers in making the most beneficial election for their individual farm needs.

Bull Value Assessment Program. Have you ever wondered how to determine the best valued bull for your operation? The Bull Value Assessment Program, or Bull­VAP is at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 21 and 28th at the extension service.

During this two part series, attendees will learn how to understand and use EPD’s, match genetics to your management and environment, Understand Bull Breeding Soundness Exams, Proper Bull Nutrition and Health Programs, Bull Selection Tools and Selection Decisions for different calf crop marketing programs.

The educational meeting is on the 21, with the session on the 28 being a “mock auction” where producers use what they learned in session one to “buy” a bull for their operation, then determine whether they really purchased the best value for them. There is a $25 registration fee, and dinner is included for both sessions.

Private Pesticide Applicator Trainings. If you are a new Private Pesticide Applicator in need of certification, or if your previous certification has expired, Private Pesticide Applicator Training Dates have been set. Trainings will be held:

• 10 a.m. Jan. 22

• 2 p.m. Jan. 29

• 6 p.m. Feb. 25

These sessions will serve as initial certification and recertification of Private Pesticide Applicators (farmers and homeowners), it will enable those persons to purchase and use restricted use pesticides in Kentucky. Certification meetings last about two to three hours.

All meetings are held at our new location at 111 Opportunity Way in Elizabethtown. To learn more or to sign up, please call the Hardin County Extension Service at 270-765-4121.

Matt Adams is a Hardin County Extension agent for agriculture and natural resources.