2019 Model State Program- Kentucky State University

Progress report for SKY19-002

Project Type: PDP State Program
Funds awarded in 2019: $11,111.00
Projected End Date: 06/30/2022
Grant Recipient: Kentucky State University
Region: Southern
State: Kentucky
State Coordinators:
Dr. Marion Simon
Kentucky State University
Co-Coordinators:
Dr. Paul Vincelli
University of Kentucky
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Project Information

Abstract:

The Third Thursday Thing features monthly sustainable agriculture training sessions. The sessions take place at the Kentucky State University Harold R. Benson Research and Demonstration Farm on the third Thursday of every month with no session in December. Agricultural Professionals and farm leaders throughout the commonwealth and surrounding states are the target audience for the trainings. These trainings are structured for multiple learning types, with lecture style presentations followed by hands on demonstration/activities. We have also added a Fourth Wednesday program based on requests from the agricultural community.

Third Thursdays have become an institution in Kentucky professional development educational programming. The broad range of topics (listed in a later section) ensure that agricultural professionals and producer leaders have training in the skills necessary on a diversified small farm. TTT also serves as a space for synergies in small farm education. Many conferences and educational meetings are planned around “Third Thursdays” including:
o the Annual Small, Limited-Resource/Minority Farmers Conference,
o the International Pawpaw Conference,
o the Regional SARE Goat Project’s Collaborator Conference,
o the SRRMEC Regional Conference on the “Risk-Assessed Business Planning for Small Producers” curriculum, and many others.

Project Objectives:

– Expand programming to include “quality of life” principles of Sustainable Agriculture through discussions of farm transition.
– Build capacity for these kinds of conversations by training-the-trainer and then supporting trainees in hosting their own local follow-up meetings.

Advisors

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  • Ken Andries (Educator and Researcher)
  • Andre Barbour
  • Mac Stone
  • Edwin Chavous (Educator)
  • Mark Ferguson (Educator)
  • Jeff Henderson (Educator)
  • Curt Judy (Educator)
  • Dana Lear
  • Lee Meyer (Educator and Researcher)
  • Janet Mullins (Educator and Researcher)
  • Gary Palmer (Educator)
  • Louie Rivers, Jr. (Educator)
  • Susan Schlosnagle
  • Tehran Jewell (Educator)
  • Ed Thompson
  • Paul Vincelli (Educator and Researcher)
  • Brett Wolff (Educator)
  • Martin Richards (Educator)

Education

Educational approach:

Kentucky State University continues to make the Third Thursday Program the focus of its SARE MSP funding. KSU has also added a Fourth Wednesday Beef Education program to the MSP in response to needs from this community. Third Thursdays continue to be an institution in Kentucky professional development educational programming, and Fourth Wednesdays are quickly gaining ground in this regard. The broad range of topics (listed below) ensure that agricultural professionals and producer leaders have training in the skills necessary on a diversified small farm. TTT also serves as a space for synergies in small farm education including educator-to-educator, farmer-to-farmer, and farmer-to-educator interactions

Education & Outreach Initiatives

July 2019 Third Thursday Thing - Pastured Poultry
Objective:

To expose participants to topics related to pastured poultry production and marketing.

Description:

See agenda:

Outcomes and impacts:

Total attendance:  39

Males:  22

Females:  17

Veterans:  8

Hispanic:  1

Non-Hispanic:  38

Caucasian:  34

African-American:  3

Other:  2

August 2019 Third Thursday Thing - Recordkeeping and Reducing Costs
Objective:

To expose participants to topics, tools, and practices to help in recordkeeping and reducing costs for their operations.

Description:
Outcomes and impacts:

Total Attendance:  26

Veterans:  3

Non-Hispanic:  26

Males:  17

Females:  9

African-American: 5

Caucasian:  21

September 2019 Third Thursday Thing - Pawpaws and Horticulture
Objective:

To expose participants to pawpaw production and cover other timely updates for horticulture production and marketing.

Description:
Outcomes and impacts:

Total attendance:  138

Veterans:  16

Hispanic:  1

Non-Hispanic:  137

Male:  73

Female:  65

Under 18:  18

Caucasian:  115

African-American: 6

Asian/Pacific Islander:  5

American Indian:  2

Other:  7

October 2019 Third Thursday Thing - Goats
Objective:

To expose participants to topics related to producing and marketing meat goats.

Description:
Outcomes and impacts:

Total attendance:  54

Veterans:  12

Hispanic:  4

Non-Hispanic:  50

Male:  31

Female:  23

Under 18:  4

Caucasian:  42

African-American:  8

Asian:  1

Other:  2

November 2019 Third Thursday Thing - Agrability, Bale Grazing, and Risk Management
Objective:

To make participants aware of programs available to help farmers of all abilities continue or begin farming.
To introduce the basic principles of bale grazing--a practice has implications for both environmental and economic sustainablity.
To introduce participants to concepts of risk management and resources to help mitigate and manage risks.

Description:
Outcomes and impacts:

Total attendance:  69

Veterans:  9

Hispanic:  2

Non-Hispanic:  67

Males:  35

Females:  34      

Under 18:  1

Caucasian:  37

African-American:  22

Asian/Pacific Islander:  2

American Indian/Alaskan Native:  2

Other:  3

January 2020 Third Thursday Thing - Rural Housing and Farm Resource Management
Objective:

To expose participants to topics related to resources and offices available to support rural and agricultural communities.

Description:
Outcomes and impacts:

Topic:  Rural Housing and Farm Resource Management

Total attendance:  47

Veterans:  7

Hispanic:  0

Non-Hispanic:  47

Male:  24

Female:  23

Under 18:  2

Caucasian:  34

African-American:  10

Asian/Pacific Islander:  1

American Indian:  1

Other:  1

February 2020 Third Thursday Thing - Organics
Objective:

To expose participants to topics related to Organic production and marketing.

Description:
Outcomes and impacts:

Total attendance:  72

Veterans:  17

Hispanic:  1

Non-Hispanic;  70

Males:  41

Females:  31

Under 18:  3

Caucasian:  58

African-American:  11

American Indian:  2

Other:  1

April 2020 Third Thursday Thing - AgSafe, Farmer Safety during the pandemic
Objective:

To expose participants to topics related to staying safe during the pandemic.

Description:
Outcomes and impacts:

Conducted via Zoom

Attendance:  242

July 2019 Fourth Wednesday Beef Meeting - Eden Shale Farm tour
Objective:

To expose participants to real-world beef management techniques.

Description:

No agenda for this meeting. Participants were led on a guided farm tour and allowed to observe the operation and ask questions based on items they have learned in other Fourth Wednesday programs as well as in any issues that have arisen in their own production work. 

Outcomes and impacts:

Total attendance:  20

Veterans:  4

Hispanic:  0

Non-Hispanic:  20

Males:  11

Females:  9

Under 18: 2

Caucasian:  11

African-American:  8

Other:  1

August 2019 Fourth Wednesday Beef Meeting - Risk Management for Beef Producers
Objective:

To expose participants to topics related to

Description:
Outcomes and impacts:

Total attendance:  19

Veterans:  4

Male:  14

Female:  5

Hispanic:  0

Non-Hispanic:  19

Under 18:  2

African-American:  12

Caucasian:  7

September 2019 Fourth Wednesday Beef Meeting - Weaning Management
Objective:

To expose participants to topics related to

Description:
Outcomes and impacts:

Total attendance:  10

Non-Hispanic:  10

Veterans:  2

Caucasian:  3

African-American: 6

Other: 1

Males  7

Females:  3

October 2019 Fourth Wednesday Beef Meeting - Winter Feeding
Objective:

To expose participants to topics related to Winter cattle feeding

Description:

No agenda available. 

Presentation by Dr. Ken Andries (KSU)

Outcomes and impacts:

Total attendance: 24

Veterans: 4

Hispanic:  0

Non-Hispanic:  24

Under 18:  2

Caucasian:  10

African-American:  13

Other:  1

April 2020 Fourth Wednesday Beef Meeting - Bovine Viral Diarrhea
Objective:

To inform producers on diagnostic and treatment options related to BVD.

Description:

Presented via Zoom by Dr. Jessie Lay (KSU)

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Outcomes and impacts:

Attendance: 15

Educational & Outreach Activities

12 Workshop field days

Participation Summary:

100 Extension
50 NRCS
50 Researchers
100 Nonprofit
50 Agency
600 Farmers/ranchers

Learning Outcomes

1200 Participants gained or increased knowledge, skills and/or attitudes about sustainable agriculture topics, practices, strategies, approaches
300 Ag professionals intend to use knowledge, attitudes, skills and/or awareness learned

Project Outcomes

30 New working collaborations
100 Agricultural service provider participants who used knowledge and skills learned through this project (or incorporated project materials) in their educational activities, services, information products and/or tools for farmers
Additional Outcomes:

Many conferences and educational meetings continue to be planned around “Third Thursdays” including:

    • the Annual Small, Limited-Resource/Minority Farmers Conference,
    • the International Pawpaw Conference,
    • the Regional SARE Goat Project’s Collaborator Conference,
    • the SRRMEC Regional Conference on the “Risk-Assessed Business Planning for Small Producers”curriculum, and many others.

SSARE MSP funding allows KSU to carry on its tradition of serving minority and limited resource producers through its extension system. Training extension personnel, NRCS, other ag service providers, and producer leaders helps to amplify the message of SARE to this group.

Face of SARE

Face of SARE:

Kentucky’s SARE PDP program objective is to build a broad base of interest and skills in agricultural sustainability among extension agents and other professionals in the state, equip them with the needed skills to assist farmers, marketers, and community leaders, and to facilitate a diverse range of collaborative projects. The way that we manage our programs has led to strong partnerships with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, NRCS, FSA, Community Farm Alliance, Kentucky Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, the Cooperative Extension Service, Grow Appalachia, as well as grower groups across the state

Our Program Assistant continues to serve as one of the primary faces of the KYSARE program. He networks extensively across the state and beyond to identify new partners and new ideas for amplifying our financial investment. The core job of KY SARE’s Program Assistant is coordinating all of the SARE-promoted trainings and programs. This includes working with the content providers (faculty, private sector, government, NGO) and SARE leadership to develop effective programs. He provides logistical support (finding meeting space, arranging travel, access to materials) and assisting program evaluation.

The Program Assistant also manages the SARE grant funds, helping with budgets, arranging for reimbursement and overall management. Because sustainable agriculture programs in Kentucky extend much beyond the SARE-supported programs, the program assistant actively participates in other activities. This includes attending extension and grower events where he simultaneously represents KYSARE and the UK Center for Crop Diversification, allowing him to provide SARE resources anywhere they might be helpful and relevant. His engagement and connections markedly enhance the visibility of the SARE Program.  He is actively involved in Kentucky State University’s “Third Thursday Thing”—monthly sustainable ag field days covering a wide range of topics. The current Program Assistant has strong networking and leadership skills that help us build productive partnerships with Farm Services Agency, Kentucky Department of Agriculture, and numerous NGOs. The program assistant also oversees reporting and proposal development.

600 Farmers received information about SARE grant programs and information resources
500 Ag professionals received information about SARE grant programs and information resources
Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.