Success StoryBroad Spectrum Approach to meet Crop Producer's Programming needs.



Broad Spectrum Approach to meet Crop Producer's Programming needs.

Author: Jay Stone

Planning Unit: Lyon County CES

Major Program: Farm Management, Economics and Policy

Plan of Work: Crop Production

Outcome: Initial Outcome

Crop production is a major part of the agriculture economies in Western Kentucky, with Corn, Soybeans, Wheat and Tobacco being the major crops produced in most counties. To meet the needs of producers, the ANR Agent has worked to to identify the educational needs of Grain and Tobacco producers and develop programs to meet those needs.

 

In addition to the  plot work that has been done in the past, agents have worked to provide additional opportunities and delivery methods to help producers gain access to the information vital to their success. An addition to this previous work is both a Corn and Soybean variety trial.

 

Meeting the demands of Producer’s schedules in today’s world is challenging to say the least. While some people are busy, some still aren’t comfortable gathering together in large groups. To meet these varied needs, program delivery has been updated to allow everyone the opportunity to take part. Traditional and non-traditional opportunities for producers include:

  • Area Grain Production meeting
  • Kentucky Ag Matters podcast featuring Grain related topics
  • Ag Newsletter 
  • Private Pesticide Education program
  • Various Zoom calls and meetings for producers
  • On-site visits made by agents

 

While still new in this approach, many producers have expressed interest in this form of joint programming which promotes educational opportunities while allowing for an inclusive environment where everyone can benefit.






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