HOPKINS COUNTY, Ky. (1/7/18) — Hopkins County Cooperative Extension Service is offering several events over the winter months to help local farmers.

Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources Curtis Dame said the office is getting ready to host the Hopkins County Livestock winter meeting set for 6 p.m. Jan. 15. There will be a banquet followed by recognition of 4-H and FFA winners beyond the county level.

Members that have paid their dues have voting privileges and are eligible to run for office, Hopkins County Livestock Association announced. Call (270) 821-3650 to nominate board members. RSVP for the banquet by Jan. 11.

The Roots to Riches conference is coming up Friday, Feb. 9 that begins 7:30 a.m. with a farm fresh breakfast at the Ballard Convention Center in Madisonville. Dr. Todd Davis, assistant extension professor from the University of Kentucky, will speak on the topic of using crop insurance effectively.

Several UK specialists are scheduled to lead breakout sessions that start at 10:15 a.m. on topics including infrastructure improvement for livestock operations, grazing, hemp in western Kentucky, aviation and unmanned ariel vehicles and more. Sessions will continue through 4:30 p.m.

Dicamba chemical training begins 1 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Ballard Convention Center. Dame said the certification is required in order to purchase soybean Dicamba chemicals.

To register for the informative Roots to Riches conference, visit or call the local extension office at (270) 821-3650.

At 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, the 2018 Kentucky Small Ruminant Grazing Conference will kick off at the Ballard Convention Center. Conference participants include Dr. Beth Johnson, field veterinarian with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, agronomy specialist Tom Keene, forage extension specialist Dr. Chris Teutsch, associate extension professor Dr. Greg Halich and Marion County Extension Agent David Kessler. Three hours of continuing education are available for veterinarians.

Registration to attend the grazing conference is $35. For more information, visit

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