IN RUSSELL COUNTY
In Russell County we’re growing ideas that make a difference in your life, your family, and your community. We
have a dedicated staff of trained professionals delivering educational programs in agriculture and natural resources,
family and consumer sciences, 4-H youth development, and community and economic development. The Russell
County Cooperative Extension Office is your connection to UK and the world.
You’ll see some key numbers in this report. But the numbers don’t show you the people or the impact of our work.
So the rest of this report shows the faces behind some of the numbers.
Family and Consumer Sciences
Marketing and Public Promotion of Kentucky
Cooperative Extension Service
Much emphasis and effort has been made to
market and promote the Russell County Cooperative
Articles have been written and submitted as
requested to Kentucky Families Today magazine. The
free magazine is available at numerous locations in
Russell and surrounding counties with a distribution of Sun Safety/Skin Cancer
“Extension Dimensions” is a new weekly radio An estimated 10,000 persons in Russell and
program aired live on WJRS/WJKY local radio station on surrounding counties have received information on sun
Tuesday mornings at 7:45 a.m. The program informs the safety and skin cancer through the collaborative efforts of
listeners of current and future extension happenings within the Lake Cumberland Cancer Consortium and the
the county. The program lasts approximately five Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service.
minutes. In addition, several special news features and/or Twelve persons received free skin cancer
promotions have been aired live on WHVE radio station. screenings from local dermatologists in Russell County.
Sixty second recordings have also been aired at random
throughout the month on various topics. Family Diabetes Health Forum
Duo County Telephone local cable runs timely
hints and tips, educational campaigns such as National The Cooperative Extension Service, in
Nutrition Month, Sun Safety Awareness, etc. on the local collaboration with Russell County Hospital and Russell
cable access channel for their customers. A new theme is County Extension Homemakers Association, joined forces
chosen each month and aired on the city cable system. to offer the Family Diabetes Health Forum. One hundred
You may check out all the upcoming events and and fifteen persons attended the program. Participants
programs by going to www.ca.uky.edu/russell. attended the following sessions: “Diabetic Foot Care:
What You Can Do to Prevent Amputation”, “New Drug
Therapies: How Sweet It Is” and “Diabetes Snacks, Treats
& Easy Eats”.
Fifteen local businesses and agencies set up booths of peppermint candy, 280 eraser caps, 500 pencils, 28
educational materials and/or displays for the participants wedge-type erasers, and 36 pencil sharpeners. These
to browse through. Fasting blood glucose and cholesterol items were place in the shoeboxes that left Russell County
screenings were offered to participants at no charge. In to be distributed to children all over the world.
addition, the following screenings/demonstrations were
offered free or low cost to the participants: blood pressure,
spinal, stress release, pulse O 2, body fat analysis,
Dermascan (skin damage from the sun) and take home
colorectal kits were available.
4-H Youth Development Kentucky 4-H Communications Day is the culminating
event in 4-H speech and demonstrations. Five youth from
Russell County competed in the state event. Madeline
Hays was the state champion in Jr. Safety demonstrations.
Sidney Malone was the reserve champion in Jr. Home
Environment. Bailey Brown received a blue ribbon in Jr.
Foods demonstration. Shelby Maldonado received a red
ribbon in Jr. Clothing Demonstration. Katie Dick received
a blue ribbon in age 11 speeches.
4-H Camp 2007
Thirty-eight youth and adults from Russell County
attended the Lake Cumberland 4-H Camp in Jabez during
July 10-13. The youth attended classes in high ropes,
swimming, canoeing, rifle, crafts, nutrition, archery and
soybean. The campers had three classes each morning 4-H Horse Club members learn how to clean their
and an additional class and swimming time in the saddles properly.
Agriculture Report to the People
Beef Cattle Events
Farmers are taking the Cattle Industry seriously as
they are participating in Phase I programs. The Russell
4-H/FFA Youth Heifer Exchange Program County Beef leadership administered $350,000 dollars in
The Russell County Cattlemen’s Association received a grants to help producers in four areas of production. Out
$20,000 grant to start a youth heifer chain. Heifers were of 152 applicants, 80 finished their projects in six months,
purchased for 11 youth. The youth must return the first which amounted to $236,000. The rest of the $350,000
heifer produced to the program so other youth can was invested last year in improving beef cattle genetics,
participate in this program in future years. The youth management and feeding.
were required to show their animal in two county fair Russell County has the highest cow numbers in
shows in 2007. decades amounting to 14,300 beef cows. Russell County
has a strong livestock base in which livestock produces
And My World … 4-H youth in the 4th, 5th, and 6th 75% of the agriculture proceeds.
grade raised approximately $134 for Operation Christmas A partial list of beef cattle educational events
Child. This money was used to purchase 4,100 pieces of offered in Russell County can be found at:
http://ces.ca.uky.edu/russell/anr/RC%20Cattlemans%20A protection standards. In January 2007, the agriculture
ssoc%2006-07.pdf agent prepared PowerPoint presentations to address
specific problems on specific crops beginning with home
Farm Office Computer Technology gardens. Eight classes were held in Russell County.
Many farmers are just now getting computers that Attendance ranged from 6 – 32, which is much better than
can help them manage their farm businesses. Regular "off- it was when traditional methods were used.
the-shelf" computers have limited useful business All the crop-specific classes produced lots of
software, except a browser. interaction during the trainings and additional questions at
The Cooperative Extension Service partnered with the close of each class. Farmers agreed that they are
the adult agriculture education program through KCTCS getting more than just safety training. In fact, a third of the
& Mr. Chris Pierce. Two groups of farmers were given attendees already had pesticide certifications. To view the
free, used computers and four free classes were held in schedule of the pest control trainings, go to:
July 2006 and again in January 2007 at the Russell County http://ces.ca.uky.edu/russell/anr/Pest%20Management%20
Extension Office. 06-07.pdf
The Russell County Cattleman's Association
voted to offer computer classes using local Phase I funds. Advanced Master Cattleman Results
A grant was secured to pay for half the cost of Dell Approximately 120 farmers in the Lake
computers, printers and Microsoft Office and Quicken Cumberland Area completed the Master Cattleman
programs. Seven farmers signed up and paid half the cost Program since 2001. The Graduates wanted a more
of the complete set up. They attended ten two-hour classes advanced class but were not interested in Cow College
on farm management. because of the travel distance.
Most of the farmers had little computer training Agents produced a survey to assess the interest of
but learned quickly. They learned how to keep both the Alumni and found that forages, nutrition, weaning and
financial and production records and how to use the marketing were topics that they wanted more information
internet to find goods and services. about. An Advanced Master Cattleman program
At the end of the classes they all consisting of six classes rotated between participating
demonstrated their ability to keep financial records on counties with the last meeting consisting of a field trip was
Quicken, produce budgets on Excel, use templates from offered.
Microsoft Word to write business letters, prepare invoices, The seminars attracted around 40 alumni each
purchase orders, cash receipts and make their own evening from 9-29-06 until 11-16-06. Russell County
business letterheads. The courses affected 37 farmers. averaged about 8 people each night. Lake Cumberland
Allotted funds would allow for eighteen more farmers to Area initiated the first Advanced Master Cattleman
participate in computer cost share. For topics and programs in the state. For program details on Advanced
schedule of computer classes go to: Master Cattleman go to:
Master Cattlemen learned how to make sound
business decisions based on budgets and market forecasts
rather than operating on a hunch. They also learned how
to use fescue to reduce winter feeding costs. For Master
Cattleman Program 2007 schedule go to:
New Schedule for Master Cattleman Program
Master Cattleman winter-schools are popular
Farmer Training on Crop Protection around the country and in District 5 South as well, but the
Many farmers were not aware of some of the tools timing doesn’t support all schedules and allow producers
that are available for them to use to grow better crops and to have the information just ahead of practice. Agents
livestock. Traditional teaching of pesticide safety has planning the proposal decided to take a seasonal approach
centered on general pest management principles and to the 10 seminars offered by the Master Cattleman
techniques rather than specific products for crops grown program and get the information to producers 30-45 days
locally. ahead of practice, thus giving them time to implement
The Russell County Cooperative Extension Service changes in the current growing season.
began an educational series last summer on worker
Agents laid out a course of study patterned after related to changes in milk marketing. Declines in
the Beef IRM Calendar, planning to have a meeting each efficiency have further reduced profits from milk income
month at the same location. The intent was to enroll the by five million pounds (-$624,000) annually. The Russell
last of those farmers not willing to travel but needing to County Extension Staff and the Russell County Dairy
complete the Master Cattleman program before funding Advancement were prompt to get onboard with the
was exhausted. The program ended in November 2007. Kentucky Dairy Development Council (KDDC) in getting
Master Cattle will increase productivity from what milk incentives and production practices that maximize
they have learned in: milk production efficiency. Extension agents organized a
(1.) Increasing calf weaning weights farmer meeting in December 2006 at the Extension office
(2.) Increasing fertility in the brood cow leading to inform 19 dairy farmers about the program.
to a higher percentage calf crop A Russell County Dairy Development Council
(3.) Decreasing death losses in both cows and was selected to ask for a Phase I grant to assist dairy
calves producers in the cost-shares with management program
(4.) Increasing value (and quality) of calves sold. like Dairy Herd Improvement Records (DHIA) & the
This is a formula for profit. For the list of classes go to: Kentucky Farm Business Records Program.
http://ces.ca.uky.edu/russell/anr/AdvancedMCTrng2006.ht The Dairy Council formed a committee to gather
m information for the Phase I grant which would become
Dairy Diversification Menu Approach Cost-share
Program. It included cost-share for genetic improvement
through (beef & dairy) artificial insemination, feed storage
and improvements to milking facilities.
Participants in the MILK program will earn
$10,000 more for their milk this year in addition to the
improvements in efficiency. A list of dairy development
activities can be found at:
Activities of the Sheep & Goat Producers Association Reaching Out to Russell County
The Russell County Sheep & Goat Producers Educational Programs
Association has cooperated with the University of Programs presented 383
Kentucky & Kentucky State University in providing Total participants 8,163
essential training to the goat breeders in the region. The Educational Contacts
Association members hosted a field day at the Sano Goat Clientele visits 1,089
Market in October 2006, where they served delicious Telephone consultations 1,035
barbequed goat. Leadership has developed to promote and Newsletters distributed 28,242
develop products for the industry. Volunteer Development
More than 250 people participated in the field day Volunteers 353
educational activities. They learned the essentials of good Volunteer hours 6,285
management and grading of goats and the use of ultra- Clientele reached by volunteers 4,478
sound to determine pregnancy in goats. Producers are
reducing death losses due to internal parasites, saving
money on parasite treatments and reducing parasite
resistance to a precious reserve of medications. The Russell County
Producers are also recognizing the need to cross- Cooperative Extension Service
breed to get more vigor from their nannies and resistance We deliver information, education, solutions.
to disease and parasites. A partial list of educational
activities can be seen at: For more information, contact us at:
http://ces.ca.uky.edu/russell/anr/RC%20Goat%20- 2340B South Highway 127
%20Sheep%20Assoc%2006-07.pdf Russell Springs, KY 42642
Assistance for Dairy Farmers Fax: (270) 866-8645
Before the increases in milk prices paid to www.ca.uky.edu/russell
farmers, dairy farmers across the State were struggling to
survive with high feed costs and relatively low milk prices