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Butler County Farm Field Day at Tucker Farm in Jetson

Butler County Farm Field Day was held Thursday, September 5, at the farm of Richard and Jennifer Tucker.  

The past met the future in Jetson as there was no electricity and no cell service.  The 4-H Teens cooked a delicious selection of pork chops, hamburgers, and chicken over a charcoal fire.

From that point on, everything was the 21st Century as host Richard Tucker demonstrated how to feed cows hay without them creating a mud hole.

Amanda Arnold, Administrator for the Butler County Conservation District, discussed the importance of having an up-to-date Agriculture Water Quality Plan. Farmers can pick up the required paperwork at the Conservation District office.

Much of Richard and Jennifer's farm is reclaimed strip mining land from the early 1980s.  Dr. Edwin Richey, University of Kentucky Soil Specialist, talked about the importance of soil testing and the benefits of using chicken litter to make reclaimed land available for growing hay and grow crops.

Everyone from the Butler County Extension Office was present. Greg Drake, Agriculture Extension Agent, was the master of ceremonies and also gave updates.

State Representative Steve Sheldon (R-Bowling Green) gave an update on bills they are working on and how Butler County received $600,000.00 for designated road improvements.

Butler County Judge-Executive Tim Flener welcomed everyone and commented on how the county has already begun making road improvements.

"The court is helping to make Butler County a better place to live," said Flener.

Lloyd Saylor, 4-H Agent, assisted the Teen Club with the grilling preparation and fixed some delicious baked beans. Tracy Thornton and Michele Moore prepared delicious side dishes.

Alecia Hillard and Rachel Horton, staff assistants, helped with registration.

The Farm Bureau and Stockman's Association hosts events at different farms throughout the county; there were several volunteers and sponsors to help.

There were more than 75 farmers in attendance. 

Story by Don Lindsey, Beech Tree News.  



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