2009 Ag Advisory Council Meeting

September 15th, 2009

Emerging Ag & Natural Resources Issues from the

College of Agriculture:  Departments' Perspective

Animal & Food Sciences Forestry Horticulture Ag Economics
Biosystems & Ag Engineering Plant & Soil Sciences Plant Pathology Entomology
       
Animal & Food Sciences
1.  What did you hear that was new to you?
# of Responses Response
2 Lower beef reproduction rates
2 Landfills using goats for vegetation management
2 Producer manual - Poultry
1 Grower meetings - Poultry
1 30 new fact sheets - Poultry
1 Dairy farm visit to Western KY for 1-on-1 needs
1 Possibility of national county extention agent training through eXtension
3 "Off the hook" newsletter
1 Increase in number of unwanted pleasure horses
1 Energy audits for poultry
1 The two new poultry websites
   
2. What did you hear that you feel is beneficial to your county?
# of Responses Response
1 Beef producers should focus on variables that are controllable, not the contrary
1 Poultry meeting in the county
1 1-on-1 visit
1 Poultry "small flocks" info
1 Research into foliar fertilizer
1 The two new poultry websites
1 Producer Manual - Poultry
1 The district based beef symposiums
   
3. What did you not hear that you expected to hear?
# of Responses Response
1 Marketing
1 Animal to human disease transmission in light of the H1N1 hype
1 Need info on acre size and number of animals would help to handout to novice farmers
1 Information related to CHP-45, primarily the change from AgInfoLink to ITS
1 Something regarding swine production extension programs.  
1 The new PQA certification will require on farm management audits
1 Your extension website is confusing and very difficult to use.  Very rarely am I able to go on and find publicaitons or specialist contact information.  I'm an not sure if there is even a link to CPH-45 information on there.  You should look at the PSS extension website and use that as a model
1 Need positive stories on animal welfare.  Ned to fight the animal rights groups and all their media and power
 
Forestry
1.  What did you hear that was new to you?
# of Responses Response
1 Storm damage (ice) issues publications
1 Master logger numbers holding somewhat consistant
1 Research for forest trash - we are working with 2 loggers in purchasing clippers for clips to go to paper mill for fuel
1 Equipment payments from ice damage
1 Ash borer news
1 Information related to post ice fire risk in woodlands
   
2. What did you hear that you feel is beneficial to your county?
# of Responses Response
1 Woodland owner trainings
1 Logger training
1 We need data on Biomass exchanges for papermill
1 Equipment payments
1 EQIP control of invasive species
2 Certified MLP
1 Information related to post ice fire risk in woodlands
   
3. What did you not hear that you expected to hear?
# of Responses Response
1 Wildlife crop damage issues
1 Where the certified master logger program list is located
   
Horticulture
1.  What did you hear that was new to you?
# of Responses Response
3 Sustainable Ag Curriculum
1 Sweet potato producers in Eastern KY
1 Dr. Bob Houtz and Dr. Mark Williams
1 Overview of curriculum
2 Johnsgrass solarization
1 The big focus on sustainable and organic.  We should really be doing work to combat the myths of organic.  We will never be able to feed the world with organic production.
   
2. What did you hear that you feel is beneficial to your county?
# of Responses Response
1 Vegetable production issues
1 Solarization
1 Possible aphid resistance to widow or admire
   
3. What did you not hear that you expected to hear?
# of Responses Response
1 Marketing options and strategies
1 What defines sustainability?
1 How much labor per pound of produce
1 What about plant trials of annuals since Dr. Anderson's retirement?
1 Update on commercial vegetable associates
   
Biosystems & Ag Engineering
1.  What did you hear that was new to you?
# of Responses Response
1 That wood is thought to be too wet to be efficient energy source
1 The reasons some renewable fuels can not work
1 All was new to me
1 BCAP program
1 The reason hydro electric is not feasible in KY
1 KDA energy efficiency program
   
2. What did you hear that you feel is beneficial to your county?
# of Responses Response
1 Coal will continue to be used for energy
1 More work on woody biomass… use
3 Energy audit and application process for poultry houses
   
3. What did you not hear that you expected to hear?
# of Responses Response
1 More efficient uses of the fossil fuels that we already have as opposed to "creating" new energy sources
1 Research advancements in precision agriculture work
1 We are working with loggers on a chipper for tree tops to chip up.  Is there any research?
Plant & Soil Sciences
1.  What did you hear that was new to you?
# of Responses Response
1 Tobacco marketing issues
1 Herbicide resistance in weeds
   
2. What did you hear that you feel is beneficial to your county?
# of Responses Response
1 Herbicide resistance
   
3. What did you not hear that you expected to hear?
# of Responses Response
1 Something about grain crops academy, master grazer ongoing research, grain crops blog
1 By far the most useful website in COA departments
   
Plant Pathology
1.  What did you hear that was new to you?
# of Responses Response
1 Wheat stem rust issue
1 Southern rust in corn
1 Black walnut fungal canker
1 UG-99
1 SBR yield loss calculator
1 New strain of watermelon mosaic
1 Sudden oak diseases-did not know existed
   
2. What did you hear that you feel is beneficial to your county?
# of Responses Response
1 Potential impact of diseas on food and fiber crops
1 Extension soybean rust update and yield loss calculator
1 Extension southern corn leaf rust update and monitoring project
1 Expanded WWW presence
   
3. What did you not hear that you expected to hear?
# of Responses Response
1 Just a question - what is the status of research into yellow shoulder disease in tomatoes?
1 A little info on sudden death syndrome
1 Bradford pear diseases
   
Entomology
1.  What did you hear that was new to you?
# of Responses Response
1 Forage insects
2 Root mealybug
1 Beetle to control hemlock woolly adelgid
1 Self study for commerical applicators
1 Insecticide resistance of bed bugs
1 ID of lone star tick
1 Info on Ash borer
1 New tick info
   
2. What did you hear that you feel is beneficial to your county?
# of Responses Response
2 EAB, HWP and Lonestar tick issues
1 Alternatives to chemicals for controlling bed bugs
1 IPM pheramone trap program
1 Root mealy bug
   
3. What did you not hear that you expected to hear?
# of Responses Response
1 How to deal with bedbugs if no pest control firm available
   
Ag Economics
1.  What did you hear that was new to you?
# of Responses Response
1 Farmwise agent specialist workgroup
   
2. What did you hear that you feel is beneficial to your county?
# of Responses Response
1 Management education on budgets and input cost
   
3. What did you not hear that you expected to hear?
# of Responses Response
1 Stability of livestock enterprises as swine producers.  The emphasis seems to be on dairy and saving them.  Swine is suffering with high grain prices and decrease in demand
1 More information on associate appointment responsibilities such as Laura Powers-Labor information focus.