County Ag Agent Mike Reed
Mid Life Crisis
For those who know me well, you know I have driven a white Dodge truck for several years-going on ten. With that old truck, I have carried out ten field days, ten county fairs, and traveled through many fields and farms throughout the county.
I have hauled many tables and chairs for events, several loads of pumpkins, wood, wire and metal, and numerous loads of junk from here to there. My daughters have referred to the white truck as the junk truck, more than once. They often were completely embarrassed by being dropped off in the front of school in the “junk truck” loaded up while headed toward the transfer station.
While it may not look like much, over the years, it has served me well. There are a few dents, bumps and rust spots, on the exterior, but it still is in fairly good running condition. Mike Lockard and the good Lord, have kept it running for years.
This month, the white truck will be put in semi-retirement as I will be driving another vehicle.
My dad always loved a red truck. I remember at least three that were parked in our driveway growing up. He just liked the color. His most recent was a RED 2005 Chevy Silverado. It was nice with heated leather seats, On-star and all the bells and whistles that a new truck could have at that time. He drove it regularly with his old dog Reese, from one farm to the other. It was his pride and joy.
When he died in February, my mother could not stand to part with his truck. That vehicle was his second home, escorting him from field to field as he daily checked the conditions of the hay fields, beef cattle and wild turkeys which daily grazed the hillsides of home. It belonged in his driveway.
But time has a way of healing, somewhat and my mother and my brother talked during the Labor Day weekend and decided to sell Dad’s truck to me. I was in the market for one any way. It only had 21,000 miles on it and he was the original owner. It has been taken care of-except for the dog riding side saddle.
Driving his truck down the roads of Powell County now has somewhat of a bittersweet feeling. I certainly did not want this or any other truck this way. I wish he were still driving it instead of me, but I know he would want me to have it. I am proud to be able to drive it in his memory.
As everyone in the community knows now, I turned 50 last week. They say that all men have to have a mid-life crisis. I guess for mine, I will simply drive a red truck.
Beekeepers have additional funds
The Powell County Beekeepers Association met last month and have a few funds left in this year to assist beekeepers or beginning beekeepers this fall. Applications for up to $150 per producer cost share will be available on Monday, Oct. 19 at the Powell County Extension Office.
Funds for this program will be for the purchase of beekeeping supplies, and or medicines to treat bees with this fall. The cost share will be for $150 (you spend $300/ get half back).
Applications will be available on Oct. 19 through Oct. 26. All applications must be post marked and mailed by Oct. 26. For more details contact me at 663-6405.
Beef Producers Invited
All Powell County beef producers are invited to attend a beef cattle meeting on Thursday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. This meeting will feature Mr. Joe Sparrow from Alltech and will deal with winter feeding and the necessary vitamins and minerals beef cattle need to stay healthy.
Meal reservations are necessary by calling the Powell County Extension Office at 663-6405 by noon on Oct. 22.
Last Sunday and Monday’s visit by Jack frost in the valley has put an end to the 2009 growing season, but there may be a couple of days left to redeem your farmers Market coupons. All coupons must be used for some type of fruit or vegetable by Oct. 30, 2009. All Farmer’s market vendors have until Nov. 2, 2009 to sign and place their farm number on each coupon and redeem them at their local bank. This has been a trying and troubling growing season for our farmers this year, so each coupon is valuable. Don’t forget to redeem them this week!
Kentucky Beef Conference
“Planning Today for Tomorrow’s Markets” will be the theme for the 2009 Kentucky Beef Conference to be held next week-Oct. 27 at the Fayette County Extension Office.
The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. and will feature Mr. Randy Blanch, Executive Vice President of Cattle-FAX, a widely received and well know distributor of cattle market information across the world.
Other University of Kentucky beef cattle specialists and economists will present programs concerning the future of the beef industry in Kentucky and prices beef cattle producers can expect in the near future.
Any Powell county beef cattle producer who would like to attend with me should call me by Monday morning to let me know that they are interested in going along for the day. The registration for this meeting is $10 which includes the noon meal. All beef cattle producers are welcomed to attend.