Many excellent programs are being offered virtually via Zoom. These online programs can be watched in the comfort of your home. I have listened to some while weeding, cooking and other chores. Zoom is very easy to use. The app can be downloaded to your smart phone, tablet or watched online on a computer. In general, it functions well even without good internet. I participated in the ‘State Master Gardener Conference’ on Saturday morning from the comfort of my sofa, coffee in hand. Most sessions are recorded and can be watched at a time that works best for you. Some of the opportunities are as follows:

In agriculture, the University of Kentucky Beef Beef Integrated Resource Management program has held evening sessions on a wide range of topics. Most of the beef programs are also hosted live on Facebook, on the Beef IRM page, and can be watched via Zoom or Facebook Live. Recordings are on Facebook or a complete listing of the videos is available at https://afs.ca.uky.edu/Beef/BeefVideos including ‘Beef Management Series’, ‘Beef Minutes Series’, ‘Weaning 101 Series’ and more. Upcoming live sessions include Oct. 8, Protein Supplementation for Your Herd and Mitigating Risk in Animal vs People Injuries. To register for these sessions visit https://afs.ca.uky.edu/beef and click on the link for the program.

Horticulture programs have centered on the weekly ‘Wednesday Horticulture Webinars’. These are an hour long and held on Zoom at 1 p.m. The registration link is the same each week, to sign up visit https://uky.zoom.us/j/566301042. Webinar recordings are available at https://kentuckyhortnews.com/horticulture-webinar-wednesdays/. This week’s program will discuss How to Start a Community Garden. I am also offering a local program, Virtual Spring Bulb Class, complete with a spring bulb kit to pick up and plant at home. The cost is $10/person. Call the Lyon County Extension Office to register. The program will be by Zoom on Oct.19 at 10 a.m. Bulb kits are limited and include tulips, daffodils, crocus, a giant allium and more.

The University of Kentucky Forestry Department has offered a Thursday series called ‘From the Woods Today’. These begin at 10 a.m. and are hour-long programs including information on a general forestry topic and spotlight an animal wildlife or snake ID segment and a focus on a different tree species each week. This has been a very well done series and enjoyable to watch with some very detailed information on the tree species. Again, programs are recorded and available for later viewing. To watch live or view past sessions visit FromtheWoodsToday.com. In addition, a Forest Health series has been ongoing on Friday mornings. The Oct. 7 recording will be a Virtual Woodland Owners Short Course. Other October programs will include Maple Syrup, Tree Week and Wildlife Sounds, Forestry 101: Part 5 and Creepy Things from the Forest as well as Snake ID.

There are several statewide 4-H projects currently being offered. These include Advanced Horse, Bake-A-Long, Cooking with Chef T, Jr MANRRS, Middle School Leadership, Poss-Stem-Bilities, Udderly Amazing Adventures and Winter Naturalists in Training. Visit this website for additional information: https://4-h.ca.uky.edu/content/join-4-h.

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