Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Local News

June 24, 2013

School selling hay on future athletic complex site

CANNONSBURG — The future site of the Boyd County High School Athletic Complex is reaping rewards before it is built.

Joe Childers, agriculture and horticulture instructor for the Boyd County Career and Technical Education Center, looked at the open field, which spreads in the foreground of the new high school and is approximately 11 acres in size, and saw potential — as a hay field.

“The contractors sewed hay-grade seed here,” Childers said, picking a handful of grasses and legumes. “There’s white clover, fescue and orchard grass. When I talked to a few people about possibly mowing this property, a lot of them thought this would all be lespedeza.”

Lespedeza is a legume commonly sewn in mine reclamation areas. Childers said it has no real nutritional value for livestock. He was pleased to find, however, the quality of seed used by the builders of the high school.

The hay Childers has mown will be baled in round bales and sold to raise money for the agriculture program at BCCTEC. Parents and volunteers will provide the baler and manpower required. “I’ve already had someone request 20 bales,” Childers said.

Not only is it a fundraising project, but Childers sees the classroom application as he surveys the acreage. “I’ll be able to introduce the kids to the science of forage production. Later on, the goal is to have several 4-H projects and exhibits.” Doubling over a handful of grasses, he tells how he can show students the way hay reacts when not allowed to dry properly. “I can put this is a jar, place a temperature gauge in the top and show them how hot it gets as it ferments — enough to potentially ignite.”

Many people don’t know that Kentucky is eighth in the nation in cattle production and number one east of the Mississippi River. “We have the perfect climate here in our state for cow and calf production,” Childers said. “Many of our beef are born and raised here then sent out west to be fattened up for slaughter.”

Based on those numbers, he knows there is a need for more agricultural education at the high school level.

Childers hopes to have a fall cut and sell more bales, and there are plans to use the acreage as demo plots once the school year begins.

Anyone interested in purchasing hay may call Joe Childers at (606) 232-6464. All proceeds will go to the BCCTEC agriculture program and the Future Farmers of America chapter at the high school.

 

1
Text Only
Local News
  • 0723trailtown.jpg First lady recognizes Morehead Trail Town status

    Kentucky first lady Jane Beshear said Morehead’s achievement in finally reaching “Trail Town” certification exemplifies the strength and dedication of the small town community during her address Tuesday at the Rowan County Arts Center.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • McConnell co-sponsors bill to protect correctional officers

    U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell co-sponsored legislation to help protect correctional officers and staff at Federal Bureau of Prison (BOP) facilities.

    July 22, 2014

  • 0723copshots1.JPG Focus on law enforcement

    Members of several local and regional law enforcement agencies hit the streets of downtown Ashland Tuesday armed with digital cameras and assignment sheets as they completed in-service photography instruction through the Department of Criminal Justice.

    July 22, 2014 3 Photos

  • Obama admin. says health subsidies will continue

    A federal appeals court delivered a potentially serious setback to President Barack Obama's health care law Tuesday, imperiling billions of dollars in subsidies for many low- and middle-income people who bought policies.

    July 22, 2014

  • State’s longest trail system turns 35

    The Sheltowee Trace was officially dedicated as part of the National Recreation Trail system in 1979. After 35 years, the trail remains Kentucky’s longest distance trail, estimated at 307 miles.
     

    July 21, 2014

  • Pancake releases new album

    The top of the Sky Tower in downtown Ashland was booming Saturday night with music from Larry Pancake’s new album “Fair Weather Friend.”
     

    July 21, 2014

  • Telephone scammer fleeces man of $5,000

    A telephone scammer claimed another area victim when a Williams Avenue man paid $5,000 after the con artist told him he had won a sweepstakes but had to pay taxes on the prize money before collecting it, according to Ashland Police Department reports.
     

    July 21, 2014

  • Murder defendant pleads guilty on lesser charge, sentenced to 8 years

    One of four charged with murder in a 2008 double killing pleaded guilty to a lesser charge Monday just before his trial was to start.

    July 21, 2014

  • MIA Rush Marine to rest in Arlington

    Finding Dottie McCoy’s uncle after 71 years was the biggest part of the struggle.

    July 21, 2014

  • Morehead gets Trail Town status

    It has been two and a half years in the making and it happens today.
    Morehead will officially be designated a Kentucky Trail Town following Dawson Springs and Livingston.

    July 21, 2014