WMU hosting Farm Bureau annual Ag Day

Published 9:00 am Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Winchester Municipal Utilities will host this year’s Kentucky Farm Bureau agriculture day on the site of its wastewater treatment plant at 2033 VanMeter Road Thursday.

“The ag day was started several years ago as a way to raise awareness for both traditional and alternative methods of farming,” KFB agency manager Rick Mink said.

Thursday, WMU will give attendees a tour of their facilities to view the aquaculture projects taking place on the property, where paddlefish Tilapia and caviar are being raised in old wastewater tanks that the utility is no longer using.

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Local farmers Shane Wiseman and Jeremy Jones, who rent the rest of the WMU property in order to farm on it, will also give a demonstration on the use of the combine, offering rides in the combine for anyone who is interested.

Wiseman said the soil conservation office will also be in attendance and will bring a rainfall simulator to show the affect heavy rains have on pasture. Wiseman himself will then discuss with attendees erosion hazards that threaten soil.

The two will also share some standard agriculture practices and talk about the importance of diversification in agriculture.

“We want to teach people that they can do more than just raise cattle,” Mink said. “Cattle is still a major staple here, but you can do other things too.

The event will begin at 4 p.m. and a meal will be provided to all in attendance by the Clark County Farm Bureau.