• By Faye Kuosman, Extension Agent


Honey bees, native bees, and creating a bee-friendly landscape

Join us on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 10 a.m. for this exciting class. Call our office at 859-873-4601 to register. Here is the class description: Bees are fascinating and widely diverse creatures with many different behaviors and life histories. Our most widely recognized bee, the honey bee, is native to Europe. However, there are over 4,000 species of bees native to the U.S., most of which are not nearly as familiar as the honey bee, nor as well studied. Researchers are only just beginning to realize how important our native bees are to both the environment and agriculture, especially small-scale agriculture. Join us to learn about honey bees, some of our local native bees, and ways that you can encourage bee populations on your property by creating a bee-friendly landscape.

Class will be taught by Shannon Trimboli, beekeeper and farmer, scientist, writer and editor, educator and public speaker, and artist, www.shannontrimboli.com.

Community Needs

Assessment helps move Kentucky forward

Source: Hayley Pierce, Extension Marketing Manager and Melody Nall, CEDIK Engagement Director

If you have an interest in the future of your community, please take a few minutes to fill out the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service’s Community Needs Assessment.

Available online at http://bit.ly/KYExtension, the needs assessment helps us start a discussion with local residents about issues they find important and prioritize the needs of the community. In extension, we have always used local input to develop our programming, but this is the first time we have formalized the process.

No prior knowledge of the Cooperative Extension Service is required to complete this survey. You’ll answer a series of questions related to many aspects of the community. These questions include topics such as health, public infrastructure, agriculture and youth.

Your responses are confidential and will be analyzed by UK’s Community Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky. Each county will receive personalized results from the assessment. County extension agents will use the responses to help develop new and innovative programs to tackle local issues and address community concerns. Extension has long been known as a great unifier within Kentucky communities, and we will also use survey results to develop collaborations and start discussions with different community leaders and organizations about ways to address issues that are important to our community members but outside the realm of traditional extension programming.

If you do not have computer access, you can complete a survey by visiting the Woodford County Extension office. The deadline to complete online and paper surveys is Oct. 26.

As part of the assessment, extension is also hosting local focus groups to further discuss potential needs of our community. If you have a strong feelings about some aspect of our community, you might be interested in joining one of these groups. To join, contact the local extension office. Focus groups will meet periodically until Dec. 14.

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