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The importance of the local ANR Program

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Last week, I discussed how Extension can impact your life. Therefore, this week, I want to focus more specifically on how the Agriculture and Natural Resource (ANR) Program area can impact you individually.

Obviously, one of the easiest ways that the ANR Program area can impact your life is through the weekly newspaper columns. While this is an important way to reach the residents of Clay and Owen counties, I want to make sure that this column is serving its purpose. So if you ever have any questions about a column or think there is a topic that needs to be covered, please let me know. I am always open to ideas and suggestions as to what to write about.

Another way that the ANR Program area is trying to reach the residents in Clay and Owen counties is through a bi-monthly ANR newsletter. This newsletter can be found on our website at http://www.extension.purdue.edu/clay, or http://www.extension.purdue.edu/owen, or is sent directly to you through the United States Postal Service or e-mail.

As with most businesses and organizations around the world, Purdue Extension in Clay and Owen counties are doing their part to protect the environment by trying to send out the newsletter primarily through e-mail. Therefore, if you are interested in receiving our newsletter, please contact us and give us all of your contact information so that you can be added to our database. You can contact me directly with that information by e-mailing me at smith535@purdue.edu.

When providing us information for our database, let us know what topics interest you. By letting us know what your interests are, we have a better idea of what the ANR Program can do to better serve the residents in both counties. This information is also useful when I am contacted by other ANR Educators and asked if we might have individuals interested in traveling to their county to attend a program that is not offered in our county.

Some of the interesting events coming soon through Purdue Extension include programs on Land leases, Estate and Family Business Planning, Growing for Markets, Master Gardener training, and Living on the Land. The land lease program will be offered twice in January (Jan. 14, in Clay County, and Jan. 21, in Vigo County). It will be geared toward both tenants and landlords.

The Estate and Family Business Planning program is being offered in Sullivan County and is a program to help individuals, farmers, landowners and family businesses understand and make plans for the transfer of property. There is a small cost associated with this program.

The Growing for Markets II program is geared to those individuals who actively are involved or want to get involved with a farmer's market. It is delivered through distance media and is available through Purdue Extension in Monroe County and Putnam County. The cost for the program is $50.

A Purdue Master Gardener Program will be offered at the Clay County Extension Office on Tuesday nights, 6-9 p.m., from Feb. 2-April 27. A variety of topics will be covered by a host of different Purdue Extension Specialist and Extension Educators. The cost of the program is $75. It is important that you register early since there is only space for 15 people in the class.

The Living on the Land Series is being offered through Purdue Extension in Putnam County. This program deals with stewardship for small acreage. Some of the topics include how to deal with neighbors, soil management, crop and plant management, marketing and animal production. Cost to participate in this 12-week program is $200.

As always, if you have any questions pertaining to agriculture, home horticulture or natural resources, please contact your local Purdue Extension Office by calling 448-9041 in Clay County or 812-829-5020 in Owen County. If you would like to contact me directly, I can be reached at either of the two numbers listed or via e-mail at smith535@purdue.edu. Please remember that it is always best to call the office as soon as possible to register for programs due to the limited space available in some programs.

Upcoming opportunities available to you through Purdue Extension include:

* Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 -- Office closed,

* Jan. 15 -- Land lease program with Clay, Owen, Sullivan and Vigo counties, Clay County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall, 6:30-8:30 p.m.,

* Jan. 15 -- Estate and Family Business Planning, Sullivan County Fairgrounds, 8:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m. (Cost varies. Call 812-268-4332 to register by Jan. 12),

* Jan. 18 -- Office closed,

* Jan. 21 -- Land lease program with Clay, Owen, Sullivan and Vigo counties, Wabash Valley Fairgrounds, 10 a.m.-noon,

* Jan. 28 -- Growing for Market II, Putnam and Monroe counties. (Cost $50 per person for entire series or $15 per person for individual session. Deadline to register is Jan. 22. Call 812-829-5020 for more information),

* Feb. 2 -- Master Gardener Program Series starts, Clay County Extension Office, 6-9 p.m. (Call 448-9041 to register. Limited space available. Cost $75), and

* Feb. 9 -- Living on the Land Series starts, Putnam County Courthouse Annex. (Cost $200, 6-9 p.m. Call 765-653-8411 to find out more information and to register before Feb. 2).