1st place Team Award- Kentucky farm women in rural counties have traditionally been less involved in their family farming operations than their husbands or fathers.  A five-countyFarm School for Women was planned to give women a chance to increase their knowledge of agricultural practices.  Agents observed that without men present, the women were eager to discuss topics and ask questions.  Class subjects included:  farm business management, estate planning, lawnmower/tractor maintenance and safety, gardening, animal welfare, composting, renovating pastures, animal handling, beef quality assurance, and weed control.  A total of eleven classes were offered over a 20 month period.  The 96 female participants were diverse with respect to age, physical ability, farming experience, marital status, socio-economic level, and ethnicity (4 of the participants were Amish).  Agriculture Agents leading the school were:  Jeff Smith (Fleming), David Appleman (Bracken), Shannon Farrell (Robertson), Tad Campbell (Mason), and Philip Konopka (Lewis).  Agents have noted that several of the Farm School for Women participants are now serving on agricultural advisory committees, county extension councils, and agricultural development councils.

1st place Individual AwardThe Nurturing Behind Bars Program was a 13-week class to help fathers in a minimum security facility learn to positively interact with their children.  Fathers shared that they gained an understanding of how their own lives had been affected by the lack of a positive father role model.  The participants came to recognize that they had acquired parenting behaviors that were not beneficial to their children.  In addition, they learned that showing respect to the children’s mother can have a positive impact on the children themselves by providing them an opportunity to view healthy relationships.  The fathers indicated that they had used the newly gained parenting skills in their visits with their families and children.  They also indicated they became more aware that their children need them to provide encouragement, discipline and fun on visits and after their release.  The program is expected to be offered on a continuous basis.  The program was also shared in a workshop at the International Community Corrections Association Annual Meeting with the hope that it can be duplicated in other states/locations.