Whitney Carman

Grayson County Extension Agent for Agriculture & Natural Resources 

64 Quarry Road, Leitchfield, KY  42754

(270) 259-3492


What is ANR?

Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) is a program area of the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service. Extension ANR programs are part of the outreach program of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture.

We provide informal education in agricultural production and environmental stewardship. Departmental specialists, researchers, and county agents develop and implement ANR programs. In addition to production agriculture, a small staff of Extension Associates work with county agents to provide focused assistance. These programs may co-mingle between production agriculture and environmental stewardship. Our programs make a difference in the lives of millions of Kentuckians through research-based education. Working with our other land grant partner, Kentucky State University, we extend the resources of the University to the people in their local communities. County agents serve as the link between people in every Kentucky county and experts at the universities. They coordinate and provide educational programs for the public through meetings and workshops, field days, personal communications, and web or satellite broadcasts. Agents also provide publications, newsletters, computer programs, videos, and other educational materials.

The Grayson County Extension Agriculture & Natural Resources program provides education, training, and technical assistance to individuals and businesses concerned with profitable agriculture. Our educational programs include information on food and fiber production, farm business management, marketing and processing agriculture products, natural resource management and home lawn and garden information. Extension is the major provider of research-based information and education for agriculture producers, Agri-businesses, retailers and consumers.

Grayson County ANR Core Areas

Agriculture & Natural Resources: Grayson County is home to a wide array of agriculture. The Grayson County ANR program collaborates with many areas to help serve clientele and their needs. Some of the main areas of focus of programming are in forages, beef production, grain production, soil health, farm management, forest and wildlife management, and youth agriculture. The ANR program utilizes specialists and resources from the University to do projects and demonstrations on a local level so that clientele get a first-hand look at new and innovative approaches.

Horticulture: Horticulture is a growing part of Grayson County, whether for commercial or home production. This includes programs and resources for vegetable and fruit gardening, nurseries, vineyard production, landscape maintenance, lawn management, Farmers' Market and the Community Garden.

Leadership Development & Volunteer Programs: The Grayson County Extension service provides a way for clientele to further their education and leadership skills through programming and service. The ANR program advises several Extension volunteer organizations that serve as an arm of the Extension Service to provide education and volunteerism in the community.

Extension Master Gardeners are trained volunteers that assist county Extension agents with educational programming. This is a national organization and Kentucky has several counties involved. Grayson County has been active since 2004 and do a variety of service projects and educational events. The Master Gardener Plant Fair, the Community Gardens at Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center, and herb gardens at the Jack Thomas House are a few of their projects. They host a kids gardening program each year and have monthly educational sessions. The Master Gardener Association of Grayson County meets monthly.

Grayson County Beekeepers Association are a group of educated beekeepers that meet monthly to listen and teach educational programs. Members of the beekeepers are active in the community doing demonstrations and presentations on the importance of bees and beekeeping techniques. They volunteer for activities with the youth and work closely with Extension Agents to help with questions and issues with bees.

Agriculture Development Council is an appointed 9 member Council representing Cooperative Extension, Soil Conservation and Farm Service Agency. This Council has the responsibility to evaluate the needs of the local agriculture/horticulture economy. The mission of the board is to invest Kentucky Ag Development funds in innovative ways to increase net farm income and affect tobacco farmers, tobacco-impacted community and agriculture across the county by stimulating markets for those products. This includes finding new ways to add value and diversity products.


  • Beef and Forage Field Days
  • Beef Integrated Reproductive Management Program
  • Cover Crop and Soil Conservation Programs
  • Farm Management for Women Program
  • Fencing Programs
  • Kentucky Master Logger Program
  • Master Cattleman Program
  • Pesticide Safety Education – Private Applicator
  • Rinse and Return Program with KDA
  • Small Ruminant Profit School
  • Wildlife Management Program
  • Winter Grain Workshops
  • Youth Agriculture Literacy in the Classroom


  • Educational Classes with Community Garden
  • Farmers' Market Training
  • Gardening Sack Lunch Series
  • Master Gardener Training Program
  • Produce Best Practices Training


  • Grayson County Beekeepers Association
  • Extension Master Gardener Association
  • Farm Bureau Young Farmers
  • Grayson County Cattlemen’s Association
  • Kentucky Extension Leadership Development


  • Castration Banders and Bands
  • Freeze Branding Materials
  • Grain Moisture Tester
  • Hay Moisture Tester
  • Hay Probe
  • pH Meter
  • Soil Probe/Bags


  • Farm Visits
  • Insect ID
  • Manure/Litter Testing
  • Plant Diagnostic Testing
  • Soil Testing
  • Weed ID

Dirt2$ Podcast Series

Agriculture, Farming & Rural issues in Central Kentucky.  A local podcast that discusses everything agriculture with local Extension Agents, Whitney Carman (Grayson County), Matt Adams (Hardin County) and Daniel Carpenter (LaRue County). 

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