Kentucky State Police honor 24 civilian employees; Courtney Carver named Civilian Employee of the Year

Twenty-four civilian employees were honored Friday by the Kentucky State Police at a ceremony in Lexington highlighting their performance and public service during the past year. “Without the hard work and dedication of our civilian employees, the Kentucky State Police could not provide the high level of service and protection to the citizens of the Commonwealth,” said KSP Commissioner Rick Sanders....

UK agricultural engineers co-authors of updated grain drying and storage handbook

By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward Farmers and elevator operators throughout the country have expanded grain drying and storage capacity in recent years to keep pace with increased production. On-farm and commercial storage has grown to 13.2 and 11.1 billion bushels, respectively, with 205 and 80 million bushels in Kentucky. To help growers effectively manage these systems, agricultural engineers...

Ludlow Lagoon Fest celebrates once-grand, former NKy park icon, famous throughout Midwest

By Ruth Bamberger Ludlow Historic Society At the turn of the 20th century, the Ludlow Lagoon Amusement Park in the Sleepy Hollow Road area was a premier entertainment venue not just in Greater Cincinnati, but in the Midwest as well. The Park featured an 85-acre lake with a boathouse and beaches, a fashionable clubhouse, theater, popular rides of the day, and a Motordome for motorcycle racing. Thousands...

Ryan Quarles: Fall in Kentucky is a great opportunity to explore the state’s many agricultural destinations

It’s that time of the year: The days are growing shorter, the leaves are changing colors, and farmers are harvesting crops. Autumn provides a great opportunity for Kentuckians to get outside and explore the many agricultural destinations in our state. A recent study shared by The Washington Post revealed that an estimated 16.4 million Americans incorrectly think chocolate milk comes from brown cows....

Newest female resident of Louisville Zoo’s Gorilla Forest arrives safely from New Orleans’ Audubon Zoo

Earlier this summer, the Louisville Zoo received a male silverback gorilla (Casey) from the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans. This week a second gorilla from Audubon Zoo arrived safely in Louisville. Bandia, a 20-year-old western lowland gorilla, will join Gorilla Forest after a standard quarantine period followed by acclimation time. Both moves were part of a planned collaborative effort across several...

Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park to host fifth annual Chili Golf Open scramble on Nov. 4

Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park will host the fifth annual Chili Golf Open on Saturday, Nov. 4. This golf outing, which will be played as a 2-person golf scramble, starts at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start. The entry fee for each 2-person team is $100. The fee includes a practice round, green fee, cart rental, tee prize and a chili lunch. Reservations are required. Call 270-362-8658 for reservation...

Grain producers seeking alternative storage options should remember key factors to avoid spoilage

High corn and soybean yields, a large carryover from 2016 and transportation challenges have combined to put pressure on grain markets this fall. Many farmers are looking at every available storage option. Some have added grain bins to their existing system in recent years, while others are looking at alternative storage, such as equipment storage buildings, covered outdoor piles, grain bags or other...

There’s no place like Homecoming: EKU welcoming graduates for Reunion Weekend Oct. 19-21

“There’s no place like Homecoming.” That’s the theme this year as Eastern Kentucky University gets ready to welcome graduates, their families and other friends of the University to Homecoming and Reunion Weekend Oct. 19-21. Thousands are expected for a weekend full of festivities, floats, family fun, fellowship and, of course, football. Continuing a practice that began last year, the University...

Quarles toasts state’s growing craft brewing industry as part of Kentucky Proud Beer Week

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles raises a glass to Kentucky’s craft brewers to commemorate Kentucky Proud Beer Week. Quarles will join Derek Selznick, executive director of the Kentucky Guild of Brewers, and Dr. Scott Eidson, president of the Kentucky Hop Growers Alliance, to mark the special week with a news conference on Friday at 1 p.m. EDT at Country Boy Brewing in Georgetown. “Kentucky’s...

Rural Blog: EPA chief says war on coal is over as he announces plan to repeal Clean Power plan

“Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt told coal miners in Kentucky that he will propose repealing a rule limiting greenhouse-gas emissions from existing power plants,” The Washington Post reports. “Speaking at an event with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-KY, Pruitt said his agency will publish the new rule Tuesday.” The move was expected, given...

UK scientist part of group sequencing first liverwort genome; provides insight into plant evolution

By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward Earth would look a whole lot different without plants rooted firmly in the ground. A University of Kentucky researcher was among the group of international scientists that recently sequenced the liverwort Marchantia polymorpha. Liverworts were among the earliest plants to live on land. This is the first genome sequenced in this scientific family and may provide...

Even in decline, coal remains important factor in powering America, industry executive says

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Coal remains an important part of America’s power generating system, according to a group that represents electric companies, coal producers, railroads and manufacturers, called “The Coal Fleet.” Paul Bailey, president and CEO of the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, appeared before the General Assembly’s Interim Joint Committee on Natural Resources...

Who wants to be a dairy farmer? 4-H leadership program introduces teens to their community

By Carol Lea Spence Special to KyForward Granted, it wasn’t a perfect day to visit a dairy farm. A constant hard drizzle managed to stir up a sloppy mess of mud. Not one of the 21 teenagers complained, because hugging and bottle-feeding two-day-old calves trumps mud any day. Moving on to the next stop of the day, they fed hunks of carrots to big-eyed alpacas at Serano Alpaca Farm and ended the morning’s...

UK scientists outline hemp research needs with focus on improving yields, economic viability

By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward With hemp’s reintroduction into the United States as a part of research pilot programs in 2014, scientists need to learn much about the crop to help farmers improve yields to make it sustainable and economically viable. In a recent article published in the journal Trends in Plant Science, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment scientists...

Public Service Commission schedules three open meetings on proposed Kentucky Power rate increase

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) will hold three meetings to receive public comments on a rate increase proposed by Kentucky Power Co. The meetings will be Nov. 2 in Prestonsburg, Nov. 6 in Hazard and Nov. 8 in Ashland. All of the meetings will be preceded by a presentation by PSC staff on the regulatory processes governing the case and an overview of the Kentucky Power application. “These...

University of Kentucky Ag economist offers tips for grain producers navigating challenging economy

By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward Kentucky grain producers know profit margins have been tight in the past year. The current futures market is indicating profits will be slim for another year. Todd Davis, agricultural economist with the University of Kentucky, offers growers some important reminders and information for navigating through this challenging time. “It’s important for producers to...

Green River Area Development District honors 2017 award winners at annual dinner in Owensboro

One Western Kentucky community and three local individuals were recognized last night (October 2) at the 49th Green River Area Development District Annual Dinner at Reid’s Orchard in Owensboro. The City of Henderson was named the 2017 GRADD Community of the Year, for their “City Vision” plan. Through a series of focus groups and community meetings, Henderson has identified community issues, big...

Seasonal restrictions on outdoor burning in effect as fall forest fire season gets underway

The Kentucky Division of Forestry (KDF) is again preparing for an active wildfire season. Each year, there are nearly 1,500 wildfires in the state of Kentucky, based on a 10-year average. Last fall, the division responded to 520 fires that burned 52,216 acres with a timber value loss of $20,642,663. The majority of the fires occurred in November. Wildfires in Kentucky cause damage to homes, private...

Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training sergeant academy produces 22 new graduates

Law enforcement officers from agencies across the commonwealth were recognized last week for completing the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training’s Academy of Police Supervision. APS, also called the sergeant’s academy, is a three-week, 122-hour training program targeted for newly promoted sergeants or officers who are on their agency’s promotion list to become sergeants. While in...

KEEP convening second annual statewide Equine Industry Conference Oct. 15-16

The Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP) will convene the second annual statewide gathering of leaders representing all aspects of Kentucky’s horse industry on Oct. 15-16 at the Embassy Suites on Newtown Pike in Lexington. This year’s conference will bring together 300 representatives of all breeds and disciplines, legislative and regulatory policy-makers and emerging leaders from...