Kentucky Artisan Center basketmaker Jennifer Zurick named Governor’s Award for the Arts recipient

The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea celebrates basketmaker Jennifer Zurick who received the Governor’s Award in the Arts, Folk Heritage Award in a ceremony at the Kentucky Governor’s Mansion Friday in Frankfort. Jennifer Zurick, of Berea, is a self-taught artist whose work exemplifies innovation, simplicity and a kind of artistic excellence that occurs when a maker of masterful skill becomes one...

Kentucky Dairy Partners to gather Feb. 27-28 at Bowling Green’s Sloan Convention Center

The 11th annual Kentucky Dairy Partners meeting is set for Feb. 27-28 at the Sloan Convention Center in Bowling Green. The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment is a sponsor of the event for dairy producers, industry representatives and others interested in the dairy industry. The Kentucky Dairy Development Council Young Dairy Producers Conference will take place prior...

VIP all-access Golden Tickets to fifth annual Bourbon Affair fantasy camp go on sale Tday at noon

A limited number of VIP all-access Golden Tickets to the fifth annual Kentucky Bourbon Affair fantasy camp will go on sale at noon EST Thursday, Feb. 1. The Kentucky Bourbon Affair event includes six days of exclusive experiences at the world’s most iconic distilleries, nightcap events featuring top chefs and the company of Bourbon Barons and Master Distillers, rare tastings and souvenir bottles. The...

Patches and Pieces Quilt Show to be displayed at Bardstown’s historic Wickland Estate March 24

“Please do touch” is the message of the museum-quality Patches and Pieces Quilt Show that will be on display at the historic Wickland Home of Three Governors estate, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 24. Considered one of the best Georgian-style houses in Kentucky, Wickland provides a fitting backdrop for the quilts with its airy main halls, massive rooms and 14 1/2-foot ceilings. “The...

Rural Blog: Study shows how coal’s fall has hurt Appalachian suppliers, may threaten rail network

A 45 percent drop in Appalachia’s coal production from 2005 to 2015 has put other industries in the region at risk, says a study commissioned by the Appalachian Regional Commission. Researchers from West Virginia University and the University of Tennessee and identified the “coal industry ecosystem” in the region, mainly the industry’s supply chain of goods and services. “As...

Kentucky Distillers’ Association announces the opening of new satellite office in Bardstown

The Kentucky Distillers’ Association today announced that it has opened a satellite office in Bardstown as a result of the city’s renewed efforts to strengthen its focus as the “Bourbon Capital of the World.” “Our KDA staff are finding themselves more and more in Bardstown with all the new distilleries and opportunities to showcase the city’s history, culture and booming Bourbon lifestyle,”...

Kentucky artists to gather in Louisville March 2-4 for 36th annual Kentucky Crafted Market

The best opportunity to purchase Kentucky artwork will be when the largest number of Kentucky artists gather for the 36th Kentucky Crafted Market, March 2-4 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. The Market is the Kentucky Arts Council’s signature event for Kentucky Crafted artists to display and sell their work to a broad base of retail shoppers and wholesale buyers. Nearly 200 Kentucky...

Kentucky Bourbon Trail, Craft Tour mark more than one million visitor for second year in a row

For the second year in a row, visitors made more than one million stops at Kentucky Bourbon Trail and Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour distilleries as the thriving tourist attraction continues its record growth. Now at an all-time high of 23 participating distilleries – with more coming this summer – attendance along the amber adventure has grown by a phenomenal 314 percent in the past 10 years...

Kentucky Alfalfa and Stored Forage Conference set for February 22 at Cave City Convention Center

The 37th annual Kentucky Alfalfa and Stored Forage Conference will be hosted on Feb. 22 by the University of Kentucky and the Kentucky Forage and Grassland Council. This daylong conference will extend from 8:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. CST at the Cave City Convention Center in Cave City. A field of alfalfa in Scott County (Photo by Matt Barton, UK Agriculture) The conference focuses on teaching ways to...

UK College of Agriculture honors farm leader, faculty researcher with Thomas Poe Cooper Award

Each year, the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment honors one outstanding farm leader and one faculty researcher through its Thomas Poe Cooper awards. The awards were endowed by Cooper, who was dean of the college from 1917 to 1951. Warren Beeler, of Caneyville, is the recipient of the 2018 Thomas Poe Cooper Distinguished Farm Leadership. The award is presented to a...

Department of Agriculture accepting applications for Ky Proud Farm to Fork Dinners, grant programs

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture is accepting applications from Kentucky Proud members to participate in the Kentucky Proud Farm to Fork and Promotional Grant programs for 2018. “Kentucky Proud is a national model for promoting local agricultural products,” Commissioner Quarles said. “The Farm to Fork Program and the Promotional Grant Program help publicize the many outstanding Kentucky...

KY PSC decision reduces total burden on Kentucky Power Co. residential ratepayers through 2018

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has trimmed by about four-fifths of a base rate increase sought by Kentucky Power Co., and has substantially scaled back the company’s demand-side management (DSM) programs and the customer surcharges that pay for those programs. The net effect of the two orders issued Thursday will be that residential customers using the same amount of electricity will...

OAK to hold seventh annual conference on organic farming and food March 2-3 in Lexington

The Organic Association of Kentucky (OAK) will hold its seventh annual conference focusing on organic farming and organic farming March 2-3, 2018 in Lexington, KY. This years theme is “Healthy People, Healthy Planet: Reshaping Kentucky with Organics.” Liz Carlisle, who told the story of the transformation of a Montana community in her book “Lentil Underground,” will lead a lineup of speakers...

Rural Blog: Analysts think Ky.’s newly approved Medicaid work requirement poses little political risk

“On Jan. 12, Kentucky became the first state to get federal permission to suspend Medicaid coverage for “‘able-bodied’ adults who don’t complete 80 hours per month of community engagement activities,” like employment, education, job-skills training and community service,” Tony Pugh reports for McClatchy’s DC bureau. And though Kentucky is one of the poorest...

United States Pony Club 2018 Equine Symposium set for July 27-28 at Galt House Hotel in Lousiv

Over fifty equine topics are slated for the 2018 Equine Symposium hosted by USPC, January 27th-28th, at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, KY. The final topics and schedule for the weekend are now available by visiting the USPC website. Annually, the Equine Symposium and Convention brings together 500-700 equestrian enthusiasts who will learn from the numerous educational opportunities such as equine...

Kentucky State Parks offering Valentine’s weekend packages in February at locations across state

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at a Kentucky State Park this year with your special someone! Many parks are offering events and weekend packages in February to help celebrate Valentine’s Day. The packages include overnight stays, meals and entertainment. Kentucky State Resort Parks have lodges, restaurants and recreational opportunities. Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park in Calvert City is offering...

Three historic Kentucky locations included on U.S. Civil Rights Trail launching on Martin Luther King Day

Visitors can literally walk in the footsteps of Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Medgar Evers, John Lewis and other African American activists, thanks to the U.S. Civil Rights Trail that launches on King’s birthday. For the first time, Southern tourism departments have worked together to link the country’s most important civil rights sites – more than 130 landmarks, including museums,...

First African-American extension agent to be honored at M. L. King Day celebration in Harrodsburg

By Carol Lea Spence Special to KyForward A century ago in Mercer County, University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension welcomed its first African-American agriculture agent, Ananias Lorenzo Garvin. During this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration, the county and UK Cooperative Extension will recognize his contributions throughout his long career as an educator. Garvin was hired as an emergency...

UK Cooperative Extension offices to offer dicamba applicator trainings in wake of EPA restrictions

After various crops across the United States received significant injury from products containing the herbicide dicamba during 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency made it a restricted use pesticide for 2018. That designation means a new set of rules, regulations and an educational component for those who want to continue to apply products containing the herbicide. Extension weed scientists...

Safe Ride KY coalition transports more than 700 during holiday campaign targeting drunk driving

The new Safe Ride KY coalition took more than 700 potentially impaired drivers off Kentucky roadways during its first holiday campaign, the Kentucky Distillers’ Association reported today. The program offered $20 discounts on rides through Lyft and CityScoot services between Dec. 15, 2017, and Jan. 1 using the code “SAFERIDEKY17.” All codes were quickly claimed, KDA President Eric Gregory said,...