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Jeff Ruby backing adds ‘high shine’ to Turfway Derby prep, but party continues with St. Patrick’s Day theme

The first year of Jeff Ruby Culinary Entertainment’s sponsorship adds high shine to the 47th renewal of Turfway Park’s annual Kentucky Derby prep race. With the $200,000 Grade 3 Jeff Ruby Steaks as its centerpiece—the name a play on Thoroughbred racing’s “stakes” designation for top-level races — this year’s event is Saturday, March 17. The Jeff Ruby touch especially will be felt...

New live HD webcam allows clear closeups of nesting falcons at LG&E’s Mill Creek Generating station

Advanced HD video capabilities now give peregrine falcon followers a clear, crisp viewing experience while tuning into the live webcam installed inside the nest box at Louisville Gas and Electric Company’s Mill Creek Generating Station. A female falcon, named Diana, has been nesting with her male companions at Mill Creek since 2006. Each year, she’s returned to the nest box from March through May...

SongFarmers of Madison County to hold evening of music, chili supper March 16 at Union Church

SongFarmers of Madison County invites the public to a March 16 evening of acoustic music, singing and community connections in the Community Room at Union Church in Berea. SongFarmers of Madison County invites the public to a March 16 evening of acoustic music, singing and community connections in the Community Room at Union Church in Berea.Musicians wishing to perform a cover or a song they have written...

Farm managers encouraged to be vigilant as eastern tent caterpillar egg hatch imminent in Central Ky.

It is likely eastern tent caterpillars will begin to hatch soon, according to Lee Townsend, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment extension entomologist. According to Townsend, after spending about nine months as eggs in masses on twigs of wild cherry and related trees, the first few tiny eastern tent caterpillars of the season soon should be leaving their eggs. “The...

As March 15 revenue protection insurance deadline approaches, market continues to favor soybeans

As the March 15 decision deadline approaches for revenue protection insurance, grain farmers are faced with a similar situation as in 2017, with the market continuing to favor soybeans, said Todd Davis, agricultural economist in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. The safety net, also known as a revenue guarantee, is established at the end of each February based...

32nd annual Farm Bureau Beef Expo records sales over $1 million for seventh consecutive year

The Kentucky Farm Bureau Beef Expo recorded sales of just over $1 million, crossing seven figures for the seventh consecutive year in its 32nd edition March 2-4 at the Kentucky Exposition Center. “The Beef Expo has become a staple of the beef cattle calendar in the United States, and the results of the last several years bear that out,” Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said. “We are Kentucky...

Kentucky State Parks campgrounds open March 15; Greenbo Lake to feature 21 new campsites for 2018

Greenbo Lake State Resort Park with 21 new and improved camping sites is ready to open March 15 along with other Kentucky State Park campgrounds. “Camping is one of the most popular recreational activities at Kentucky State Parks,” Parks Commissioner Donnie Holland said. “The new sites at Greenbo Lake include electric, water and sewer and we expect them to be very popular with campers.” The...

25th Annual Louis Crosier Farm Safety Symposium will address ‘Trauma Through the Eyes of Youth’

A series of speakers will relate how tragedy and crisis in their youth affected their lives in the 25th annual Louis Crosier Farm Safety Symposium on Friday at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College (ECTC). “A serious accident on the farm, in the home, or on the road can leave physical and psychological scars that can last a lifetime,” Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said. “As we...

Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame to induct six new members in April 9 ceremony at Griffin Gate Marriott

A transformational media executive, a woman who inherited a newspaper when her husband died, a highly respected Capitol reporter, a copy editor on prize-winning magazine work, a longtime TV reporter and editor, a veteran reporter and editor — this is just part of the story behind this year’s inductees in the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame. A total of six journalists who have made contributions...

Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park plans free fishing workshop for educators April 7

Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park is hosting a “Teacher’s Tackle Box” workshop for teachers and youth group leaders on April 7. (Photo from Kentucky State Parks) This free workshop, offered by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, is designed to help adults lead a fishing field trip for youths. No previous experience is necessary. This workshop is designed for educators,...

St. Louis-based Lux Row Distillers joins Kentucky Distillers’ Association as ninth ‘Heritage’ member

The Kentucky Distillers’ Association today announced that Lux Row Distillers has joined its ranks as a “Heritage” member, the highest level in the non-profit trade group representing the state’s signature Bourbon and distilled spirits industry. Lux Row, which began production in January, is the KDA’s ninth Heritage member and 37th overall member. To qualify as a Heritage member, distilleries...

Construction will close Henderson’s John James Audubon State Park campground during 2018 season

The campground at John James Audubon State Park will be closed during 2018 because of nearby construction work. (Photo from John James Audubon State Park) The dam that created Scenic Lake must be reinforced and the campground will be used as a staging area for construction equipment. The work, overseen by the state Division of Water, is being performed this spring on Scenic Lake Dam to bring it into...

Agriculture commissioner declares week of March 5 as Soybean Week in Kentucky

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles has proclaimed the week of March 5 as Soybean Week in Kentucky to recognize the importance of soybeans and soybean growers to Kentucky’s economy and way of life. “Soybeans had an impact of more than $1.48 billion on Kentucky’s economy in 2017,” Commissioner Quarles said. “Soybeans are used as livestock and poultry feed, as biodiesel, in food products,...

Kentucky Derby Poster contest winners announced; Shelby County High School junior takes top prize

First Lady Glenna Bevin has announced the winning entry, as well as the second- and third-place finishers, in her annual Kentucky Derby Poster Contest. Ashley McHone’s poster This year’s first-place winner, Ashley McHone, is an 11th grader at Shelby County High School. McHone will receive a $500 scholarship from the First Lady’s foundation, #WeAreKY! Inc., and her poster will be on permanent...

Follow U.S. 23 Country Music Highway into the Kentucky rich with the history its biggest stars

By Robin Cornetet Kentucky Today Road signs along the County Music Highway through Kentucky’s mountain region tout the many Nashville stars with roots around here, including Loretta Lynn, Naomi and Wynona Judd, Chris Stapleton, Billy Ray Cyrus, Ricky Skaggs, Dwight Yoakum, Keith Whitley, Patty Loveless, Crystal Gayle and Tom T. Hall, among others. 
Country music fans from across the nation travel...

Kentucky Agricultural Leadership Program accepting nominations for Class XII; application due July 15

The Kentucky Agricultural Leadership Program is accepting nominations for Class XII. KALP, housed in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, is an intensive two-year program designed for young agricultural producers and agribusiness individuals from Kentucky and Tennessee. Class XI participants listen to a presentation in Krakow, Poland. (Photo from UK Ag) “Anyone...

Keep close watch on your woody plants as spring approaches; ambrosia beetles threaten, says UK Ag

As spring approaches, nursery and orchard managers will want to keep a close watch on their woody plants for potential damage from ambrosia beetles, said Zenaida Viloria, University of Kentucky extension associate for nursery crops. Ambrosia beetles were first detected in Kentucky in 2013 but have been in the United States since 1999. A native of Asia, the beetles likely came to this country in wood...

Ky. Heritage Council’s 35th annual Archaeology Conference set for March 2-4 at Kentucky Dam Village

A focus on cemeteries, traditional cultural properties, and other preservation issues will be at the forefront of the 35th Annual Kentucky Heritage Council (KHC) Archaeology Conference convening Friday through Sunday at Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park in Gilbertsville. The conference is an opportunity for professional archaeologists working in Kentucky and neighboring states to network and share...

More than 80 years of Kentucky history in pictures on display at 
the Kentucky Crafted Market

Showing Kentucky’s history through photographs is the goal of the Kentucky Documentary Photographic Project (KDPP), and work from that initiative will be on exhibit during The Kentucky Crafted Market, March 2-4 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. Photos in the exhibit document three separate time periods in Kentucky’s history – 1935-43, 1975-77 and a more contemporary project that...

UK’s Princeton Research and Education Center to change labs’ protocol due to renovation, expansion

The upcoming renovation and expansion of the University of Kentucky Research and Education Center in Princeton will change sample drop-off policies and procedures for the center’s soil testing and plant disease diagnostic laboratories. These changes are meant to help technicians process samples from clients as quickly and efficiently as possible, as the center grows to accommodate the Grain and...