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The UK Urban Forest Initiative blends tree health and pest management with student engagement

By: Madison Dyment Special to KyForward A distant look at the University of Kentucky’s campus shows a beautiful environment enhanced by lush, healthy trees; but a closer look at these trees may bring a new perspective. Student volunteers remove calico scale from trees on campus. Photo courtesy of the Urban Forest Initiative. UK’s Urban Forest Initiative took that closer look last year and noticed...

Annual UK fashion show taking international perspective on April 12 in E.S. Good Barn

The University of Kentucky’s Retailing and Tourism Management Department is bringing the world’s runway to Lexington. The Color Me Spring fashion show will be held April 12 at 6 p.m. in UK’s E.S. Good Barn. Typically, the annual fashion show displays pieces native to Lexington’s culture; this includes derby outfits or clothing from local boutiques. A UK student models during a previous Color...

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...

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...

Kentucky soybean growers produce highest ever yields in state; 107.76 bushels per acre is new record

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Kentucky soybean growers produced the highest ever documented yields in the state this year in the soybean yield contest hosted by the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and the Kentucky Soybean Board. Meredith Farms, owned by Philip and Lea Meredith in Henderson, produced the record-breaking yield of 107.76 bushels per acre in...

Kentucky agricultural cash receipts, net farm income rebound in past year from 2016 levels

Kentucky agricultural cash receipts and net farm income rebounded in the past year from 2016 levels, but are still well below the record levels set earlier in the decade. Agricultural economists from the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment are projecting 2017 farm cash receipts to be $5.6 billion, which is a 3.5 percent increase from 2016. Preliminary indications also...

UK Dietetics and Human Nutrition students help to create a healthier world one recipe at a time

By Carley Fort Special to KyForward Recently, students in a University of Kentucky Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition class got the chance to create healthier recipes and serve them to panelists that included some Kentucky celebrities. Taught by UK lecturer Jessica Houlihan, students in the experimental foods class receive hands-on application of food modification and its impacts. For their...

UK professor perfects low-pressure irrigation system that may offer alternative for small, isolated farms

By Carol Lea Spence Special to KyForward A low-pressure irrigation system that a University of Kentucky horticulture extension professor perfected in Asia looks like it also will have practical applications for small growers in this country. Farmers who have no easily accessible electricity or water to their field or those who just want to reduce their water bill might find this to be a useful system,...

University of Kentucky professor, alumnus honored by American Society of Landscape Architects

By Carol Lea Spence Special to KyForwad Ned Crankshaw, chair of the University of Kentucky Department of Landscape Architecture, was recognized for his exceptional accomplishments and contributions to the field, when the American Society of Landscape Architects recently named him to their Council of Fellows. UK Landscape Architecture alumnus Christopher H. Manning also received the distinction. From...

University of Kentucky Ag Equine Programs to host equine showcase, breeders’ short course Feb. 2-3

By Holly Wiemers Special to KyForward University of Kentucky Ag Equine Programs will host the 7th Annual UK Equine Showcase and the 9th Annual Kentucky Breeders’ Short Course Feb. 2-3 at the Fayette County Extension office in Lexington. The UK Equine Showcase will highlight the university’s equine programs and relevant industry findings with an emphasis on safety and horse welfare. It will run...

University of Kentucky agricultural engineers offer to assist farmers with new EPA air emissions reporting

By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward With Nov. 15 approaching, some Kentucky farms will have to begin reporting emissions of ammonia or hydrogen sulfide to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Agricultural engineers at the University of Kentucky have developed some useful resources to help livestock and poultry farmers stay in compliance. This information is available at www.uky.edu A recent appeals...

University of Kentucky entomologists to travel to Antarctica to study only insect endemic to continent

By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward University of Kentucky researchers will soon travel to Antarctica to study an insect that can tolerate a wide range of extreme environments. The Antarctic midge is the only insect endemic to the continent, and it is the largest terrestrial animal that spends its entire life there. UK entomologist Nick Teets collects midges on a previous trip to Antarctica (Photo...

University of Kentucky researchers to evaluate best management practices for Kentucky grain farms

Researchers at the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment are beginning on-farm studies to look at which best management practices work best for Kentucky grain farms, and they need producers’ help. In the project, called Blue Water Farms, UK researchers Brad Lee, Dwayne Edwards and Erin Haramoto, along with Glynn Beck with the Kentucky Geological Survey, will study which...

Ben Beam — yes, one of those Beams — completing UK certification program in distillation, wine, brewing

By Carol Lea Spence UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Ben Beam is a busy guy. Between shifts as a distillery operator at Michter’s Distillery in Louisville, he puts in a lot of what he calls “windshield hours” traveling back and forth to Lexington, where he is completing the University of Kentucky’s Distillation, Wine and Brewing Studies certificate program. Yes, he’s one of...

Registration open for 2017 University of Kentucky Jr. minorities in agriculture leadership institute Dec. 8-9

Registration is open for the sixth annual Kentucky Jr. Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences’ Leadership Institute. The institute is Dec. 8-9 on the University of Kentucky campus in Lexington. Middle and high school students of all racial and ethnic backgrounds are invited to attend the two-day event hosted by the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment’s Office...

UK extension agents nearly sweep professional awards at annual national association conference

By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward University of Kentucky family and consumer sciences extension agents showed the nation that they are some of the best in the business, as they nearly swept the professional awards during the annual meeting of the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. UK Cooperative Extension Service agents received all three distinguished service awards,...

UK Forestry and Wildlife Webinar series to offer practical information for woodland owners

By Carol Lea Spence Special to KyForward The University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service will offer a forestry webinar series on select evenings from Oct. 26 through Dec. 7. The web-based series will provide a convenient way to acquire useful information, not only for woodland owners but also for those who have an interest in trees and wildlife. UK forestry extension will broadcast the five-part...

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...

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...

Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation donates $1 million to UK’s Grain and Forage Center of Excellence

In continuing its long-standing support of the University of Kentucky (UK) College of Agriculture, Food and Environment’s Research and Education Center at Princeton, the Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation’s (KFBF) Board of Directors voted, during its last meeting, to donate a total of $1 million to initiatives at the facility’s new Grain and Forage Center of Excellence. The money will go toward...