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Learning is free: UK Horticulture Research Farm Twilight Tour set for July 26

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky Significant, applied research is ongoing at the University of Kentucky’s Horticulture Research Farm in Lexington. With projects and trials covering traditional and organic vegetable production, high tunnel production, fruit production, variety trials for disease and pest resistance, cover crops and hops, Central Kentucky producers can learn a lot by attending...

UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment to host Corn, Soybean and Tobacco Field Day in July

By Katie Pratt The University of Kentucky’s Corn, Soybean and Tobacco Field Day is July 24 at the UK Research and Education Center Farm in Princeton. Registration begins at 7 a.m. CDT. Tours begin at 7:50 a.m. and will offer producers more in-depth, educational options related to production and soil nutrition, tobacco, integrated pest management and precision agriculture. UK specialists present...

Summer heat can stress farm animals, but producers have options to keep livestock thriving

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky Summer hasn’t officially begun according on the calendar, but Mother Nature has already been bringing the heat and humidity. In fact, Kentucky experienced the warmest May on record, and livestock is feeling it. Producers have options to keep livestock thriving in the summer heat. “When you get a combination of heat and humidity, it can cause concern for livestock,”...

University of Kentucky Wildcat Pulling Team places third at international competition

By: Katie Pratt Special to KyForward A tractor built by University of Kentucky students recently placed third at the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers International Quarter-Scale Tractor Student Design Competition. 2018 UK Pulling Team members from left to right Mike Sama (advisor), Courtney Travis, Robert Marker, Shawn O’Neal, Tim Smith (advisor), Pradeep, John Mann,...

University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service offers short woodland management course

By Carol Lea Spence Special to KyForward Woodland owners who are wondering how to get the most from their property can benefit from attending one of three University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service short courses tailored to their region. A forest in Eastern Kentucky (photo by Matt Barton). “Folks aren’t always aware of all the resources that are available to help them achieve their objectives,”...

UK Cooperative Extension Service art exhibit enhances history, community in Williamsburg

By Katie Pratt UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment An art exhibit is helping people in one southern Kentucky city gain a deeper connection to their history and to each other. The exhibit — ARTifacts: 20 Decades of Whitley County — was designed by Cortney Moses, who is a fine arts extension agent with the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service. It is one of several bicentennial...

Longtime Kentucky Small Business Development Center director Becky Naugle announces retirement

By Carol Lea Spence Special to KyForward Becky Naugle, longtime director of the Kentucky Small Business Development Center, is retiring May 18. After working with the center for nearly 21 years, and as director for almost 20, Naugle has witnessed a lot of changes in the state’s entrepreneurial environment and contributed to many of those changes. The Kentucky Small Business Development Center, part...

Kentucky chosen for prestigious entrepreneurship development program — MIT REAP

Kentucky has been chosen as one of nine regional members in the 6th Cohort of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Regional Entrepreneurship Accelerator Program. MIT REAP, an initiative of MIT Sloan Global Programs, is an intensive process designed to engage partners from throughout the state in developing a plan to support entrepreneurs. “We are thrilled to have been selected,” said Luke...

UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment to host Spray Clinic in Princeton on July 17

The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment is hosting a Spray Clinic on July 17 at the UK Research and Education Center in Princeton. Part of the Field School series, the clinic is an expanded effort by the UK Grain and Forage Center of Excellence to give experienced producers and others in the industry the research-based information they need at critical junctures in the...

UK, local schools and agribusinesses team up to combat ‘brain drain’ in rural economies in Kentucky

By Carol Lea Spence UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Brain drain, the term for a community’s loss of intelligent, highly trained people, is a serious problem for local economies in Kentucky. Often, many from the younger generation leave home for an education and never return, because of a lack of opportunity. Faculty and staff in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food...

University of Kentucky research will gauge effect of indoor arenas on horse and human health

By Holly Wiemers UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Little research has been conducted on indoor riding arena environments. To remedy this gap in understanding the effects on horse and human health from indoor arenas, a graduate student in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment’s Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering is conducting a survey...

UK hosts All-East Regional Intercollegiate Livestock Judging Contest at Woodford County Fairgrounds

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment recently hosted the All-East Intercollegiate Livestock Judging Contest at the Woodford County Fairgrounds, welcoming teams from Southeastern Conference, Atlantic Coast Conference and Big 10 universities. The four-day competition is an annual event...

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,...