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...

UK College of Agriculture receives $1.5 million grant for work to revitalize southeastern Kentucky towns

By Carol Lea Spence Special to KyForward A $1.46 million grant awarded to the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment will help revitalize the downtowns of economically challenged southeastern Kentucky. The funds are part of $38.8 million in federal grants awarded to 29 entities as part of an effort by POWER, Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization,...

Eastern tent caterpillar egg hatch begins in central Kentucky, horse owners urged to watch fence lines

By Carl Nathe and Holly Wiemers Special to KyForward An eastern tent caterpillar egg hatch was reported March 17 in Scott County. “This year’s first observed hatch is seven days earlier that 2015, reflecting the warm spring temperatures,” said Lee Townsend, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment extension entomologist. “The hatch is not synchronized; tiny larvae...

Demand for locally produced food likely to grow to as much as $24 million by 2020, UK study shows

By Carol Lea Spence Special to KyForward People involved in a wide variety of food venues in Lexington are enthusiastic about the increasing demand for local food, a University of Kentucky study found. Researchers behind the Fayette County Local Food Demand Assessment estimate that Lexington businesses in 2014 spent approximately $14 million on Kentucky food products — money that went directly to...

Bee Happy: Leestown Middle School, UK students join forces to help restore Cane Run watershed

By Carol Lea Spence Special to KyForward Buzzing with excitement, 200 or so students swarmed off school buses and onto the farm. The entire eighth grade class from Leestown Middle School in Lexington spread out along a tiny tributary of Cane Run Creek on the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment’s Spindletop Farm. Under the direction of UK undergraduate and graduate...

As 2015’s sesquicentennial nears, UK recognizes, celebrates its roots in agriculture

Breathitt County ag agent H.B. Cravens and home demonstration agent Mary Louise Scott travel by mule to visit residents sometime between 1934 and 1940. (Photo from FCS archives)   By Carl Nathe Special to KyForward   While the University of Kentucky prepares to celebrate its sesquicentennial, it is also recognizing that the “roots” of the institution in large measure can be found...

Why aren’t people eating better? That’s what Farms Feed Kentucky aims to answer, solve

Farms Feed Kentucky wants to find viable, locally based solutions to building a strong community food system. (KyForward file photo by Tim Thornberry)   By Carol Lea Spence Special to KyForward   In Barren County, where 83 percent of the land is used for agriculture but nearly 30 percent of the adult population is considered obese and 13 percent has diabetes, the question might be asked,...

Agriculture’s carbon footprint decreases even while production increases, UK scientist says

Corn harvest (Photo by Matt Barton)   By Carol Lea Spence Special to KyForward   When it comes to producing greenhouse gases, it turns out agriculture is not the bad guy some think it is.   Greenhouse gases derive from a number of sources, with the top three being electricity production, transportation and industry. Food production has not been found to be a leading source of greenhouse...

UK researchers develop first of its kind way
to control the invasive Asian tiger mosquito

By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward   Entomologists in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment have developed a new control method for mosquitoes from Southeast Asia that have invaded all 120 Kentucky counties.   The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently granted a permit to begin field trials. The biological control method, the first of its kind in...