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...

UK agricultural engineers co-authors of updated grain drying and storage handbook

By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward Farmers and elevator operators throughout the country have expanded grain drying and storage capacity in recent years to keep pace with increased production. On-farm and commercial storage has grown to 13.2 and 11.1 billion bushels, respectively, with 205 and 80 million bushels in Kentucky. To help growers effectively manage these systems, agricultural engineers...

Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service hosting second event on indoor aquaculture program

By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward Due to the popularity of its spring indoor aquaculture program, the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service is hosting a second event for individuals interested in learning more about the production of indoor marine shrimp, tilapia and aquaponics. The program is Saturday, Sept. 16 at the Kentucky State University Aquaculture Research Center in Frankfort. Indoor aquaculture...

UK Horse Pasture Evaluation Program provides meaningful research benefiting students, farms

By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward An equestrian for the past 15 years, University of Kentucky junior Anna Intartaglio loves everything about horses. It’s no surprise she jumped at the chance to spend her summer conducting research that’s meaningful to the industry. As an intern in the UK Horse Pasture Evaluation Program, she has gained a deeper understanding of the industry she loves so much. “This...

Johnson County turns to UK marketing student to help promote comprehensive tourism effort

By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward In Johnson County, Brenda Cockerham has worked for the past 20 years with local artisans, farmers, community leaders and residents to build the county’s capacity for tourism for the past 20 years. With the county’s first comprehensive tourism packages about to launch, Cockerham turned to a University of Kentucky student for marketing assistance. “We are right...

Graduating student Townsend’s Campus Kitchens sustainability project leaves a mark on UK

By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward As a self-proclaimed foodie and a lifelong gardener, it was no surprise that University of Kentucky student Anna Townsend answered the call to share her knowledge when the Campus Kitchen at the University of Kentucky (CKUK) formed in 2014. As she prepares for life after graduation, Townsend, the group’s vice president and garden fellow, will leave her mark on...

Foot Traffic: Greensburg’s Merchant Mile good for business, good for residents’ health

Walker Suzanne Taylor takes a break from her walk to talk with Julia Hartfield, owner of Mitchell and Edwards Boutique in Greensburg. (Photo by Katie Pratt)   By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward   Audrey Myers wants a bright future for Greensburg, and as the Green County family and consumer sciences agent with the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service, she is taking strides...

Beyond the Farm Gates: Economic impact
of Kentucky agriculture extends far and wide

Racehorses travel light—a tack trunk with a feeder and a water bucket. While 75 percent of horses transported by H.E. Sutton Forwarding Company are Thoroughbreds, show horses are a growing market for the business. Here, Stephen Gravett, flight supervisor and saddledbred sales agent, leads a passenger off the plane in Lexington. (Photo from UK’s mAGagazine)   By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward   From...

Ten adventure camps in Kentucky and nearby states help military, their children reunite

By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward   Service members and their teenage children can experience new adventures together through camps provided by the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service.   Extension is partnering with Life Adventure Center of the Bluegrass and the Center for Courageous Kids to host 10 adventure camps in Kentucky and neighboring states. The camps are funded...

Taste for Success: UK center helps food entrepreneurs get products on store shelves

Bourbon Country Products in Louisville is one of the University of Kentucky’s Food Systems Innovation Center’s clients. (Photo by Stephen Patton)   By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward   It’s the dream of many food industry entrepreneurs to see their product on the shelves of a regional or national grocery chain, but getting there is not so simple. In addition to the obvious...

Former Civil War encampment turned into a community park by local Scottsville couple

By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward   A former Civil War encampment in Allen County is now a place for families to be active, learn about history and enjoy nature. Dumont Hill Park in Scottsville officially opened in November to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Union soldier encampment that took place on the grounds.   The park was the result of work of many community partners, including...

The time is now to plant or reseed your
lawn using popular cool-season grasses

By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward   The first day of fall is upon us, and while the season is known for many things including the harvest, pumpkins and cooler weather, it’s also the best time of the year to establish and reseed cool-season grasses, which are popular in Kentucky lawns.   “The ideal time to plant cool-season grasses like tall fescue and Kentucky bluegrass is from about...

Kentucky Fathering Conference will gather professionals working to strengthen families

By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward   Fathers play an important role in their children’s growth and development, but many do not realize the amount of resources available to help them along their fatherhood journey. To better address the needs of fathers on the local level, the University of Kentucky, Kentucky State University and Kentucky’s System to Enhance Early Development are hosting...

Young men from Eco Club, BMW Academy learn there’s no exact science to science

By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward   This summer, a group of young men from Lexington is learning there’s not an exact science to science.   Students from the Carter G. Woodson Academy’s Eco Club and the Black Males Working Academy are conducting an experiment about beneficial insects, insect pests and their roles in crop production with help from Yukie Kajita, a research scientist in...

Young men from Eco Club, BMW Academy learn there's no exact science to science

By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward   This summer, a group of young men from Lexington is learning there’s not an exact science to science.   Students from the Carter G. Woodson Academy’s Eco Club and the Black Males Working Academy are conducting an experiment about beneficial insects, insect pests and their roles in crop production with help from Yukie Kajita, a research scientist in...