UK trio receives Patricia Brantley Todd Award of Excellence in Human Environmental Sciences

Three members of the University of Kentucky School of Human Environmental Sciences have been named recipients of the Patricia Brantley Todd Award of Excellence in Human Environmental Sciences. The awards are given biennially and are named after the wife of former UK president Lee T. Todd Jr. and an alumna of the school. They recognize excellence among faculty and staff within the school, which is a...

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...

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 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...

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...

UK scientist part of group sequencing first liverwort genome; provides insight into plant evolution

By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward Earth would look a whole lot different without plants rooted firmly in the ground. A University of Kentucky researcher was among the group of international scientists that recently sequenced the liverwort Marchantia polymorpha. Liverworts were among the earliest plants to live on land. This is the first genome sequenced in this scientific family and may provide...

Who wants to be a dairy farmer? 4-H leadership program introduces teens to their community

By Carol Lea Spence Special to KyForward Granted, it wasn’t a perfect day to visit a dairy farm. A constant hard drizzle managed to stir up a sloppy mess of mud. Not one of the 21 teenagers complained, because hugging and bottle-feeding two-day-old calves trumps mud any day. Moving on to the next stop of the day, they fed hunks of carrots to big-eyed alpacas at Serano Alpaca Farm and ended the morning’s...

KEHA celebrating 40 years of support for UK ovarian cancer research program

A fundraising effort that began with an impassioned plea from one Extension Homemaker to her peers has positively impacted Kentucky women and the University of Kentucky for the past 40 years. The late Virginia McCandless, a Barren County Extension Homemaker, and Dr. John van Nagell with the UK Markey Cancer Center started the ovarian cancer research fundraising effort in 1977. At the time, McCandless...

Barnett returning to alma mater to become chair of UK’s Department of Agricultural Economics

Barry Barnett will return to his alma mater to assume the role of chair of the Department of Agricultural Economics in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. A Woodford County native, he has earned three degrees from UK including his doctorate in agricultural economics. “I look forward to working with the outstanding faculty and staff in the department to educate...

Lexington veterinarian Tom Riddle named 2017 Friend of UK Ag Equine Programs

By Holly Wiemers Special to KyForward Breakthrough research and one-of-kind educational opportunities don’t happen by accident or in isolation. They are accomplished in concert with industry stalwarts who give of their time, talents and wisdom. One such linchpin, Lexington-based veterinarian Tom Riddle, was recently named the 2017 Friend of University of Kentucky Ag Equine Programs. The award recognizes...

Pasture weed control concepts the focus of annual Kentucky Grazing Conference

Livestock and forage producers can learn about new concepts related to pasture weed control during the Kentucky Grazing Conference. The University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service and the Kentucky Forage and Grassland Council host the annual conference. This year, organizers will offer the conference at two regional locations. On Oct. 17, the conference is at the Fayette County Extension office...

UK Textiles Testing Lab celebrating 30 years of service to health care, hospitality industries

Textiles play a major role in customer satisfaction in the health care and hospitality industries. The University of Kentucky Textiles Testing Laboratory helps these industries ensure customer demands are met. It recently celebrated its 30th year of doing so through continuous funding from the Association for Linen Management. “The appearance of the textiles affects the overall quality of the experience,...

Kids Can Cook: UK extension serves up successful cooking program featuring fresh ingredients

By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward Nikita Hampton, 11, thinks she might want to be a chef when she grows up. It’s a big reason why she attended Kids Can Cook twice this summer. Kids Can Cook is a weeklong day camp cooking program offered by the Boyd County office of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service. The program was the idea of Eugenia Wilson, the county’s family and consumer...

UK College of Agriculture’s Weaning 101 workshop set for Sept. 13 at Eden Shale Farm

It’s almost time for beef producers to begin weaning spring-born calves. The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment is hosting a timely workshop Sept. 13 at Eden Shale Farm in Owenton, Weaning 101, a hands-on weaning program. “If the market’s got you down, you can come to this workshop and learn how to capture more money for your farm,” said Ben Crites, UK Beef...

UK E-Discovery Challenge program captures national award for community innovation

The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment’s E-Discovery Challenge program recently won the National Association for Community Development Extension Professionals Innovative Program Award and the Community Development Society Innovative Program Award. Ron Hustedde, UK extension professor in the Department of Community and Leadership Development, and colleagues Melony...

UK extension program uses Farmers Market to get youth excited about new foods, fresh produce

In Hardin County, a University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service program filled the farmers market with children excited to try new foods and buy fresh produce. The Power of Produce Club is a program Dayna Parrett, the county’s extension agent for family and consumer sciences, started this year after a conversation with Brenda Thomas, president of the Hardin County Farmers Market board. In...

UK College of Agriculture offering Wheat Field School to prepare producers for new growing season

Specialists with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture Food and Environment are offering a Wheat Field School to help producers prepare for the 2017-18 growing season. The field school is from 8:30 a.m. CDT until 3 p.m. Sept. 13 at UK’s Research and Education Center in Princeton. It is the third school UK specialists have offered wheat growers this year. “We wanted to host these schools...

UK professor Epps named KFB Career and Technical Postsecondary Teacher of the Year

The Kentucky Association for Career and Technical Education has named University of Kentucky’s Rebekah Epps the Kentucky Farm Bureau Career and Technical Postsecondary Teacher of Year. Epps, an associate professor, is the program chair for agricultural education in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, and she instructs future teachers. Rebekah Epps “I am truly honored and humbled to...

State soybean growers sought to assist in UK project on field management, insect control

A University of Kentucky postdoctoral scholar needs Kentucky soybean growers’ help with two new research projects. The projects are led by Jerrod Penn, postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Agricultural Economics, and investigate issues in row crops such as field management, insects and weed control. The first project is a brief survey designed to help researchers understand growers’ field...

UK professor Palli named winner of national award for innovation, creativity in entomology

The Entomological Society of America recently named Reddy Palli of the University of Kentucky the 2017 recipient of the Nan-Yao Su Award for Innovation and Creativity in Entomology. This award was created by an endowment from Nan-Yao Su to recognize creative entomologists who have found alternative solutions to problems that significantly impact entomology. Reddy Palli is the recipient of the Nan-Yao...