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...

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...

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...

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...

New UK Cooperative Service program teaches about the risks of overuse of phosphorus on lawns

When University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment specialists show up at the front door, easels and flyers in hand, it’s obvious they’re serious about their subject matter and they’re happy to share their knowledge with the neighborhood. A new UK Cooperative Extension Service program, No P On My Lawn, takes information directly to neighborhoods in Fayette County and surrounding...

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...

Growing Independence: Extension program in Henderson grows much more than just vegetables

Adults with physical and intellectual disabilities in Henderson are learning how to become more independent through a gardening program offered by the Hugh Edward Sandefur Training Center and the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service. UK horticulture extension agent Andy Rideout conceived the program titled, “Growing Independence.” The center offers many services and prevocational...

UK extension office in Lee County teaching the benefits of raising garden to access fresh vegetables

Lee County residents are learning low-cost methods they can use to improve their health through gardening. Ted Johnson, a University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service agent in the county, installed several raised bed gardens at the extension office. He offers classes to residents throughout the growing season to show them how raised bed gardening is easy, economical and healthy. “One of...

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...

Warren County Extension office steps up to plate to share agriculture with 1,400 regional students

When an opportunity to share agriculture with 1,400 young people from several counties arose, the Warren County office of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service took to the ball diamond. The extension agents recently hosted the agriculture awareness day at a game of the Bowling Green Hot Rods, the local Single-A baseball team. The game was played earlier in the day to accommodate...

UK College of Agriculture hosting 2017 Integrated Pest Management School on March 1

The 2017 Integrated Pest Management Training School is Wednesday, March 1, at the University of Kentucky Research and Education Center in Princeton. Speakers include specialists and agents with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and the UK Cooperative Extension Service. Carl Bradley, UK extension plant pathologist, is among the presenters. He will discuss strategies...

UK Ag Equine Program sets meeting for horse owners, farm managers on pasture management

University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service agents and UK Ag Equine Programs will host Pastures Please!! 6 p.m. Jan. 30 at the Fayette County Extension office, 1140 Red Mile Place, in Lexington. The free annual event is particularly relevant for horse owners and farm managers interested in the latest information about horse pasture management. University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension...

Co-op cooking class teaches lessons that reach beyond the kitchen

By Aimee Nielson Special to KyForward In the past 18 months, Jamie Porter has faced many challenges. Her husband passed away, and she quickly became a single mom to three children—one grown, one 17 and one 6 years old. She homeschools the youngest child, Lacey, and was grateful to find some helpful resources through the Boone County Cooperative Extension Service. Lacey has expressed a desire to...

Kentucky 4-H’ers use their skills to help comfort ‘soles’ and lives of African children

Shayna Collins, Harlan County 4-H member, traces a shoe pattern. (Photo by Katie Pratt)   By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward   For most Americans, a good pair of shoes is a given. But that’s not the case for individuals born into poverty in Africa.   4-H’ers attending Teen Conference on the University of Kentucky campus worked diligently to trace and cut pieces of denim, cotton...

Kentucky 4-H'ers use their skills to help comfort 'soles' and lives of African children

Shayna Collins, Harlan County 4-H member, traces a shoe pattern. (Photo by Katie Pratt)   By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward   For most Americans, a good pair of shoes is a given. But that’s not the case for individuals born into poverty in Africa.   4-H’ers attending Teen Conference on the University of Kentucky campus worked diligently to trace and cut pieces of denim, cotton...

Elliott County extension agent gets ‘kick’
from promoting local tourism, nature, arts

UK Family and Consumer Sciences extension agent Gwenda Johnson promotes the arts and culture of Elliott County. Here she is pictured with a local artisan. (Photo from UK)   By Carl Nathe Special to KyForward   “There are so many things I like about my job, I don’t know where to start.”   That is Gwenda Johnson’s response during a recent interview when asked to...

Extension agents help battle substance abuse through community partnerships, education

By Carl Nathe and Katie Pratt Special to KyForward   For many Kentuckians, the effects of substance abuse are all too real as they’ve either watched their friends and family struggle with these issues or have personally battled addiction.   (From UKNow) A study published previously by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration found that Kentucky led the nation in...

Growing corn organically could prove to be financially rewarding for Kentucky farmers

By Tim Thornberry KyForward correspondent   For grain producers, especially corner growers, last year’s record or near-record prices gave many an incentive to plant big again in 2013. Even with the drought, prices jumped to $8 per bushel at one point for corn.   (Photo by Steve Patton, UK College of Agriculture) There is however, something out there that has been bringing even higher prices....

Future is in the water, literally, as Madison County 5th-graders turn creek into classroom

Waco Elementary fifth-graders wade through Cane's Creek in Madison County to study the importance of healthy waterways. (Photo by Carol Spence, UK College of Agriculture)   By Carol Spence University of Kentucky   Scott Darst can see the future. It’s not difficult, because at the moment the future is standing all around him, ankle deep in stream water and squealing with delight when another...