UK Cooperative Extension offices to offer dicamba applicator trainings in wake of EPA restrictions

After various crops across the United States received significant injury from products containing the herbicide dicamba during 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency made it a restricted use pesticide for 2018. That designation means a new set of rules, regulations and an educational component for those who want to continue to apply products containing the herbicide. Extension weed scientists...

Small Ruminant Grazing Conference set for Feb. 10 at Ballard Convention Center in Madisonville

Kentucky’s quality forage base provides ample opportunities for goat and sheep producers when it comes to grazing pastures. New and established producers can benefit from educational opportunities at the upcoming annual Kentucky Small Ruminant Grazing Conference. The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment is teaming up with Kentucky State University, the Kentucky Sheep...

Livestock producers encouraged to remain vigilant as extreme cold expected to linger well into February

By Aimee Nielson Special to KyForward Kentuckians already are deep in the throes of winter with a long stretch of below-freezing temperatures and bitter wind chills. Lingering periods of extreme cold put livestock at risk. “Normal temperatures this time of year are supposed to be in the low-to-mid 40s, with lows dipping into the 20s,” said Matthew Dixon, meteorologist for the University of Kentucky...

UK colleges of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Nursing partnership aimed at farm safety and health

By Laura Skillman Special to KyForward The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and College of Nursing are teaming up to expand community safety and health education and research through the Cooperative Extension Service. Under the partnership, a community safety and health nurse will collaborate with extension’s program and staff development team to develop and deliver...

University of Kentucky researchers study pricing, purchasing habits in chocolate Industry

By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward The holiday season is a time when many people think of buying, purchasing and consuming chocolate. A recent study by researchers in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment analyzed the prices of various chocolates along with consumer willingness to pay for them. “We wanted to gain a deeper understanding behind pricing and purchasing...

Kentucky Small Business Development Center recognizes staff achievements at annual conference

By Natalie Cunningham Special to KyForward The Kentucky Small Business Development Center recognized staff members for their achievements at the annual fall conference held in Lexington. The center’s state director, Becky Naugle, and the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Robert Coffee presented the 2017 Spirit Award to the Murray State University SBDC. The award recognizes the center that demonstrated...

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,...

UK Ag professors named fellows of American Association for the Advancement of Science

By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward Arthur Hunt and Subba Reddy Palli, professors in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, are among the newest Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest general scientific society. Association members elect Fellows for their distinguished efforts to advance science or its application....

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’s Gluck Equine Research Center celebrates 30th Anniversary

By Jenny Evans Special to KyForward The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment recently celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center. More than 250 equine industry representatives attended the celebration dinner in the Woodford Reserve Room at Kroger Field. Stuart Brown, chair of the Gluck Equine Research Foundation and Hagyard Equine Medical...

University of Kentucky’s Water Week Oct. 7 to 13 overflowing with activities across campus

By Carol Lea Spence Special to KyForward Water, essential to health, to the economy, and to the sustainability of the environment, can be impacted by any number of things, not the least is the climate. The University of Kentucky’s Water Week 2017, a week of films, panel discussions, invited speakers and service activities, will examine climate change impacts on water quality. A Project WET certification...