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Fayette County Extension Service will present fifth installment of Kentucky Proud Evenings July 23

Fayette County Cooperative Extension Service will present the fifth installment of the Kentucky Proud Evenings series Monday, July 23 with guest author Deirdre Scaggs discussing her book, “The Historic Kentucky Kitchen: Traditional Recipes for Today’s Cook.” The free monthly series celebrates The University Press of Kentucky’s 75th anniversary with author discussions and samples from Plate...

Kentucky Proud Evening in June shines a light on famous Lexington cold case

Fayette County Cooperative Extension Service will present the fourth installment of the Kentucky Proud Evenings series Monday, June 25 with guest author Robert G. Lawson talking about his book, “Who Killed Betty Gail Brown? Murder, Mistrial, and Mystery.” The free monthly series celebrates The University Press of Kentucky’s 75th anniversary with author discussions and samples from Plate It Up!...

University of Kentucky plant pathologists warns cold, wet spring could lead to seedling blights in corn

This year’s wet, chilly spring has delayed corn planting across the state. With additional recent rains, the corn that is in the ground could be susceptible to seedling blights, said Kiersten Wise, University of Kentucky extension plant pathologist in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. Corn plants affected by seedling blight may have poor emergence. Photo courtesy of the Crop Protection...

The State Botanical Garden of Kentucky, The Arboretum, to celebrate Arbor Day April 28

In a state where native woodlands are valued for recreation and income, and in a city known for its tree-lined streets, it seems especially appropriate to celebrate and honor trees with Arbor Day at The Arboretum, State Botanical Garden of Kentucky. With generous support from presenting sponsor, Kentucky Utilities Company, the culminating event of The Arboretum’s annual month-long celebration, Party...

Ky. Small Business Development Center offering help for businesses rebuilding after recent floods

The Kentucky Small Business Development Center offers help to businesses who have suffered damage from all of the flooding across the state this year. “Many people do not know that the KSBDC serves business owners throughout the business life cycle. This includes when disaster hits,” said Becky Naugle, state director. “Our counselors are here to help a business weather the storm. With the flooding...

UK researchers to grow malaria-fighting plants in cooperation with German Company ArtemiFlow

University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment researchers will grow the malaria-fighting plant Artemisia annua, as part of a cooperative agreement with the German company ArtemiFlow. Artemisinin-based therapies are the most effective malaria treatment used throughout the world; however, supplies of artemisinin have been unreliable in recent decades. UK’s portion of the project...

UK faculty working with Kentucky farmers to prevent livestock losses incurred by Black vultures

By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward Black vultures are a concern for livestock producers throughout Kentucky, particularly this time of the year, as they can kill newborn calves and other juvenile livestock. University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment faculty and staff are working with Kentucky producers to find low-cost, legal options to control these birds and prevent livestock...

Boot, Scoot and Boogie 5K April 14 will benefit UK agricultural education scholarship fund

It’s time to lace up the running shoes, get a little exercise and, in the process, support University of Kentucky agricultural education students. The 2018 Boot, Scoot, and Boogie 5K race will be April 14 at The Club at UK’s Spindletop Hall. UK Department of Community and Leadership Development hosts the annual run/walk event as a fundraiser for an endowed scholarship fund for agricultural education...

University of Kentucky researchers begin three-year study on pollinator food availability on farmland

Pollinators are extremely important to agriculture, accounting for one in every three bites of food, but their populations have been declining worldwide for a number of years. In a new study, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment researchers are evaluating how food availability on farmland impacts bee communities in early spring. UK entomologist Clare Rittschof is leading...

Kentucky Agricultural Leadership Program accepting nominations for Class XII; application due July 15

The Kentucky Agricultural Leadership Program is accepting nominations for Class XII. KALP, housed in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, is an intensive two-year program designed for young agricultural producers and agribusiness individuals from Kentucky and Tennessee. Class XI participants listen to a presentation in Krakow, Poland. (Photo from UK Ag) “Anyone...

Registration open for March 17 Ohio River Valley Woodlands and Wildlife Workshop in Loveland, OH

Registration for The Ohio River Valley Woodlands and Wildlife Workshop is now open. This year’s workshop, an annual tri-state event that rotates between Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio, will be held at the Oasis Golf Club and Conference Center, Loveland, Ohio March 17. Forestry and wildlife experts will provide an array of educational sessions designed to help woodland owners get the most out of their...

Alternative grain storage structures help Kentucky farmers navigate times of slim profit margins

By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward As Kentucky farmers like Brian Shouse and Dan Hendrickson in Union County watched their yield monitors return high numbers during harvest, they knew they would have to figure out somewhere to store this abundance of grain. This was the second year of record or near-record breaking corn yields in Kentucky and many parts of the nation. Couple these yields with slim...

UK Cooperative Extension goes red to promote heart health during American Heart Month in February

By Carol Lea Spence Special to KyForward In myriad ways, University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension has opened its Big Blue heart in February to celebrate and promote American Heart Month. In luncheons awash in red, in all-day knitting sessions and at health fairs, Cooperative Extension spread the important message: take care of your heart. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists heart...

Crop Protection Network unveils redesigned website to help farmers tackle crop management challenges

With the growing season just around the corner, farmers and agribusinesses have a new tool to help them tackle crop management challenges in the Crop Protection Network’s redesigned website. The website www.cropprotectionnetwork.org features timely videos, newsletter and blog articles, featured articles and Twitter updates from CPN partners on important management issues for a variety of field crops...

Grain management meeting set for Feb. 28 to focus on minimizing postharvest storage issues

Tight marketing conditions have caused many growers to store larger amounts of grain for longer periods. To help producers work through some potential grain storage issues, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment specialists are hosting the Postharvest Grain Management Meeting Feb. 28. Registration will begin at 8 a.m., central time, at the Daviess County Extension office...

Kentucky Dairy Partners to gather Feb. 27-28 at Bowling Green’s Sloan Convention Center

The 11th annual Kentucky Dairy Partners meeting is set for Feb. 27-28 at the Sloan Convention Center in Bowling Green. The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment is a sponsor of the event for dairy producers, industry representatives and others interested in the dairy industry. The Kentucky Dairy Development Council Young Dairy Producers Conference will take place prior...

Kentucky Alfalfa and Stored Forage Conference set for February 22 at Cave City Convention Center

The 37th annual Kentucky Alfalfa and Stored Forage Conference will be hosted on Feb. 22 by the University of Kentucky and the Kentucky Forage and Grassland Council. This daylong conference will extend from 8:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. CST at the Cave City Convention Center in Cave City. A field of alfalfa in Scott County (Photo by Matt Barton, UK Agriculture) The conference focuses on teaching ways to...

UK College of Agriculture honors farm leader, faculty researcher with Thomas Poe Cooper Award

Each year, the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment honors one outstanding farm leader and one faculty researcher through its Thomas Poe Cooper awards. The awards were endowed by Cooper, who was dean of the college from 1917 to 1951. Warren Beeler, of Caneyville, is the recipient of the 2018 Thomas Poe Cooper Distinguished Farm Leadership. The award is presented to a...

UK College of Agriculture inducts five new members into the school’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni

The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment has inducted five new members into its Hall of Distinguished Alumni. This year’s recipients include a farm advocate, an engineer, two economists and a family and consumer scientist. (Photo by Matt Barton, UK Agriculture) Alice Baesler, of Lexington, received her degree in home economics from UK in 1963 before embarking on a lifelong...

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...