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UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment animal scientists receive multiple national honors

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky Several members of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Department of Animal and Food Sciences recently brought home national awards. The American Society of Animal Science presented the Animal Growth and Development Award to Kyle McLeod, an associate professor and a recognized authority in ruminant growth and development. He...

Eastern Kentucky forage tour on Sept. 6 to highlight fall, winter forage preparations

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Forage and livestock producers can see the latest research in action and get tips on fall and winter forage preparations during an Eastern Kentucky Field Day on Sept. 6. The free field day will be at the Derrickson Agricultural Complex at Morehead State University. The field day is a partnership between forage specialists in the University of Kentucky College...

UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment students selected as Wallace-Carver Fellows

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Two University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment students were selected as Wallace-Carver Fellows by The World Food Prize Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The two students — Morgan Hasler and Stone Warfield — completed their fellowships this summer. The fellowship is a prestigious honor that allows the students to work...

Summer heat can stress farm animals, but producers have options to keep livestock thriving

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky Summer hasn’t officially begun according on the calendar, but Mother Nature has already been bringing the heat and humidity. In fact, Kentucky experienced the warmest May on record, and livestock is feeling it. Producers have options to keep livestock thriving in the summer heat. “When you get a combination of heat and humidity, it can cause concern for livestock,”...

Longtime Kentucky Small Business Development Center director Becky Naugle announces retirement

By Carol Lea Spence Special to KyForward Becky Naugle, longtime director of the Kentucky Small Business Development Center, is retiring May 18. After working with the center for nearly 21 years, and as director for almost 20, Naugle has witnessed a lot of changes in the state’s entrepreneurial environment and contributed to many of those changes. The Kentucky Small Business Development Center, part...

UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment to host Spray Clinic in Princeton on July 17

The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment is hosting a Spray Clinic on July 17 at the UK Research and Education Center in Princeton. Part of the Field School series, the clinic is an expanded effort by the UK Grain and Forage Center of Excellence to give experienced producers and others in the industry the research-based information they need at critical junctures in the...

UK, local schools and agribusinesses team up to combat ‘brain drain’ in rural economies in Kentucky

By Carol Lea Spence UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Brain drain, the term for a community’s loss of intelligent, highly trained people, is a serious problem for local economies in Kentucky. Often, many from the younger generation leave home for an education and never return, because of a lack of opportunity. Faculty and staff in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food...

University of Kentucky research will gauge effect of indoor arenas on horse and human health

By Holly Wiemers UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Little research has been conducted on indoor riding arena environments. To remedy this gap in understanding the effects on horse and human health from indoor arenas, a graduate student in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment’s Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering is conducting a survey...

UK hosts All-East Regional Intercollegiate Livestock Judging Contest at Woodford County Fairgrounds

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment recently hosted the All-East Intercollegiate Livestock Judging Contest at the Woodford County Fairgrounds, welcoming teams from Southeastern Conference, Atlantic Coast Conference and Big 10 universities. The four-day competition is an annual event...

As March 15 revenue protection insurance deadline approaches, market continues to favor soybeans

As the March 15 decision deadline approaches for revenue protection insurance, grain farmers are faced with a similar situation as in 2017, with the market continuing to favor soybeans, said Todd Davis, agricultural economist in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. The safety net, also known as a revenue guarantee, is established at the end of each February based...

Deadline near for Ky. Farm to School Junior Chef contest; open to high school, middle school students

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles reminds Kentucky school cooking teams that they have until March 15 to apply for the sixth season of Farm to School Junior Chef competition. Quarles “The Junior Chef program teaches essential food preparation skills while also educating young people about the importance of buying nutritious local Kentucky Proud foods,” Commissioner Quarles said. “This competition...

Keep close watch on your woody plants as spring approaches; ambrosia beetles threaten, says UK Ag

As spring approaches, nursery and orchard managers will want to keep a close watch on their woody plants for potential damage from ambrosia beetles, said Zenaida Viloria, University of Kentucky extension associate for nursery crops. Ambrosia beetles were first detected in Kentucky in 2013 but have been in the United States since 1999. A native of Asia, the beetles likely came to this country in wood...

Kentucky soybean growers produce highest ever yields in state; 107.76 bushels per acre is new record

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Kentucky soybean growers produced the highest ever documented yields in the state this year in the soybean yield contest hosted by the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and the Kentucky Soybean Board. Meredith Farms, owned by Philip and Lea Meredith in Henderson, produced the record-breaking yield of 107.76 bushels per acre in...

Kentucky agricultural cash receipts, net farm income rebound in past year from 2016 levels

Kentucky agricultural cash receipts and net farm income rebounded in the past year from 2016 levels, but are still well below the record levels set earlier in the decade. Agricultural economists from the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment are projecting 2017 farm cash receipts to be $5.6 billion, which is a 3.5 percent increase from 2016. Preliminary indications also...

Delegates from across state to gather for 98th Kentucky Farm Bureau annual meeting Nov. 29

More than 2,000 Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) members from across the state will gather for the organization’s 98th annual meeting November 29 – December 2 at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky. Delegates from all of the state’s 120 counties assemble for the four-day event to participate in committee meetings, business sessions, award presentations, officer elections and to adopt 2018...

UK College of Agriculture students beautify African Cemetery No. 2 through tree planting project

Members of a University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment student organization recently helped beautify the land at Lexington’s African American Cemetery No. 2. UK soil scientist Mark Coyne reached out to the UK Minorities in Agriculture Natural Resources and Related Sciences members for their help in adding some much needed trees to the cemetery grounds. The African Cemetery...

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...

University of Kentucky researchers to evaluate best management practices for Kentucky grain farms

Researchers at the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment are beginning on-farm studies to look at which best management practices work best for Kentucky grain farms, and they need producers’ help. In the project, called Blue Water Farms, UK researchers Brad Lee, Dwayne Edwards and Erin Haramoto, along with Glynn Beck with the Kentucky Geological Survey, will study which...

Ben Beam — yes, one of those Beams — completing UK certification program in distillation, wine, brewing

By Carol Lea Spence UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Ben Beam is a busy guy. Between shifts as a distillery operator at Michter’s Distillery in Louisville, he puts in a lot of what he calls “windshield hours” traveling back and forth to Lexington, where he is completing the University of Kentucky’s Distillation, Wine and Brewing Studies certificate program. Yes, he’s one of...

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...