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...

University of Kentucky Ag economist offers tips for grain producers navigating challenging economy

By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward Kentucky grain producers know profit margins have been tight in the past year. The current futures market is indicating profits will be slim for another year. Todd Davis, agricultural economist with the University of Kentucky, offers growers some important reminders and information for navigating through this challenging time. “It’s important for producers to...

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...

Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation donates $1 million to UK’s Grain and Forage Center of Excellence

In continuing its long-standing support of the University of Kentucky (UK) College of Agriculture, Food and Environment’s Research and Education Center at Princeton, the Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation’s (KFBF) Board of Directors voted, during its last meeting, to donate a total of $1 million to initiatives at the facility’s new Grain and Forage Center of Excellence. The money will go toward...

UK College of Agriculture biotech student chosen for presitgious Dartmouth fellowship program

By Whitney Hale Special to KyForward Angela Wei, a UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment senior, majoring in agricultural and medical biotechnology and mathematics from Lexington, was one of five students across the country selected to participate in the 2017 Dartmouth MD/PhD Undergraduate Summer Fellowship Program. Started in 2012, the Dartmouth MD-PhD Undergraduate Summer Fellowship Program...

Owners of ‘backyard woods’ can get landscaping tips during upcoming Kentucky Wood Expo

Though the word “woodland” or “forest” often brings to mind vast tracts of trees, more than six million people in the United States own between one and 10-acre parcels. Owners of these “backyard woods” who wish to learn more about keeping their landscapes healthy and managing wildlife in their yards will get many of their questions answered by University of Kentucky College of Agriculture,...

Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation donates $1 million to UK’s Grain and Forage Center of Excellence

In continuing its long-standing support of the University of Kentucky (UK) College of Agriculture, Food and Environment’s Research and Education Center at Princeton, the Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation’s (KFBF) Board of Directors voted, during its last meeting, to donate a total of $1 million to initiatives at the facility’s new Grain and Forage Center of Excellence. The money will go toward...

YMCA Safe Place, UK College of Agriculture team to teach regional youth about food responsibility

Corbin Hannah, right, harvests vegetables with Danny Rochon, left, and Joe Robinson. (Photo by Katie Pratt, UK Agricultural Communications) By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward Gardens have long been associated with physical health benefits, and their benefits to emotional and mental health are becoming more well known. Nowhere is this more true than at the garden at the YMCA Safe Place in Louisville. The...

University of Kentucky College of Agriculture to host Corn, Soybean and Tobacco Field Day July 27

The University of Kentucky’s 2017 Corn, Soybean and Tobacco Field Day, hosted by the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, is scheduled for July 27 at the UK Research and Education Center Farm in Princeton. Registration begins at 7 a.m. (CDT), and will occur rain or shine. Four concurrent tours begin at 7:50 a.m. The tours will cover topics related to soil health, production decisions,...

Small businesses account for 45 percent of state’s private sector workforce, SBDC report shows

The Kentucky Small Business Development Center, in collaboration with the University of Kentucky Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky, released the State of Small Business and Entrepreneurship report. The study provides an overview of the important role small businesses play across the state. Key facts from the report are: — Small businesses account for 45 percent of the...

Popular UK lawn mower tuneup clinic expands to two sessions to accomodate more clients

In past years, the University of Kentucky’s popular lawn mower clinic has filled up fast. This year, the group from the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment is adding a second clinic to handle demand. Students in the UK Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering will host clinics March 23-26 and March 30-April 2 to sharpen mower blades and their skills. Blade sharpening isn’t...

Kentucky 4-H Foundation names Miller as executive director, Carr director of advancement

The Kentucky 4-H Foundation recently named Melissa Miller as executive director and Benjamin Carr as director of advancement. Miller is responsible for the oversight and management of the foundation, and Carr is the organization’s chief fundraising officer. Miller, of Elizabethtown, had served as the foundation’s interim executive director for the past year and is no stranger to Kentucky agriculture...

Several days of below freezing temperatures could result in damage to Kentucky crops

Kentucky has enjoyed a mild winter which has resulted in many trees, plants and crops beginning to sprout and bloom before their usual times. The forecast for the next several days is not good news for those early bloomers. Meteorologists for the University of Kentucky Agricultural Weather Center are predicting low temps to reach into the 20s for at least five days in the upcoming week. “The National...

Rural Blog: Half of state counties producing industrial hemp as farm interest increases

There’s a growing interest in industrial hemp production across Kentucky, drawing considerable crowd sizes to recent seminars in Christian, Clark and Shelby counties, Ryan Bowman reports The Farmer’s Pride. Tom Keene, an agronomy specialist who focuses on hemp and forages for the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, told Bowman, “In 2016, according...