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Action of Kentucky units in 138th Field Artillery to be remembered at Vietnam Veterans Day event on March 29

The action of Bardstown and other Kentucky National Guard members at Firebase Tomahawk in Vietnam 50 years ago will be a highlight of the Vietnam Veterans Day/Vietnam Commemoration event at the State Capitol on March 29. After Gov. Matt Bevin delivers the keynote address, BG Thomas R. Ice, who served with the Second Battalion, 138th Field Artillery in Vietnam, will address the importance of the deployment...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Decoding spring white bass run after heavy rains, near-record water levels

By Lee McClellan Special to KyForward With all of the rain we received early this year, many Kentuckians are wondering when will the white bass run. “We are about there, 60 degrees is the magic number for water temperature,” said Mike Hardin, assistant director of Fisheries for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. “The redbud blooms are as good an indicator as anything.” Redbud...

National Archery in the Schools Program sees record participation by archers, schools in 2019

In the state where the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) was born as an in-school pilot program, its growth in popularity is evident each spring. Kentucky’s NASP state tournament, hosted March 15-16 at the Kentucky Exposition Center, featured a record 7,039 student archers representing more than 450 schools, solidifying its distinction as the largest NASP state tournament in the nation. “NASP...

Turkey hunters will want to watch ‘Kentucky Afield’ television’s call-in show this Saturday night

Turkey hunters will not want to miss the next installment of the “Kentucky Afield” television show. With the youth and general spring turkey seasons fast approaching, hunters can submit questions before and during a special one-hour “Kentucky Afield” call-in show that airs live this Saturday (March 23) at 8:30 p.m. (Eastern) on Kentucky Educational Television (KET). An expert panel led by “Kentucky...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Longear sunfish, the most abundant in Ky. streams, adapts well to reservoirs

Editor’s Note: This is the fourth and last article in a series about Kentucky’s native sunfish species. The longear sunfish (Lepomis megalotis ) is Kentucky’s most abundant stream sunfish, that adapts well to reservoirs impounded from major rivers. A beautifully-colored sunfish that is very familiar to anglers who fish rocky creeks, the longear is called a sun granny, or referred to simply...

Florence Williams, author of ‘The Nature Fix,’ to speak at UK; natural world affects mood, health

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky When journalist and author Florence Williams moved with her outdoor-loving family from Colorado to Washington, D.C., she quickly discovered that urban living can take its toll on a person. Williams subsequently plunged into a two-year search for answers on how the natural world affects people and learned that, yes, being in nature can improve mood and health,...

Kentucky Department of Agriculture sponsoring Kentucky Proud Direct Farm Marketing contest

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture has announced the Direct Farm Marketing Division is sponsoring a contest for Kentucky FFA members actively involved in the production, growth, and marketing of farm commodities or value-added products. “What better way to get our youth in the habit of going to a farmers’ market than a contest?” Commissioner Quarles said. “Kentucky FFA students are some...

Greenbo Lake joins Cannon Creek and Fagan Branch Lakes as those to receive brown trout stocking

Brown trout were stocked last spring for the first time in Cannon Creek Lake and Fagan Branch Lake. Now the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources has added Greenbo Lake to its brown trout stocking program. Greenbo Lake, a 176-acre lake in Greenup County, received its first-ever stocking of brown trout in February. Kentucky Fish and Wildlife stocked 2,000 brown trout in the lake. Cannon...

UK study: Affordability will determine autonomous machinery adoption by grain producers

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky When autonomous machinery becomes available, grain producers who adopt it would likely see economic benefits, but only if the machinery is not cost prohibitive, according to a University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment study. While autonomous technology, such as driverless tractors, is not commercially available in the U.S. yet, it could...

Lloyd WMA’s rifle tube range temporarily closed on weekdays, but available for public use on weekend

The rifle tube range at Curtis Gates Lloyd Wildlife Management Area in Grant County is temporarily closed on weekdays because of ongoing work to a nearby stream. Northern Kentucky University’s Center for Environmental Restoration is reinforcing a stream channel at the outlet of a former pond basin. Part of the parking area at the tube range is being used to store rock for the project. An access lane...

Kentucky producers: Time to assess wheat fields for yield potential following months of extreme weather

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Kentucky wheat producers need to assess their fields to decide whether to keep or terminate the crop following several months of extreme weather conditions, said Carrie Knott, extension grain crops specialist in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. Kentucky agricultural producers have dealt with wet, cool and cloudy conditions...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Rock bass, at home in rocky, cool waters, are a favorite with stream fishermen

Editor’s Note: This is the third article in a series about Kentucky’s native sunfish species. The rock bass (Ambloplites rupestris) is most often caught from rocky, cool water streams in Central and Eastern Kentucky. A favorite with stream fishermen, the rock bass in known by the common names of red eye or goggle-eye. Statewide, there’s no daily creel limit, with no minimum size limit. The...

International Museum of the Horse hosts community History Harvests for African American equestrians

The International Museum of the Horse is pleased to announce two upcoming opportunities to preserve the legacy of African Americans in the equine industry. History Harvests will be held on April 13 from 9 a.m. until noon, and on May 18 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. The events will take place at the Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center, at 300 East 3rd Street in Lexington. The events provide opportunities...

Tygarts Creek paddling trips offered in April and May by Carter Caves State Resort Park

Plan a spring adventure on Tygarts Creek on a canoe or kayak with a 6-mile  excursion hosted by Carter Caves State Resort Park. The park is offering guided trips on six dates in 2019 – April 13, 20, 28 and May 1, 4 and 11. The 3.5-hour trip down Tygarts Creek goes through one of Kentucky’s most beautiful limestone gorges. The park will provide canoes or kayaks, paddles, life vest, transportation...

Anglers can learn latest about sport fishing, Asian carp in Western Kentucky at April 21 public meeting

Learn more about efforts to combat Asian carp and the state of fishing in Western Kentucky during a Town Hall meeting set for 7-9 p.m. (Central) March 21 at the Lyon Convention Center in Eddyville. The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources holds these public meetings annually to keep residents updated on fisheries-related topics. All interested persons are welcome to attend. (Photo from...

Alison Lundergan Grimes recognizes annual essay contest winners during ceremony at Sweet 16

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes recognized four Kentucky high school students for winning her office’s 30th annual essay contest in a ceremony Thursday at Rupp Arena during the Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys’ Sweet 16 Basketball Tournament. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes honors the winners of her office’s 30th annual essay contest at the Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys’ Sweet 16...

KDA, Better Drinking Culture announce partnership to launch responsible retailing program

The Kentucky Distillers’ Association and Better Drinking Culture have announced their partnership to launch a responsible retailing program that will audit and recognize distilleries’ best practices in operations and marketing. The program is intended to help distillers provide memorable experiences and mitigate alcohol-related harms. Visitor centers that successfully complete an audit of its best...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: The redear sunfish, mostly found in clear waters with rooted aquatic vegetation

Editor’s Note: This is the second article in a series about Kentucky’s native sunfish species. The redear sunfish (Lepomis microlophus) is found throughout Kentucky, but most common in clear waters — farm ponds, small lakes, and major reservoirs where submerged, rooted aquatic vegetation is present. Statewide, there’s a 20-fish daily creel limit, with no minimum size limit. The redear...

UK agricultural economist: Revenue protection insurance favors corn over soybeans in 2019

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Revenue protection insurance will favor corn over soybeans for the first time in two years, said Todd Davis, agricultural economist in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. The safety net, also known as the crop insurance price guarantee, is established at the end of each February and based on futures prices for the December corn...

Many opportunities for fun March 16-17 at Kentucky Crafted Market’s Hands-On Activities area

Create your own sculpture, get up close and personal with musical instruments, learn about the color wheel and be an amateur archaeologist. These are a few of the exciting opportunities available in The Kentucky Crafted Market’s Hands-On Activities area March 16-17 at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena. 

Although The Market annually showcases dozens of the state’s finest visual and...