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Logan County family, UK researcher hoping to establish small-grain value chains in Kentucky

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky A longtime relationship between a University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment researcher and a Kentucky wheat producing family has led to UK students having a unique learning experience with small grains on campus. The Halcomb family, of Schochoh in Logan County, have worked with David Van Sanford, UK wheat breeder, on numerous research...

UK to host irrigation workshop on Feb. 19; scientists to share irrigation-focused research results

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment will host a Kentucky Irrigation Workshop on Feb. 19 at UK’s Research and Education Center in Princeton. During the workshop, scientists with the UK Grain and Forage Center of Excellence and the Kentucky Geological Survey will share their most recent research results from their irrigation-related...

Mid-South Stocker Conference on Feb. 26 gives cattle producers tools to succeed in a new decade

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky Cattle and grass just go together. With plentiful, lush pastures, Kentucky is a prime place for grazing stocker cattle. The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment supports cattle producers in many ways, including focused conferences that address their challenges in practical ways. The Mid-South Stocker Conference is an annual offering,...

Statewide climate consortium empowers Kentuckians to be well-informed environmental stewards

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky A new statewide consortium headquartered at the University of Kentucky is developing interdisciplinary climate research and teaching collaborations to empower people to become well-informed stewards of the environment. The mission of the Kentucky Climate Consortium is to act as a catalyst for climate research and education in the state by providing networking...

Experimental Asian carp harvest method to be employed at Kentucky Lake during February

The deployment of an experimental Asian carp harvest method on Kentucky Lake will impact public access during the month of February. In an effort to rid the lake of thousands of invasive Asian carp, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, and the Tennessee Valley Authority have scheduled a research...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: The Mourning Dove, both a game bird and favorite at backyard bird feeders

(This is the ninth article in an occasional series about Kentucky’s backyard birds.) The Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) is common and widely recognized across Kentucky, known for its speed on the wing, beautiful plumage and unique vocalization, a low mournful coo-ah, coo-ah, coo, coo, coo. Throughout the cold weather months, some local birds may band together with migrants. Small groups move...

Paducah/McCracken Co. honored at 2020 Tennessee RiverLine Summit; Harris receives special award

Paducah Main Street Director Katie Axt, McCracken County Judge Executive Craig Clymer and River Discovery Center Executive Director Julie Harris represented Paducah/McCracken County at the 2020 Tennessee RiverLine Summit held in Knoxville. Paducah/McCracken County is one of five Tennessee RiverLine pilot communities working to develop a continuous system of multi-modal trail experiences such as paddling,...

Fort Boonesborough State Park’s ‘Fireside Chats’ feature famous characters from Kentucky history

In collaboration with the Fort Boonesborough Foundation, Fort Boonesborough State Park will host a series of “Fireside Chats” featuring famous characters from Kentucky history. Beginning on Feb. 8, Fort Boonesborough State Park will offer a “Taste of Frontier Fare” from 5:30-6:15 p.m., followed by the historical program at 6:45 p.m. Carol Jarboe portrays Maggie Delaney. • Feb. 8, 2020: Daniel...

UK to hold Kentucky Maple Day on Feb. 1; local syrup product dates back to region’s first settlers

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky There’s something sweet bubbling up in the forests of Kentucky: maple syrup production. Through the first Kentucky Maple Day on Feb. 1, University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension and the Kentucky Maple Syrup Association want to introduce folks to local maple syrup, with a history that goes back to the region’s first settlers. “We have a long history...

Kentucky Department of Agriculture seeking Specialty Crop Block Grant Program proposals

Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles has announced the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) is seeking Specialty Crop Block Grant Program proposals. “The specialty crop program is intended to help make Kentucky specialty crops more competitive in both domestic and foreign markets,” Commissioner Quarles said. “Specialty crops make up a significant part of Kentucky’s agricultural economy,...

Wilderness Trail Distillery in Danville joins Bourbon Trail, becomes 18th stop on world-famous tour

Wilderness Trail, one of the founding distillery destinations on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour, has advanced to join the Kentucky Bourbon Trail adventure, becoming the 18th stop on the world-famous journey that showcases America’s only native spirit. Launched in 2012 as a premium craft distillery in Danville, Wilderness Trail has expanded its production and grown its distinctive visitor experience...

Quarles encourages Kentucky Proud members, local organizations to apply for promotional programs

Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles is encouraging Kentucky Proud members and local organizations to apply for three Kentucky Proud promotional programs. “Kentucky Proud grant programs help promote the Commonwealth’s local foods and agricultural products,” Quarles said. “As a result, these grants also help Kentucky family farms and agricultural businesses succeed. The aim of these grants...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Kentucky hunters post another big harvest as deer season comes to close

Kentucky’s 2019-20 hunting season for white-tailed deer ended Monday and hunters posted another big harvest, inching closer to the all-time record. Last season’s deer harvest of 145,753 was the second-highest ever, but that number was surpassed this season. Hunters reported taking 148,356 deer, 53 percent antlered and 47 percent antlerless, according to harvest data posted on the Kentucky Department...

Familiar face tapped to lead Kentucky State Police into 2020 as Rodney Brewer comes out of retirement

The longest-serving Commissioner in Kentucky State Police history has been reappointed to serve once again. Governor Andy Beshear has brought Rodney Brewer out of retirement to take the lead of an agency with which he has a 33-year history. Rodney Brewer During his previous tenure, Brewer served in numerous assignments including uniformed operations, special investigations, narcotics, strategic planning,...

Federal ‘Duck Stamp’ funding approved for land acquisition at Green River National Wildlife Refuge

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Gov. Andy Beshear on Tuesday announced the approval of federal “Duck Stamp” funding for land acquisition purposes at the newly-established Green River National Wildlife Refuge in Henderson. “Duck Stamps,” purchased by hunters, conservationists, and stamp collectors, provide revenue to support federal conservation and outdoor recreation efforts. In...

Registration for UK’s CSA Project opens Jan. 24; CSA vouchers offered to eligible UK employees

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky Registration for the 2020 season of the University of Kentucky’s Community Supported Agriculture Project opens Jan. 24. All UK faculty, staff and students are eligible to enroll in the program, which provides members with fresh produce from May 21 through Oct. 15 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture-certified organic farming unit of the UK Horticulture...

Shawnee Park boat ramp project will provide Kentucky access to Ohio River in Louisville

One of Louisville’s signature parks is adding a new feature certain to draw more visitors to the area and enhance the opportunity for the recreational enjoyment of the Ohio River. A public boat ramp and accompanying parking area planned for Shawnee Park will provide boaters with convenient river access below McAlpine Locks and Dam and the renowned Falls of the Ohio. On Friday, Kentucky Tourism, Arts...

Kentucky Distillers’ Association, Distilled Spirits Council partner on ‘Spirits United’ grassroots platform

The historic Kentucky Distillers’ Association has announced that it is partnering with the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) in joining Spirits United as a partner to expand the grassroots network throughout the birthplace of Bourbon. Spirits United features important information on key issues facing the spirits industry, hospitality professionals and consumers, and provides...

UK Extension Service to offer Woodland Stewards webinar series on how to improve forest health

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service will offer a series of free, web-based woodland seminars on five successive Thursday evenings in February and March. The goal of the webinar series, Getting to Know Your Woodlands: Next Steps, is to empower woodland owners to promote environmental and forest health through increased awareness, experience...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: The Cedar Waxing’s unique plumage, eating habits most often observed in winter

A lasting image of the Cedar Waxwing is a beautiful tan bird perched amid the dark green leaves of an American Holly tree, eating red berries. Most often observed here during the cold weather months, the Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) is a nomadic bird that moves irregularly, throughout both its breeding and wintering range, often from year to year, depending on food supplies. This bird is easily...