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Kentuckians invited to celebrate Farmers’ Markets Week by visiting markets, posting to Instagram

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles invites Kentuckians to celebrate Kentucky Farmers’ Markets Week by visiting a local market and posting photos from their visit to Instagram in August. Entrants could win a basket of Kentucky Proud products. For the second year in a row, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) is conducting the social media contest to commemorate Farmers’ Markets Week Aug....

Tickets on Sale now for 2019 World’s Championship Horse Show at Kentucky State Fair Aug. 17-24

The film world has The Oscars, musicians have the Grammys, the theatre its Tonys, and the Saddlebred industry has the World’s Championship Horse Show. With eight consecutive days and nights of pageantry and exhilarating competition for the multitude of owners, trainers, riders, handlers, spectators – and of course the most spectacular horses in the world – the show is the ultimate celebration...

Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund adds 2,000 acres to Pine Mountain State Scenic Trail

The Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund (KHLCF), a program of the Office of Kentucky Nature Preserves, has acquired 2,040 forested acres in Bell County for the Pine Mountain State Scenic Trail. This property will provide hiking, birding, and other passive recreation opportunities as well as conserve a habitat for rare species, including the federally-listed Northern long-eared bat and several...

Kentucky Horse Park to unveil newly renovated ‘Ovation’ and ‘Mane’ theaters Wednesday

The Kentucky Horse Park will hold an official ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday at noon to celebrate the renovation of the Park’s signature theaters. The two theaters, dubbed Ovation and Mane, are located in the Visitor Center and serve a variety of uses, from special movie screenings to lectures. The renovation will ultimately allow the Park an opportunity for additional revenue as rental space....

UK to host Hemp Production Field Day on Aug. 21; specialists to offer six concurrent tours

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment will host a daylong event to share information about the college’s industrial hemp research program. The Hemp Production Field Day is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT on Aug. 21 at UK’s North Farm Complex in Lexington. UK specialists will offer six concurrent tours. Participants will have the...

Lexington angler Clay Smith hooks state-record saugeye on Cumberland River below Wolf Creek Dam

Lexington angler Clay Smith was trolling a pink and white Berkley Flicker Shad crankbait for trout on the Cumberland River below Wolf Creek Dam when a fish struck. “I hooked it and thought it was an extremely large trout or a walleye,” Smith said. “When I got it in the boat, I truly thought it was a walleye. My fishing buddy thought it was a sauger.” It turns out it was both. Smith’s 8-pound,...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Alter your tackle, techniques for success when fishing in Kentucky’s summer heat

It’s been a challenging fishing year, weather-wise, with all that rain during the spring creating wildly fluctuating water levels, then summer came in hot. That’s Kentucky weather, wait a day and it will change, as the old saying goes. But there is stability in summer. When surface water temperatures warm into the mid-80s, many game fish species are in more predictable patterns, feed early and...

As Kentuckians welcome cooler temperatures and dryer air, exactly how hot has it been during July?

By Stuart A. Foster Kentucky State Climatologist At the Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport, the official source of temperatures collected by the National Weather Service for the city, the average temperature through the first 21 days of July has been 81.1 degrees, or 2.4 degrees above normal. Taking a closer look, however, tells a different story. The average daily high temperature has been...

UK Spray Clinic helps producers make more informed applications to create better environment

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Grain crops producers learned ways they can make the most accurate, efficient and environmentally conscious chemical applications during the University of Kentucky Spray Clinic. The clinic, in its second year, is one offering of the Kentucky Agricultural Training Schools, which are part of the UK Grain and Forage Center of Excellence in Princeton. “The whole...

Cumberland County Extension Homemakers help the hungry, farmers market vendors donate produce

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Boxes of cereal, jars of peanut butter and fresh produce from the local farmers market line the tables of the Cumberland County office of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service. It is packing and delivery day for the Cumberland County Extension Homemakers’ summer feeding program. The Extension Homemakers began the program in their tiny Southern...

Kentucky lake monitoring program in need of volunteers across state, now through October

Are you an avid fisherman? A lake resident? A weekender who loves being on the water? You could be part of a growing number of citizens dedicated to improving the Commonwealth’s 440,000 acres of lake waters through the Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program. Offered through a partnership between the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet and the Watershed Watch in Kentucky, this program gives residents...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Find the thermocline for productive bass fishing during dog days of summer

By Lee McClellan Special to KyForward The constant heavy rain systems that plagued Kentucky all spring and early summer finally abated over the past few weeks. For the first time in two years, the brown, withered grass of late summer is a common sight in Kentucky. Usually, cracked ground and crunchy grass signal potential drought and bring angst. However, after record rainfall last year and extremely...

Pew Trusts: Exchange programs helping Kentuckians embrace new areas, think beyond urban vs. rural

The Rural-Urban Exchange steering committee at the University of Minnesota, Morris, in 2017. RUX brings together Kentuckians interested in getting to know different areas of the state while developing their professional and leadership skills. Participants build connections across cultural, racial, economic and geographic divides. (Courtesy of Gerry Seavo James, via Pew Trusts) By April Simpson Pew...

Experience frontier living during Carter Caves State Resort Park’s 28th annual Pioneer Life Week

Find out about frontier life in Kentucky by visiting Carter Caves State Resort Park for the 28th Annual Pioneer Life Week July 22-29. This event focuses on life in Kentucky in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Visitors can enjoy a step back in time in the Pioneer Encampment near the Carter Caves campground registration building. A display during Pioneer Life Week at Carter Caves. See re-enactors...

UK agricultural meteorologist warns of livestock heat dangers across Kentucky through the weekend

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky It’s already hot outside, but University of Kentucky agricultural meteorologist Matthew Dixon said it’s about to get even hotter over the weekend, and livestock producers and horse owners need to do what they can to minimize animal stress. “Much of the state is under an excessive heat warning through Sunday evening,” Dixon said. “We expect highs to...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Ky’s fourth species of Black Bass a mystery limited to Cumberland headwaters

Anglers across Kentucky are intimately familiar with the largemouth, smallmouth and spotted (Kentucky) bass. These three black bass species are found in most of the streams and reservoirs in the state’s nine major river systems — the Tennessee, Cumberland, Tradewater, Green, Salt, Kentucky, Licking, Little Sandy and Big Sandy. But the state’s fourth species of black bass is something of...

Nine designated Certified Local Government communities earn historic preservation grants

Twelve projects in nine designated Certified Local Government (CLG) communities have been awarded matching grants for FY 2019-20, for activities ranging from exploring the role of public art in historic districts to creating an outdoor educational exhibit highlighting commercial properties and the people and businesses associated with their history. Grants totaling $76,811 went to Bardstown, Bellevue,...

Glasgow community garden provides fresh produce for those in need — with wide range of volunteers

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky A community garden in a south central Kentucky town provides access to fresh produce for low-income residents. The G-town Soul Swales garden in Glasgow is a project of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service, whose agents help plant, harvest and maintain the garden with a wide assortment of community volunteers. LaToya Drake, Barren County family...

USDA to require most cattle to have electronic ear tags; switch to strengthen animal traceability system

The Federal Government will require most Kentucky cattle to bear a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag in the next few years, the Kentucky Office of the State Veterinarian has announced. “By 2023, only RFID tags will be considered official identification,” State Veterinarian Robert C. Stout said. “The U.S. Department of Agriculture is requiring the RFID tags and phasing out metal tags to...

Social responsibility impact report highlights KDA’s efforts to craft better drinking culture

The Kentucky Distillers’ Association released its first-ever social responsibility impact report that outlines the group’s significant progress since boosting its leadership and commitment to this top industry priority two years ago. The report, titled “Crafting A Better Drinking Culture,” reflects on the progress made with key stakeholders towards the industry’s data-driven efforts to reduce...