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UK researchers receive $2.6 million grant to educate Kentuckians on risks from radon, tobacco smoke

Hilary Brown University of Kentucky Researchers in the University of Kentucky College of Nursing’s BREATHE (Bridging Research Efforts and Advocacy Toward Healthy Environments), in conjunction with the Kentucky Geological Survey, the UK College of Public Health, Area Health Education Centers (AHEC), and other community partners in Kentucky were awarded a $2.6 million grant from the National Institute...

UK Cooperative Extension Service’s Healthy at Home newsletter now available in Spanish

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service’s Healthy at Home newsletter is now available in Spanish. The online publication offers educational information for individuals and families, as they work through various impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. “We decided to translate our newsletter into Spanish, because we did not want language to...

Churchill Downs announces plans to build ‘Florence Extension’ $38.4 million gaming facility in Newport

As part of its foray into Northern Kentucky, Louisville-based Churchill Downs Inc. has announced plans to build a $38.4 million gaming facility in the Newport Plaza Shopping Center. The facility will provide approximately 70 full time-equivalent jobs and is scheduled to open in the fourth quarter of this year. “This is a tremendous announcement for the City of Newport,” said Newport City Manager...

Rural Blog: Coronavirus spreading through South’s high-risk populations; reopening makes it worse

The coronavirus pandemic “is becoming a silent disaster” in the rural South because of health-care and health inequalities and more, even as some governors push to reopen businesses, Ann Cafer and Meagan Rosenhal report for The Daily Yonder. “As University of Mississippi sociologists who work with rural communities on a range of resilience issues, especially health, we are concerned...

State Sen. McDaniel calls for criminal probe into Braidy Industry, after reports of Bouchard deception

Kentucky Today The head of the Kentucky Senate Appropriation Committee is calling for a criminal probe into Braidy Industries, amid fallout from revelations made in Delaware court filings, reported Henry Culvyhouse in the Ashland Daily Independent. Northern Kentucky’s 
Sen. Chris McDaniel (R-Taylor Mill) told WDRB in Louisville this week that he is asking Attorney General Daniel Cameron to...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: James Alexander Henshall is known as the father of bass fishing in America

Editor’s note: This is the first of three articles on the life and work of the father of bass fishing in America. James Alexander Henshall (1836-1925) has been called an apostle of the black bass and the father of bass fishing in America. His Book of the Black Bass, published in 1881, is still thought of today by many bass angling historians as the bible of the sport. James A. Henshall (Image...

KDA to support farmers’ markets as essential business with Kentucky Proud ad campaign

After holding a digital roundtable with Kentucky farmers’ markets managers, Commissioner Ryan Quarles has announced a new Kentucky Proud social media advertising campaign that will support farmers’ markets during the coronavirus pandemic. “It’s the time of year when Kentucky’s farmers’ markets are opening up around the state,” said Quarles. “After speaking with many farmers’ markets...

UK to host virtual Wheat Field Day on May 12; specialists, industry reps to make presentations

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky In this time of social distancing and much uncertainty, University of Kentucky scientists are using innovative ways to get producers the information they need to grow high-quality crops. As a result, members of the UK Wheat Science Group have turned their annual Wheat Field Day into a virtual experience this year. It is scheduled for 9 a.m. until noon CDT May 12...

Winners of ‘Kentucky Farmers: Ready, Set, Grow’ KDA Poster and Essay Contest announced

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles announced the winners of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s annual Poster and Essay Contest. The theme of the 2020 contest was “Kentucky Farmers: Ready, Set, Grow.” “Congratulations to each of these winners, who so vividly depicted in art and writing how our farmers all across the state are helping to grow the safest, most abundant food...

Kentucky Bourbon Affair fantasy camp canceled due to pandemic; event to resume in 2021

The Kentucky Distillers’ Association announced that it has canceled its annual Kentucky Bourbon Affair fantasy camp in 2020 due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, but plans to resume the event in September 2021. The prestigious seventh annual event was scheduled for September 21–26. Ticket sales were set to open last week for more than 30 rare, one-of-a-kind experiences at 22 participating KDA distilleries,...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: A look at the impact of COVID-19 outbreak on outdoor activities in Ky.

The impact of the COVID-19 outbreak has reached into the outdoors, where we practice social distancing on purpose. Fishing and hunting are open in Kentucky but there have been some changes enacted because of the health emergency. Here’s some news and observations about fishing, hunting and other outdoor activities in Kentucky during the COVID-19 outbreak. On its website the Kentucky Department of...

University of Kentucky grain crops specialist offers soybean planting tips to help growers maximize yield

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky As full-season soybean planting gets underway in Kentucky, Carrie Knott, University of Kentucky grain crops specialist, offers Kentucky producers some advice to help them get the crop off to a good start. “We know that to maximize yields of full-season soybeans, producers need to plant before early May in Western Kentucky and mid-May in Central Kentucky, but...

UK alumni veterinarians adapting to COVID-19 challenges; interaction with clients has changed

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky Veterinarians are essential and open for business in Kentucky, but the way they are interacting with clients has changed. Regardless of practice size or whether they service large or small animals, all practitioners must limit human-to-human contact and maintain proper distancing, following all Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Kentucky Veterinary...

Earth Day celebrates 50th anniversary amid COVID-19; UK water specialist gives eco-friendly advice

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky Earth Day is 50 years old. It has a distinguished history, contributing to the formation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and legislation such as the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act and the Endangered Species Act. According to the Earth Day website, the day “is marked by more than a billion people every year as a day of action to change human...

Southern agricultural economists explain COVID-19 legislation, offer resources for producers

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Members of the Southern Extension Economics Committee have developed a YouTube video and a PowerPoint presentation to help producers understand how recent legislation related to the COVID-19 pandemic affects them. “About a week ago, committee members started receiving an overwhelming amount of calls from stakeholders about the effects of the rapidly evolving...

Fish and Wildlife Resources cancels conservation camps; decision protects families from COVID-19

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will not offer its summer conservation camps this year due to the novel coronavirus. “We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience,” Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Rich Storm said. ”However, this is a necessary step we had to take to protect the health and safety of our campers, their families and our staff.” This decision was...

UK specialist says to plan ahead for equine feed needs, but no need to overbuy during pandemic

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a lot of overbuying of food, and this is not only at the grocery stores. Horse owners may have an urge to buy more feed than usual. Bob Coleman, extension equine specialist for the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, urged horse owners to take a step back and think before making extra feed purchases. “I...

Kentucky 4-H summer camping program suspended for 2020 due to pandemic, gathering restrictions

By Laura Skillman University of Kentucky Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and current gathering restrictions, the Kentucky 4-H program is suspending its traditional 10-week summer camp at its four regional camping centers. “The 4-H camp directors are working to create an alternative schedule that will be modified based on the number of weeks available once gathering restrictions are lifted,” said Mark...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Warm temps bring out ticks early, and these bloodsuckers don’t social distance

When temperatures spiked into the upper 70s in early April, grasses and clover hit a growth spurt, flowers bloomed and trees began to bud out. Our early spring was welcomed during this mentally challenging time, but the fast warm-up brought ticks out a little earlier than normal. While doing yard work, bank fishing around ponds and streams, gardening, hunting wild turkeys or just taking the dog for...

Kentucky distilleries donate nearly 125,000 gallons of hand sanitizer to frontline coronavirus organizations

The Kentucky Distillers’ Association has announced that member distilleries have produced and donated nearly 125,000 gallons of desperately needed hand sanitizer across the Commonwealth to frontline workers, hospitals and healthcare facilities. In the last few weeks, KDA distillers – from the largest to the smallest – retooled their facilities, sourced necessary supplies, battled regulatory and...