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Kentucky hemp program application period for 2020 opens Nov. 15 with new online application

Kentucky hemp growers and processors may apply for a hemp license from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s (KDA) hemp program for 2020 beginning Nov. 15, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles has announced. Ryan Quarles “We are constantly looking for ways to improve our hemp program,” Quarles said. “We are making significant changes to the application process for the 2020 growing season...

Step back in time — 37th annual Salt Festival set for Oct. 18-20 at Big Bone Lick State Historic Site

Step back in time as Big Bone Lick State Historic Site returns to days long past during the 37th annual Salt Festival the weekend of Oct. 18-20. The festival features live demonstrations of pioneer lifeways and frontier skills. Enjoy folk and Bluegrass music, listen to a storyteller, view prehistoric Ice Age artifacts, and observe a blacksmith working red-hot iron. See how salt was extracted from...

Daily Yonder: A tale of two hospitals just 24 miles apart; one of them survived, the other did not

By Taylor Sisk Special to KyForward Between 2013 and 2017, 64 rural hospitals across the country shut down, more than double the rate of the previous five years. More than half of closures since 2010 were in the South, where most states have chosen not to expand Medicaid, as allowed for under the Affordable Care Act. One such hospital was Cumberland River Hospital in the Middle Tennessee town of Celina,...

Algal bloom recreational public health advisory issued, blooms found at locations on the Ohio River

The Kentucky Division of Water and the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) have issued a harmful algal bloom (HAB) recreational public health advisory for the Ohio River from the McAlpine Dam near Louisville to the Greenup Dam near Greenup. An advisory is also being issued for Briggs Lake near Russellville. A HAB recreational public health advisory means algal toxins have been found at various...

UK researchers studying better ways to detect worms in apples; codling moth infestation can be costly

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Worms poking out of apples may be a cute back-to-school theme, but they are not a welcome sight in orchards. Researchers at the University of Kentucky are studying noninvasive ways to improve detection methods for the codling moth in apples. Codling moths are the most devastating insect pests of apples. Each spring, adult moths lay their eggs on or around developing...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Instances of drought have a significant impact on wildlife and landscape

Drought, even a moderate drought, has an immediate, noticeable impact on the landscape. It’s officially autumn, but you wouldn’t know by the weather forecast. In central Kentucky daytime, high temperatures have averaged about 10 degrees above normal in recents weeks. On September 23, a rain “event” of 0.02 inches was reported at the Louisville International Airport weather station, ending a...

Kentucky Career Center offers readiness training, assessments to applicants for state agency recruitment

The Kentucky Career Center (KCC), within the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC), is partnering with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR) to offer career readiness training and assessments to applicants for state government careers. Featuring 17 of top essential skills identified by employers for potential employees to be successful in the workforce,...

Go vote, Kentucky! Deadline to register is Monday, October 7; Election Day is Tuesday, November 5

As the November 5 election approaches there is still time to register to vote and to have your voice heard. Deadline to register in Kentucky is Monday, October 7. And you can register entirely online at govoteky.gov or in person at your county clerk’s office. Click image to register Today is a good time to register, because it’s the 8th annual National Voter Registration Day – a massive,...

Energy and Environment Cabinet recognizes state environmental award winners at annual conference

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet last week recognized a number of individuals and organizations for making positive contributions to Kentucky’s environment. Cabinet Secretary Charles Snavely presented the environmental awards during a luncheon ceremony at the 43rd annual Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment in Lexington. Conference sessions during the all-day event included...

When you said ‘rain, rain go away,’ it worked; KY is in a drought situation and could use some now

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky experienced a lot of rain through the first half of the year, but that has reversed itself in recent weeks, with much of the state now in a drought situation.

 September is one of Kentucky’s driest months, and this year is no exception, with only widely scattered rain this month.

 Parts of Kentucky are now in a moderate drought due to our recent dry...

UK researchers, farmers, stakeholders celebrate official opening of Grain and Forage Center of Excellence

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky University of Kentucky researchers, Kentucky farmers and stakeholders celebrated the official opening of UK’s Grain and Forage Center of Excellence, a facility committed to moving the state’s and surrounding region’s agricultural community forward. “The Grain and Forage Center of Excellence reflects our land-grant mission in the 21st century,” UK...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: When using a treestand, deer hunters must focus on safety, pay attention to details

With bow season underway, hunters are making final preparations or may have already hunted a time or two on the few cool mornings we’ve had since the season started September 7. If you are planning on taking to the trees, stay focused on treestand safety. While it’s still too hot to hunt most days, now is a good time to check out your treestand, and re-familiarize yourself with its safe use. When...

Kentucky Folklife Program at WKU receives NEA grant to preserve, share Kentucky musical legacies

The Kentucky Folklife Program, housed in the Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology at Western Kentucky University, has received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts to support a traveling exhibit and associated programming centered on the musical heritage and culture of Southcentral Kentucky. Since 1989, the mission of the Kentucky Folklife Program has been to document, present and...

Wide-ranging class of six to be inducted into Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame Thursday

The Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame on Thursday will induct six individuals into its hallowed ranks and bestow its Parker Beam Lifetime Achievement Award on a beloved icon who patiently resurrected one of the state’s most historic distilleries and returned the family-owned brand to global prominence. A limited number of tickets are still available at www.kybourbonfestival.com for the event from 4 p.m....

UK College of Ag celebrates renovation of historic home, formation of Beam Institute of Ky. Spirits

By Laura Skillman University of Kentucky University of Kentucky officials gathered beside the historic Cooper House last week to celebrate its rebirth as the new front door for the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. UK officials also recognized the establishment of the previously announced James B. Beam Institute for Kentucky Spirits, which will lay the educational foundation for the future...

Louisville’s Kentucky Bourbon Affair to combine with Bourbon & Beyond festival for 2020 event series

The Kentucky Bourbon Affair announced last week it is moving the five-day fantasy camp to September next year to become the opening act for the growing Bourbon & Beyond festival. Created in 2014 by the Kentucky Distillers’ Association, the KBA features one-of-a-kind experiences at the state’s distilleries by day, followed by nightcap events that showcase Louisville’s “foodie” and cocktail...

State of the Judiciary: Justice Minton talks business courts, speeding processes, redistricting, more

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Improvements to Kentucky’s judiciary and a look toward the future were all part of the State of the Judiciary address by Supreme Court Chief Justice John D. Minton, Jr., before the General Assembly’s Interim Joint Judiciary Committee on Friday. “From civil justice reform to judicial redistricting to opening child protection cases to addressing court delays and the...

Owensboro residents discuss meth at community forum; police say they’re losing battle with drug

The methamphetamine problem is so bad in Owensboro that the city commissioner hosted a community forum to discuss it, Katie Pickens reports for the Owensboro Times. “This issue affects almost everyone in this community,” Commissioner Larry Conder told a crowd of more than 100 at the Sept. 10 forum. Methamphetamine is also called meth, crystal, chalk and ice, among other things. It is an extremely...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: The Belted Kingfisher is a sure sign of good fishing for stream anglers

The Belted Kinkfisher (Photo by Brian Kushner, Audubon Society) The Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) is a good luck charm for anglers, most often observed along wooded streams. When you see one of these distinctive birds perched on a snag, or flying overhead, it’s a sure sign the fishing must be good. That’s because this water bird, easily identified by its slate blue and white plumage, and...

More than 7,000 acres of Breathitt County hunting access area withdrawn from public use

A privately held area in Breathitt County totaling more than 7,000 acres is no longer part of a public hunting access program administered by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. Hunting access area agreements are the outgrowth of the department’s efforts to work with private landowners to open more acreage to the public. These agreements are not permanent and may be altered or...