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Eastern Kentucky forage tour on Sept. 6 to highlight fall, winter forage preparations

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Forage and livestock producers can see the latest research in action and get tips on fall and winter forage preparations during an Eastern Kentucky Field Day on Sept. 6. The free field day will be at the Derrickson Agricultural Complex at Morehead State University. The field day is a partnership between forage specialists in the University of Kentucky College...

Kentucky’s farmers make second highest number of donations in history of ‘Ag Tag’ program in FY 2017

Kentucky farmers made $612,106.42 in voluntary donations to the Ag Tag Program in the 2018 fiscal year ended June 30, the second-highest total in the history of the program, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles announced. “Once again, Kentucky farmers have stepped up to the plate for the future of Kentucky’s agriculture industry,” Commissioner Quarles said. “I am grateful to each and every...

Old Forester celebrating its 80th birthday with limited release for birthday of founder George Garvin Brown

Old Forester, America’s First Bottled BourbonTM, will introduce its 80th Birthday Bourbon, the annual limited release created to mark the birthday of founder George Garvin Brown on September 2. The 2018 Birthday Bourbon is the first iteration to be bottled at the new Old Forester Distilling Co., located in Louisville’s historic Whiskey Row – in the same space that Old Forester called home...

WKU leadership approves strategic plan to serve as campus roadmap for next 10 years

Western Kentucky University’s Board of Regents has approved a plan that will serve as the roadmap for the university for the next 10 years. WKU Board of Regents Chair Phillip Bale (left) swore in Regent Linda Gamblin Ball (center) and Staff Regent David Brinkley (right) on Aug. 3. (WKU photo by Bryan Lemon) “Climbing to Greater Heights: The WKU Strategic Plan 2018-2028″ is the result of an...

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles declares Aug. 5-11 ‘Kentucky Farmers’ Markets Week’

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles has declared Aug. 5 through 11 “Kentucky Farmers’ Markets Week” and invites Kentuckians to celebrate all month long by visiting their local farmers’ market and posting photos to Instagram for a prize. “Kentucky’s farmers’ markets give consumers the opportunity to buy farm-fresh products directly from local producers. I am proud to declare Farmers’...

Kentucky Speedway’s Military Appreciation Program raises more than $10,000 for local USO

Kentucky Speedway’s Military Appreciation hospitality program on the Quaker State 400 presented by Walmart race weekend raised $10,275 for the USO of Central and Southern Ohio. Lance Erwin, Director of Ticket Sales & Services, Kentucky Speedway; Sherry Ems, Executive Director USO Central and Southern Ohio; Mark Simendinger, General Manager, Kentucky Speedway (provided photo) “The USO does great...

Air force sergent, medical student named winners of first $5,000 Kentucky Proud Weddings Contest

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture has awarded Benjamin and Allison Engelbrecht with a $5,000 grand prize package for winning the Kentucky Proud Weddings Contest. At a press conference at Mulberry Orchard in Shelby County, Commissioner Quarles congratulated Allison and Benjamin on selecting a Kentucky Proud venue for their wedding ceremony and for supporting Kentucky’s signature agricultural...

UK scientists identify important biological marker; could improve efficiency of insect pest control

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky A University of Kentucky research team led by entomologist Subba Reddy Palli discovered a protein that plays a critical role in the effectiveness of RNA interference in beetles. This finding could improve the efficiency of this pest control technology and help manage resistance. RNA interference, RNAi, is a process in which RNA molecules constrain gene expression....

Ohio Representative joins Barr in support of naming Jessamine County’s Camp Nelson a national park

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Efforts by one member of Kentucky’s Congressional delegation to have a Jessamine County historical site named a national memorial have been bolstered by another. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Ky., has been working on having Camp Nelson receive such designation from the National Park Service and co-sponsored legislation with Ohio Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, last year in the House. U.S....

SBA Ignite Tour: Administrator Linda McMahon stops in Kentucky to listen to small-business owners

Kentucky Small Business Development Center clients joined Small Business Administration Administrator Linda McMahon on the SBA Ignite Tour. As head of the SBA and the voice of small businesses on the president’s cabinet, McMahon is conducting a nationwide SBA Ignite Tour to listen to small-business owners, educate them and the public about SBA services, advocate for entrepreneurs and drive economic...

Rural Blog: Appalachian surface mining requiring more land for less coal, new study shows

Surface mining in Central Appalachia needs more land to produce less coal than in years past, as illustrated a study from Duke University featuring a new interactive mapping tool by SkyTruth. The apparent reason is that available coal seams are getting thinner as thicker ones are mined out; mines can move as much as 20 tons of rock and dirt to get a ton of coal. Satellite images from 1985 to 2015 show...

Kentucky Arts Council honors 16 artists with Al Smith Fellowships, five with Emerging Arts Awards

Sixteen Kentucky artists have been awarded $7,500 Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowships from the Kentucky Arts Council for exemplifying excellence in their respective creative disciplines. The prestigious award, named in honor of former arts council board chair and Kentucky journalist Al Smith, recognizes professional artists who have reached a high level of achievement in their careers. Since its...

Burkesville continues to reap benefits of partnership between UK student, Cooperative Extension Service

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky The southern Kentucky town of Burkesville continues to reap the benefits of a project that began several years ago through a partnership between University of Kentucky junior Molly Morgan and Elijah Wilson, the county’s 4-H youth development agent with the UK Cooperative Extension Service. At that time, Morgan was a high school junior, 4-H’er and Rogers Scholar...

Rural Blog: Nine Kentucky counties among 42 ‘bright spots’ identified by Appalachian health researchers

Appalachia’s major problems include poor health, but in the 420-county region there are counties that have better health than you might expect, given their socioeconomic status. The Appalachian Regional Commission issued a study Tuesday that points out 42 “bright spots,” 10 of them with case studies, that may suggest strategies for others in the region. This map spotlights the 10...

Rural Blog: One in five Appalachian miners who have worked at least 25 years diagnosed with black lung

One in five coal miners in Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia who have worked at least 25 years has black-lung disease, according to a new study from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. That’s the highest reported rate in a quarter-century. “We can think of no other industry or workplace in the United States in which this would be considered acceptable,” NIOSH...

The demand for locally-sourced foods continues to grow in Kentucky’s rural counties

By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward On a hot, humid Kentucky summer morning, Bennie Winn methodically handpicks blackberries and places them in quart-size containers on his Muhlenberg County farm. Just a few hours later, Muhlenberg Countians will arrive well before the county’s Farmers Market opens to get in line to purchase Winn’s blackberries from his cousin John Winn, who is another market vendor....

Carter Caves State Resort Park to showcase pioneer life in late 18th, early 19th centuries July 23-29

A weeklong event featuring pioneering life in Kentucky will be presented at Carter Caves State Resort Park in Olive Hill July 23-29. The annual Pioneer Life Week showcases life during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Visitors can enjoy a step back in time in the Pioneer Encampment near the Carter Caves campground. Guests can also see reenactors demonstrate the skills that were needed for life...

Kentucky Department of Agriculture partners with federal government to improve food safety

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture has entered into a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to help Kentucky food producers comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule. Under the cooperative agreement, the FDA will release a total of $2.84 million to Kentucky over the next three years. The funds will be divided among the KDA, the University of Kentucky,...

Leading whisky association representatives to gather in Louisville for ‘W8 – Spirit of Collaboration Summit’

The world’s eight leading whiskey associations will gather in Kentucky next week for a historic summit to discuss trade issues that threaten the growth of the international industry. The “W8 – Spirit of Collaboration Summit” is being hosted and coordinated by the Kentucky Distillers’ Association, a non-profit trade group founded in 1880 as the Commonwealth’s voice for bourbon and distilled...

Department of Agriculture, Farmer Veteran Coalition unveil new Homegrown by Heroes program logo

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture and the Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC) have announced a new logo for the nationwide Homegrown By Heroes agricultural marketing program. “The new Homegrown By Heroes logo refreshes the brand while more accurately representing active-duty members of the armed forces and military veterans in agriculture,” Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles said. “Since...