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Kentucky Farm Bureau annual meeting in Louisville features luncheon appearance by Quarles

More than 2,000 Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) members from across the state will gather for the organization’s 97th annual meeting Nov. 30–Dec. 3 at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville. Delegates from all of the state’s 120 counties assemble for the four-day event to participate in committee meetings, business sessions, award presentations, officer elections and to adopt 2017 priority issues and...

No shortage of heroes at Eastern Kentucky University’s Veterans Day celebration

At a time of deep divisions in the country, Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson didn’t have to look far to find heroes at a campus Veterans Day celebration. Looking to his left, he pointed to a group of uniformed EKU ROTC cadets, young men and women who will soon join the ranks of all those who have sacrificed for their country in years past. “This,” he said, “is the future...

Trump routs Clinton in Kentucky, keys Republican wins in Congressional races, state House

Spurred by a decisive win by Donald Trump in the presidential race Tuesday, Kentucky Republicans swept to historic wins in the 2016 election. Trump was declared the winner in the presidential race over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton barely an hour after the polls closed in western Kentucky. He was drawing 62 percent of the vote compared to 33 percent for Clinton. Kentucky’s results...

League of Women Voters announces schedule for forums for local general election races

All candidates for contested races for Lexington/Fayette Urban County Council, Lexington area House of Representatives, Supreme Court, 6th Congressional District, and Fayette County Board of Education were invited to participate in forums on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1-2. The forums will be held at the Farish Theatre, Lexington Public Library, 140 West Main Street in Lexington. The forums are co-sponsored...

UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging receives $8.25 million to continue Alzheimer’s research

By Laura Dawahare Special to KyForward The University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging Alzheimer’s Disease Center (ADC) has been awarded an $8.25 million, five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to continue and further research and clinical initiatives geared toward treating Alzheimer’s disease. Currently, only 30 designated Alzheimer’s Disease Centers...

Bill Straub: Barr seems more concerned with plight of the banks than helping the truly needy

WASHINGTON – You sure have to hand it to old Andy Barr – he’s the kind of guy who has his priorities straight. The Republican congressman from Lexington has made it clear he doesn’t much care for folks on the public dole and his solution, if a report on poverty he co-authored for the House Republican Study Committee means anything, is to make poor people poorer. That doesn’t mean Barr is...

Bill Straub: State Republican Congressional delegation changing tune in rush to support Trump

WASHINGTON – The great Tom Lehrer said it a long time ago: “Like lambs to the slaughter / they’re drinking the water / and breathing the air.’’ The lambs in this present instance are the Republican members of the Kentucky congressional delegation who initially reacted toward Donald J. Trump’s GOP presidential campaign as if they were driving past the old Fresh Kills landfill on Staten...

Bill Straub: Barr seems to have found his calling protecting nation’s put-upon bankers

WASHINGTON – Rep. Andy Barr apparently has found his calling. Father Damien served the lepers in Hawaii, Clara Barton tended to the wounded during the Civil War, and now Andy is associating himself with yet another poor, beleaguered, downtrodden and star-crossed group – the nation’s bankers.   From his perch on the House Financial Services Committee, the Kentucky Republican is toiling feverishly...

Bill Straub: Barr seems to have found his calling protecting nation's put-upon bankers

WASHINGTON – Rep. Andy Barr apparently has found his calling. Father Damien served the lepers in Hawaii, Clara Barton tended to the wounded during the Civil War, and now Andy is associating himself with yet another poor, beleaguered, downtrodden and star-crossed group – the nation’s bankers.   From his perch on the House Financial Services Committee, the Kentucky Republican is toiling feverishly...

BCTC celebrates its 75th anniversary with dedication of new campus on Newtown Pike

Bluegrass Community and Technical College had two reasons to celebrate today: dedication of its new campus on Newtown Pike and its 75th anniversary. (Photo by Judy Clabes)   By Judy Clabes KyForward editor   It really does take a village to build a better future, and Bluegrass Community and Technical College President Augusta Julian paid tribute to as many of the villagers as she could in...

Homegrown by Heroes goes national; Kentucky brand will help vets across U.S.

A Kentucky initiative to identify farm products produced by veterans will become a national brand.   The Farmer Veteran Coalition will administer the Homegrown by Heroes program on the national level. At the same time Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer announced the program yesterday – Veteran’s Day – the Farm Credit System announced a $250,000 commitment to fund...

Industrial hemp gets ‘yes’ vote, but Farm Bill fails in the House of Representatives – again

By Tim Thornberry KyForward correspondent   For supporters of legalizing industrial hemp, the morning of June 20 must have felt really good as an amendment to the House version of the Farm Bill that would have allowed colleges and universities to grow and research industrial hemp passed, albeit by a slim 225-200 margin.   Granted, it wasn’t as broad of an amendment as its Senate cousin,...

Growing number of people, groups support efforts to raise industrial hemp in Kentucky

(Photo from Creative Commons)   By Tim Thornberry KyForward correspondent   The idea of growing industrial hemp once again in Kentucky is getting a lot of attention thanks mostly to a growing number of advocates.     In fact, bills have now been filed in both the state House and Senate that would allow farmers in Kentucky to raise the crop once again in the event federal restrictions...