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Quarles warns against use of unsolicited seed packets from China — report immediately

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles is sounding the alarm about reports of foreign seeds being shipped unsolicited to Kentuckians across the Commonwealth. Kentucky is the fourth state known to receive suspicious packages of seeds that appear to have originated from China. “It is incredibly important that if you receive a package of foreign or unfamiliar seeds, you report it to the Kentucky Department...

UK faculty band together, acquire more than 6,500 masks for UK HealthCare to battle pandemic

By Lindsey Piercy University of Kentucky Many are grappling with a new reality as the impacts of COVID-19 continue to ripple across all facets of economic and social life. For Haoying Sun, the devastating effects hit close to home long before the global pandemic spread to the United States. “I moved to the U.S. more than 20 years ago, but my parents still live in China,” she said. “When I read...

Constance Alexander: ‘Joy is always imperiled’ the fictional doctor said, but Gov. Beshear delivers hope

On December 30, a Chinese physician, Dr. Li Wenliang, 34, tried to alert fellow medics about the coronavirus outbreak in China’s Wuhan Province. His message to fellow doctors in a chat group warned them about the disease and advised that they wear protective clothing to avoid infection. Three days later police paid him a visit and told him to stop, as if it were a crime to inform the public of impending...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Most outbreaks of disease like covid-19 trace to consumption of wildlife in China

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a family of viruses common in animals that can cause human illness ranging from the symptoms of the common cold to life-threatening respiratory infections. According to a posting on the World Health Organization website, COVID-19 is the latest version of Coronavirus, a strain discovered in 2019 that was not previously found in humans. Coronavirus is a zoonotic disease, meaning...

Governor Andy Beshear says state prepared and ready to address coronavirus issue head-on

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today There have no confirmed cases in Kentucky of coronavirus, known as COVID-19, and Gov. Andy Beshear has addressed the state’s efforts to keep it that way. “I want to reassure everyone that your state government, your local health departments, everyone, is prepared and is ready to address this issue head-on, and I feel very strongly that our work will have us prepared,...

Bill Straub: Lone holdout in U.S. House on vote to support Hong Kong freedom fighters was Massie

It was Aesop who first noted that a man is known by the company he keeps. With that in mind, Rep. Thomas Massie, aka Wonder Boy, might want to reconsider cozying up to his new BFFs, notorious international tormentors Russia and China, who aren’t exactly known for having the best interests of the United States in mind. Massie, R-SomewhereorotherLewisCounty, has long looked at Russia with admiring...

AAA: Gas prices continue slight downward trend heading into fall; new season brings lower demand

Gas prices continue to trend lower, with half of all states seeing pump prices drop two cents on the week. The national average to push is cheaper by a penny, down to $2.56. Today’s average is 11 cents less than a month ago and 28 cents cheaper than a year ago. Kentucky’s downward trend in gas prices has been less dramatic of late. The average dropped just a penny this past week after making greater...

Alleged MeetNKy co-conspirator in court; former finance director thought money went to boyfriend

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor A man charged as being complicit in the $4 million meetNKY/Northern Kentucky Convention and Visitors Bureau embezzlement case appeared in Kenton County District Court for a preliminary hearing Tuesday. Keith Tasher (seated in pink jumpsuit) appeared for a preliminary hearing in Kenton County District Court Tuesday. Tasher is charged as a co-conspirator in the...

Central Motor Wheel of America to add 145 full-time jobs, nearly double its Paris facility size

Gov. Matt Bevin has announced the scope of Central Motor Wheel of America’s expansion project in Paris will more than double to $111.9 million and create 145 full-time jobs, 60 more than initially anticipated. “Kentucky’s automotive industry remains in high gear, and this expansion by Central Motor Wheel of America is the latest example of a thriving industry,” Bevin said. “The Bourbon County...

Kentucky Artisan Center opens quilt exhibit, ‘The Great Kentucky Cover Up,’ through May 6

Showcasing quilts from artists across the Commonwealth, the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea announced its latest exhibit, The Great Kentucky Cover Up, on display now through May 6 at the Center. The exhibit features work from artists Glenna Blakely of Harlan, Brenda Plaster of Lawrenceburg, Janet Serrenho of Lexington, and Karen Witt of Lexington. The creation of quilts is the result of mankind’s...

Mitch McConnell: Bill to protect abortion survivors should not be a partisan issue

Caring for innocent children and their mothers is a moral imperative. To put these principles into action, I announced, as Senate Majority Leader, that we would vote on the “Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act,” offered by Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) in the coming days. His bill, on which I’m proud to be an original cosponsor with nearly forty of my colleagues, would direct any physician...

Kentucky agricultural receipts predicted to hold steady, but net cash income likely drops

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Buoyed by gains in the poultry and equine industries, Kentucky agricultural cash receipts are predicted to hold steady to 2017 levels, but 2018 net cash income will likely dip. Agricultural economists from the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment are projecting 2018 farm cash receipts to be $5.7 billion, equaling last year’s level. “Kentucky...

EKU faculty member elected vice president of International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors

Dr. Deborah T. Givens, chair of the Department of Communication at Eastern Kentucky University, was elected vice president of the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors at the organization’s conference July 11-15 at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Attendees came from England, Canada, Australia, China, Nepal and the U.S. In addition to programming about issues impacting the...

U.S. Chamber launching campaign against tariffs; NKY Chamber, Toyota say jobs threatened

By Judy Clabes KyForward.com The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is launching a campaign against President Donald Trump’s tariffs — and the possibility of an emerging all-out trade war. The national Chamber says that $1.5 billion in Kentucky exports are threatened and that 539,000 Kentucky jobs are supported by global trade. When the U.S. imposed new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, Canada...

Quarles to host USDA Under Secretary for Trade McKinney for roundtable June 6

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles has announced that he will hold a roundtable with United States Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney on June 6 at 9 a.m. at the Limestone Café located in the Keeneland Sales Pavilion. “Kentucky agriculture needs international trade, but the rest of the world needs Kentucky agriculture,” Quarles said....

Bill Straub: White House turned into ATM machine and other ugly stuff; McConnell’s getting fleas

Any attempt to pinpoint President Trump’s most grievous sin against the body politic is rather like picking out one particular star in a moonless night sky – the process could continue forever. A simple recitation of the known violence the president has perpetrated upon the nation he was chosen to serve would sate an entire column even without the usual smart-aleck asides. There is, of course,...

The Rural Blog: China has apparently stopped buying U.S. soybeans, a move that will hurt farmers

“Chinese importers have canceled purchases of corn and cut orders for pork,” The Wall Street Journal reports. “Chinese importers’ new orders of sorghum, a grain used in animal feed, have dwindled while cancellations increased. . . . Livestock operations and food processors in China typically switch their soybean purchasing from the U.S. to Brazil and Argentina in the North American...

Ag commissioner praises signing of new agreement to resume live equine exports to China

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles praised the resumption of live equine exports to China at a signing ceremony in Beijing Monday. The agreement, signed by United States Ambassador to China Terry Branstad and Minister Zhi Shuping of the People’s Republic of China, clears the way for the importation of all breeds of U.S. horses, including high-quality Thoroughbred racing horses, to China, where...

Mission trips for Campbellsville University students, faculty, staff continue through summer months

By Linda Waggener Special to KyForward Mission trips for Campbellsville University’s 2015-16 academic year began with the new year during the holidays, continued on spring break and many are in progress this summer as students, faculty and staff serve all around the world — from Campbellsville University to Thailand to New Mexico, from China to Belize. Here are reports on three of them.
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