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Kentucky producers can now attend 2020 Beef Improvement Federation Symposium free online

A calf lingers in a spring pasture. (Photo by Aimee Nielson) By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky For Kentucky producers who could not make plans to attend the 2020 Beef Improvement Federation Symposium in Florida, good news — the meeting is now set to happen virtually on Zoom, and it’s free. “Kentucky producers will get a chance to hear from some of the nation’s beef industry leaders,”...

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...

Grant will help UK Cooperative Extension Service in statewide effort to fight opioid addiction, aid recovery

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service recently received more than $1 million to help further the organization’s statewide educational efforts in opioid prevention and recovery. The grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration will allow Cooperative Extension Service professionals to implement new programming efforts...

UK agricultural meteorologist warns of livestock heat dangers across Kentucky through the weekend

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky It’s already hot outside, but University of Kentucky agricultural meteorologist Matthew Dixon said it’s about to get even hotter over the weekend, and livestock producers and horse owners need to do what they can to minimize animal stress. “Much of the state is under an excessive heat warning through Sunday evening,” Dixon said. “We expect highs to...

University of Kentucky doctoral graduate earns national recognition for research on school discipline

By Carl Nathe University of Kentucky Discipline and how it is administered in schools across the U.S. continues to be a hotly debated topic. Now a University of Kentucky doctoral graduate’s expansive research on the subject has been published in the Journal of School Psychology and is gaining widespread attention from teachers, administrators and researchers. Albert Ksinan, who earned his doctorate...

Keeneland donates $1.3 million to UK’s Gluck Equine Research Center for drug research and testing

The Keeneland Association is continuing its long-standing philanthropic relationship with the University of Kentucky with a gift of $1.3 million to the Keeneland Endowed Chair in Equine Veterinary Science. This gift will grow the fund to $3 million and will allow the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment’s Gluck Equine Research Center to launch a world-class equine drug research and testing...

UK Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition nationally recognized for sustainability efforts

The University of Kentucky Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition was recently recognized as a national leader in education on sustainable food systems by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation. The foundation named the department as one of four champion sites across the country for its ability to implement its new Sustainable, Resilient, and Healthy Food and Water Systems Curriculum...

Farm managers encouraged to be vigilant as eastern tent caterpillar egg hatch imminent in Central Ky.

It is likely eastern tent caterpillars will begin to hatch soon, according to Lee Townsend, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment extension entomologist. According to Townsend, after spending about nine months as eggs in masses on twigs of wild cherry and related trees, the first few tiny eastern tent caterpillars of the season soon should be leaving their eggs. “The...

Jeff Stringer named chair of University of Kentucky Department of Forestry and Natural Resources

Jeff Stringer, a longtime University of Kentucky professor who is well-known by members of Kentucky forest industries, has been named chair of the University of Kentucky Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, subject to board of trustees’ approval. “We are pleased to have Dr. Stringer leading Kentucky’s flagship forestry department,” said Nancy Cox, dean of the College of Agriculture,...

UK Cooperative Extension Service using arts, natural sciences to bring renowned writer’s works to life

By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward The Greenup County office of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service is using the arts and natural sciences to bring the works of a world-renowned writer to life for students in his native county. Anne Stephens, the county’s fine arts extension agent, collaborated with Greenup County Farm Bureau, Greenup County School District and Shawnee State...

UK researchers see progress as second year
of industrial hemp project moves along

UK agronomists hope this year provides the first of what will eventually become publishable research data. (Photo by Matt Barton/UK Ag)   By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward   Industrial hemp research at the University of Kentucky is moving along in its second year. That was the message from researchers at the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment during its...

UK’s Living Learning Program turns 25 next term with sustainable Greenhouse residence

By Carl Nathe Special to KyForward   Encouraging sustainability practices and awareness of environmental issues is at the heart of a new Living Learning Program, although the LLP is itself 25 years old. The new offering will make its debut this fall at the University of Kentucky.   Greenhouse is a partnership between the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and the College of Arts...