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Collaboration between UK colleges results in hiring of cooperative extension fine arts specialist

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky A unique collaboration between the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and College of Fine Arts has resulted in the hiring of one of the few cooperative extension arts specialist in the country. Stephanie Richards, who was hired in 2005 in Pike County as the first fine arts extension agent in the nation, accepted the job. Richards’...

An international leader in the field, UK celebrates 50 years of continuous no-till research plots

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Kentucky has long been known as an international leader in research and farmer adoption of no-till soil management. The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment recently celebrated another milestone in this legacy with the 50th anniversary of ongoing research on the Blevins plots. “There are only a handful of long-term research sites...

UK College of Ag now home to new national center studying economic impacts of rural health care

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky The newly formed Center for Economic Analysis for Rural Health has found a home in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. Alison Davis, agricultural economics professor and director of the college’s Community Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky, will lead the national center. The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy...

International students at UK have opportunity to experience Thanksgiving with traditional meal

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky While many Americans gather around tables to share a meal on the fourth Thursday of November, Thanksgiving is not a holiday that is celebrated throughout the world. To give international students attending the University of Kentucky a chance to experience this very American holiday, students in the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment recently planned...

Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference set for Jan. 6-7 at Lexington’s Embassy Suites Hotel

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky Fruit and vegetable producers will find information aplenty at the 2020 Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference Jan. 6-7 at Lexington’s Embassy Suites Hotel. “This yearly conference provides growers with up-to-date information that will help production, management, business and marketing aspects of their operations,” said Rachel Rudolph, extension vegetable...

Kentucky agriculture dealing with worsening drought conditions and the summer that never seems to end

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky It is the summer that never seems to end. Already into October, and much of Kentucky is still dealing with temperatures in the 90s. Coupled with the driest September since the 1800s, Kentucky farmers know something must give. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, more than half of Kentucky is in the severe drought category and some areas of southeastern Kentucky...

October’s Kentucky Proud Evening kicks off fall with homegrown mystery from author F.J. ‘Frank’ Messina

Readers looking for a little mystery and romance in the Bluegrass can find both when local author F.J. “Frank” Messina talks about his book, “Down the Rabbit Hole,” at the next Kentucky Proud Evening at 6 p.m. on Oct. 3 at the Fayette County Extension office. The first book in Messina’s series, “The Bluegrass Files,” “Down the Rabbit Hole” introduces private investigator Sonia Vitale....

Faculty, students in UK College of Ag’s Department of Animal and Food Sciences earn national awards

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky Several faculty members and students in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment’s Department of Animal and Food Sciences recently brought home national awards. “We are very proud of the animal and food sciences faculty and students we have at UK,” said Richard Coffey, department chair. “They continue to excel in research,...

UK Wheat Science Group to host Winter Wheat Meeting in Hopkinsville on January 8

The 2018 University of Kentucky Wheat Science Group will host their Winter Wheat Meeting from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. CST Jan. 8 at the James E. Bruce Convention Center in Hopkinsville. Registration for the event will start at 8:30 a.m. Photo by Matt Barton UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment specialists will cover several topics of interest to those in the wheat industry including weed control,...

University of Kentucky Wildcat Pulling Team places third at international competition

By: Katie Pratt Special to KyForward A tractor built by University of Kentucky students recently placed third at the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers International Quarter-Scale Tractor Student Design Competition. 2018 UK Pulling Team members from left to right Mike Sama (advisor), Courtney Travis, Robert Marker, Shawn O’Neal, Tim Smith (advisor), Pradeep, John Mann,...

UK Cooperative Extension Service art exhibit enhances history, community in Williamsburg

By Katie Pratt UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment An art exhibit is helping people in one southern Kentucky city gain a deeper connection to their history and to each other. The exhibit — ARTifacts: 20 Decades of Whitley County — was designed by Cortney Moses, who is a fine arts extension agent with the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service. It is one of several bicentennial...

As March 15 revenue protection insurance deadline approaches, market continues to favor soybeans

As the March 15 decision deadline approaches for revenue protection insurance, grain farmers are faced with a similar situation as in 2017, with the market continuing to favor soybeans, said Todd Davis, agricultural economist in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. The safety net, also known as a revenue guarantee, is established at the end of each February based...

UK Dietetics and Human Nutrition students help to create a healthier world one recipe at a time

By Carley Fort Special to KyForward Recently, students in a University of Kentucky Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition class got the chance to create healthier recipes and serve them to panelists that included some Kentucky celebrities. Taught by UK lecturer Jessica Houlihan, students in the experimental foods class receive hands-on application of food modification and its impacts. For their...

UK professor perfects low-pressure irrigation system that may offer alternative for small, isolated farms

By Carol Lea Spence Special to KyForward A low-pressure irrigation system that a University of Kentucky horticulture extension professor perfected in Asia looks like it also will have practical applications for small growers in this country. Farmers who have no easily accessible electricity or water to their field or those who just want to reduce their water bill might find this to be a useful system,...

University of Kentucky professor, alumnus honored by American Society of Landscape Architects

By Carol Lea Spence Special to KyForwad Ned Crankshaw, chair of the University of Kentucky Department of Landscape Architecture, was recognized for his exceptional accomplishments and contributions to the field, when the American Society of Landscape Architects recently named him to their Council of Fellows. UK Landscape Architecture alumnus Christopher H. Manning also received the distinction. From...

University of Kentucky Ag Equine Programs to host equine showcase, breeders’ short course Feb. 2-3

By Holly Wiemers Special to KyForward University of Kentucky Ag Equine Programs will host the 7th Annual UK Equine Showcase and the 9th Annual Kentucky Breeders’ Short Course Feb. 2-3 at the Fayette County Extension office in Lexington. The UK Equine Showcase will highlight the university’s equine programs and relevant industry findings with an emphasis on safety and horse welfare. It will run...

UK extension agents nearly sweep professional awards at annual national association conference

By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward University of Kentucky family and consumer sciences extension agents showed the nation that they are some of the best in the business, as they nearly swept the professional awards during the annual meeting of the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. UK Cooperative Extension Service agents received all three distinguished service awards,...

Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation donates $1 million to UK’s Grain and Forage Center of Excellence

In continuing its long-standing support of the University of Kentucky (UK) College of Agriculture, Food and Environment’s Research and Education Center at Princeton, the Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation’s (KFBF) Board of Directors voted, during its last meeting, to donate a total of $1 million to initiatives at the facility’s new Grain and Forage Center of Excellence. The money will go toward...

UK Ag Weather Center warns of possible
cold stress emergency for livestock, pets

Agricultural meteorologists from the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture say the Arctic cold predicted for the Bluegrass State tonight and tomorrow morning could put most parts of Kentucky into periods of dangerous and emergency categories for livestock, as well as for pets.   (From UK Equine Initiative) “This is much colder air than we have seen the past couple of winters,” said...