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Farmer-researcher partnerships are backbone of agricultural advances in fields across Kentucky

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Agriculture is advancing in fields across Kentucky thanks to farmers willing to take the time and share their land for research. Scientists in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment engage with an extensive network of producers in all disciplines. The partnerships do not form overnight but over the course of numerous meetings, developing...

UK researchers say plant reproduction finding could lead to more reliable crop production, higher yields

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Understanding the mechanisms behind successful plant reproduction can lead to more reliable crop production and higher yields. In a recent study, an international group of scientists led by researchers from the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment identified signaling and motor proteins that help guide the male nuclei toward its female...

UK equine extension specialist says Kentucky horse owners should check hay supply as winter nears

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky Kentuckians have already experienced the first effects of winter. A University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment specialist said that was a good reminder that many horse owners will soon be feeding more hay and need to check their supplies. “While most horse owners purchased hay months ago and neatly stored it away, it’s a good idea...

Early winter blast prompts livestock producers in Kentucky to think about cold months ahead

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky An early blast of cold, snow and ice arrived in the Bluegrass, and that puts pressure on farmers to make sure their animals are ready for the winter assault. “The combination of cold air and wind create windchills that cause dangerous and emergency-category periods of livestock cold stress,” said Matt Dixon, agricultural meteorologist for the University...

Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference to take place virtually across four days in January

The 2021 Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference, the premier event for statewide produce growers to interact and learn, is set to take place virtually across four days in January, Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles has announced. “Each year experts in Kentucky’s produce community come together to share their knowledge with the rest of the state,” Quarles said. “Learning from...

Cox to co-chair blue-ribbon nominating committee formed to select HISA Authority board members

Supporters of the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act (HISA) have announced the formation of a blue-ribbon nominating committee that will be responsible for selecting members of the board of directors of the HISA Authority as well as members of its two standing committees: Anti-doping and Medication Control, and Racetrack Safety. Nancy Cox, vice president for land-grant engagement and dean of the...

Pasture renovations suggested by UK forage experts to help horse farm implement rotational grazing

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Spendthrift Farm is one of Lexington’s iconic Thoroughbred breeding and racing operations. Due to recent expansion, the farm wanted to renovate some unused fields and develop them into pastures to use in a rotational grazing system. They turned to forage experts with the Horse Pasture Evaluation Program in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food...

UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment offers Virtual State Fair for next 11 days

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment is offering 11 days of a Virtual State Fair, Aug. 20-30 on the college website at https://www.ca.uky.edu/statefair2020. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Kentucky State Fair officials decided to close the fair to the general public, but that doesn’t mean Kentuckians can’t enjoy some...

Research project in nutrition allows UK student to make impact on Eastern Kentucky community

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky A University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment student is contributing to research that could lead to healthier habits and lower negative health outcomes in her native Eastern Kentucky. “I have always wanted to give back to Eastern Kentucky,” said Lucinda Smith, a senior human nutrition major from Corbin. “When I learned through one...

UK to host virtual Corn and Soybean Field Day; two-day event to help producers set for July 21, July 28

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment is hosting a virtual Corn and Soybean Field Day to help producers get the research-based information and continuing education they need in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. “These virtual field days help us fulfill our commitment of getting applied research and principles into the hands...

UK College of Agriculture alumni association welcomes new grads in unique way

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky Graduating college amid a global pandemic is far from how 2020 spring graduates envisioned ending their time at the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. Even though they won’t be taking that famous rite of passage across the Rupp Arena stage, the college’s alumni association is making sure the transition is memorable. “Along...

UK Cooperative Extension Service’s Healthy at Home newsletter now available in Spanish

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service’s Healthy at Home newsletter is now available in Spanish. The online publication offers educational information for individuals and families, as they work through various impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. “We decided to translate our newsletter into Spanish, because we did not want language to...

KSBDC, Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service offices to advise businesses during pandemic

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky If there’s a direct pipeline in Kentucky’s counties for the transmission of research-based, pertinent information to the people who need it, it’s Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service. Recognizing the ties extension agents have to their communities, the Kentucky Small Business Development Center is working closely with county extension offices during...

UK artists put creative talents to work answering colleagues’ call for PPE donations during pandemic

By Whitney Hale University of Kentucky From sculpting art and painting brushstrokes to crafting lines of dialogue, building scenery and designing costumes, artists use their hands to bring their work to life. And now as the Bluegrass, like the rest of the world, fights a pandemic, University of Kentucky College of Fine Arts’ artists are using their hands to create, as well as collect, personal protective...

Southern agricultural economists explain COVID-19 legislation, offer resources for producers

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Members of the Southern Extension Economics Committee have developed a YouTube video and a PowerPoint presentation to help producers understand how recent legislation related to the COVID-19 pandemic affects them. “About a week ago, committee members started receiving an overwhelming amount of calls from stakeholders about the effects of the rapidly evolving...

UK specialist says to plan ahead for equine feed needs, but no need to overbuy during pandemic

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a lot of overbuying of food, and this is not only at the grocery stores. Horse owners may have an urge to buy more feed than usual. Bob Coleman, extension equine specialist for the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, urged horse owners to take a step back and think before making extra feed purchases. “I...

With Kentuckians stuck at home, UK chef offers tips on turning those pantry staples into delicious meals

By Bob Perry and Danielle Donham University of Kentucky Many people have been trying their hand at baking and cooking new recipes in recent weeks, given all of the extra time spent at home. Baking bread has become one of the most popular quarantine activities for those looking to add new skills to their kitchen repertoire. That is, if you can find the ingredients at your grocery store. UKNow spoke...

Kentucky cattle producers finding alternate ways of purchasing bulls while social distancing

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky Traditionally, buying bulls is a very social business. Producers often visit farms, go to auctions or open houses to purchase animals, but that’s out of the question until the travel restrictions and social distancing requirements of COVID-19 begin to loosen. “Many seedstock producers are already using the internet to help market their bulls, and this crisis...

UK entomologist says urban pest control remains important for Kentuckians during COVID-19 pandemic

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky University of Kentucky entomologists say it is important for Kentuckians to continue to manage urban pests during the COVID-19 pandemic. In recognition of the risks associated with COVID-19, they have released some tips for pest control professionals to help them practice effective pest management while maintaining social distancing guidelines. “In the face of...

UK Forage Extension YouTube videos can help producers work through issues this spring

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Spring is a busy time for livestock and forage producers. Producers are turning animals onto pastures, renovating fields that need a little TLC and preparing for the first cutting of hay. While the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way UK forage and livestock specialists connect with producers, they are still available to serve them. “Although our delivery method...