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UK research reveals cover crops, no-tillage systems could slow climate change on farms

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Cover crops combined with no-tillage systems can increase soil organic carbon, which could help slow climate change on farms, according to a recent study by University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment scientists. The project was conducted at UK’s Blevins research plots. Located at UK’s Spindletop Research Farm in Lexington, the plots...

Beshear, Goodman announce $4.5 million in tobacco settlement funds for projects on Kentucky farms

Gov. Andy Beshear and Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Goodman have announced that the Kentucky Soil and Water Conservation Commission has selected 705 projects in 82 counties to receive a total of $4,554,818 in tobacco settlement funds for projects on Kentucky farms. The majority of the projects being funded will install fencing for facilitation of rotational grazing or watering facilities...

UK College of Agriculture part of research study attempting to quantify benefits of cover crops

By Katie Pratt UK Ag News Farmers use cover crops to control soil erosion, but they may have additional benefits to the soil and subsequent crops. A group of university researchers, including two scientists from the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, are seeking to find and quantify these additional benefits. Erin Haramoto and Montse Salmeron, UK assistant professors,...

‘Leap of Faith’: Cover crop projects making
believers out of some Kentucky farmers

Chris Pierce of Pulaski County has been working with his county extension office to grow cover crops on his farm. Cover crops are not grown to be sold in the marketplace; rather (Photo provided)   By Tim Thornberry KyForward correspondent   The idea of producing a crop that will never be sold in the marketplace might not be terribly appealing to farmers, especially at a time when many row...