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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...

USA Cares online running event connects communities on national scale during quarantine

USA Cares’ Keep Your Distance VIRTUAL 5K Run/Walk is in full swing. The COVID-19 pandemic has left many struggling with isolation, boredom, the loss of freedom and feelings of uncertainty over what happens next. This online event is a great way to stay active and help support your community during this unprecedented pandemic. This virtual race is a new and exciting way to engage with people all...

UK ag beef specialists say planning for emergencies, disasters is best practice for cattle producers

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky The COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced the importance of planning for the unexpected. Now is the time for cattle producers to review their emergency management plans to make sure their operation is not only able to withstand the consequences of the pandemic but also other future disasters. “Ideally, most operations have been cross training workers all along,...

Kentucky income tax return filing deadline extended to July 15 in response to COVID-19 pandemic

At Gov. Andy Beshear’s direction, the Kentucky Department of Revenue is extending the 2019 Kentucky income tax filing deadline to July 15, 2020. The move tracks with income tax relief provisions issued March 20 by the federal Internal Revenue Service in response to disruption caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Andy Beshear “At a time when we are asking families and businesses to make...

Kentucky 4-H encourages families with youngsters to visit the backyard, get hands dirty growing gardens

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky With the COVID-19 pandemic upending most people’s sense of normal, Kentucky 4-H is encouraging families with young people to take to their backyards and get their hands dirty growing a garden. “Gardening can give young people something to look forward to, as they watch plants grow and develop. It also helps them get more physical activity and relieve stress,”...

Attorney General warns Kentuckians of new charity, Medicaid scams related to COVID-19 pandemic

Attorney General Daniel Cameron has warned Kentuckians of new charity and Medicaid scams related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and shared best practices to avoid the financial loss associated with these scams. “During this health crisis, we strongly encourage Kentuckians to thoroughly vet any charities that solicit donations for COVID-19 relief work to ensure donations will truly be used to...

Campbellsville University offering three certificates at no cost during COVID-19 pandemic

Campbellsville University’s Virginia Ponser Flanagan Technology Training Center (CUTTC) is offering three certificates at no cost to anyone during the COVID-19 pandemic. Jason Roop, director of the CUTTC, said the three certificates are: Certificate in Teams and Organizations, Certificate in Creativity and Innovation and Certificate in Personal Creativity. “The university is doing this to help...

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill temporarily closing in response to COVID-19 pandemic

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill is temporarily closing to all guests as of March 24, due to the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19 and instructions from Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear and public health officials. After much thought, internal meetings with senior staff members and with the approval of the Shaker Village Board of Trustees it was decided that the Village needed to temporarily close to ensure the...

Support, resilience could be bright lining to dark cloud hovering about small businesses in Kentucky

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky Katie Startzman, owner of Native Bagel Company in Berea, is going to ride out the upheaval brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and come out stronger on the other side. She’s sure of it, because of the strength and support she is receiving from her peers, customers and local resources. Mae Suramek feels the same way, as she puts in the long hours to save...

Quarles in communication with farm credit system leaders, says they want to help during pandemic

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles is joining Central Kentucky Ag Credit, River Valley Ag Credit, and Farm Credit Mid-America to assure Kentucky farm families that the state’s farm credit associations are ready to assist farmers during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. “Many Kentucky farm families are concerned about their financial situation given the coronavirus pandemic,”...

Dustin Pugel: SB 150 would cushion the blow for unemployed workers and our economy

The COVID-19 pandemic is causing business closures and a drop in consumer spending that is resulting in major, widespread layoffs across every Kentucky community. The state could lose 67,000 jobs by the summer, according to one estimate that may prove conservative. Especially hard-hit industries like restaurants and retail make up 25% of all private-sector jobs in the state. As Kentuckians ride out...

Attorney General Daniel Cameron provides agency guidance on Open Meetings Act during pandemic

Attorney General Daniel Cameron has issued an Opinion of the Attorney General (OAG) providing guidance to public agencies on whether they must identify a primary physical location for video teleconference meetings per KRS 61.840 during the state of emergency declaration resulting from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Daniel CameronThe opinion, OAG 20-05, finds public agencies are not required...