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Kentucky Circuit Court Clerk’s Trust For Life’s 2019 High School Challenge helps to engage students

Student groups across Kentucky will be participating in the 2019 High School Challenge sponsored by Kentucky Circuit Court Clerk’s Trust for Life (TFL) and Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA). The competition will run Oct. 13-Nov. 4, and the competition theme this year is “Be Magical, Be an Organ Donor.” Just like last year, groups will be encouraged to get creative with marketing efforts. The...

UK Cooperative Extension Service, 4-H helps young man share love of animals with others

By Katie Pratt UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment The Trigg County office of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service is helping one young man fulfill his dreams. Jonathon Sink, 19, was born with a neurological condition called apraxia, which makes communication difficult for him. While it is challenging for him to speak, Sink has found comfort and calmness interacting...

Cold weather doesn’t chill enthusiam, as nearly 2000 FFA, 4-H members attend UK’s 48th annual Field Day

By Carol Lea Spence Special to KyForward Nearly 2,000 FFA and 4-H members from Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana gathered on a cold April day on the University of Kentucky campus for the 48th annual UK Field Day. Throughout a busy day of competition and networking, they also learned about the many educational opportunities available in the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. The field day attracts...

Rural Blog: Kentucky team posts another national championship — and it wasn’t for basketball

Kentucky is well-known for college basketball championships, but a very different kind of team is well on its way to a dynasty. The Future Farmers of America’s dairy judging team from Spencer County High School in Taylorsville has been on a roll in recent years: they’ve won the national FFA contest for the past four years, and seven total of the contests since 2005. And in June they placed...

Commentary: Mark the voluntary ‘ag tag’ farm license donation to invest in Kentucky’s youth

By Ryan Quarles Special to KyForward You are proud to be a farmer. That is why you buy farm license plates for your farm vehicles. When you renew your farm plates – or “ag tags” – you have the opportunity to make a voluntary donation to the Ag Tag Fund to help support and promote Kentucky agriculture Proceeds from the fund are divided equally among Kentucky 4-H, Kentucky FFA, and the Kentucky...

UK sophomore Myers’ passion for agriculture pays off with election to national FFA office

By Tim Thornberry KyForward correspondent   Boyle County native and University of Kentucky sophomore Ruth Ann Myers may be young, but she has a long history when it comes to agriculture education in the Commonwealth.   “I kind of grew up with agriculture in my blood. That is the way I like to say it. My whole family has been heavily involved in the agriculture industry,” she said.
   Her...

UK sophomore Myers' passion for agriculture pays off with election to national FFA office

By Tim Thornberry KyForward correspondent   Boyle County native and University of Kentucky sophomore Ruth Ann Myers may be young, but she has a long history when it comes to agriculture education in the Commonwealth.   “I kind of grew up with agriculture in my blood. That is the way I like to say it. My whole family has been heavily involved in the agriculture industry,” she said.
   Her...

A father’s story about the love of the horse, a heart of a champion – and overcoming odds

(Photos by Tim Thornberry)   By Tim Thornberry KyForward correspondent   Of the many definitions of the word “champion,” all point to a person who has reached the top in his or her respective sport.   But champions don’t necessarily have to be famous sports stars. In fact, they are all around us.   This is the story of a person who has endured more in his 16 years than most...

A father's story about the love of the horse, a heart of a champion – and overcoming odds

(Photos by Tim Thornberry)   By Tim Thornberry KyForward correspondent   Of the many definitions of the word “champion,” all point to a person who has reached the top in his or her respective sport.   But champions don’t necessarily have to be famous sports stars. In fact, they are all around us.   This is the story of a person who has endured more in his 16 years than most...

Success of Boone Co. 4-H’s Sale of Champions shows a new generation is embracing farming

By Tim Thornberry KyForward correspondent   For anyone who thinks a new generation is not stepping up to the plate in the agriculture world, they need not look any farther than Boone County to see that’s not the case.   Youth from all across the Northern Kentucky county – near one of the largest metropolitan areas in the Midwest – participated in this year’s 4-H Sale...

Flag that draped veteran's casket flies at FFA camp; daughter asks others to 'Fly a Veteran'

By Tim Thornberry KyForward correspondent   The American flag plays an important role with many organizations. The Future Farmers of America is no exception.   The flag is displayed prominently at all meetings where gathering members say the Pledge of Allegiance. It is also the central point at most FFA camps where members meet around the flagpole every morning and evening for poignant raising...

Flag that draped veteran’s casket flies at FFA camp; daughter asks others to ‘Fly a Veteran’

By Tim Thornberry KyForward correspondent   The American flag plays an important role with many organizations. The Future Farmers of America is no exception.   The flag is displayed prominently at all meetings where gathering members say the Pledge of Allegiance. It is also the central point at most FFA camps where members meet around the flagpole every morning and evening for poignant raising...

Students have no beef (or lettuce) with eating local, especially when produced themselves

Montgomery County High School's Shane Fauzey, Nolan Walters, Wesley Davis, Tyler Woolums and Billy Harvey herd cattle to the barn at the Chenault Agriculture Center. (Photo by Amy Wallot)   By Matthew Tungate Special to KyForward   Montgomery County school district students have no beef with eating locally produced meat. And agriculture students at Boyle County High School feel the same...