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HealthyWoods app helps owners understand woodlands with research-based information

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky A new mobile app makes receiving research-based woodland management information as easy as reaching for the phone. HealthyWoods, a collaborative effort between forest specialists from Kentucky and other hardwood-producing states in the Appalachian region, provides woodland owners with a convenient tool to scout the health of their woods. “Traditional extension...

Jeff Stringer named chair of University of Kentucky Department of Forestry and Natural Resources

Jeff Stringer, a longtime University of Kentucky professor who is well-known by members of Kentucky forest industries, has been named chair of the University of Kentucky Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, subject to board of trustees’ approval. “We are pleased to have Dr. Stringer leading Kentucky’s flagship forestry department,” said Nancy Cox, dean of the College of Agriculture,...

Forests offer sustainable economic hope for Eastern Kentucky, new SOAR study shows

This aerial photograph shows the Robinson Forest Research Camp surrounded by the hills and mountains of Eastern Kentucky. (Photo by Matt Barton)   Forestry and the forest industry represent a viable option for sustainable revenue in Eastern Kentucky. That was the conclusion of a recent University of Kentucky study of 54 Kentucky counties for the Shaping Our Appalachian Region, or SOAR, initiative.   The...

A Tall Order: Now’s time to strengthen white oak population for bourbon, other industries

White oak used to make staves for bourbon barrel production must be of high quality. White oak trees that are hollow or crooked cannot be used. (Photo from University of Kentucky Department of Forestry Extension)   By Tim Thornberry KyForward correspondent   While bourbon is made primarily from corn, there is another commodity that gives Kentucky’s signature spirit its color and, most...

Kentucky’s ag economy remains strong,
but outlook for 2015 causing some concern

The tobacco situation changed this year, driven by increasing world production, lower burley demand and a mixed quality crop. (KyForward file photo by Tim Thornberry)   Though the forecast for 2014 crop receipts is down 2 percent, a 15 percent increase in beef, poultry, dairy and hog prices is expected to boost 2014 Kentucky agricultural cash receipts to $6 billion, up slightly from $5.7 billion...

Beyond the Farm Gates: Economic impact
of Kentucky agriculture extends far and wide

Racehorses travel light—a tack trunk with a feeder and a water bucket. While 75 percent of horses transported by H.E. Sutton Forwarding Company are Thoroughbreds, show horses are a growing market for the business. Here, Stephen Gravett, flight supervisor and saddledbred sales agent, leads a passenger off the plane in Lexington. (Photo from UK’s mAGagazine)   By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward   From...

Five years in, Kentucky’s fight continues against destructive emerald ash borer

The emerald ash borer is a small, dark-green metallic beetle that feeds on all ash tree species. (Photo by Joe Collins)   By Carol Lea Spence Special to KyForward   The fight continues, but the invader has the upper hand. Kentucky’s ash trees, important as timber producers and landscape trees, have faced the onslaught of the emerald ash borer, an invasive insect pest from Asia, since 2009.   Since...

With spring drawing near, winter’s damaged trees need care soon, UK forestry expert says

Any tree damaged by ice or winds has a number of problems attached to it, says a University of Kentucky forestry expert. (Photo provided/Thinkstock.com)   By Carol Lea Spence Special to KyForward   It’s been a hard winter on Kentucky’s trees. Though the state hasn’t suffered a catastrophic ice storm this year, there has been enough ice to cause significant damage to both woodland...

Kentucky’s 2013 farm cash receipts could exceed $6 billion, UK ag economists say

Exceptionally strong equine, poultry and cattle markets helped boost Kentucky farm cash receipts this year. (Photo by Matt Barton/UK Agricultural Communications)   Special to KyForward   Kentucky agricultural cash receipts could approach or possibly exceed, $6 billion in 2013, boosted by exceptionally strong equine, poultry and cattle markets, according to agricultural economists from the...

Kentucky’s top-producing forestry industry added $10 billion to state’s economy last year

Kentucky has the ability, because its forests are diverse, to produce a wide range of quality hardwood species. (Photo by Matt Barton)   By Carol Lea Spence Special to KyForward   The forestry industry in Kentucky – the leading producer of hardwood timber in the South and one of the top three producers in the nation – added nearly $10 billion to the state’s economy in 2012,...