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UK FitBlue how-to videos aim to get Kentuckians active; physical activity tracker app now available

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky FitBlue, a physical activity tracker app developed by the University of Kentucky, is helping more Kentuckians get moving by releasing new how-to exercise videos with intentional mindfulness for individuals of all ability levels. “Kentucky has one of the highest disability rates in the nation with 34.6% of the state population having some type of disability,”...

UK Wheat Science Group to host Winter Wheat Meeting on Jan. 7 at Siemer Milling Company Conference Center

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky Wheat Science Group will host its Winter Wheat Meeting from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (CST) on Jan. 7 at the Siemer Milling Company Conference Center at the UK Grain and Forage Center of Excellence in Princeton. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. A representative from Siemer Milling Company will provide a welcome and a presentation. UK College...

An international leader in the field, UK celebrates 50 years of continuous no-till research plots

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Kentucky has long been known as an international leader in research and farmer adoption of no-till soil management. The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment recently celebrated another milestone in this legacy with the 50th anniversary of ongoing research on the Blevins plots. “There are only a handful of long-term research sites...

Despite trade concerns, Kentucky agricultural receipts hold steady for third year, net incomes up

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Kentucky agricultural receipts will likely hold steady for the third consecutive year despite trade concerns and relatively low commodity prices. Agricultural economists from the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment are projecting 2019 farm cash receipts to be $5.9 billion, equaling the past two years. Kentucky producers saw increases...

UK Grain and Forage Center of Excellence accepting applications for summer USDA internship program

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Undergraduate students can apply for a hands-on research internship next summer with the University of Kentucky Grain and Forage Center of Excellence. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Research and Extension Experiential Learning for Undergraduates summer internship program allows students to complete meaningful projects in the UK College of Agriculture, Food...

International students at UK have opportunity to experience Thanksgiving with traditional meal

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky While many Americans gather around tables to share a meal on the fourth Thursday of November, Thanksgiving is not a holiday that is celebrated throughout the world. To give international students attending the University of Kentucky a chance to experience this very American holiday, students in the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment recently planned...

UK, Kentucky State partner to help at-risk youth with life skills training, workforce preparation

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky A partnership between Kentucky’s two land-grant universities will result in life skills training and workforce preparation for some of the state’s most vulnerable young people. Through a project called Uplift: Empowering Today’s Youth for Tomorrow’s Future, Cooperative Extension specialists at the University of Kentucky and Kentucky State University will...

UK personnel working to implement environmental changes, help lower obesity rates in Martin County

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky University of Kentucky personnel are working to implement environmental changes to help lower the obesity rates of residents in the state’s most obese county. Faculty and staff with the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment are collaborating with many community leaders in Martin County to improve the county’s built environment infrastructure, increase...

New tool to help Kentucky grain producers plan disease management strategy for growing season

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Kentucky grain producers have a new, free tool at their disposal to see the past yield losses and economic impacts of common diseases affecting corn and soybeans. This tool can help them plan their disease management strategy for the upcoming growing season. Developed by the Crop Protection Network, the Field Crop Disease Loss Calculator can tell producers how...

Grant will help UK Cooperative Extension Service in statewide effort to fight opioid addiction, aid recovery

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service recently received more than $1 million to help further the organization’s statewide educational efforts in opioid prevention and recovery. The grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration will allow Cooperative Extension Service professionals to implement new programming efforts...

Months away from planting, corn and soybean futures offer attractive 2020 marketing opportunities

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Corn and soybean producers may want to consider locking in futures contracts for at least a portion of their 2020 crops now, even though they are still months away from planting, said Todd Davis, agricultural economist with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. December 2020 corn futures were trading at $4.07 a bushel on Oct....

UK research project evaluating whether in-furrow fertilizers are cost-efficient for corn producers

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky In a time when many grain operators are tightening their belts on input costs, producers want to make sure the ones they purchase give them the most favorable results. University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment researchers are evaluating whether in-furrow fertilizers provide enough yield increase to offset their costs for Kentucky corn...

UK extension agents earn national awards for innovative, outstanding programming efforts

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service agents received national recognition for innovative programming and career accomplishments during the annual meeting of the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. “All across Kentucky, family and consumer sciences extension agents are working to improve the quality of life for individuals...

UK forage specialist offers considerations for grazing, harvesting drought-stressed soybeans

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Producers can graze and harvest drought-stressed soybeans for baleage and hay but need to make careful considerations before doing so, said Chris Teutsch, extension forage specialist with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. A drought hit Kentucky during critical development time for late-planted and double-crop soybeans. This...

UK to host Heart of America Grazing Conference Oct. 29-30 at Boone County Extension office

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and the Kentucky Forage and Grassland Council will host The Heart of America Grazing Conference to help Midwestern producers learn how they can extend the grazing season and reduce their hay use. The conference is Oct. 29-30 at the Boone County Extension office in Burlington. Jim Gerrish is...

UK researchers studying better ways to detect worms in apples; codling moth infestation can be costly

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Worms poking out of apples may be a cute back-to-school theme, but they are not a welcome sight in orchards. Researchers at the University of Kentucky are studying noninvasive ways to improve detection methods for the codling moth in apples. Codling moths are the most devastating insect pests of apples. Each spring, adult moths lay their eggs on or around developing...

UK researchers, farmers, stakeholders celebrate official opening of Grain and Forage Center of Excellence

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky University of Kentucky researchers, Kentucky farmers and stakeholders celebrated the official opening of UK’s Grain and Forage Center of Excellence, a facility committed to moving the state’s and surrounding region’s agricultural community forward. “The Grain and Forage Center of Excellence reflects our land-grant mission in the 21st century,” UK...

UK agricultural economist offers grain marketing workshops to help young farmers navigate tight times

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Slim profit margins and limited working capital result in a particularly challenging economic environment for many grain producers to navigate. Being a new farmer can add an additional hurdle. A University of Kentucky agricultural economist is offering workshops to help young Kentucky farmers better navigate tight economic times. Todd Davis, an assistant professor...

UK Cooperative Extension Service offers life skills to those recovering from addiction at The Healing Place

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Program assistants and agents with the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service are teaching life skills to help individuals recovering from drug and alcohol addiction live healthier lives once they leave treatment facilities. Angie Freeman, Taylor County program assistant with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education, offers nutrition...

UK to host Southeastern Grain Gathering event Sept. 15-16 at Horticulture Research Farm in Lexington

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment will host its first gathering for individuals interested in local grains in the regional food system. The Southeastern Grain Gathering is Sept.15-16 at UK’s Horticulture Research Farm in Lexington. “Our goal is to bring together individuals from across the Southeast who are interested in...