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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...

High school students from across Kentucky experience agronomy, UK through crop scouting competition

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky High school students from across the state recently came to the University of Kentucky Research and Education Center in Princeton to test their knowledge of agronomy during UK’s first High School Crop Scouting Competition. Kiersten Wise, UK extension plant pathologist, organized the competition after seeing the success similar competitions had in other states....

Kentucky Agricultural Training School to host late-season workshop on Aug. 22 at UK Research Center

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky The Kentucky Agricultural Training School will host a late-season workshop from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. CDT on Aug. 22 at the University of Kentucky Research and Education Center in Princeton. The daylong, hands-on clinic is ideal for corn and soybean producers and crop consultants and is part of the UK Grain and Forage Center of Excellence’s mission to provide producers...

Children learn about careers, community during UK extension’s Community Passport Adventure Camp

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Many parents often look for educational ways to help their children spend those “lazy days of summer,” and for the past several years in Fleming County, the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service and chamber of commerce have helped to fill that void. The Community Passport Adventure Camp is a weeklong, free program for young people ages 9-12....

UK to host Hemp Production Field Day on Aug. 21; specialists to offer six concurrent tours

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment will host a daylong event to share information about the college’s industrial hemp research program. The Hemp Production Field Day is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT on Aug. 21 at UK’s North Farm Complex in Lexington. UK specialists will offer six concurrent tours. Participants will have the...

UK Spray Clinic helps producers make more informed applications to create better environment

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Grain crops producers learned ways they can make the most accurate, efficient and environmentally conscious chemical applications during the University of Kentucky Spray Clinic. The clinic, in its second year, is one offering of the Kentucky Agricultural Training Schools, which are part of the UK Grain and Forage Center of Excellence in Princeton. “The whole...

Cumberland County Extension Homemakers help the hungry, farmers market vendors donate produce

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Boxes of cereal, jars of peanut butter and fresh produce from the local farmers market line the tables of the Cumberland County office of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service. It is packing and delivery day for the Cumberland County Extension Homemakers’ summer feeding program. The Extension Homemakers began the program in their tiny Southern...

Glasgow community garden provides fresh produce for those in need — with wide range of volunteers

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky A community garden in a south central Kentucky town provides access to fresh produce for low-income residents. The G-town Soul Swales garden in Glasgow is a project of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service, whose agents help plant, harvest and maintain the garden with a wide assortment of community volunteers. LaToya Drake, Barren County family...