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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...

UK’s Western Kentucky summer forage tour to feature Ohio County farm revitalization in progress

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Participants who attend the University of Kentucky’s summer forage tour will see a farm revitalization in progress in Ohio County. The event is from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 6 at the D and D Farm in Horse Branch. Farm owners Bub and Lakayah Daugherty purchased the cattle operation in 2013 but quickly ran into productivity issues with unreliable sources for forages...

UK to host Corn, Soybean and Tobacco Field Day on July 23 at Princeton Research and Education Farm

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky’s Corn, Soybean and Tobacco Field Day is set for July 23 at the UK Research and Education Center Farm in Princeton. Registration begins at 7 a.m. CDT. Tours begin at 7:50 a.m. and will offer producers more in-depth, educational options related to grain crops and tobacco production. UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment specialists...

UK Ag Training School to host Spray Clinic on July 18 at Research and Education Center in Princeton

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky The Kentucky Agricultural Training School will host a Spray Clinic on July 18 at the University of Kentucky Research and Education Center in Princeton. The clinic will include field demonstrations and interactive experiences for participants. “The goal of the Spray Clinic is to take the complex topic of pesticide applications and break it down into simplified...

Ky. Fencing Schools help livestock producers build stronger boundaries, minimize management issues

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Livestock producers know a well-constructed fence can minimize a lot of management headaches. A University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment school is helping producers learn how to improve their fences. The Kentucky Fencing Schools are one-day events organized by Chris Teutsch, UK forage extension specialist, and are in high demand, with...

Inspired at 4-H leadership conference, Warren County teen makes positive impact on local environment

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Spurred by an idea at a Kentucky 4-H leadership conference, a Warren County teen returned home and is making a positive impact on her local environment. Anna Sweets is a 4-H member and a senior at South Warren High School. She leads her local 4-H environmental club, which she started after participating in the environmental tract at 4-H Teen Conference for the...

UK to host Pest Management Field Day on July 2 at Research and Education Center in Princeton

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky will host a Pest Management Field Day on July 2 at the UK Research and Education Center in Princeton. During the field day, UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment scientists will share research data to help producers make weed and disease management decisions in corn and soybeans. This is the first time researchers are hosting...

Mini farm at Elliott County High School helps bring agriculture back to Eastern Kentucky community

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky A mini farm at Elliott County High School is teaching students business and entrepreneurship skills they can use in their future careers and showing residents how they can use agriculture to improve their lives. The mini farm is a project of Gary Selby, the high school’s agriculture teacher, and Keith Center, an agent with the University of Kentucky Cooperative...

UK Cooperative Extension Service helping cattle producers improve operations, nurture environment

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Most cattle producers want to run as efficient an operation as possible while nurturing a healthy environment in which their livestock can thrive. A University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service program in Jackson County is striving to help local producers do just that. David Coffey started a farm management program in 2017 in the county to focus on producers’...

Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program celebrates 50 years of service to Kentucky

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program is celebrating a half century of teaching low income families how to eat healthier while stretching their food dollars. In Kentucky, the U. S. Department of Agriculture program is administered through the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service and is particularly focused on helping low income, limited...

The demand for locally-sourced foods continues to grow in Kentucky’s rural counties

By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward On a hot, humid Kentucky summer morning, Bennie Winn methodically handpicks blackberries and places them in quart-size containers on his Muhlenberg County farm. Just a few hours later, Muhlenberg Countians will arrive well before the county’s Farmers Market opens to get in line to purchase Winn’s blackberries from his cousin John Winn, who is another market vendor....