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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....

UK Cooperative Extension Service using arts, natural sciences to bring renowned writer’s works to life

By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward The Greenup County office of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service is using the arts and natural sciences to bring the works of a world-renowned writer to life for students in his native county. Anne Stephens, the county’s fine arts extension agent, collaborated with Greenup County Farm Bureau, Greenup County School District and Shawnee State...

University of Kentucky entomologists to travel to Antarctica to study only insect endemic to continent

By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward University of Kentucky researchers will soon travel to Antarctica to study an insect that can tolerate a wide range of extreme environments. The Antarctic midge is the only insect endemic to the continent, and it is the largest terrestrial animal that spends its entire life there. UK entomologist Nick Teets collects midges on a previous trip to Antarctica (Photo...

UK agricultural engineers co-authors of updated grain drying and storage handbook

By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward Farmers and elevator operators throughout the country have expanded grain drying and storage capacity in recent years to keep pace with increased production. On-farm and commercial storage has grown to 13.2 and 11.1 billion bushels, respectively, with 205 and 80 million bushels in Kentucky. To help growers effectively manage these systems, agricultural engineers...

Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service hosting second event on indoor aquaculture program

By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward Due to the popularity of its spring indoor aquaculture program, the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service is hosting a second event for individuals interested in learning more about the production of indoor marine shrimp, tilapia and aquaponics. The program is Saturday, Sept. 16 at the Kentucky State University Aquaculture Research Center in Frankfort. Indoor aquaculture...

UK Horse Pasture Evaluation Program provides meaningful research benefiting students, farms

By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward An equestrian for the past 15 years, University of Kentucky junior Anna Intartaglio loves everything about horses. It’s no surprise she jumped at the chance to spend her summer conducting research that’s meaningful to the industry. As an intern in the UK Horse Pasture Evaluation Program, she has gained a deeper understanding of the industry she loves so much. “This...

Johnson County turns to UK marketing student to help promote comprehensive tourism effort

By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward In Johnson County, Brenda Cockerham has worked for the past 20 years with local artisans, farmers, community leaders and residents to build the county’s capacity for tourism for the past 20 years. With the county’s first comprehensive tourism packages about to launch, Cockerham turned to a University of Kentucky student for marketing assistance. “We are right...

Graduating student Townsend’s Campus Kitchens sustainability project leaves a mark on UK

By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward As a self-proclaimed foodie and a lifelong gardener, it was no surprise that University of Kentucky student Anna Townsend answered the call to share her knowledge when the Campus Kitchen at the University of Kentucky (CKUK) formed in 2014. As she prepares for life after graduation, Townsend, the group’s vice president and garden fellow, will leave her mark on...

Foot Traffic: Greensburg’s Merchant Mile good for business, good for residents’ health

Walker Suzanne Taylor takes a break from her walk to talk with Julia Hartfield, owner of Mitchell and Edwards Boutique in Greensburg. (Photo by Katie Pratt)   By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward   Audrey Myers wants a bright future for Greensburg, and as the Green County family and consumer sciences agent with the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service, she is taking strides...

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...