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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...

Rural Blog: Despite opposition from lawmakers, residents, TVA to close last coal-fired unit at Paradise

Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority voted Thursday morning to close the last remaining coal-fired generating unit at the federal utility’s Paradise Fossil Plant in Muhlenberg County, despite opposition from President Trump, Gov. Matt Bevin, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Kentucky’s other senator, Rand Paul. TVA service region and facilities; Paradise plant is near top...

Rural Blog: Trump, McConnell urge TVA not to close two of its oldest coal-fired plants, one in Paradise

The Tennessee Valley Authority’s Paradise Fossil Plant in Muhlenberg County. The town of Paradise, which no longer exists, was made famous in 1971 by John Prine’s eponymous anti-strip mining song. (Photo by Kathleen Cole) President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky are trying to convince to the federally owned Tennessee Valley Authority not to close two of its...

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....

Community Foundation of Louisville reaches $500 million in assets, now among largest in nation

The Community Foundation of Louisville (CFL) is celebrating a major milestone in December, having surpassed $500 million in total assets. CFL is the largest charitable foundation in Kentucky, and in the top 40 of about 800 community foundations nationwide. Assets are up from $485 million at the end of 2016. Over the past 33 years, CFL has made more than $780 million in grants to nonprofits, most of...

Student archery program originated in Ky.
but is now embraced around the world

The South Wing of the Kentucky Fair and Expo Center holds 300 targets from one end to the other. Archers are moved from place to place by a series of whistle commands that are univerally recognized in the NASP organization. (Photo by Tim Thornberry)   By Tim Thornberry KyForward correspondent   Archery has arguably become one of the largest competitive sports, on the student level, in the...