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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...

UK scientists outline hemp research needs with focus on improving yields, economic viability

By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward With hemp’s reintroduction into the United States as a part of research pilot programs in 2014, scientists need to learn much about the crop to help farmers improve yields to make it sustainable and economically viable. In a recent article published in the journal Trends in Plant Science, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment scientists...

UK Veterinary Diagnostic Lab goes mobile educating students about animal health, careers as vets

By Aimee Nelson Special to KyForward Students filed into the West Jessamine Middle School library, whispering to one another about what was hiding under tablecloths. Dr. Uneeda Bryant, a veterinary pathologist from the University of Kentucky Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, brought an interactive learning experience to teach students about the lab’s role in safeguarding animal health in Kentucky...

Nature is putting on her autumn colors — plan your driving trip around peak times in October

By Carol Lea Spence Special to KyForward Every year around this time, nature puts her greens to bed and awakens her autumn colors. That array of reds, yellows and oranges painting the landscape is part of a very important ecological process. Throughout the growing season, chlorophyll, the green pigment in leaves, photosynthesizes sunlight and carbon dioxide into sugars trees need to survive and thrive....

Barnett returning to alma mater to become chair of UK’s Department of Agricultural Economics

Barry Barnett will return to his alma mater to assume the role of chair of the Department of Agricultural Economics in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. A Woodford County native, he has earned three degrees from UK including his doctorate in agricultural economics. “I look forward to working with the outstanding faculty and staff in the department to educate...

Lexington veterinarian Tom Riddle named 2017 Friend of UK Ag Equine Programs

By Holly Wiemers Special to KyForward Breakthrough research and one-of-kind educational opportunities don’t happen by accident or in isolation. They are accomplished in concert with industry stalwarts who give of their time, talents and wisdom. One such linchpin, Lexington-based veterinarian Tom Riddle, was recently named the 2017 Friend of University of Kentucky Ag Equine Programs. The award recognizes...

UK Biosystems and Agricultural Extension hosting Project WET as part of Water Week workshop

Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) is a nationally and internationally used environmental education curriculum. Its interdisciplinary, hands-on activities are designed to provide educators with ways to engage learners in the many aspects of water in the environment. As part of University of Kentucky’s 2017 Water Week, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Extension, the Kentucky Division...

Pasture weed control concepts the focus of annual Kentucky Grazing Conference

Livestock and forage producers can learn about new concepts related to pasture weed control during the Kentucky Grazing Conference. The University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service and the Kentucky Forage and Grassland Council host the annual conference. This year, organizers will offer the conference at two regional locations. On Oct. 17, the conference is at the Fayette County Extension office...

UK freshman Dion Compton awarded inaugural Legacy Equine Foundation Scholarship

Dion Compton, a University of Kentucky freshman and Lexington native majoring in equine science and management and minoring in business, was recently awarded an inaugural scholarship through the Legacy Equine Foundation. The Legacy Equine Foundation is a Lexington-based, nonprofit organization that encompasses the Legacy Equine Academy and the Legacy Ball. The academy identifies promising African-American...

UK Textiles Testing Lab celebrating 30 years of service to health care, hospitality industries

Textiles play a major role in customer satisfaction in the health care and hospitality industries. The University of Kentucky Textiles Testing Laboratory helps these industries ensure customer demands are met. It recently celebrated its 30th year of doing so through continuous funding from the Association for Linen Management. “The appearance of the textiles affects the overall quality of the experience,...

New UK Cooperative Service program teaches about the risks of overuse of phosphorus on lawns

When University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment specialists show up at the front door, easels and flyers in hand, it’s obvious they’re serious about their subject matter and they’re happy to share their knowledge with the neighborhood. A new UK Cooperative Extension Service program, No P On My Lawn, takes information directly to neighborhoods in Fayette County and surrounding...

UK professor Epps named KFB Career and Technical Postsecondary Teacher of the Year

The Kentucky Association for Career and Technical Education has named University of Kentucky’s Rebekah Epps the Kentucky Farm Bureau Career and Technical Postsecondary Teacher of Year. Epps, an associate professor, is the program chair for agricultural education in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, and she instructs future teachers. Rebekah Epps “I am truly honored and humbled to...

State soybean growers sought to assist in UK project on field management, insect control

A University of Kentucky postdoctoral scholar needs Kentucky soybean growers’ help with two new research projects. The projects are led by Jerrod Penn, postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Agricultural Economics, and investigate issues in row crops such as field management, insects and weed control. The first project is a brief survey designed to help researchers understand growers’ field...

UK professor Palli named winner of national award for innovation, creativity in entomology

The Entomological Society of America recently named Reddy Palli of the University of Kentucky the 2017 recipient of the Nan-Yao Su Award for Innovation and Creativity in Entomology. This award was created by an endowment from Nan-Yao Su to recognize creative entomologists who have found alternative solutions to problems that significantly impact entomology. Reddy Palli is the recipient of the Nan-Yao...

Kentucky Forest Industries’ Wood Expo features classes, exhibits along with competitions

The Kentucky Wood Expo returns to Masterson Station Park in Lexington Sept. 15-16, and the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service will have a big hand in two days of educational and fun activities for the entire family. The biennial event, sponsored by the Kentucky Forest Industries Association, offers classes, competitions and more than 50 exhibits and demonstrations for everyone, from...

Kentucky Small Grain Growers invest $785,000 in UK Grain and Forage Center, related research

The Kentucky Small Grain Growers Association Board and Promotion Council voted this month to invest $250,000 in new graduate housing for the University of Kentucky Grain and Forage Center for Excellence and an additional $290,000 in UK grain-related research projects. KySGGA’s contribution to the Center since fundraising began in November 2015 totals $785,000. This amount will be added to the Center’s...

Owners of ‘backyard woods’ can get landscaping tips during upcoming Kentucky Wood Expo

Though the word “woodland” or “forest” often brings to mind vast tracts of trees, more than six million people in the United States own between one and 10-acre parcels. Owners of these “backyard woods” who wish to learn more about keeping their landscapes healthy and managing wildlife in their yards will get many of their questions answered by University of Kentucky College of Agriculture,...

Beef cattle markets improving from recent declines, but still remain below comparable 2016 levels

Most beef cattle-producing states have been able to escape drought conditions so far this year and Kentucky producers enjoyed significant rainfall in early July that put them in a good position this summer. Still, weather aside, cattle prices have improved from recent declines but remain lower than this time last year. “The downward trend for CME Feeder Cattle Futures continued for much of the past...

UK Ag Biotech Day provides high school students opportunity to explore careers in fast-growing field

By Carol Lea Spence Special to KyForward One of the burgeoning fields of the 21st century is biotechnology, which draws from many scientific disciplines to study living organisms. The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment is hosting UK Ag Biotech Day, a free event for high school students to introduce them to the vast array of career opportunities in agriculture the field...

UK Economic Development study shows agriculture contributes $2.3 billion to Fayette economy

A study by the University of Kentucky’s Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky (CEDIK)shows that agriculture is a valuable asset to Fayette County’s economy. Agriculture and the businesses that support it are responsible for one out of 12 jobs and for $2.3 billion in annual output. The CEDIK study was unveiled at a recent Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government council work...