A nonprofit publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

University of Kentucky’s CEDIK celebrating a decade of helping rural communities thrive

By Carol Lea Spence Unviersity of Kentucky For 10 years, rural Kentucky communities looking to build dynamic, sustainable economies have turned to the University of Kentucky’s Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky for support. With research-based data, targeted publications, leadership development, coalition-building and networking support, CEDIK has made a difference for many...

University of Kentucky to offer pest management training school March 12 at Princeton research center

The University of Kentucky’s IPM Training School is scheduled for March 12 at the UK Research and Education Center in Princeton. A brown marmorated stink bug feeds on soybeans. (Photo by Ric Bessin, UK extension entomologist) During the daylong event, UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment specialists will discuss the latest research and integrated pest management techniques to manage field...

NTRA Charities provides $100,000 grant to UK’s Ag Equine Programs for surfaces and safety laboratory

A gift of $100,000 by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Charities will enable the University of Kentucky to further support equine surfaces and safety research under the direction of Mick Peterson, director of UK Ag Equine Programs. Funds will be used to renovate existing space within the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment to create the NTRA Charities Equine Surfaces and Safety...

Kentucky’s cattle are taking a hit from the wettest year on record, showing signs of stress

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky 2018 was Kentucky’s wettest year on record, and the new year seems to be more of the same. This means most livestock producers are dealing with less than ideal conditions, and cattle are showing signs of stress. “It is important to understand this winter has been relatively easy temperature-wise but difficult for cattle in Kentucky,” said Michelle Arnold,...

Cold weather doesn’t chill enthusiam, as nearly 2000 FFA, 4-H members attend UK’s 48th annual Field Day

By Carol Lea Spence Special to KyForward Nearly 2,000 FFA and 4-H members from Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana gathered on a cold April day on the University of Kentucky campus for the 48th annual UK Field Day. Throughout a busy day of competition and networking, they also learned about the many educational opportunities available in the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. The field day attracts...

University of Kentucky’s annual lawn mower clinic planned for March 22-25 at Ag Machine Research lab

The University of Kentucky’s popular lawn mower clinic will be March 22-25 at the Agriculture Machine Research Lab on campus. The goals for the clinic are to provide preventative maintenance for the upcoming lawn care season and to give students in the UK Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering a chance to fine-tune their skills. (Photo from UK BAE Student Branch) For $35, UK College...

UK’s Princeton Research and Education Center to change labs’ protocol due to renovation, expansion

The upcoming renovation and expansion of the University of Kentucky Research and Education Center in Princeton will change sample drop-off policies and procedures for the center’s soil testing and plant disease diagnostic laboratories. These changes are meant to help technicians process samples from clients as quickly and efficiently as possible, as the center grows to accommodate the Grain and...

University of Kentucky Family Center hosts annual Relationship Checkup just in time for Valentine’s Day

By Stephanie Swarts Special to KyForward Imagine having a car and not taking it to the shop for a service checkup. Whether it has 5,000 miles or 150,000 miles on it, service checkups and tune-ups are necessary to keep the car running smoothly and extend its life. Just like a car, human relationships need a checkup every once in a while to keep a couple moving forward. With Valentine’s Day just around...

The Arboretum offering Trees and Carbon Storage field trips to schools, youth groups through June

By Carol Lea Spence Special to KyForward Schools and environmental youth groups are invited to tour The Arboretum in Lexington to learn more about trees reducing the effects of climate change. The Kentucky Association for Environmental Education and Kentucky State University Center for Environmental Education have provided funds to keep the field trips, Trees and Carbon Storage: How You Can Help Reduce...

UK colleges team up to develop a video game to educate young family farmers, help prevent injuries

By Olivia McCoy Special to KyForward Family farming differs from other professions because people in this field both work and live in the same location. This means the risk of injury in the workplace is higher than usual; you never leave the workplace. Agriculture ranks among the most dangerous industries, with an estimated annual cost of agricultural injuries exceeding $4.5 billion. Researchers...

Fresh Approach: Cooking ‘intervention’ helps Appalachian residents learn healthier habits

Mary Stevens, right, of Jackson, attends heart-healthy cooking classes with her mother Betty. The classes are offered through UK’s REACH – Rural Eating and Healthy Cooking – program. (UKNow photo)   By Elizabeth Adams Special to KyForward   West Liberty resident Bonnie Burton describes her husband as a “meat-and-potatoes” eater who shuns broccoli and other green vegetables.   So...

Targeting Hunger: UKAg’s faculty, staff, students join forces to fight food insecurity

  Part of the UKAg effort to help those with limited resources eat healthy is to tweak traditional recipes to make them more nutritious. After revamping the old recipes, Dietetics and Human Nutrition students hold taste testings in the cooking lab in UK’s Erikson Hall. (Photo by Matt Barton)   By Aimee Nielson Special to KyForward   To survive, many people often turn to friends...

Forests offer sustainable economic hope for Eastern Kentucky, new SOAR study shows

This aerial photograph shows the Robinson Forest Research Camp surrounded by the hills and mountains of Eastern Kentucky. (Photo by Matt Barton)   Forestry and the forest industry represent a viable option for sustainable revenue in Eastern Kentucky. That was the conclusion of a recent University of Kentucky study of 54 Kentucky counties for the Shaping Our Appalachian Region, or SOAR, initiative.   The...

Saddle up Safely partnership between two UK colleges produces two horse safety booklets

By Holly Wiemers Special to KyForward   University of Kentucky HealthCare, in partnership with UK colleges of Public Health and Agriculture, Food and Environment and in conjunction with close to 50 community, equine and medical organizations, has released two new educational booklets within the Saddle Up Safely educational partnership.   One in five professional riders have serious injuries...

Do pristine lawns harm the environment?
UK researchers hoping to find the answer

UK doctoral student Kenneth Cropper takes measurements in one of the lawn management systems at UK Spindletop Research Farm. (Photo by Katie Pratt)   By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward   Many homeowners love the sight of a pristine, green lawn. But does that beautiful, meticulously kept lawn come at a cost to the environment? University of Kentucky scientists are conducting research to find...

UK launches hemp pilot program; two trials for fiber production, one for seed production

The University of Kentucky launched its industrial hemp pilot program when hemp seeds were planted at Spindletop Farm, marking another milestone in the drive to restore industrial hemp production to the Commonwealth.   “The University of Kentucky’s pilot program will help us recover much of the knowledge about industrial hemp production that has been lost since hemp was last grown in Kentucky,”...

Creating habitats for hundreds of zoo animals a ‘nice way to make a living,’ UK alum says

UK alum Steve Foltz is responsible for creating habitats for hundreds of animals at the Cincinnati Zoo. (Photo from UKNow)   By Kody Kiser and Amy Jones-Timoney Special to KyForward   While the animals understandably take center stage at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, the environment where they live is always on the mind of Steve Foltz.   As director of horticulture for the...

UK study measures effectiveness of program teaching nurses leadership through horses

Through the Equine Guided Leadership Education program, nurses work with horses to learn emotional intelligence. (Photo from UK College of Agriculture) In March, University of Kentucky researchers will launch a second study of the effectiveness of Equine Guided Leadership Education, a process of using horses to teach emotional intelligence and leadership competencies to nurse leaders.   The...

UK’s Nancy Cox talks about the importance, future of equine education in Bluegrass

By Natalie Voss The Paulick Report   Nancy Cox is the new dean of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and the Environment, replacing former dean Scott Smith. Cox, previously the associate dean of research in the college, was the founding administrator of the university’s equine studies department, which works closely with the Thoroughbred industry in Lexington. She holds...

UK's Nancy Cox talks about the importance, future of equine education in Bluegrass

By Natalie Voss The Paulick Report   Nancy Cox is the new dean of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and the Environment, replacing former dean Scott Smith. Cox, previously the associate dean of research in the college, was the founding administrator of the university’s equine studies department, which works closely with the Thoroughbred industry in Lexington. She holds...