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For graduating senior Kymberley Johnson, path to career with Google went through UK

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky University of Kentucky senior Kymberley Johnson capitalized on every opportunity she received during her four years as a college student. Her initiative and drive served her well as she will soon graduate and head to her job at Google in Colorado. Originally from Memphis, Johnson’s family moved to Union in Boone County when she was in high school. Her interest...

UK Extension Homemakers contribute to community safety by making personal protective equipment

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky Necessity is the mother of invention. Bourbon Community Hospital in Paris took that old saw to heart when they, like so many other hospitals and medical facilities in the state, were contemplating how to acquire extra personal protective equipment to prepare for a possible onslaught of patients with COVID-19. The solution turned out to be in their own surgical...

UK entomology graduate student Anna Pasternak recording, evaluating state’s tick population

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Ticks are a concern for anyone who spends a significant amount of time outdoors. A University of Kentucky entomology graduate student is collecting ticks from across Kentucky to determine the make-up of the state’s tick population. Anna Pasternak, a student in the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, is gathering information for the new Kentucky...

UK Cooperative Extension Service readily offers assistance with local food distribution programs

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Staff with the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service are working with local partners to help some of the most vulnerable members in their communities find food during the COVID-19 pandemic. “In smaller counties that are pressed for resources, it’s important that extension readily partners with other community organizations to serve local vulnerable...

UK Extension Service to offer Woodland Stewards webinar series on how to improve forest health

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service will offer a series of free, web-based woodland seminars on five successive Thursday evenings in February and March. The goal of the webinar series, Getting to Know Your Woodlands: Next Steps, is to empower woodland owners to promote environmental and forest health through increased awareness, experience...

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...

Kentucky Proud Evenings offers up a ‘different kind of Western’ with Lexington novelist Margaret Verble

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky The Kentucky Proud Evenings series continues Aug. 22, with Lexington novelist Margaret Verble discussing her book of historical fiction, “Cherokee America.” The Fayette County office of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service hosts the free monthly series, which celebrates Kentucky’s rich literary and food culture with author discussions...

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....

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...

KDA, UK Cooperative Extension Service will transport exhibits to Kentucky State Fair this summer

Want to exhibit at the Kentucky State Fair but can’t make the trip? For the second year in a row, the state fair, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, and the University of Kentucky (UK) Cooperative Extension Service will transport your best preserves, crafts, honey, vegetables, and other exhibits to Louisville from five locations across the Commonwealth. “Getting to the state fair is a challenge...

Community comes together to make sure kids have beds; over 100 volunteers get involved

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Children in Franklin will soon have a comfortable place to sleep thanks to efforts from their community. Several organizations and groups in this south-central Kentucky town have worked for the past six months to build beds for local children in need. During the Franklin-Simpson Middle School health fair in November, two boys told Christy Ramey they did not have...

Burkesville continues to reap benefits of partnership between UK student, Cooperative Extension Service

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky The southern Kentucky town of Burkesville continues to reap the benefits of a project that began several years ago through a partnership between University of Kentucky junior Molly Morgan and Elijah Wilson, the county’s 4-H youth development agent with the UK Cooperative Extension Service. At that time, Morgan was a high school junior, 4-H’er and Rogers Scholar...

UK Cooperative Extension Service art exhibit enhances history, community in Williamsburg

By Katie Pratt UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment An art exhibit is helping people in one southern Kentucky city gain a deeper connection to their history and to each other. The exhibit — ARTifacts: 20 Decades of Whitley County — was designed by Cortney Moses, who is a fine arts extension agent with the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service. It is one of several bicentennial...

UK Cooperative Extension Service, 4-H helps young man share love of animals with others

By Katie Pratt UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment The Trigg County office of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service is helping one young man fulfill his dreams. Jonathon Sink, 19, was born with a neurological condition called apraxia, which makes communication difficult for him. While it is challenging for him to speak, Sink has found comfort and calmness interacting...

Alternative grain storage structures help Kentucky farmers navigate times of slim profit margins

By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward As Kentucky farmers like Brian Shouse and Dan Hendrickson in Union County watched their yield monitors return high numbers during harvest, they knew they would have to figure out somewhere to store this abundance of grain. This was the second year of record or near-record breaking corn yields in Kentucky and many parts of the nation. Couple these yields with slim...

UK Cooperative Extension offices to offer dicamba applicator trainings in wake of EPA restrictions

After various crops across the United States received significant injury from products containing the herbicide dicamba during 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency made it a restricted use pesticide for 2018. That designation means a new set of rules, regulations and an educational component for those who want to continue to apply products containing the herbicide. Extension weed scientists...

UK Dietetics and Human Nutrition students help to create a healthier world one recipe at a time

By Carley Fort Special to KyForward Recently, students in a University of Kentucky Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition class got the chance to create healthier recipes and serve them to panelists that included some Kentucky celebrities. Taught by UK lecturer Jessica Houlihan, students in the experimental foods class receive hands-on application of food modification and its impacts. For their...

Grain producers seeking alternative storage options should remember key factors to avoid spoilage

High corn and soybean yields, a large carryover from 2016 and transportation challenges have combined to put pressure on grain markets this fall. Many farmers are looking at every available storage option. Some have added grain bins to their existing system in recent years, while others are looking at alternative storage, such as equipment storage buildings, covered outdoor piles, grain bags or other...

Who wants to be a dairy farmer? 4-H leadership program introduces teens to their community

By Carol Lea Spence Special to KyForward Granted, it wasn’t a perfect day to visit a dairy farm. A constant hard drizzle managed to stir up a sloppy mess of mud. Not one of the 21 teenagers complained, because hugging and bottle-feeding two-day-old calves trumps mud any day. Moving on to the next stop of the day, they fed hunks of carrots to big-eyed alpacas at Serano Alpaca Farm and ended the morning’s...

Kids Can Cook: UK extension serves up successful cooking program featuring fresh ingredients

By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward Nikita Hampton, 11, thinks she might want to be a chef when she grows up. It’s a big reason why she attended Kids Can Cook twice this summer. Kids Can Cook is a weeklong day camp cooking program offered by the Boyd County office of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service. The program was the idea of Eugenia Wilson, the county’s family and consumer...