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UK distilling, wine and brewing students learn about art and career potential of blending in spirits industry

Don McGrew, Americas Blending Technical Manager for the James B. Beam Distilling Company, talks to UK students about the art of getting the right barrels in the right bottles. (Photo by Matt Barton) By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky Don McGrew knows bourbon, from seed to sip, barrel to bottle. He’s been in the spirits industry for more than a quarter of a century and is currently the Americas...

UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment inducts latest class of distinguished alumni

By Laura Skillman University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment has inducted four new members into its Hall of Distinguished Alumni. This year’s recipients include a leader in the field of antibody engineering for cancer therapies, an agricultural educator and advocate, college administrator and home economics leader, and devoted educator and advocate...

Project to map white oak DNA aims to provide greater understanding of major part of state’s signature spirit

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky Bourbon isn’t bourbon without the mighty white oak. Distillers have been aging bourbon in oak barrels as far back as the Roman Empire. Oak barrels give bourbon its unique caramel, vanilla, nutty and toasted flavors. Kentucky distillers rely especially on the white oak. But what if disease hits the species? How would industry professionals protect it? The University...

11th annual Kentucky Celebrates Small Business Awards honors successes across the state

Fifteen small businesses from across the commonwealth received recognition for their exceptional business practices and success at the 11th annual Kentucky Celebrates Small Business Awards Ceremony. Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton, Kentucky Small Business Development Center state director Kristina Joyce, Small Business Administration acting district director, Robert Coffey and small-business supporters from...

Eastern tent caterpillar egg hatch underway in Central Kentucky; Farm managers urged to be vigilant

By Holly Wiemers University of Kentucky Eastern tent caterpillars have begun to hatch, with the first instances being seen in Lexington on March 24, according to Daniel Potter, professor of entomology, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. According to Potter, after spending about nine months as eggs in masses on twigs of wild cherry and related trees, the first tiny...

UK to host inaugural High School Crop Scouting Competition July 30 at Princeton research center

Registration is now open for the University of Kentucky’s inaugural High School Crop Scouting Competition. The event will take place from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. July 30 at the UK Research and Education Center in Princeton. UK corn and soybean research plots (Photo by Matt Barton, UK agricultural communications) Participating teams should consist of four to six high-school students and an adult leader....

Lexington horse farm sees success from pasture renovations guided by UK College of Agriculture

By: Katie Pratt UK College of Agriculture A Kentucky Thoroughbred horse farm is reaping the benefits of healthier mares and foals due to pasture renovations they made over the past year with guidance from personnel in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. Horses graze on pasture at Mill Ridge Farm. Photo by Jimmy Henning, UK extension forage specialist. In 2017, Mill...

Henry Clay Foundation, Hemp Heritage Alliance to host third annual Hemp Dinner at Ashland Aug. 28

The Henry Clay Memorial Foundation in partnership with the Kentucky Hemp Heritage Alliance will present the third annual Hemp Dinner from 5:30-7:30 p.m. August 28. Guests will enjoy gourmet al fresco dining under the Ashland lawn tent, featuring a hemp-infused meal prepared by Chef Jeremy Ashby (Azur Restaurant).  Industry leaders will highlight the progress of present-day Kentucky hemp production...

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....

Fayette County Extension Service will present fifth installment of Kentucky Proud Evenings July 23

Fayette County Cooperative Extension Service will present the fifth installment of the Kentucky Proud Evenings series Monday, July 23 with guest author Deirdre Scaggs discussing her book, “The Historic Kentucky Kitchen: Traditional Recipes for Today’s Cook.” The free monthly series celebrates The University Press of Kentucky’s 75th anniversary with author discussions and samples from Plate...

Kentucky Proud Evening in June shines a light on famous Lexington cold case

Fayette County Cooperative Extension Service will present the fourth installment of the Kentucky Proud Evenings series Monday, June 25 with guest author Robert G. Lawson talking about his book, “Who Killed Betty Gail Brown? Murder, Mistrial, and Mystery.” The free monthly series celebrates The University Press of Kentucky’s 75th anniversary with author discussions and samples from Plate It Up!...

University of Kentucky plant pathologists warns cold, wet spring could lead to seedling blights in corn

This year’s wet, chilly spring has delayed corn planting across the state. With additional recent rains, the corn that is in the ground could be susceptible to seedling blights, said Kiersten Wise, University of Kentucky extension plant pathologist in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. Corn plants affected by seedling blight may have poor emergence. Photo courtesy of the Crop Protection...

The State Botanical Garden of Kentucky, The Arboretum, to celebrate Arbor Day April 28

In a state where native woodlands are valued for recreation and income, and in a city known for its tree-lined streets, it seems especially appropriate to celebrate and honor trees with Arbor Day at The Arboretum, State Botanical Garden of Kentucky. With generous support from presenting sponsor, Kentucky Utilities Company, the culminating event of The Arboretum’s annual month-long celebration, Party...

Ky. Small Business Development Center offering help for businesses rebuilding after recent floods

The Kentucky Small Business Development Center offers help to businesses who have suffered damage from all of the flooding across the state this year. “Many people do not know that the KSBDC serves business owners throughout the business life cycle. This includes when disaster hits,” said Becky Naugle, state director. “Our counselors are here to help a business weather the storm. With the flooding...

UK researchers to grow malaria-fighting plants in cooperation with German Company ArtemiFlow

University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment researchers will grow the malaria-fighting plant Artemisia annua, as part of a cooperative agreement with the German company ArtemiFlow. Artemisinin-based therapies are the most effective malaria treatment used throughout the world; however, supplies of artemisinin have been unreliable in recent decades. UK’s portion of the project...

UK faculty working with Kentucky farmers to prevent livestock losses incurred by Black vultures

By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward Black vultures are a concern for livestock producers throughout Kentucky, particularly this time of the year, as they can kill newborn calves and other juvenile livestock. University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment faculty and staff are working with Kentucky producers to find low-cost, legal options to control these birds and prevent livestock...

Boot, Scoot and Boogie 5K April 14 will benefit UK agricultural education scholarship fund

It’s time to lace up the running shoes, get a little exercise and, in the process, support University of Kentucky agricultural education students. The 2018 Boot, Scoot, and Boogie 5K race will be April 14 at The Club at UK’s Spindletop Hall. UK Department of Community and Leadership Development hosts the annual run/walk event as a fundraiser for an endowed scholarship fund for agricultural education...

University of Kentucky researchers begin three-year study on pollinator food availability on farmland

Pollinators are extremely important to agriculture, accounting for one in every three bites of food, but their populations have been declining worldwide for a number of years. In a new study, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment researchers are evaluating how food availability on farmland impacts bee communities in early spring. UK entomologist Clare Rittschof is leading...

Kentucky Agricultural Leadership Program accepting nominations for Class XII; application due July 15

The Kentucky Agricultural Leadership Program is accepting nominations for Class XII. KALP, housed in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, is an intensive two-year program designed for young agricultural producers and agribusiness individuals from Kentucky and Tennessee. Class XI participants listen to a presentation in Krakow, Poland. (Photo from UK Ag) “Anyone...

Registration open for March 17 Ohio River Valley Woodlands and Wildlife Workshop in Loveland, OH

Registration for The Ohio River Valley Woodlands and Wildlife Workshop is now open. This year’s workshop, an annual tri-state event that rotates between Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio, will be held at the Oasis Golf Club and Conference Center, Loveland, Ohio March 17. Forestry and wildlife experts will provide an array of educational sessions designed to help woodland owners get the most out of their...