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Glasgow community garden provides fresh produce for those in need — with wide range of volunteers

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky A community garden in a south central Kentucky town provides access to fresh produce for low-income residents. The G-town Soul Swales garden in Glasgow is a project of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service, whose agents help plant, harvest and maintain the garden with a wide assortment of community volunteers. LaToya Drake, Barren County family...

Nature lovers will enjoy Kentucky Proud Evenings focus on Red River Gorge biodiversity on June 24

The Kentucky Proud Evenings series continues June 24, when Dan and Judy Dourson discuss the great diversity of both common and rare flora in the Greater Red River Basin. 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 and samples from Plate It Up!...

UK short courses teach owners how to get most from woodlands, achieve particular management goals

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky Woodland owners can find many benefits from attending one of three University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service short courses tailored to their region. The 2019 Woodland Owners Short Course will take place around the state in July and August. “There are many resources available to help woodland owners achieve their objectives, but not everyone knows...

UK Cooperative Extension Service helping cattle producers improve operations, nurture environment

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Most cattle producers want to run as efficient an operation as possible while nurturing a healthy environment in which their livestock can thrive. A University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service program in Jackson County is striving to help local producers do just that. David Coffey started a farm management program in 2017 in the county to focus on producers’...

Kentuckians step up to help Nebraska grain farmers, livestock producers after devastating floods

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky In America’s breadbasket, where the iconic image is “amber waves of grain,” Nebraska grain farmers and livestock producers are instead facing sodden, sand-covered fields, washed-out fencing and a tragic loss of cattle after the worst flooding in 50 years hit their region in March. Kentucky farmers understand what they’re going through, and they are...

Boyd County Extension Homemakers give homeless in Northeast Kentucky a warm, dry place to lay

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Numerous homeless in Northeast Kentucky have a warm, dry place to rest, thanks to the efforts of Boyd County Extension Homemakers. For the past six years, the Extension Homemakers have crocheted sleeping mats for homeless individuals out of plastic grocery bags. The mats warm with body heat, are waterproof and, when woven tight enough, keep mud and ground-dwelling...

UK, Ky. Forage and Grassland Council conference to take fresh approach to alfalfa and stored forages

The University of Kentucky and the Kentucky Forage and Grassland Council will host the 38th Annual Kentucky Alfalfa and Stored Forage Conference. The daylong event will begin at 8 a.m. Feb. 21 at the Fayette County office of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service. A producer cutting alfalfa (Photo courtesy of Chris Teutsch) “Our goal is to help producers improve the efficiency and...

Woodland Stewards free webinar series a ‘primer for beginners’ on Thursday evenings in February, March

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

UK Cooperative Extension Service supports AmeriCorps team with valuable lessons in cooking

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky The 10 AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps members got a little something extra from their two-month stay in the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area when they met University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service’s Melissa Pilcher. They not only got some good eating, they learned how to do it themselves. Pilcher, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance...

UK Cooperative Extension offers information on ticks and alpha-gal syndrome — the ‘red-meat allergy’

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Alpha-gal syndrome, an allergic reaction also known as the “red-meat allergy” that some people develop after a tick bite, is a life-changing diagnosis. Mackie Jo Pennington of Adair County knows that to be too true. “Since I was diagnosed in 2014, I have researched recipes and support options every day,” Pennington said. “I eat pretty much a vegan diet...

New UK Cooperative Extension Service program to help with bull selection, herd genetics

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky One of the most important decisions in a cattle operation is choosing a bull for the herd. It can affect a producer’s operation and bottom line for many years. The University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service is launching a new program to help producers make the best, educated decision about herd genetics. The Bull Value Assessment Program will be a...

Increased awareness, homeowner engagement are goals of UK’s Backyard Streams online program

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky While backyard streams can contribute to a scenic domestic retreat, they can also cause homeowners to have questions and even some concerns, such as flooding, erosion and trash deposits from upstream. Backyard Streams, a new program and online course from the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service, will help homeowners with backyard streams appreciate...

KY Department of Agriculture, UK Extension partner for limited exhibit delivery for 2018 State Fair

Are you a state fair competitor who needs help getting your entries to the 2018 Kentucky State Fair (KSF)? In a new partnership, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA), the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service, and KSF are teaming up to deliver selected agriculture and non-ag general department exhibits. Fair entrants must meet the July 2 entry deadline and must contact regional...

Beaumont Middle School, Clays Mill Elementary student place in statewide financial literacy contests

Two money-savvy students from Beaumont Middle School placed in a statewide poster contest sponsored by the nonprofit Kentucky Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy. The 2018 theme was “Be a Savings Superhero.” Alexandra Seesee received top honors among eighth-graders in the Kentucky Saves Week competition, while classmate Belle Jenkins placed third. Both winning posters are on display...

UK Cooperative Extension Service using arts, natural sciences to bring renowned writer’s works to life

By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward The Greenup County office of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service is using the arts and natural sciences to bring the works of a world-renowned writer to life for students in his native county. Anne Stephens, the county’s fine arts extension agent, collaborated with Greenup County Farm Bureau, Greenup County School District and Shawnee State...

Allen County extension agent Janet Johnson named NEAFCS national extension Educator of the Year

By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward For many years, Janet Johnson has worked tirelessly for the betterment of the citizens of Allen County in her role as an agent for the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service. Her hard work recently garnered national recognition when the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences named her their Educator of the Year. The association...

UK Forestry and Wildlife Webinar series to offer practical information for woodland owners

By Carol Lea Spence Special to KyForward The University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service will offer a forestry webinar series on select evenings from Oct. 26 through Dec. 7. The web-based series will provide a convenient way to acquire useful information, not only for woodland owners but also for those who have an interest in trees and wildlife. UK forestry extension will broadcast the five-part...

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...

UK Cooperative Extension Service to offer three regional Woodland Owners Short Courses

Kentucky forests are becoming fragmented, and landowners’ objectives are changing. Woodland owners who are wondering how to get the most from their property can benefit from attending one of three short courses being offered around the state this summer by the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service. Kentucky boasts nearly 12.5 million acres of forests. More than 300,000 families and...

Farm-City Field Day celebrated in Franklin County for the 59th time Thursday

For 59 years, Farm-City Field Day has brought city and country folk together on a Franklin County farm for a morning filled with educational tours, exhibits and a tasty picnic lunch. This year, the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service event will take place July 6 at the Steve Thornton family farm, 5932 Mt. Zion Road on the west side of the county. Wagon tours at the 2013 Farm-City...