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Bevin says he exposed his kids to chickenpox, rejecting vaccinations; health officials say that’s risky

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Gov. Matt Bevin said in a radio interview that he exposed his nine children to chickenpox instead of vaccinating them, a practice that is strongly opposed by health officials as risky. Bevin also cast doubt on longstanding government policy of requiring vaccinations and incorrectly attributed the requirement to the federal government rather than the state. His...

Rural Blog: Hemp boom has arrived, but economists advise farmers, investors to act with caution

The hemp boom has arrived with legalization under the new Farm Bill, especially with the new market for cannabidiol (CBD) preparations, but annual growth is likely to remain stable, and production may be concentrated “in relatively few states where hemp can be grown at the lowest cost of production and transported shorter distances for processing,” write University of Kentucky agricultural...

University of Kentucky, City of Louisville partnering for $2.1 billion ‘Kentucky Can’ campaign

UK President Eli Capilouto speaks to more than 250 supporters who attended the Kentucky Can campaign kickoff in Louisville March 19. (Photo by Mark Cornelison, UK) By Jay Blanton University of Kentucky The state’s largest city has large aspirations for the future: at least 40,000 more residents with bachelor’s degrees in Louisville to fuel sustainable, long-term economic growth. Such goals, says...

University of Kentucky, Department for Public Health collaboration aims to eliminate new HIV infections

A collaborative program aimed at preventing new HIV infections in Kentucky, as well as expanding education and care for persons living with HIV, is being launched in Northern Kentucky and throughout the Commonwealth. In 2018, there were 352 new HIV cases diagnosed in Kentucky with 46 of the cases in the Northern Kentucky Area Development District (ADD), where the rate of infection has doubled since...

Florence Williams, author of ‘The Nature Fix,’ to speak at UK; natural world affects mood, health

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky When journalist and author Florence Williams moved with her outdoor-loving family from Colorado to Washington, D.C., she quickly discovered that urban living can take its toll on a person. Williams subsequently plunged into a two-year search for answers on how the natural world affects people and learned that, yes, being in nature can improve mood and health,...

UK study: Affordability will determine autonomous machinery adoption by grain producers

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky When autonomous machinery becomes available, grain producers who adopt it would likely see economic benefits, but only if the machinery is not cost prohibitive, according to a University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment study. While autonomous technology, such as driverless tractors, is not commercially available in the U.S. yet, it could...

Kentucky producers: Time to assess wheat fields for yield potential following months of extreme weather

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Kentucky wheat producers need to assess their fields to decide whether to keep or terminate the crop following several months of extreme weather conditions, said Carrie Knott, extension grain crops specialist in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. Kentucky agricultural producers have dealt with wet, cool and cloudy conditions...

SEC Tournament: Wildcats roll Tide to advance to semifinals, 73-75, avenging an earlier two-point loss

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today NASHVILLE — Kentucky got even with Alabama.   The Wildcats (27-5) avenged a 77-75 loss to the Crimson Tide earlier this season and welcomed the return of senior Reid Travis to the lineup with a 73-55 win in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference Tournament Friday night at Bridgestone Arena. “It was a good win,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said....

Chandler Medical Center surgeon Matthew Bush named Foundation for a Healthy Ky. Endowed Chair

Matthew Bush, a Chandler Medical Center head and neck surgeon, has been named the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky Endowed Chair for Rural Health Policy at the University of Kentucky (UK). Dr. Bush’s research involves increasing access to specialty health care for vulnerable populations. The Foundation’s endowed chair positions were established in 2001, at the Foundation’s inception....

Kentucky sets stage for legalization of medical marijuana for certain medcial conditions

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service Kentucky lawmakers have taken the first steps toward legalizing medical marijuana. House Bill 136 is up for a House vote. It would allow patients with certain medical conditions to be prescribed medical marijuana by their physician and would permit marijuana plants to be grown in the state by licensed growers and dispensaries. Under House Bill 136, Kentuckians...

UK agricultural economist: Revenue protection insurance favors corn over soybeans in 2019

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Revenue protection insurance will favor corn over soybeans for the first time in two years, said Todd Davis, agricultural economist in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. The safety net, also known as the crop insurance price guarantee, is established at the end of each February and based on futures prices for the December corn...

Kentucky by Heart: James Duane Bolin pens first in-depth, critical biography of ‘Baron of the Bluegrass’

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist There was a day when collegiate basketball in America was “just a sport,” when college gyms were marginal — often smaller and less attractive than those of today’s high schools — and most followers did so from sources via radio, newspapers, and information from friends. No cable TV, no ESPN, no 24-hour coverage… and March Madness as we know...

UK’s new KYH2O podcast series entertaining way to learn about important water resources

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky Water is abundant in Kentucky with its more than 90,000 miles of waterways. KYH2O, a new podcast series produced by the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, uses multiple lenses to examine the importance of that precious natural resource. “We’re looking at all things water in Kentucky. It’s not just purely science. There...

Commentary: UK’s journey – like that of Lyman T. Johnson 70 years ago – is one of forward progress

By Eli Capilouto and Sonja Feist-Price Special to KyForward One man. One courageous step. Seventy years of a journey that is still unfolding and evolving. That is the story the University of Kentucky community is celebrating with particular reverence this month and throughout the next year. It is the story of an institution intentionally striving to be a community of belonging, even while acknowledging...

UK forage extension specialists to host Novel Tall Fescue Renovation Workshop March 20 in Princeton

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Kentucky 31 tall fescue is a double-edged sword for many forage and livestock producers because of its toxin-producing endophyte. University of Kentucky forage extension specialists are teaming up with the Alliance for Grassland Renewal to host a workshop to teach producers how to renovate their tall fescue pastures with a novel endophyte variety. The Novel Tall...

University of Kentucky researchers invite equestrians to participate in online ‘Portrait of a Rider’ survey

University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment researcher Karin Pekarchik and College of Public Health researcher Kimberly Tumlin are seeking participation for an online survey to better understand who participates in horse activities and sports. (KyForward File Photo from CP National Horse Show) “Portrait of a Rider: Characterizing Active Participants in Horse Activities and...

Mid-South Stocker Conference on March 21 aims to help operators by ‘Opening Pathways to Profitability’

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky Beef producers have to deal with the constant ebb and flow of their industry. Variables such as weather, market prices, fuel and other input costs, along with added influence of external forces of politics, economics, animal rights and consumer perceptions, make profitability a challenge. The 2019 Mid-South Stocker Conference aims to help stocker operators by...

Registration now open for UK’s Expanding Your Horizons Conference for middle school girls April 20

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky is hosting the third annual Expanding Your Horizons Conference for middle school girls and their parents or guardians from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on April 20. This day of hands-on workshops will inform young Kentucky girls and their parents about exciting career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Women...

Study finds ambulance runs for rural patients 76% longer when hospitals close, 98% longer for seniors

When a rural hospital closes, it’s logical to assume that patients in its former service area will spend more time in ambulances getting to an emergency room farther away. A University of Kentucky study has figured out just how much more: “An estimated 11 additional minutes in an ambulance the year after a hospital closure in their ZIP code, a 76 percent increase compared to before the...

Lawmakers question reasons for cancellation of health study on affects of surface coal mining

Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service Democratic lawmakers are probing the reasons why a National Academy of Sciences study on the health effects of surface coal mining in Central Appalachia was canceled. The U.S. Interior Department halted the study in 2017, calling it a cost-saving measure. Airborne micro-particles from surface mining are believed to be linked to a variety of health problems (Photo...