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Inaugural James B. Beam Institute Industry Conference coming to UK’s Gatton Student Center

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky Bourbon is an $8.6 billion industry in Kentucky and boasts more than 21,000 jobs and rising, accounting for a third of all distilling jobs in the United States. The James B. Beam Institute for Kentucky Spirits at the University of Kentucky will offer an inaugural industry conference Feb. 27 in the UK Gatton Student Center. The Beam Institute is a collaboration...

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...

Tree Farmer of the Year Clifton Taylor shows off well-managed woodlands with instructional tours

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky Clifton Taylor and his wife, Barbara Ellis Taylor, started acquiring tracts of Casey County woodlands in 1959. Today, the family owns about 1,200 well-managed acres, and the couple’s sons and grandchildren are continuing the family work. For their successful efforts in sustainable forest management, the Kentucky Forest Industries Association selected Clifton...

Tree Farmer of the Year Field Day on Oct. 9 highlights Clifton Taylor family farm in Gravel Switch

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky The Clifton Taylor family tree farm in Gravel Switch will be the site of the Tree Farmer of the Year Field Day on Oct. 9. The Kentucky Forest Industries Association selected Taylor as the 2017 Kentucky Tree Farmer of the Year. The honor recognizes his extensive stewardship work. The free field day is presented in conjunction with the University of Kentucky...