The University of Kentucky has received a $12.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to continue its work to better understand and minimize negative health and environmental impacts from hazardous waste sites.> >
Low grain prices and predictions of record corn and soybean crops in Kentucky have many farmers looking at storage options this year. Some have added grain bins to their existing system in recent years, while others are looking at alternative storage, such as farm shops, covered outdoor piles, grain bags or other structures.> >
The University of Kentucky dairy judging team took first place in the collegiate division at the recent All-American Dairy Show Judging Contest in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Contestants judged 10 classes of dairy cattle and then gave oral reasons on four or five of the classes depending on their division. The show recognized the top five individuals and teams in each division for specific breed performance, oral reasons and overall results.> >
University of Kentucky entomologists have led research and education efforts to prevent the spread of the emerald ash borer since the invasive beetle first appeared in the state in 2009. Personnel with UK’s forest entomology laboratory will educate the public about their continuing efforts to fight the insect at an upcoming event at Raven Run Nature Sanctuary in southern Fayette County.> >
The University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Research Center has developed a novel test to determine the likelihood of a long-term equine arteritis virus carrier state in stallions.
Gluck Center faculty members Professor Udeni Balasuriya, Professor Ernie Bailey and Peter Timoney, Frederick Van Lennep Chair in Equine Veterinary Science, developed the test to determine the genetic basis of a specific haplotype, a group of genes inherited from one parent. Their work was funded by a U. S. Department of Agriculture-Agriculture and Food Research Initiative grant.> >
Some of the most valuable educational experiences occur outside the traditional campus classrooms for University of Kentucky equine science and management undergraduate students. They happen in the barns and businesses that make up the equine industry and are taught by industry stalwarts like Matt Koch, co-owner of Shawhan Place in Paris.> >
A life spent in discovery was recognized recently when the Tobacco Science Research Conference presented University of Kentucky Professor Emeritus George Wagner with its Lifetime Achievement Award at its 70th annual conference in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.> >
In the digital age, one of the problems is how to coordinate and access the vast quantity of data that researchers everywhere are generating. Big-scale genome science generates a massive amount of data in laboratories around the world. The scientific community and the public need a portal to access that information.> >
Getting a combine stuck in a ditch during harvest is the last thing a producer needs. Professionals with the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service are encouraging producers to prepare for this occurrence and to use the proper techniques and equipment to safely remove stuck farm equipment if they find themselves in that situation.> >
Two University of Kentucky students are among 28 students from Southeastern Conference universities who will study abroad during the 2016-17 academic year, the result of a contribution to the league by Dr Pepper. In 2015, the SEC corporate sponsor allocated $100,000 to the conference to provide study abroad opportunities for SEC students who excel in the classroom, demonstrate financial need and represent nontraditional study abroad participants.> >
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the University of Kentucky Income Tax Seminar Program, a highly successful outreach series that presents updates on both federal and state tax preparation for tax professionals, enrolled agents, certified public accountants, certified financial planners and attorneys. From Oct. 27 through Jan. 5, the program will host seminars around Kentucky that are designed for professional tax preparers with at least one year of tax preparation experience.> >
– This year, Mountain Ag Week is putting a focus on taking pride in the opportunities and resources of Appalachia. The University of Kentucky Robinson Center for Appalachian Resource Sustainability is hosting events Sept. 27- Oct. 1 to celebrate> >
The Herb Davis Tree Farm near Liberty in Casey County will be the site of the Tree Farmer of the Year Field Day on Oct. 12.> >
A lifelong 4-H’er has taken the helm of one of Kentucky’s most popular and storied youth development programs.
The University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service has named Mark Mains the assistant director of Kentucky 4-H after a national search. He began this role Sept. 1.
Mains has served as a Kentucky extension specialist for 4-H youth development since 2004. Prior to that, he was the 4-H youth development agent in Kenton County.> >
The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and Atalo Holdings Inc., a hemp research, development and processing company based in Winchester, are partnering in research efforts to make the crop more commercially viable.> >
Researchers in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment brought in a record amount of grant awards from outside sources during the past fiscal year.> >
A familiar face to many Kentucky grain producers recently was named director of the University of Kentucky Grains Center of Excellence. Chad Lee, UK grain crops extension specialist, began his new role Aug. 1.> >
Some journeys circle back. In the 1990s, Wes Harrison was a doctoral student in agricultural economics at the University of Kentucky. After 22 years, he has returned to chair the UK Department of Community and Leadership Development in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.
On Aug. 1, Harrison took over leadership of the multi-disciplinary department that includes community education, communications, development and leadership, sociology and agriculture education.> >
It's been 10 years since Larry Turner, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment associate dean for extension, died in the crash of Comair Flight 5191. On WUKY's UK Perspectives, Jimmy Henning, who currently holds the position, shares memories of his colleague. Turner was on his way to an extension conference when the tragedy occurred.> >
The University of Kentucky’s Craig Carter is a recognized leader in veterinary medicine around the world. Recently the American Veterinary Medical Association presented the 2016 International Veterinary Congress Prize to Carter, director of the Veterinary Diagnostic Lab in the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. The prize recognizes his international contributions to veterinary health.> >
A $1.46 million grant awarded to the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment will help revitalize the downtowns of economically challenged southeastern Kentucky.> >
University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment specialists will present the latest research in forage and livestock production management during the Kentucky Forage and Grassland Council Field Day.> >
The University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Research Foundation will induct three scientists into the UK Equine Research Hall of Fame Oct. 25 at the Hilary J. Boone Center on the UK campus.> >