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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Molly Morgan takes pride in her hometown of Burkesville. As a high school junior, the 4-H’er set out to make the town and Cumberland County a more beautiful place.

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For the first time since 1997, the University of Kentucky Department of Agricultural Economics’ Academic Bowl team brought home the national championship.

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Once again, students from the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment put together a successful team that built one of the top entries at the recent American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers International Quarter-Scale Tractor Student Design Competition.

This year, the team’s offering placed third overall. Success is nothing new to the team with three first-place finishes in the past five years. In 2013, the team placed second.

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The Preparing for Opportunity training series, presented by the Kentucky Small Business Development Center in partnership with the Letcher County Fiscal Court, has come to a successful conclusion.

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When Pamela Gray begins her new role as senior director of philanthropy for the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment on Sept.1, she will be coming home to a campus she once roamed as an undergraduate.

Gray, who grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin, earned an undergraduate degree in communications from UK. 

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The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment will host an industrial hemp field day Aug. 11 at UK’s Spindletop Research Farm in Lexington.

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Preserving food at the height of summer to consume in the pit of winter—at one time, was a skill that nearly every woman learned from her mother and passed on to her daughters. With the advent of grocery stores and a food distribution system that defies the seasons, food preservation skills have declined over the past three or four decades.

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When 13-year-old Shane Turner walked into the first day of the Super Star Chef program, the instructors could tell he didn’t want to be there, but by the end of the week, everything changed.

“I’ve never really been able to cook at home; I never really wanted to,” said Turner, a soon-to-be Fleming County eighth-grader. “I’m usually playing outside or playing video games, but now I’ll try this at home.”

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At one time, the three Rs were considered the solid foundation of any education. Now add a new letter to that list of reading, ‘riting and ‘rithmetic—the letter E, which represents a new curriculum-based program, E-Discovery. While the E in E-Discovery stands for entrepreneur, it also wraps encouragement and enterprise into a program for students in elementary through high school.

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Over the past four decades, Lloyd Murdock, University of Kentucky extension soils specialist, has helped farmers across the state and region improve their operations. His efforts have not gone unnoticed.

Murdock recently received the Service to American/World Agriculture award from the National Association of County Agricultural Agents during their annual conference in Little Rock, Arkansas. It is the highest award given by the organization and recognizes the award winner’s major contributions to agriculture.

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University of Kentucky plant breeder Tim Phillips has developed a new tall fescue variety that is nontoxic to grazing animals.

The variety, Lacefield MaxQ II, is the result of selections Phillips, a member of the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, made from endophyte-free Kentucky 31 and related lines. Phillips named the variety for UK Professor Emeritus Garry Lacefield upon his retirement to honor his numerous contributions to the forage industry and to the college.

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Salmonella outbreaks associated with contact with live poultry in backyard flocks that began in early June are now affecting people in 45 states, and Kentucky appears to have the highest number of illnesses. University of Kentucky poultry specialists are stressing the importance of preventing bacteria for backyard flock owners.

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Music has been Halie Sawyers’ passion since she first started belting out tunes as a child. But it was not until she joined the Kentucky 4-H Performing Arts Troupe and Leadership Board that the Todd County native learned how her passion could transform her into a leader and guide her to a future career path.

“Becoming a member of the troupe was one of the best decisions I have ever made,” Sawyers said. “It has helped me grow as a leader, a musician and a person.”

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The Bluegrass State is poised to see an extended period of mostly dry conditions and a prolonged heat wave. This will create dangerous conditions for livestock, horses and pets.

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Thanks to funding from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board, the University of Kentucky Grains Center of Excellence will help advance Kentucky agriculture for decades.

The board awarded the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment a $15 million grant on July 15 to renovate and expand the UK Research and Education Center in Princeton, with particular emphasis on grain crops and forages. The university must match the award.

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The 2016 wheat growing season was nearly picture perfect for most Kentucky producers. As a result, farmers are reporting good yields across the state now that harvest is complete.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service said the overall average yield for the state’s wheat growers was 74 bushels per acre.

Carrie Knott, University of Kentucky grain crops extension specialist, said planting conditions last fall started the growing season off right.

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Visiting farms and checking greenhouses is all in a spring day’s work for Carol Hinton, Breckinridge County extension agent. It’s these visits and her attention to detail that help farmers in this agriculture-dependent county continue to grow tobacco.

Hinton is one of several Kentucky agriculture and natural resources extension agents who work with their growers to make sure they are compliant with the U.S. Tobacco Good Agricultural Practices Program. Without their compliance and participation in an annual training, growers cannot sell their tobacco.

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University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment specialists will discuss their research and industry advances during the Corn, Soybean and Tobacco Field Day July 28 at the UK Research and Education Center Farm in Princeton.

The field day begins with registration at 7 a.m. CDT. A total of four concurrent tours—three for grain crops and one for tobacco—begin at 7:50 a.m. Producers will have opportunities to participate in all the tours.

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A door to greater business opportunities is about to open for the companies and communities of Eastern Kentucky with the proposed construction of a federal prison in Roxana. For those who wish to get a leg up on the many prospects the prison will bring, the Kentucky Small Business Development Center, in partnership with the Letcher County Fiscal Court, will offer the Preparing for Opportunity training series.

Businesses can choose from workshops offered along two training tracks: government contracting and general business.

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The Kentucky Small Business Development Center announced that the Louisville Small Business Development Center staff is the recipient of the 2016 Sutton Landry State Star for Kentucky. The Louisville staff will be recognized at a private reception during the America’s Small Business Development Center conference in Orlando, Florida.

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