Even in a landlocked state, there are plenty of aquatic systems that need to be properly managed, including more than 200,000 ponds. To help landowners better manage their water resources, the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service and Kentucky State University will host two aquaculture programs in Western Kentucky.> >
Let’s face it, the dairy business can get messy, but there’s no reason producers can’t turn poo into profit. Upcoming meetings throughout Kentucky aim to show dairy cattle managers how to do just that.> >
The deadline for contributing to the first research crowdfunding project at the University of Kentucky is March 10.> >
Debbie Anderson, co-founder and executive director of Strides to Success, will speak at the 2014 W. Norris Duvall Leader in Residence event March 24-28. Strides to Success is an equine assisted learning facility located in Plainfield, Ind., that connects horses with kids, adults and veterans for educational purposes and life skills development.> >
Registration continues for the 2014 season of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment’s Community Supported Agriculture project. All UK faculty, staff and students are eligible to enroll in the program, which provides them with a weekly share of fresh, certified organic vegetables from May through October. The project is an integral part of the experiential education component of the college’s sustainable agriculture undergraduate degree program.> >
Military families face unique challenges and struggles. As a way to help military families bond and reconnect when they return from a deployment, the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service is hosting two free military family camps this summer. The Deployment Support Camps were made possible by a grant UK Family and Consumer Sciences Extension received from the Department of Defense.> >
John Orlowski, a University of Kentucky doctoral student in crop science, had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity when he was selected as an intern for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in China.> >
What is a wildflower? A wildflower is food for wildlife. A wildflower can be important medicinally or ecologically. And at this time of year, when winter has stretched herself to an inexorable extent, an early wildflower is the promise of spring and better days ahead.> >
Illustrious graduates of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment were inducted Feb. 21 into the 2014 class of the college’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni.
Of the 13 honorees, this year’s living inductees are James Mahan, Herbert Ockerman and Glenn Stith. These honorees have had outstanding careers and continue to serve as important members of their fields and their communities.> >
The seventh annual Kentucky Dairy Partners meeting is set for Feb. 25-26 at the Sloan Convention Center in Bowling Green. The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment is a sponsor of the event for dairy producers, industry representatives and anyone interested in the dairy industry.> >
Through a unique opportunity, an undergraduate student in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment recently shared her nutritional knowledge and conducted clinical research in South America.> >
It’s been a hard winter on Kentucky’s trees. Though the state hasn’t suffered a catastrophic ice storm this year, there has been enough ice to cause significant damage to both woodland and urban trees in some areas.
“It was particularly onerous on some of the pines, particularly Eastern white pine,” said Jeff Stringer, referring to an icy storm that struck the Bluegrass a couple of weeks ago. Stringer is an extension professor in the University of Kentucky Department of Forestry, part of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.> >
The University of Kentucky Ag Equine Programs will host its sixth annual UK Equine Career and Opportunity Fair from 4:30 to 7 p.m. EST March 4 at Spindletop Hall in Lexington.> >
Six University of Kentucky educators were recently named recipients of the UK Alumni Association 2014 Great Teacher Award.
The recipients are:> >
The 2014 Integrated Pest Management Training will be Wednesday, March 5, at the University of Kentucky Research and Education Center in Princeton. The program will start at 9 a.m. CST and end at 3 p.m.> >
The cattle industry is rapidly evolving and meeting consumer demands is becoming more challenging. Stocker cattle operators wishing to explore ideas for making their operations more efficient and profitable will want to attend this year’s Mid-South Stocker Conference Feb. 18-19 in Buchanan, Tenn.> >
Seed beetles, native to the Southwest, can change the size of their eggs to increase their offspring’s survival rate. A post-doctoral scholar in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment is studying how the beetle does this, with the goal of using it as a model to understand how insects, including other seed beetles that are major agricultural pests in Asia and Africa, respond to changing environmental conditions.> >
In March, University of Kentucky researchers will launch a second study of the effectiveness of Equine Guided Leadership Education, a process of using horses to teach emotional intelligence and leadership competencies to nurse leaders.> >
The 34th annual Kentucky Alfalfa Conference returns to south-central Kentucky this year. The conference begins at 8:30 a.m. CST and ends at 3 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Western Kentucky University Expo Center in Bowling Green.
Speakers include forage and beef specialists from the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and Western Kentucky University, UK Cooperative Extension agents, Kentucky alfalfa producers and a seed company representative.> >
Cattle quality has been on the rise in Eastern Kentucky for several years now. Beef producers have a local stockyard to sell their animals, and now there’s a place for those cattle to be processed and sold to Kentucky consumers.
Jonathan Whitt of JSW Farm in Wrigley had a dream to own a stockyard and a processing facility. He already owned Lee City Stockyards, so his dream came true last fall when he opened The Chop Shop, now the largest U.S. Department of Agriculture inspected processing facility in Eastern Kentucky.> >
University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service and UK Ag Equine Programs will host Pastures Please!! 6 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Scott County Extension office, 1130 Cincinnati Road in Georgetown. The public is invited to the free annual event, particularly horse owners and farm managers interested in the latest information about horse pasture management.> >
Finding yourself unemployed after years at the same job can sometimes be demoralizing. University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension and the UK Alumni Career Services are partnering in Job Club to make the search for that new job less daunting and more successful.> >
A team from the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment won the 2014 National Forage Bowl.
The National Forage Bowl is an undergraduate quiz competition that tests students on their ability to retain and quickly recall information pertinent to forage and livestock management.
“It’s very rewarding to see the students put in the effort and take the initiative to compete in and win this contest,” said Ben Goff, team adviser and UK assistant professor in forage legumes.> >
LEXINGTON, Ky., (Jan. 23, 2014) – Bitter cold temperatures have been a theme this winter, and are now here again. Experts at the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment offer tips for managing horses during extremely cold weather.> >
Save for the brief warm-up last weekend, this could end up being the coldest stretch of sub-freezing temperatures Kentuckians have experienced in quite some time. The lingering period of extreme cold puts livestock at risk.
“Normal temperatures this time of year are supposed to be in the low-to-mid 40s, with lows dipping into the 20s,” said Matthew Dixon, University of Kentucky agricultural meteorologist. “The low temperature for Lexington on Jan. 22 was -6 degrees Fahrenheit, and that’s the coldest this city has been since January 2004.”> >