The 2014 Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference and Trade Show will have something of interest for all fruit and vegetable producers. This year’s event convenes at 8 a.m. Jan. 6 at Lexington’s Embassy Suites Hotel and concludes around 5 p.m. Jan. 7.
Preconference activities on Jan. 5 include tree fruit and small fruit roundtable discussions.> >
Kentucky agricultural cash receipts could approach or possibly exceed, $6 billion in 2013, boosted by exceptionally strong equine, poultry and cattle markets, according to agricultural economists from the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.> >
Molly Davis, a Lexington landscape architect, has been named director of The Arboretum, State Botanical Garden of Kentucky. Davis’ selection was announced by Scott Smith, dean of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.> >
The National Rural Health Association recently announced their selections for the 2014 Rural Health Fellows Program. Alison Davis, director of the Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky, was among 15 fellows chosen during a highly competitive national review process.> >
From a very early age, University of Kentucky junior Roshan Palli saw the ambition in the eyes of his father, UK Entomology Professor Subba Palli. As a child, he would follow his father into his lab at the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.
Esther and Kwaku Addo did not forget family and friends in their native Ghana when they moved to Lexington. Kwaku had secured a position as an assistant professor in what is now the University of Kentucky's Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. The following year, Esther began her work in UK Chandler Hospital as an RN in neurosurgery and later in the newly-formed stroke unit, which is now part of the Kentucky Neuroscience Institute.> >
Citing a compelling vision for the future of the college and a national reputation for leadership, University of Kentucky Provost Christine Riordan recently announced that Nancy Cox has accepted the position as dean of the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.
A former Civil War encampment in Allen County is now a place for families to be active, learn about history and enjoy nature. Dumont Hill Park in Scottsville officially opened in early November, on the day commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Union soldier encampment that took place on the grounds.
The park was the result of work of many community partners, including the local office of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service.> >
Nov. 21 is National Rural Health Day, a time to honor the work done by local health providers in rural communities. During an afternoon press conference at the Louisville Marriott East, the Kentucky Hospital Association, the Kentucky Office of Rural Health and the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment addressed the value of rural hospitals and announced the rural health care coalition recipients of the Kentucky Community Rural Health Grants.> >
Jimmy Henning, director of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service, recently became the chair of the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy. This committee represents all land-grant universities and is the governing and policy body for the national Cooperative Extension system.> >
Current issues in land-grant research and recognition of award-winning researchers in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment took center stage at the 2013 Celebration of Land-Grant Research.> >
Round objects add interest to a garden. Renowned landscape designer Jon Carloftis shared that bit of decorating advice with more than 300 people gathered at the Fayette County Extension office for the fifth seminar in the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension’s Living Well series.> >
A team of University of Kentucky researchers led by plant pathologists Aardra and Pradeep Kachroo have discovered an important component in plants’ ability to resist bacterial and viral pathogens.> >
The National Outdoor Leadership School’s Wilderness Medicine Institute is bringing their Wilderness First Responder Training Course back to the University of Kentucky Jan. 4-12. The course was offered at UK two years ago.
Sponsored by UK Natural Resources and Environmental Science undergraduate degree program in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, the course will be held at McConnell Springs Nature Park in Lexington.> >
There’s a new team on the roster for the University of Kentucky, one with barrels, bulls, roping, wrestling and a whole lot of enthusiasm by a group of students who have worked hard to put their dreams into reality.
Housed within UK’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environment student organizations, the UK Rodeo Team joins an accomplished stable of equine clubs and teams available to UK’s student body. The team practices at Kismet Farm in Paris and is open to all students, with or without prior rodeo experience.> >
America’s once-abundant tallgrass prairies — which have all but disappeared — were home to dozens of species of grasses that could grow to the height of a man, hundreds of species of flowers, and herds of roaming bison. For the first time, a research team led by the University of Colorado Boulder has gotten a peek at another vitally important, but rarely considered, community that also once called the tallgrass prairie home: the diverse assortment of microbes that thrived in the dark, rich soils beneath the grass.> >
Switchgrass is a multipurpose crop native to Kentucky. Once established, switchgrass grows well on marginal land, but it takes several years to produce a significant crop. Researchers in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment have investigated methods to improve establishment time, which could make the crop more appealing to some growers.> >
The long-standing and successful partnership between Lloyd’s of London and the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment continued when representatives from Lloyd’s recently presented a check for $45,000 to UK.
The contribution supports the Lloyd’s Equine Disease Quarterly, a research-based publication dedicated to equine health produced by the UK Department of Veterinary Science.> >
High pressure out of the Arctic followed a weeklong series of cold fronts into the state last night, bringing with it fall’s first freeze. Clearing skies and calm winds provided the perfect environment for temperatures to plummet into the 20s in many parts of the state—the lowest temperatures seen yet this season.> >
Fostering entrepreneurship and growing small businesses are the foundation for job creation and Kentucky's economic vitality. Important economic contributors, small businesses employ more than 40 percent of Kentucky's workforce and represent 98 percent of the state's firms.> >
University of Kentucky Ag Equine Programs will host the UK Equine Showcase Feb. 7 and the 5th Annual Kentucky Breeders’ Short Course Feb. 8-9, both at the Four Points Sheraton, 1938 Stanton Way, in Lexington.
The UK Equine Showcase, now in its third year, will highlight the university’s current equine programs and relevant industry findings. It will run from 1-5 p.m. Feb. 7, with a light reception following.> >
Apple trees are popular additions to home landscapes because of their fruit production. However, many home gardeners are not prepared for the onslaught of diseases that bombard the trees every year. To minimize risk of disease and reduce reliance on preventative fungicide applications, home gardeners may consider selecting disease resistant cultivars, said Nicole Ward Gauthier, extension plant pathologist with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.> >
When it comes to producing greenhouse gases, it turns out agriculture is not the bad guy some think it is.> >
Grain crop producers can get a jump on planning for next year’s growing season by attending one of the early bird meetings organized by specialists in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.
Specialists will review challenges and issues of the 2013 growing season and offer suggestions for better management in 2014.> >
This fall Kentuckians will have a chance to experience through music, crafts and cuisine the Appalachian culture that makes the region unique. The Pickin’ Time Mountain Music and Harvest Festival will offer all of those things Nov. 2 at the Robinson Center for Appalachian Resource Sustainability in Jackson. RCARS is part of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.> >