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Breakthrough research and one-of-kind educational opportunities don’t happen by accident or in isolation. They are accomplished in concert with industry stalwarts who give of their time, talents and wisdom. One such linchpin, Lexington-based veterinarian Tom Riddle, was recently named the 2017 Friend of University of Kentucky Ag Equine Programs. The award recognizes the many impacts he has had on equine research and education within UK’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.

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Barry Barnett will return to his alma mater to assume the role of chair of the Department of Agricultural Economics in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. A Woodford County native, he has earned three degrees from UK including his doctorate in agricultural economics.

"I look forward to working with the outstanding faculty and staff in the department to educate our students and to develop knowledge-based solutions for the important challenges facing the commonwealth, the nation and the world," he said.

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 Livestock and forage producers can learn about new concepts related to pasture weed control during the Kentucky Grazing Conference.

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Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) is a nationally and internationally used environmental education curriculum. Its interdisciplinary, hands-on activities are designed to provide educators with ways to engage learners in the many aspects of water in the environment.

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Three women with long, distinguished careers are the newest members to be inducted into the University of Kentucky School of Human Environmental Sciences Hall of Fame.

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Dion Compton, a University of Kentucky freshman and Lexington native majoring in equine science and management and minoring in business, was recently awarded an inaugural scholarship through the Legacy Equine Foundation.

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Textiles play a major role in customer satisfaction in the healthcare and hospitality industries. The University of Kentucky Textiles Testing Laboratory helps these industries ensure customer demands are met. It recently celebrated its 30th year of doing so through continuous funding from the Association for Linen Management.

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One business card.

That's the only resource University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information alumnus Jon Carloftis had at his disposal when he left his Kentucky home for New York City in the late 1980s.

"I had the chance to move to New York for the summer," said the Rockcastle County native. "I made cards up that said 'Jon Carloftis Rooftop Garden Designer.' I'd never been on a rooftop in my life!"

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Nikita Hampton, 11, thinks she might want to be a chef when she grows up. It’s a big reason why she attended Kids Can Cook twice this summer.

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The Kentucky Association for Career and Technical Education recently named University of Kentucky’s Rebekah Epps the Kentucky Farm Bureau Career and Technical Postsecondary Teacher of Year.

Epps, an associate professor, is the program chair for agricultural education in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, and she instructs future teachers.

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When University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment specialists show up at the front door, easels and flyers in hand, it’s obvious they’re serious about their subject matter and they’re happy to share their knowledge with the neighborhood. A new UK Cooperative Extension Service program, No P On My Lawn, takes information directly to neighborhoods in Fayette County and surrounding counties to teach the risks of using too much phosphorus on lawns.

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The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment’s E-Discovery Challenge program recently won the National Association for Community Development Extension Professionals Innovative Program Award and the Community Development Society Innovative Program Award.

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A University of Kentucky postdoctoral scholar needs Kentucky soybean growers’ help with two new research projects.

The projects are led by Jerrod Penn, postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Agricultural Economics, and investigate issues in row crops such as field management, insects and weed control.

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The Entomological Society of America recently named Reddy Palli of the University of Kentucky the 2017 recipient of the Nan-Yao Su Award for Innovation and Creativity in Entomology.

This award was created by an endowment from Nan-Yao Su to recognize creative entomologists who have found alternative solutions to problems that significantly impact entomology.

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Shawn Rogers has been named the new director of the Bluegrass Small Business Development Center.

As a veteran in the economic and small business development fields, Rogers brings over 14 years of experience into her new role. Her experience includes roles as an executive staff advisor at the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development’s Office of Entrepreneurship, vice president of New Markets Tax Credit and senior business development specialist, for Community Ventures Corporation.

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In Hardin County, a University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service program filled the farmers market with children excited to try new foods and buy fresh produce.

The Power of Produce Club is a program Dayna Parrett, the county’s extension agent for family and consumer sciences, started this year after a conversation with Brenda Thomas, president of the Hardin County Farmers Market board.

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It’s almost time for beef producers to begin weaning spring-born calves. The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment is hosting a timely workshop Sept. 13 at Eden Shale Farm in Owenton, Weaning 101, a hands-on weaning program.

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The University of Kentucky Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center is celebrating 30 years of legacy service to the equine community worldwide.

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Angela Wei, a UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment senior, majoring in  agricultural and medical biotechnology and mathematics senior from Lexington, was one of five students across the country selected to participate in the 2017 Dartmouth MD/PhD Undergraduate Summer Fellowship Program.

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At 11:55 a.m. CDT Aug. 21, Cory Stone, NASA solar system ambassador, gave the call for eclipse glasses to go on and excitement ensued. The moment for which campers at the 4-H Solar Eclipse Camp had been waiting had arrived.

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The Kentucky Wood Expo returns to Masterson Station Park in Lexington Sept. 15 and 16, and the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service will have a big hand in two days of educational and fun activities for the entire family.

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Specialists with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture Food and Environment are offering a Wheat Field School to help producers prepare for the 2017-2018 growing season.

The field school is from 8:30 a.m. CDT until 3 p.m. Sept. 13 at UK’s Research and Education Center in Princeton. It is the third school UK specialists have offered wheat growers this year.

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Hip hop is not just a music style. At the University of Kentucky, it’s a tool to teach community leadership.

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The Kentucky Small Grain Growers Association Board and Promotion Council voted this month to invest $250,000 in new graduate housing for the University of Kentucky Grain and Forage Center for Excellence and an additional $290,000 in UK grain-related research projects.

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