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The Kentucky Small Business Development Center awarded the 2014 Sutton Landry State Star to Michael Rodriguez, announced Becky Naugle, center director. Rodriguez is the late center director of the Eastern Kentucky University Small Business Development Center.

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The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment has named Richard Coffey chair of the Department of Animal and Food Sciences.

Coffey is the current director of the UK Research and Education Center in Princeton, a longtime swine extension specialist and leader of the youth livestock programs for the college. He will begin his new administrative role by April 1.

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A University of Kentucky entomologist was selected as a United States representative to an international meeting of emerging young scientists, engineers and doctors.

James Harwood is one of 26 U.S. delegates chosen to attend the 2nd Arab-American Frontiers of Science, Engineering and Medicine symposium in December in Muscat, Oman.

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A forestry field day on Oct. 30 in Jackson will focus on managing and harvesting timber in Eastern Kentucky. Presented by the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service, the four-hour event will provide Master Loggers and woodland owners with a wide range of pertinent information.

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A longtime extension educator and a former home economics faculty member and administrator are the newest members of the University of Kentucky School of Human Environmental Sciences Hall of Fame.

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University of Kentucky students will compete against students at four other schools from Oct 14-21 to win a grant to start a Campus Kitchen.

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The Kentucky Small Business Development Center, through an agreement with the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, will be responsible for offering procurement services to small Kentucky businesses through the Kentucky Procurement Technical Assistance Center. The KSBDC recently received a federal grant of nearly $250,000, which the cabinet and other local entities matched dollar-for-dollar.

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Lora Lee Frazier Howard has been empowering Kentuckians to lead fuller, healthier lives since 1981 as a University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension agent for family and consumer sciences in Clay County. Recently, she received recognition for those efforts when the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences named her the 2014 Educator of the Year.

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Large grain crops in most of the state, coupled with low prices, have producers looking for storage options this harvest season.

Producers in areas west of Hopkinsville and east of Bowling Green are reporting near-record yields in corn and soybeans, like most of the U.S. Corn Belt. In mid-September, the Kentucky office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service estimated the state’s corn crop at 215 million bushels and soybean production at 77.7 million bushels. Both are well above 2011 production.

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Dropping temperatures force insects to start seeking shelter, which means Kentucky homeowners are already getting some unwanted visitors.

While it’s only the first part of October, entomologists with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment are receiving complaints about brown marmorated stink bugs inside and outside homes across Kentucky, said Ric Bessin, UK extension entomologist.

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Forage and animal producers can get research-based information about current grazing topics during the 15th Kentucky Grazing Conference.

The conference, hosted by forage and livestock specialists with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, is from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. CDT Oct. 23 at the Western Kentucky University Expo Center in Bowling Green.

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Dr. Tomas Trnovec and Heather Henry, Ph.D., will be the featured lecturers at the John P. Wyatt Symposium on Environmental Health and Disease on Oct. 14.

Trnovec, a professor of environmental medicine at Slovak Medical University in Bratislava, Slovakia, will present "Exposure to Persistent Organic Pollutants Early in Life and Associated Disease Risks."

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From his early life on a dairy farm in Rineyville, Jeffrey Bewley has been committed to animal agriculture. Recently he was honored by Vance Publishing Corporation Agribusiness Group as one of its top 40 Under 40. The award recognizes people who are making a significant contribution to America’s food system.

“These are 40 of the brightest leaders in the agriculture industry, and we hope readers of all our brands are inspired by the work these young people are doing,” said Greg Johnson, editorial director of the Agribusiness Group and editor of The Packer.

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In the heart of Kentucky’s grain belt, adequate soil moisture has become a big issue for area producers who have dealt with droughts two of the past three growing seasons. Agronomists with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment are working with area producers to find practical solutions.

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The University of Kentucky received a $1.8 million cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to focus on lowering obesity rates in the Kentucky communities most affected by this issue.

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University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service will offer a forestry webinar series on select Tuesdays from Oct. 7 through Nov. 11. The series is designed for woodland owners, farmers and others interested in woodland, timber and wildlife topics.

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The Harry and Karen Pelle Tree Farm in Taylor County near Bradfordsville will be the site of this year’s Tree Farmer of the Year Field Day.

The event is presented in conjunction with the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service. Beginning at 1 p.m. EDT Oct. 2 and ending at 6 p.m., the field day will include a tour of the farm and dinner. Sessions will include timber management and timber values, pond management, native warm-season grasses, and wildlife food plots.

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University of Kentucky researchers harvested the university’s first hemp crop in decades today.

“It was a good growing season for many crops, not just hemp,” said David Williams, UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment agronomist and co-project lead. “Precipitation was excellent this year and more than adequate for growth. The only downside to the growing season was that we planted a little bit late, but I don’t think that had much effect on the crop.”

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The subject of food has garnered much of the public’s attention in recent years, whether through discussion of health and nutrition, environmental sustainability or social justice. The Lafayette Seminar in Public Issues will address three aspects of the food issue over the course of three weeks in September and October.

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With record-high cattle prices, many Kentucky beef producers might look to creep feeding to put additional weight on calves before weaning. University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment beef specialist Jeff Lehmkuhler isn’t usually a fan of the feeding method, however, he believes it may provide an opportunity this year. If producers are careful, they could cash in.

Creep feeding is when producers provide supplemental feed to animals that are still nursing as a way to efficiently help them grow and attain a higher weaning weight.  

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Scientists in a University of Kentucky insect ecology lab recently had three papers published in a special edition of the academic journal Molecular Ecology.

The edition, focused on scientists’ efforts to unravel food webs in nature, was a result of an international meeting hosted by UK’s Department of Entomology and College of Agriculture Food and Environment in 2013.

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The type of grass planted at airports may be able to prevent bird-plane collisions in the air.

UK entomology graduate student Diana Miller is determining if a grass variety developed in New Zealand can deter white grubs, earthworms and caterpillars, and as a result, creatures like blackbirds and gulls that feed on them. She is also interested in learning if the grass can deter Canada geese, deer and other grass-feeding wildlife that can be airport hazards.

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Since its cultural debut in the fifteenth century, coffee has become one of the most heavily traded commodities in the world.

“Coffee is second only to oil in terms of value in globally traded commodities, followed in turn by natural gas and gold,” explained Michael Goodin, associate professor in the UK Department of Plant Pathology.

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Seminars designed for professional tax preparers with at least one year of tax preparation experience will be offered in 14 locations around Kentucky.

The 2014 University of Kentucky Income Tax Seminar Program is designed to present updates on federal and state tax preparation for tax professionals, enrolled agents, certified public accountants, certified financial planners and attorneys.

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