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The University of Kentucky has received a $12.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to continue its work to better understand and minimize negative health and environmental impacts from hazardous waste sites.

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Arthur Hunt and Subba Reddy Palli, professors in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, are among the newest Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest general scientific society.

Association members elect Fellows for their distinguished efforts to advance science or its application. The association’s Section on Biological Sciences nominated Hunt and Palli.

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University of Kentucky Ag Equine Programs will host a Pastures Please!! pasture maintenance workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. EST Jan. 22 at the Scott County Extension office, 1130 Cincinnati Road in Georgetown. The event is free, and snacks will be provided prior to the event by McCauley’s Feeds.

Horse owners, farm owners and farm managers will have the opportunity to listen to several informative talks from forage extension specialists about seeding, weeding and general pasture management.

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Ned Crankshaw, chair of the University of Kentucky Department of Landscape Architecture, was recognized for his exceptional accomplishments and contributions to the field, when the American Society of Landscape Architects recently named him to their Council of Fellows. UK Landscape Architecture alumnus Christopher H. Manning also received the distinction.

From 16,000 active members, the ASLA inducted only 23 members into its class of Fellows for 2017. The recognition is one of the highest honors the society bestows on its members.

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University of Kentucky Ag Equine Programs will host the 7th Annual UK Equine Showcase and the 9th Annual Kentucky Breeders’ Short Course Feb. 2-3 at the Fayette County Extension office, 1140 Harry Sykes Way, in Lexington.

The UK Equine Showcase will highlight the university’s equine programs and relevant industry findings with an emphasis on safety and horse welfare. It will run from 1 to 5 p.m. EST Feb 2.

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The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment will host the 2017 S. H. Phillips No-till Lecture at 2 p.m. Nov. 17 in the Cameron Williams Lecture Hall inside the UK Plant Science Building.

The late Shirley Phillips, UK agronomist, was one of the fathers of no-till agriculture, a practice farmers worldwide use to conserve soil and water. An elite group of researchers and agriculturalists involved with no-till agriculture have had the privilege to speak at the lecture over the years.

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With Nov. 15 approaching, some Kentucky farms will have to begin reporting emissions of ammonia or hydrogen sulfide to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Agricultural engineers at the University of Kentucky have developed some useful resources to help livestock and poultry farmers stay in compliance. This information is available at https://www.uky.edu/bae/cercla.  

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Members of a University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment student organization recently helped beautify the land at Lexington’s African American Cemetery No. 2.

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University of Kentucky researchers will soon travel to Antarctica to study an insect that can tolerate a wide range of extreme environments.

The Antarctic midge is the only insect endemic to the continent, and it is the largest terrestrial animal that spends its entire life there.

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Anna Lucas of Waynesburg recently was inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame for her lifetime achievements and contributions to the nation’s young people. Lucas, a former Kentucky 4-H youth development specialist, was one of 16 people inducted during the ceremony at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

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Gracie Furnish, a University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment sophomore, was elected FFA Eastern Region vice president at the organization’s recent national conference in Indianapolis.

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Researchers at the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment are beginning on-farm studies to look at which best management practices work best for Kentucky grain farms, and they need producers’ help.

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Water is important for most species’ survival. Dairy cows, in particular, require large quantities to produce the creamy white liquid for which they are famous. It is important for dairy producers to provide plenty of water within a convenient location to keep their herd well hydrated.

“Cows need to consume between 30 and 50 gallons of water per day,” said Donna Amaral-Phillips, extension dairy specialist for the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. “That’s more than 415 pounds of water every day.”

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Grain markets this fall are suggesting producers should store their corn and soybeans. The question is whether storage is going to pay off.

“As fall progresses, producers need to know their break-even price, have patience and watch the local markets for advantageous situations to sell stored grain,” said Todd Davis, agricultural economist for the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.

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Ben Beam is a busy guy. Between shifts as a distillery operator at Michter’s Distillery in Louisville, he puts in a lot of what he calls “windshield hours” traveling back and forth to Lexington, where he is completing the University of Kentucky’s Distillation, Wine and Brewing Studies certificate program. Yes, he’s one of those Beams.

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The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment recently celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center.

More than 250 equine industry representatives attended the celebration dinner in the Woodford Reserve Room at Kroger Field. Stuart Brown, chair of the Gluck Equine Research Foundation and Hagyard Equine Medical Institute veterinarian, hosted the program honoring Peter Timoney, Gluck Center professor, for his lifelong contributions to equine infectious disease research.

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Four University of Kentucky faculty members have been named to the Southeastern Conference Academic Leadership Development Program (SEC ALDP) during the 2017-18 academic year, which also marks the program's 10-year anniversary.

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Registration is open for the sixth annual Kentucky Jr. Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences’ Leadership Institute. The institute is Dec. 8-9 on the University of Kentucky campus in Lexington.

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 For many years, Janet Johnson has worked tirelessly for the betterment of the citizens of Allen County in her role as an agent for the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service. Her hard work recently garnered national recognition when the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences named her their Educator of the Year.

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University of Kentucky family and consumer sciences extension agents showed the nation that they are some of the best in the business, as they nearly swept the professional awards during the annual meeting of the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.

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The work of one University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment student to help eliminate poaching in Africa is receiving national attention.

Agriculture economics student Abdelaziz Lawani developed a program that uses drones to identify and fight animal poaching in West Africa. Lawani is training locals in Benin on how to use this technology.

His work attracted the attention of Chelsea Clinton, vice chair of the Clinton Foundation. She named him as a young person who inspires her in a Boston Globe op-ed.

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Meet Emily Major, a junior University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Ag Biotechnology major with mino

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The University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service will offer a forestry webinar series on select evenings from Oct. 26 through Dec. 7. The web-based series will provide a convenient way to acquire useful information, not only for woodland owners but also for those who have an interest in trees and wildlife.

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The Kentucky Soybean Board partnered with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment to develop an app to help soybean producers accurately calculate and compare the price offered by elevators, with consideration to delivery costs and high-moisture penalties for harvested grain.

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