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.> >
In the Monroe County community of Vernon, sweet sorghum production is the economic driver for the area’s Amish population. When a new pest threatened to destroy the 2016 crop, the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service stepped in to help the farmers save the crop and their livelihood.
Since 2013, the sugarcane aphid has made its way north each summer after spending the winter in Mexico and Texas. Before then, it did not feed on sorghum nor pose a serious threat.> >
University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service will offer a forestry webinar series on five evenings in November and December. The idea behind the web-based series is to provide woodland owners with a convenient way to gain beneficial information they can use on their own properties.> >
The Bluegrass Small Business Development Center will host a 10-week program offering instruction to women and minority business owners who wish to compete in the construction industry. Registration is open until Nov. 18, and classes will begin on Jan. 10, 2017.
The Minority and Women Training Program began in 2001 as a way to increase construction opportunities for women and minority business owners and has graduated more than 150 entrepreneurs statewide.> >
The University of Kentucky Department of Agricultural Economics came home from the Food Distribution Research Society’s annual conference with two national recognitions, thanks to former graduate student Graham Soley and seniors Misty Bean, Renaldo Karajic, Mallie Myers, Lauren Nickell and Joseph Pochinskas.> >
In American society, thin can equal beauty. In no other demographic is the pressure to be skinny felt more than in women in their late teens and early 20s. University of Kentucky students will lead a workshop for fellow students to discuss how they are more than just a number on a scale or a pretty face.
The Body Project workshop will be from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 27 and Nov. 3 in room 209 of UK’s Funkhouser Building on campus.> >
The Office of Veterans Business Development recognized Patricia Krausman, director of the Elizabethtown Small Business Development Center, as one of the six most outstanding instructors for the 2016 Boots 2 Business program.> >
More than 100 faculty members from all 14 Southeastern Conference universities will take part in the 2016-17 SEC Faculty Travel Program, the league office announced Oct. 6. Of the more than 100 participants, nine are faculty at the University of Kentucky. The program, in its fifth year, provides support for selected individuals to collaborate with colleagues at other SEC member institutions. Sunday "Tayo" Adedokun and Yoko Kusunose, assistant professors in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment are participants.> >
National Forest Products Week, Oct. 16 – 22, recognizes the sustainable benefits of wood materials and their important role in the nation’s economy. In recognition of the role these products play in Kentucky, Gov. Matt Bevin has proclaimed it Forest Products Week in the state.> >
Mick Peterson has been named director of the University of Kentucky’s Ag Equine Programs, the multidisciplinary program that serves as a gateway to all equine activities in the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, and Dickson Professor of Equine Science and Management. He will start January 2017.> >
Lora Lee Howard has been working to help Kentuckians lead fuller, healthier lives since 1981 as a University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension agent for family and consumer sciences education in Clay County. Recently members of the National Extension Association for Family and Consumer Sciences elected Howard to serve as president-elect. She will become president of the organization in October 2017.> >
Wendy Stivers, former Kentucky 4-H youth development specialist, will be inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame on Oct. 7 for her lifetime achievements and contributions to the youth organization.
Stivers, of Nicholasville, will be one of 16 people inducted during the ceremony at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Her nominator was Ken Culp, 4-H youth development specialist with the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service, and the Kentucky 4-H office.> >
The Zika virus rippled through the Americas in 2016, resulting in a pandemic with catastrophic consequences for women and children.> >
After spending 10 years collecting and analyzing data, University of Kentucky forestry researchers have determined which best management practices are effective and which need minor adjustments in order to protect woodland waterways from the effects of logging.> >
Food insecurity affects 17 percent of Kentuckians. The University of Kentucky and the Kentucky Campus Compact will host The Kentucky Hunger Dialogue to raise awareness about this issue and to develop action plans for a healthier Kentucky.
The dialogue will be Nov. 12 at UK and will provide college students, anti-hunger advocates, community leaders and food justice advocates the opportunity to share ideas and create a vision to improve food security throughout the state.> >
The Kentucky Small Business Development Center is pleased to announce the Louisville Small Business Development Center is the recipient of the 2016 Sutton Landry State Star for Kentucky. The Louisville staff was recognized at a private reception during the recent America’s SBDC Conference in Orlando, Florida.
America’s SBDC annually honors a state star. The award is presented to an individual or group who is considered an example of excellence, makes a significant contribution to their center’s program and exhibits dedication to assisting small businesses.> >
Participants attending the 2016 Kentucky Grazing Conference will learn new and innovative ways to think about their pastures and improve their operation.
The conference is from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. EDT Oct. 19 at The Center for Rural Development in Somerset. It is sponsored by the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and the Kentucky Forage and Grassland Council.> >
Low grain prices and predictions of record corn and soybean crops in Kentucky have many farmers looking at storage options this year. Some have added grain bins to their existing system in recent years, while others are looking at alternative storage, such as farm shops, covered outdoor piles, grain bags or other structures.> >
The University of Kentucky dairy judging team took first place in the collegiate division at the recent All-American Dairy Show Judging Contest in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Contestants judged 10 classes of dairy cattle and then gave oral reasons on four or five of the classes depending on their division. The show recognized the top five individuals and teams in each division for specific breed performance, oral reasons and overall results.> >
University of Kentucky entomologists have led research and education efforts to prevent the spread of the emerald ash borer since the invasive beetle first appeared in the state in 2009. Personnel with UK’s forest entomology laboratory will educate the public about their continuing efforts to fight the insect at an upcoming event at Raven Run Nature Sanctuary in southern Fayette County.> >
The University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Research Center has developed a novel test to determine the likelihood of a long-term equine arteritis virus carrier state in stallions.
Gluck Center faculty members Professor Udeni Balasuriya, Professor Ernie Bailey and Peter Timoney, Frederick Van Lennep Chair in Equine Veterinary Science, developed the test to determine the genetic basis of a specific haplotype, a group of genes inherited from one parent. Their work was funded by a U. S. Department of Agriculture-Agriculture and Food Research Initiative grant.> >
Some of the most valuable educational experiences occur outside the traditional campus classrooms for University of Kentucky equine science and management undergraduate students. They happen in the barns and businesses that make up the equine industry and are taught by industry stalwarts like Matt Koch, co-owner of Shawhan Place in Paris.> >
A life spent in discovery was recognized recently when the Tobacco Science Research Conference presented University of Kentucky Professor Emeritus George Wagner with its Lifetime Achievement Award at its 70th annual conference in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.> >
In the digital age, one of the problems is how to coordinate and access the vast quantity of data that researchers everywhere are generating. Big-scale genome science generates a massive amount of data in laboratories around the world. The scientific community and the public need a portal to access that information.> >
Getting a combine stuck in a ditch during harvest is the last thing a producer needs. Professionals with the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service are encouraging producers to prepare for this occurrence and to use the proper techniques and equipment to safely remove stuck farm equipment if they find themselves in that situation.> >