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In the early morning hours of May 26, 2013, a fire destroyed the feed mill at a University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment’s C. Oran Little Research Center in Woodford County. The college’s farms are home to thousands of animals including sheep, swine, poultry and cattle, and the fire threw a big hitch in the way the UKAg staff feed those animals. But the college chose to see the fire as an opportunity to create a state-of-the-art facility that would better serve the animals and propel research programs associated with animal feeding.

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Starting this summer, University of Kentucky students from Eastern Kentucky may be more familiar with their UK Dining hamburgers than they expect. An agreement between two Kentucky processors and a large food distributor is opening up a much-needed market for Appalachian beef cattle. That burger the students enjoy might very well originate from their own family farms or neighboring farms.

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With the state’s first canola crushing facility coming online this past December, interest in canola is running high among farmers, and some Kentucky fields are starting to get a splash of yellow during the spring. A specialist with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment is working with farmers and consultants to make sure Kentucky farmers ramp up production in a way that’s agronomical and economically beneficial for them.

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With recent outbreaks of poultry and canine influenza, the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment’s Veterinary Diagnostic Lab has been on heightened alert. But the lab is always in the know on animal disease situations throughout the state and the country.

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Canine influenza is on the move in the United States. A new strain of the flu has led to the death of eight dogs and sickened more than 1,700 in the Chicago area. Now dogs in other states including Wisconsin, Georgia, Texas, Ohio and Indiana are getting sick. Authorities are not yet sure if the strain of the virus is the same, but are urging awareness.

University of Kentucky Veterinary Diagnostic Lab pathologist Lynne Cassone said there is no reason to panic, but dog owners should be vigilant.

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The Council on Forest Engineering, will be holding its 38th annual meeting in the Hilton Hotel Downtown in Lexington July 19-22. It is the first time the University of Kentucky Department of Forestry has hosted the meeting, the theme of which is “Engineering Solutions for Nonindustrial Private Forest Operations.”

The council, an international organization of forest professionals seeks and promotes the best methods of forest operations and management through fostering forest engineering in industry, government and universities.

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Kentucky cattle farmers have reaped the benefits of research conducted over the past 20 years at the University of Kentucky Agriculture, Food and Environment.

That research, conducted by Roy Burris, UK extension beef specialist, showed that producers could safely feed soy hulls to their cattle without losing any feed value. Soy hulls are the seed coats of soybeans and a by-product of soybean meal and soybean oil production.

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University of Kentucky Family Sciences doctoral student Charlene Harris received some wonderful news recently. She was selected as  one of only three recipients of the American Society of Criminology's (ASC)2015 Graduate Fellowship for Ethnic Minorities. 

Harris, a native of the island nation of Trinidad and Tobago, is the first doctoral student at UK to receive this national award since it was started by the ASC in 1989.

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Agronomists with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment began planting their 2015 hemp research plots May 14 on the university’s Spindletop Research Farm.

This is the second year for UK to conduct industrial hemp research. 2014 was the first year that hemp was legally grown in the state in decades. UK conducted the 2014 pilot project under the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s guidance.

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Two students from the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment will be the featured student speakers at Friday’s university-wide Harambee graduation ceremony.

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The commonwealth’s best were celebrated in the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort on May 6 with an awards ceremony recognizing outstanding small businesses and small-business people. Kentucky Celebrates Small Business was presented by the Kentucky Small Business Development Center, the Kentucky district office of the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Lexington chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners. 

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For several years, University of Kentucky students have been able to take classes related to thewine, beer and distilled spirits industries. Now, those courses will come together into a cohesive undergraduate certification program that will prepare students for careers in this growing economic sector.

Wine, brewing and distillation form a multi-billion dollar industry with myriad career opportunities in science, engineering and the arts, said Seth DeBolt, horticulture professor in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.

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The Kentucky Agricultural Leadership Program is accepting nominations for Class XI.

KALP, housed in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, is an intensive two-year program designed for young agricultural producers and agribusiness individuals from Kentucky and Tennessee.

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Imagine a person with no family, no schooling, no transportation and no home. Then, think about that person being only 15. This is a reality for some Kentucky young people who find themselves homeless or unstably housed.

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The public is invited to watch a football game on the University of Kentucky campus this Sunday afternoon, May 3. No, it will not be the actual UK Wildcats in action, but rather faculty and staff from the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment (CAFE) playing in the CAFE Bowl.

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Two prominent Kentuckians and University of Kentucky alumni will be featured as part of NBC's coverage of the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby.

Tom Hammond, a 1967 graduate of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, is the co-host of NBC's coverage of the Kentucky Derby, a position he's held since 2001.

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The University of Kentucky Office of Nationally Competitive Awards has announced that three of the university's students have been selected to receive government-funded National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowships. The fellowships award more than $100,000 to use toward research-based master's or doctoral degrees. In addition, four other UK students received honorable mention recognition from the NSF.

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Four couples recently sat around a table at a local church sharing snacks and stories of their favorite springtime activities, because after all, memories are too precious to lose.

While all this may sound trivial to some, to these couples memories are everything because one spouse has been diagnosed with a form of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Sharing memories through Memory Café gives them an outlet to socialize and support and receive support from others going down the same road.

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In what some might call a serendipitous turn, the University of Kentucky welcomed to its freshman class last fall the great great great great granddaughter of UK founder John Bryan Bowman in its sesquicentennial year.

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Stephanie Richards remembers the exact moment she decided to move from Chicago back to her hometown in Pike County, Kentucky.

"I was on stage one night in a horrible play doing a bad job, and it was like God called me up. It was as clear as the phone ringing right now and me going 'Hello?' And it was God saying it's time to go home. I thought God was obviously confused," she said.

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Brandon Merriweather has a heart for helping others who are less fortunate. That’s why he reached out to the homeless with a clothing drive and the opportunity to get a fresh haircut and style this past weekend, at the New Life Day Center in Lexington.

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For the past five years, students within the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment have planned the university’s spring fashion show from the ground up. Kentuckians and supporters of the Big Blue Nation should make arrangements to attend this year’s show.

Organizers expect this year’sthe April 24fashion show  at the UK Student Center’s Harris Grand Ballroom to be bigger and better than previous ones.

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A highly pathogenic strain of avian influenza, HPAI H5N2, is spreading through Midwestern poultry flocks by way of migratory ducks and geese. Currently no birds in Kentucky are infected, however, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment specialists urged all poultry producers to take precautions and to stay aware.

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Nearly 50 University of Kentucky students will accept their degrees in Equine Science and Management May 9, and it’s likely most are unaware of how new their degree program is and what a momentous occasion its creation was for the college.

This spring marks 10 years since the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment launched UK Ag Equine Programs, then called the Equine Initiative

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