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 While we are getting ready to celebrate the Sesquicentennial, the 150th birthday of the University of Kentucky, it is important to remember that the 'roots' of the institution in large measure can be found in the land itself, as in agriculture.

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Abi Saeed of the University of Kentucky can tell you no two plant species are alike, especially when it comes to their abilities to attract pollinators.

 Saeed and UK entomology professor Dan Potter are studying the types of bees various woody ornament plants attract in urban areas. Their study, which began in April, is the first comprehensive study of its kind.

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University of Kentucky HealthCare, in partnership with UK colleges of Public Health and Agriculture, Food and Environment and in conjunction with close to 50 community, equine and medical organizations, has released two new educational booklets within the Saddle Up Safely educational partnership.

“Trailering Your Horse Safely” and “Travel to a New Environment” cover topics including choosing a trailer, preparing a horse for a trip, information for time in transit, horse behavior away from home, overcoming horse fears and equine safety resources.

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Much of this summer has felt like early fall, butthe summer heat is going to rally over the next several days, prompting concern about livestock heat stress.

“Air temperature and humidity can combine into a one-two punch that makes it hazardous for people and animals,” said Matthew Dixon, meteorologist for the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. “. Dew point temperatures above 65 degrees lead officials to declare livestock heat stress emergency alerts.”

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Many homeowners love the sight of a pristine, green lawn, but that beautiful, meticulously kept lawn may come at a cost to the environment. University of Kentucky scientists are conducting research to find the answer.

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Tobacco growers with recently topped plants and those still needing to be topped should take measures to prevent blue mold development, said Bob Pearce, extension tobacco specialist with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.

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The Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA) recently awarded University of Kentucky Family Sciences doctoral student Albert Ksinan with a Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) Emerging Scholars Grant to analyze data from the United States Department of Education (ED).

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The University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Research Foundation will induct three scientists into the UK Equine Research Hall of Fame Oct. 9 at the UK Hilary J. Boone Center.

Michelle LeBlanc, a posthumous inductee formerly of Rood and Riddle Equine Institute, Ernie Bailey, professor at the UK Gluck Equine Research Center, and Elwyn Firth, a professor at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, were selected for their contributions to equine science and research. Nominated by their peers and colleagues, LeBlanc, Bailey and Firth were selected by past Hall of Fame inductees.

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A University of Kentucky graduate student recently received two prestigious awards from the National Council on Family Relations, a professional association focused on family research, policy and practice.

Laura Frey, a doctoral candidate in the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, received the Student Award and the Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award.

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The numbers are increasing. According to U.S. Census figures, from 2000 to 2010 the number of Kentucky children living with someone other than their parents increased by more than 200 percent in some counties. That shift in parenting responsibilities can often bring its own set of challenges, and those who find themselves caring for grandchildren or nephews or nieces can sometimes find themselves at a loss for support.

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Fall and winter are quickly approaching. Producers who want to receive research-based information and tips to extend the grazing season for their ruminant animals can attend the Advanced Kentucky Grazing School Sept. 11 at the University of Kentucky Eden Shale Farm in Owenton.

The one-day event, hosted by specialists with the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, targets producers who have participated in at least one other UK grazing program.

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Recent news reports of unsafe drinking water in the Great Lakes area has drawn national attention to toxic algal blooms. In Kentucky, cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, recently were found in Green River Lake, Taylorsville Lake, Barren River Lake, Nolin Reservoir and Rough River Lake at levels that prompted a recreational advisory.

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An entomologist in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment was recently named a fellow of the Entomological Society of America. Society members bestow this distinction on colleagues who have made outstanding contributions in research, teaching, extension and/or administration.

Professor Subba Reddy Palli is best known for developing RNA interference technology that kills insect pests and fights resistance to insecticides, particularly in beetles and bed bugs.

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With harvest approaching, it appears the yield potential for this year’s corn crop is on the decline, said Chad Lee, extension agronomist with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.

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An entomologist at the University of Kentucky has been named the editor-in-chief of a new academic publication that focuses on species interactions in nature and the structure of ecosystems.

James Harwood, associate professor of entomology, will be the first editor of the peer-reviewed journal Food Webs, published by Elsevier.

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Inside the La Grange YMCA, mothers and grandmothers bounced their babies to quiet them, while people of all ages sat in chairs, along walls and stood in the adjoining gym to watch Christine Duncan cook corn and zucchini.

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The National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals recently installed Alison Davis as their new president. Davis, professor of agricultural economics in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, took over the position at the national conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Davis is also the executive director of the college’s Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky.

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This past winter was a hard one for many Kentucky farmers, with long periods of below normal temperatures and above normal snowfall. A short walk through the University of Kentucky Horticulture Research Farm’s vineyard revealed that the grape and wine industry might have taken the brunt of the winter blow, especially if vineyard owners planted a majority of vinifera grape varieties.

Vinifera are primarily European varieties that do not tolerate the cold. Some damage is very apparent now, but the full extent may not be realized for months or even years.

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Who would have thought of mosquitoes being put to work to help decrease and control the mosquito population? University of Kentucky professor and researcher Stephen Dobson and his former graduate student, Jimmy Mains, that's who.

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Specialists with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment will host the Corn, Soybean and Tobacco Field Day July 31 at the UK research farm in Princeton.

The field day begins at 7:30 a.m. CDT and features tours of UK research plots of the three crops. A total of four tours, three of which center around grain crops and one for tobacco, will run concurrently, but producers will have opportunities to visit all.

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Due to the overwhelming success of a spring grazing program, the University of Kentucky Master Grazer Program is hosting a one-day grazing school in Morgan County.

The event will be from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23 at the Morgan County extension research farm in West Liberty. Specialists with the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment will cover topics related to fall pasture management.

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In efforts to continue to provide affordable counseling services to families, couples and individuals of Lexington, the University of Kentucky Family Center is now offering a divorce support group for children, as well as free parenting consultations.

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 University of Kentucky Department of Forestry Professor Jeffrey Stringer has been awarded funding by the Central Appalachian Regional Education and Research Center (CARERC) for a pilot research project that is developing a web-based application that identifies the closest emergency personnel for those injured in the logging industry. He is one of five recipients of research funding from CARERC.

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Mother Nature threw some curve balls to the wheat crop over the growing season. Now at harvest time, some growers are finding out their crop safely weathered the season, while others are discovering they struck out.

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