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.> >
Getting around on the University of Kentucky campus during the winter months can be a chilly experience, especially without proper cold-weather attire. Students in the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment want to make sure their peers are prepared.> >
Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund investments from 2007 through 2014 have positively and significantly impacted agriculture and agribusiness in Kentucky according to a report released Nov. 20. Researchers from the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment estimated $2.03 in farm income was generated for every dollar invested in KADF projects.> >
The well-established and successful partnership between Lloyd’s of London and the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment continued when representatives from Lloyd’s recently presented a $50,000 check to UK.> >
Everything changed once the garden went in.
A number of folks at St. James Place echo that refrain when talking about all they had accomplished during the past growing season—things like building a community, strengthening their confidence and pride in themselves, and learning to eat healthy food.> >
Kentucky is home to nearly 30 organic dairies, and that number is expected to double in the next three to five years. Organic dairy producers have voiced frustration at the lack of research-based forage production information available. Recently, however, the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment recently began a partnership with the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture to conduct research that may fill the gap and help organic dairies strengthen their profitability.> >
Lora Lee 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 Joint Council of Extension Professionals named her the 2015 Family and Consumer Sciences Professional of the Year.
She received the honor at the National Extension Association for Family and Consumer Sciences annual meeting Nov. 5 in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.> >
The National Outdoor Leadership School’s Wilderness Medicine Institute is bringing their Wilderness First Responder Training Course back to the Bluegrass Jan. 2-10.
Sponsored by University of Kentucky Natural Resources and Environmental Science degree program in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, the course will be held at Raven Run Nature Sanctuary in Lexington.> >
Grain crop producers can get a jump on planning for next year’s growing season by attending one of the early bird meetings organized by specialists in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.
Specialists will review challenges and issues of the 2015 growing season and offer suggestions for better management in 2016.> >
U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Krysta Harden told University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment students they are the next generation of agricultural decision-makers and problem solvers.
Harden said one thing she loves about her job is meeting with college students.> >
Buzzing with excitement, 200 or so students swarmed off school buses and onto the farm.> >
Normally when wheat producers plant their crop in the fall, they don’t need much nitrogen, but that’s not the case this year, said Chad Lee, grain crops specialist with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. The majority of Kentucky’s wheat crop goes in behind corn, and the vast majority of corn in Kentucky this year was short on nitrogen.
“There is just not any nitrogen left over in most of these fields to help out our wheat,” Lee said.> >
University of Kentucky Ag Equine Programs will host the 5th Annual UK Equine Showcase and the 7th Annual Kentucky Breeders’ Short Course Jan. 29-30, both at the Fayette County Extension office, 1140 Red Mile Place, in Lexington.
The UK Equine Showcase will highlight the university’s current equine programs and relevant industry findings, focusing specifically on the equine athlete. It will run from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Jan. 29.> >
UK HealthCare, in partnership with University of Kentucky colleges of Agriculture, Food and Environment and Public Health and in conjunction with nearly 50 community, equine and medical organizations, has released a new educational booklet within the Saddle Up Safely educational partnership.> >
Sometimes, to teach someone to swim, you have to jump in the water yourself. The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment recently took the plunge into wholesale sales and GAP certification, and Kentucky growers could start swimming in the wholesale market on their own, supported by UKAg’s experience.> >
Two University of Kentucky scientists are part of a newly established international consortium investigating the environmental impacts of nanotechnology-based agrochemicals.> >
Farmers who have ever wondered how directions for use, warnings and other information from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency get on herbicide labels need look no further than the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment for an explanation.
UKAg weed scientist Michael Barrett serves as the Weed Science Society of America’s liaison to the EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs. Barrett is the society’s third EPA liaison and came into the role two years ago after serving as an officer in the society for several years prior.> >
It looks like the Kentucky corn harvest may produce record, or very close to state record yields, according to Chad Lee, grain crops specialist with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.
“We should be close to 170 bushels per acre for the statewide average,” Lee said. “That is a phenomenal yield for Kentucky. Some growers are very excited, while others are disappointed with yields that are not as high as expected, still above average, but not as high,” said Lee.> >
Three women with long, distinguished careers in education are the newest members of the University of Kentucky School of Human Environmental Sciences Hall of Fame.
The school is part of the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, and each year it honors those who have positively impacted their profession, communities and the school. The induction ceremony is at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at UK’s Hilary J. Boone Center.> >
Karin Pekarchik, University of Kentucky senior extension associate, will be in Germany for the next several weeks as part of the Fulbright International Education Administrators (IEA) program. This competitive program brings education administrators from the U.S. to Germany to learn about the German higher education system.> >
The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Office of Diversity is hosting an Intercultural Awareness Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. EDT Oct. 14 at E. S. Good Barn on the campus’s Farm Road. The public is invited to join in the activities that will include a panel discussion, research showcase, poster presentations, a food fair and art and essay award presentations.> >
Stink bugs, small shield-shaped insects, are starting to ramp up their army and are becoming more noticeable around Kentucky this fall. Although several species of stink bugs are common in the state, the brown marmorated stink bug is most important now because its mission is winter shelter.> >
University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service will offer a forestry webinar series on select evenings from Oct. 20 through Dec. 1. The series is designed primarily for woodland owners, but anyone interested in woodland, timber and wildlife topics is welcome to participate.> >
Cattle producers have benefitted from high calf and feeder prices in the not too distant past. More recently, however, cattle markets appear to be weakening, and farmers are wondering just how low the prices could go.> >