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University of Kentucky Provost Tim Tracy announced that Ann Vail, director of the School of Human Environmental Sciences (HES), part of the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, has been named interim dean of the UK College of Social Work.

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Teaching science is one thing, experiencing it is another. Through a unique program, Kentucky science, technology, engineering and mathematics teachers spent this past summer experiencing the subjects first-hand on the University of Kentucky campus through the STEM PRIDE program.

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The University of Kentucky Chellgren Center for Undergraduate Excellence recently honored its newest class of Chellgren Fellows and two UK College of Agriculture, Food and Enviornment students were on the list. 

The Chellgren Fellows Program is for students with exceptional academic potential and aspirations, who are eager to participate in a special learning community designed to cultivate extraordinary achievement. Outstanding faculty members from across campus serve as individual mentors for the Fellows. 

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The American Veterinary Epidemiology Society recently awarded an honorary diploma to Jacqueline Smith at the annual meeting of the American Veterinary Medical Association in Boston.

Smith is the epidemiology section chief for the University of Kentucky Veterinary Diagnostic lab in the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. UK VDL director and AVES executive director and president elect Craig Carter said Smith has revolutionized the way the laboratory uses large volumes of diagnostic testing data to delineate current animal health trends.

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Joe Collins, senior nursery inspector for the Kentucky Office of the State Entomologist, was recently named president of the National Plant Board.

The board is comprised of representatives from plant pest regulatory agencies in each state, plus Puerto Rico and Guam.

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University of Kentucky tobacco extension specialists have partnered with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources to conduct research and promote conservation tillage to tobacco farmers.

Conservation tillage in tobacco has been around for a while. Much of the initial research was conducted by researchers in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, but it wasn’t readily adopted by a large number of growers.

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University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment assistant dean and director of the Office of Diversity, Quentin Tyler, was recently named a Game Changer by Workforce Magazine.

The human resources publication annually gives the Game Changer awards to “high-potential young professionals under age 40, who are pushing the human resources field forward with innovative people-management practices.”

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Industrial hemp research at the University of Kentucky is moving along in its second year. Researchers in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment hosted a field day Aug. 13 to showcase their current hemp projects, conducted under the guidance of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.

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Traveling eight miles to the nearest grocery store doesn’t sound too bad, unless people have to make that trip without a car. Many who live in inner city areas on limited resources don’t have cars and that makes providing a fresh, healthy meal a real challenge.

The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and the UK Cooperative Extension Service has been partnering with local agencies in Campbell County to find ways to help people overcome these obstacles.

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The Kentucky Procurement Technical Assistance Center will host two workshops, Finding and Winning Simplified Acquisitions to Grow Your Business and Joint Ventures, Teaming, Mentor Protégé Agreements and Federal Laws Impacting Your Bottom Line on Aug. 27 at the Frankfort Convention Center. Sessions will be concurrent at 9 a.m. to noon and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT.

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Researchers in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment are looking for ways for home lawns to give Mother Nature a helping hand.

Gregg Munshaw, UK turf extension specialist, and Dan Potter, UK entomology professor, are studying the benefits of white clover as a habitat for pollinators and as a way to reduce nitrogen fertilizer applications.

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University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment dairy faculty and students recently received awards at the American Dairy Science Association annual meeting in Champaign, Illinois.

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The Rural Child Poverty Nutrition Center at the University of Kentucky is accepting grant applications to help lower instances of childhood hunger in some of the nation’s most persistently poor areas.

About 85 percent of all persistently poor counties in the United States are in rural areas, and children are one of the most vulnerable groups within rural America.

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Today, UK President Eli Capilouto, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray and others celebrated the opening of a new shared use path at The Arboretum, State Botanical Garden of Kentucky, connecting bicyclists and pedestrians from south Lexington neighborhoods to campus and downtown.

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More than 350 experts in community development converged on Lexington recently to discuss the roles of creativity and culture in the creation of strong communities. What better place for the international Community Development Society to experience examples of those very things than here in Kentucky, said University of Kentucky professor and chair of the host committee, Ron Hustedde.

Hustedde, from the Department of Community and Leadership Development in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, was excited to be able to show off Lexington’s many achievements.

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Recent heavy rains and flooding left behind a trail of damage and debris in many areas of the state. While community leaders may be ready to tackle the task of cleaning up and rebuilding, it is important to keep human and environmental health in mind before getting started.

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Kentucky grain crops and tobacco producers can get the most up-to-date, research-based information available from the University of Kentucky by attending the Corn, Soybean and Tobacco Field Day July 30 at the UK Research Farm in Princeton.

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While the African nation of Ghana is one of the most developed on the continent, its people still suffer from poverty and hunger. A U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service grant will help University of Kentucky scientists positively impact the nation by helping Ghanaian women who farm improve their job opportunities and their children’s nutrition.

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Brenda Cockerham said she’s lived in Johnson County for more than 27 years and she’s never seen anything like the recent floodwaters that rushed through the county streets like raging rivers. Cockerham and her colleagues at the Johnson County office of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service jumped right in to help.

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University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Professor Chris Barton will take on the role of Appalachian Center director.

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The hills around Lake Cumberland are all abuzz, and it’s not with the sound of speedboats. More and more individuals in the area are coming to the county’s office of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service and Lake Cumberland Beekeeper’s Association to learn how to become apiarists.

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While finding a bed bug at home can be unnerving, discovering one in a hotel room can be nightmarish for guests and hotel managers alike.

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From traditional to organic fruit and vegetable production, the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Twilight Horticulture Tour will have something to interest just about anyone.

The UK Horticultural Research Farm in south Lexington is home to dozens of projects and variety trials, many of which the tour will showcase July 28. Three concurrent tours—vegetable tour, fruit tour, and a tour for sustainable agriculture vegetables, fruits and ornamentals—will repeat twice from 6 p.m. until dark.

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University of Kentucky Office of Nationally Competitive Awards has announced that a seventh UK student has been named a recipient of Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarships. The UK recipients are among more than 1,900 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad for the 2015-2016 academic year through the prestigious program.

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