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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.

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Friday, Feb. 23 is National CSA Sign Up Day, which is particularly appropriate, because registration is now open for the 2018 season of the University of Kentucky’s Community Supported Agriculture Project. In light of National CSA Sign Up Day, UK will be giving away a UK Sustainable Ag T-shirt or tote bag. Anyone who registers for the 2018 CSA by midnight Feb. 23 will be entered into the drawing.

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Registration for The Ohio River Valley Woodlands and Wildlife Workshop is now open.

This year’s workshop, an annual tri-state event that rotates between Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio, will be held at the Oasis Golf Club and Conference Center, Loveland, Ohio March 17. Forestry and wildlife experts will provide an array of educational sessions designed to help woodland owners get the most out of their property.

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As Kentucky farmers like Brian Shouse and Dan Hendrickson in Union County watched their yield monitors return high numbers during harvest, they knew they would have to figure out somewhere to store this abundance of grain.

This was the second year of record or near-record breaking corn yields in Kentucky and many parts of the nation. Couple these yields with slim profit margins and limited marketing opportunities, and that created a situation where many farmers in Kentucky and beyond needed to store more grain than their existing bins could hold.

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In myriad ways, University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension has opened its Big Blue heart in February to celebrate and promote American Heart Month. In luncheons awash in red, in all-day knitting sessions and at health fairs, Cooperative Extension spread the important message: take care of your heart.

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Livestock producers know good fencing is vital to their operation. To help producers learn about the newest fencing methods and sound fence construction, the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment is hosting two fencing schools.

The first school is March 20 at the UK Research and Education Center in Princeton. The second is March 22 at the beef unit of UK’s C. Oran Little Research Farm in Versailles.

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When the University of Kentucky sent water testing equipment to nine schools around the state and 10 schools in India, it resulted in a special opportunity for a team of students from Belfry High School. In June, they will travel to Kolkata, India, to present their research on groundwater quality in Pike County.

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Jordan McDowell, a 2014 alumnus of the University of Kentucky, has always been interested in the ways having a child with a chronic illness affects families. Part of this interest comes from his own experience with sickle cell disease. As an undergraduate, McDowell studied family science and earned a minor in psychology; he volunteered with the American Cancer Society and was involved with DanceBlue.

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University of Kentucky graduate student Heather Hyden will receive the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools’ 2018 Master’s Thesis Award in the Social Sciences, Education and Business category Feb. 24 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

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University of Kentucky specialists are holding their first Wheat Field School of the year March 1 at the UK Research and Education Center Farm in Princeton. The school runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. CST.

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 After five different deployments, UK student veteran Jennfier Kisabeth is happy to be back home.

The Richmond, Kentucky, native served in the United States Navy for six years before arriving this past fall at the University of Kentucky to major in biosystems engineering.

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With the growing season just around the corner, farmers and agribusinesses have a new tool to help them tackle crop management challenges in the Crop Protection Network’s redesigned website.

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Tight marketing conditions have caused many growers to store larger amounts of grain for longer periods. To help producers work through some potential grain storage issues, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment specialists are hosting the Postharvest Grain Management Meeting Feb. 28. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. CST at the Daviess County Extension office in Owensboro.

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The 2018 Integrated Pest Management Field School is Wednesday, March 7, at the Christian County Cooperative Extension office in Hopkinsville.

Speakers include specialists with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. They will speak on the following topics:

·         management of tough-to-control and herbicide resistant weeds in Kentucky

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Kenton Sena will be heading to Washington, D.C., soon, one of 10 graduate students and 20 undergraduates selected to attend the 2018 Agricultural Outlook Forum as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Student Diversity Program.

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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, the University of Kentucky Family Center will offer its fourth annual Relationship Checkup. These checkups are offered to couples living in the Lexington area and are open to married couples, dating couples, engaged couples and same-sex couples.

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The 11th annual Kentucky Dairy Partners meeting is set for Feb. 27-28 at the Sloan Convention Center in Bowling Green. The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment is a sponsor of the event for dairy producers, industry representatives and others interested in the dairy industry.

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A book drive sponsored by the University of Kentucky Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering’s honor society, Alpha Epsilon, will launch on Feb. 1 and continue through March 30. The drive, with an eye toward promoting literacy and cultural understanding, will collect gently used books for the International Book Project.

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Robert Paratley, who teaches in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment's Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences degree program, received the UK Alumni Association 2018 Great Teacher Award from the University of Kentucky Alumni Association.

Paratley and five other award recipients were honored at the UK Alumni Association Great Teacher Award Recognition Dinner Jan. 30 at the Hyatt Regency in Lexington. They were recognized during the Vanderbilt University vs. Kentucky men’s basketball game later that evening as well.

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Tall fescue is a double-edged sword for many forage and livestock producers. University of Kentucky forage extension specialists are teaming up with the Alliance for Grassland Renewal to host a workshop to teach producers how to renovate their tall fescue pastures with a novel endophyte variety.

The Tall Fescue Renovation Workshop will take place March 8 at the Bluegrass Stockyards and UK’s Spindletop Research Farm in Lexington.

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The 37th annual Kentucky Alfalfa and Stored Forage Conference will be hosted on Feb. 22 by the University of Kentucky and the Kentucky Forage and Grassland Council. This daylong conference will extend from 8:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. CST at the Cave City Convention Center in Cave City.

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Each year, the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment honors one outstanding farm leader and one faculty researcher through its Thomas Poe Cooper awards. The awards were endowed by Cooper, who was dean of the college from 1917 to 1951.

Warren Beeler, of Caneyville, is the recipient of the 2018 Thomas Poe Cooper Distinguished Farm Leadership. The award is presented to a Kentuckian who exemplifies leadership across the state in the areas of agriculture, 4-H, family and consumer sciences or community and economic development.

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The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment today inducted five new members into its Hall of Distinguished Alumni. This year’s recipients include a farm advocate, an engineer, two economists and a family and consumer scientist.

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University of Kentucky entomologists in Antarctica recently shared a research update and answered questions from young Lexingtonians as part of the Living Arts and Science Center’s No School Day program.

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