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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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A professor with a passion for developing environmentally sound pest control methods is the new chair of the Department of Entomology in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.

Reddy Palli is no stranger to the department, having served as a faculty member since 2002. He assumed his new role July 1 and will also serve as the state entomologist.

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Adding warm-season grasses into a grazing system can help livestock producers better manage the summer months, when cold-season pastures typically take a hit. Producers can learn how these forages can enhance their operations by attending the Advanced Kentucky Grazing School Aug. 17 at the University of Kentucky Spindletop Research Farm in Lexington.

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Outside of SomerSplash Waterpark, families from across the region came early and stayed all day to welcome summer and to celebrate The Longest Day of Play.

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Nanomaterials are a common component in many industrial and consumer products. A team of international researchers, led by University of Kentucky scientists, have found that these tiny metal containing particles may be more toxic to plants and microorganisms than other forms of metals.

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Once again, students from the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment put together a successful team that built the national champion quarter-scale tractor for the second year in a row at the recent American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers International Quarter-Scale Tractor Student Design Competition.

Success is nothing new to the team with three first-place finishes in the past four years. In 2013, the team placed second.

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A “nuisance” is probably one of the nicest things people call mosquitoes. Mosquitoes have been called the deadliest animal on the planet, because of the diseases they spread. So why would researchers want to develop an artificial buffet for them?

The answer is simple. That “buffet” may lead to fewer mosquitoes. Stephen Dobson, a University of Kentucky professor of medical and veterinary entomology, believes his mosquito food can do just that. Others believe there’s promise too.

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Growing up an only child in Spencer County, Lilli Hanik, 16, always wondered what it would be like to have a sibling. This year, she was given her chance through Kentucky 4-H International Exchange Program.

During the summer of 2014, Hanik and her family chose to be matched with Rikako Sato, a 17-year-old student in Japan’s Labo International Exchange Program, which is similar to 4-H youth development in America.  Sato and Hanik both share a strong passion for music.

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Many folks probably associate the statement "to protect and serve" with the mission of the military, or the police or fire department.

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Jerrod Penn, a University of Kentucky doctoral student in agricultural economics in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, will receive the 2015 Graduate Teaching Award at the annual meeting of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association in July. The AAEA is the discipline’s flagship professional association in North America, and Penn faced tough competition.

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Woodland owners who are wondering how to get the most from their property will benefit from attending one of three Woodland Owners Short Courses being offered around the state this summer.

Kentucky woodlands can provide many benefits including extra income and recreation for their owners, as well as providing a healthy environment for wildlife. These benefits can be enhanced through proper care and management. The 2015 Woodland Owners Short Course will cover all those aspects, for both novice and experienced landowners.

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Precision dairy farming can reduce costs and increase performance for dairy producers as they use the latest technologies to streamline their operations. The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and the University of Minnesota are co-sponsoring the second U.S. Precision Dairy Conference and Expo at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Minnesota, June 24-25.

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Vegetable farming is hard work. Small-scale growers don’t usually have resources to purchase expensive machines that would help with some of the long, laborious hours of producing a marketable crop. University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment engineers will showcase an innovative machine system for market growers at a June 9 field day.

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University of Kentucky researchers may hold the answers for new plant-based pharmaceuticals and environmentally safe paint.

Jan Smalle, a scientist in the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, received a four-year, $450,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture to study the mechanics of nanoharvesting plant flavonoids. Flavonoids are a complex collection of plant-made chemicals that have all kinds of functions within plants and also have many potential human health implications.

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