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Good things can happen when community agencies come together.

That rings true in Washington County, where a group called Washington on Wellness leverages community agencies to improve the health and wellness of county residents. The wellness coalition began with the county health department and Cabrina Buckman, the county’s family and consumer sciences agent with the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service.

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Grain growers will soon get a firsthand look at a new mobile tool to help them make real-time, informed decisions on their fields at the University of Kentucky Wheat Science Group’s annual winter meeting Jan. 6.

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A Univerity of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment senior is one of thirteen UK students who took home top honors at the Kentucky Academy of Science 100th Annual Meeting in November, where hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students from Kentucky colleges and universities participated in research competitions.

Congming Zou, a doctoral candidate in soil science from Chongqing, China, won first place in agricultural sciences graduate oral presentation.

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Seventy-two years after he was born in Laurel County, Brady Deaton will receive the greatest honor the University of Kentucky can bestow, its honorary degree, at UK's December Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony this Friday, Dec. 19. The ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. in Memorial Coliseum on the UK campus.

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A trio of University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service agents recently earned top leadership positions within the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents.

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The 2015 Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference and Trade Show will have something of interest for all fruit and vegetable producers. The event runs from 8 a.m. EST Jan. 5 until 5 p.m. Jan. 6 at Lexington’s Embassy Suites Hotel.

Preconference activities on Jan. 4 will include tree fruit, small fruit and vegetable roundtable discussions.

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For many homeowners, dandelions and white clover are nothing more than a nuisance, but University of Kentucky entomology researchers have found they are a welcome presence to many pollinator species.

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In January, a University of Kentucky family scientist will begin his tenure as editor of one of the premier academic journals in the field.

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The Kentucky Small Business Development Center recognized staff members from its network of centers for their achievements at the annual fall conference held at the Hilton Suites Lexington Green.

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Though the forecast for 2014 crop receipts is down 2 percent, a 15 percent increase in beef, poultry, dairy and hog prices is expected to boost 2014 Kentucky agricultural cash receipts to $6 billion, up slightly from $5.7 billion in 2013. The outlook for 2015, however, is expected to drop back to the $5.7 billion range.

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The University of Kentucky is one of nearly 50 universities worldwide that have banded together to address the global issue of hunger. On Dec. 9, UK President Eli Capilouto and leaders from the other universities will sign the Presidents’ Commitment to Food and Nutritional Security at the United Nations in New York City.

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Family and consumer sciences extension personnel honored an early, influential extension educator and their program’s centennial anniversary with a historical marker. The marker was unveiled Dec. 2 outside of the Myrtle Weldon Suite in the E.S. Good Barn on the University of Kentucky’s campus.

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Xuguo “Joe” Zhou’s entomology research has pushed University of Kentucky onto the international stage after he and his collaborator, Yongjun Zhang, received a prestigious research grant from China.

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Audrey Myers wants a bright future for Greensburg, and as the county’s family and consumer sciences agent with the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service, she is taking strides to do so.

Myers joined forces with Jackie Hodges, an educator with the Green County Health Department, to start a walking trail in the town of a little more than 2,100. The trail, the Merchant Mile, not only has health benefits for the area’s residents, but is designed to raise awareness of and draw locals to downtown.

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It was a fitting sight on a cold, snowy day close to Thanksgiving. A tractor-trailer laden with 30-foot planks of freshly sawn white oak began the final leg of a journey from the Bluegrass to Plymouth, Massachusetts, destined for the refitting of the Mayflower II.

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As owner of one of the state’s largest dairies, Logan County farmer Lee Robey is a very busy man. In the fall, he and his crew are all-hands-on-deck, as they work to harvest his grain crops in a timely manner to maintain optimum quality. Any unnecessary downtime could be a real inconvenience and detrimental to the harvest progress.

To make the harvest run smoother, Robey has taken some of his profits from the past few years of record grain prices and invested in on-farm storage. In the past four years, he’s nearly doubled his storage capacity.

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At the annual Kentucky Association for Economic Development Conference, held at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, one of Kentucky Small Business Development Center’s own took the top honor. Patricia Krausman, University of Kentucky Elizabethtown SBDC director, was named the 2014 Allied Professional of the Year.

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The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment invites dairy producers to attend the second Precision Dairy Showcase Dec. 3 at the UK Coldstream Dairy in Lexington and on the UK campus at E.S. Good Barn.

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The University of Kentucky Community Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky has grown rapidly since its inception four years ago. The initiative, run out of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, now has six full-time staff members and four graduate students. Its latest addition is Daniel Kahl as associate director.

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Students in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment are gathering cold weather clothing items to benefit UK students, as well as the Lexington community.

The students, who are enrolled in General Agriculture 302, are asking for donations of new or gently used, clean coats, hats, gloves and scarves in all sizes, including children’s sizes. Donations should be brought to Room N8 in the Agricultural Science Center through Dec. 5.

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The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture Food and Environment is cosponsoring the Managing Beef Cattle in Confinement Conference Nov. 24 at the Fayette County Cooperative Extension Service office in Lexington.

The program begins at 9:30 a.m. and wraps up at 3:30 p.m. EST. Registration is $10, and attendance meets the qualifications for the CAIP Cost Share educational requirement.

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A longtime faculty member in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment was named a Legend of Entomology at the annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America in Portland, Oregon.

Ken Yeargan, UK entomology professor, received the honor for his years of mentoring entomology students, many of whom have gone on to successful careers in academia, industry and government agencies.

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Current issues in land-grant research and recognition of award-winning researchers in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment took center stage at the 2014 Celebration of Land-Grant Research.

Hosted by its research office, the college welcomed keynote speaker Will Carpenter, retired vice president and general manager of the New Products Division at Monsanto Company, to give his perspective on the land-grant system.

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Today First Lady Jane Beshear and Nancy Cox, dean of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, launched “Plant, Harvest,Eat”- a cooking demonstration series for elementary and middle school students.

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