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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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The University of Kentucky's Community Supported Agriculture program is selling two types of boxes of organic vegetables--winter storage and fall greens--to incorporate into your holiday cooking and feasting.  Each box is $30.  The pick up will be 4 to 6 p.m. EST Tuesday, Nov. 25 in the Blue Lot at Commonwealth Stadium at the corner of University and Alumni drives.  Orders must be placed before midnight on Sunday, Nov.

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Specialists with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment are holding a series of Early Bird Meetings across the state to help grain producers prepare for the 2015 season.

Lower grain prices, tighter profit margins, drought and herbicide resistant weeds are problems Kentucky’s corn, soybean and wheat producers have faced in recent years. UK specialists will discuss these issues and others during the event.

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An early blast of arctic cold has landed in the Bluegrass, and that puts pressure on farmers to make sure their animals are ready for the assault.

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When Kelsey Sebastian headed off to college, she wanted to eventually come back to live and work in her Eastern Kentucky home. She’s been able to do just that with the help of a comprehensive education and family support. Kelsey’s on Main opened in June in downtown Jackson.

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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 check to UK.

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From as far away as Australia, directors of agricultural leadership programs gathered in Lexington recently to “steal ideas,” as one participant described it.

Members of the International Association of Programs for Agricultural Leadership—there are leadership programs in 40 states and seven countries—meet annually to network on fundraising, programming, speakers and travel. Members from Canadian, Scottish and Australian programs attended this year’s event.

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Entomology researchers in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment have received encouraging results in their fight to protect Kentucky ash trees from the emerald ash borer. EAB is an exotic wood-boring invader that kills ash trees.

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Thanks to a successful marketing campaign, University of Kentucky students have launched their own Campus Kitchen and several Lexington residents now know where their next meal is coming from.

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In April 2014, the Kentucky Small Business Development Center, in partnership with the Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky, launched the Grow Kentucky program and received overwhelming interest from across the state. The center and initiative are part of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently named the University of Kentucky School of Human Environmental Sciences a national coordinating center for excellence in nutrition education and obesity prevention research.

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Women played an essential role in the invention of beer and distillation. In his award-winning book Whiskey Women: The Untold Story of How Women Saved Bourbon, Scotch, and Irish Whiskey, author Fred Minnick dispels the masculine myths that whiskey is a man’s drink. He will sign copies of his book and speak to students, faculty and staff at the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Nov. 12.

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The Kentucky Small Business Development Center is pleased to announce the launch of the newly enhanced KyBIZinfo.com website, with much of the restructuring resulting from a call for help by the Shaping Our Appalachian Region initiative.

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The National Guard Bureau recently honored a staff member of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment for his impact on the state’s military youth and youth programs.

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