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Soon the sound of lawn mowers will fill the air, but some may not be in optimum condition. Students in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment’s Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering will host their annual Lawn Mower Clinic April 9-11 to sharpen mower blades and their skills.

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Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service personnel will bring two workshops in pond management and aquatic weed control to Frankfort.

The trainings are scheduled for April 17-18 at the Franklin County Extension office. Program organizers hope to give participants a better understanding of the possibilities of a properly built, well-maintained pond.

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It’s time to BrAg about all things agriculture, food and environment. The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment is hosting BrAg Week March 30-April 3, a campus event designed to raise awareness and to promote all aspects of the college and career opportunities available to graduates.

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Eastern tent caterpillar egg hatch was reported March 23 in Scott County.

According to Lee Townsend, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment extension entomologist, the tiny larvae will continue to emerge over the next two weeks from eggs laid last summer on flowering wild cherry, cherry, apple and related trees.

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The Arboretum will host four events in April that celebrate “Kentucky’s Past, Present and Future” as part of its annual Party for the Planet culminating on Arbor Day, April 25.

This year’s Party for the Planet events encourages visitors to explore the Arboretum’s Walk Across Kentucky and learn about Kentucky’s natural history and ecology. Each event will take place in or along a different region of the state represented in the garden.

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A recent study led by Martin Nielsen, assistant professor at the University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Research Center, found that all veterinary medicine textbooks have misidentified a common equine parasite.

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The U.S. National Academy of Sciences has nominated a University of Kentucky entomologist to serve on its organizing committee for one of its major international scientific events.

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack joined Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and University of Kentucky officials today to announce the establishment of the USDA Rural Child Poverty Nutrition Center at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. The center will use cutting-edge solutions in child nutrition to reduce child food insecurity in states with the highest number of persistently poor rural counties.

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In April, spring makes its presence known with morning birdsong and delicate blooms shyly peeking from autumn’s old leaves. It is the month folks celebrate Earth in all her glorious, yet fragile beauty. University of Kentucky students are marking the occasion on April 4 with Earth Day at McConnell Springs, a day filled with fun and educational activities for the whole family.

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This summer, military families can have a great bonding experience at one of three Kentucky camps aimed at strengthening family ties in a fun-filled atmosphere.

The camps are part of two grants that the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service received from the U.S. Department of Defense and Kentucky’s System to Enhance Early Development. This year’s camp offerings are:

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Rick Bennett has been named the new director of the Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Station and associate dean for research at the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. Bennett will assume his new duties on June 1.

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"Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S., and it's on the rise. And here we are, afraid of it. I'm convinced that the simple act of getting people to talk about it will save lives. It's a serious public health issue, and one we can do something about if we can just set our fears aside," writes Dese'Rae L. Stage on her website, www.livethroughthis.org.

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Billboards featuring a wildcat dressed as a super hero have popped up all over the state. The billboards are part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s “Snack Like A Superhero” promotion.

A Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education campaign, the signs were placed in 93 counties. They will remain at their current locations for three months.

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As Kentucky farms move from tobacco and other traditional crops to growing grapes, the University of Kentucky is supporting this growing industry through grape and wine research and education. A half-hour documentary, "Thrive: The Kentucky Wine Tradition,” will air on KET in March and April.

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Forestry and the forest industry represent a viable option for sustainable revenue in Eastern Kentucky. That was the conclusion of a recent University of Kentucky study of 54 Kentucky counties for the Shaping Our Appalachian Region, or SOAR, initiative.

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Cover crops are an old tool to control soil erosion, but agricultural producers are rediscovering them. The practice has been gaining traction across the United States in recent years, with some states now offering producers financial incentives to grow cover crops.

New studies show cover crops may have the potential to suppress weeds and keep nitrates out of the water supply. However, more research needs to be done to broaden and quantify these claims.

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Kentucky strawberry lovers may be able to buy locally grown berries as early as May, thanks to a new variety that is showing great potential for commercial growers. University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment horticulture specialists regularly perform variety trials on a number of crops to see what works best for the state’s growers, climate and consumer tastes.

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The Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service will host two workshops in aquatic weed control and pond management March 20-21 in Princeton.

Ponds are important to Kentucky farmers and recreationalists. The state’s more than 233,000 farm ponds serve as water sources for livestock and crops and may be great spots for recreational fishing. Landowners can help these water systems reach their full potential with proper management.

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A new University of Kentucky study has found agriculture’s total impact on Kentucky’s economy equaled $45.6 billion in 2013, an 8.3 percent increase over 2007’s figures.

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While it may not be the all-time coldest temperature ever recorded—that was -37 in 1994—Kentucky is about to experience some brutal lows and bone-chilling wind. These conditions pose significant risks to livestock, and farmers need to prepare for the extra care the animals will certainly require.

“This will definitely be one for the record books,” said Matthew Dixon, University of Kentucky agricultural meteorologist. “The extent of the cold air outbreak is being pushed further by the amount of snow that has fallen recently.”

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Registration is open for the 2015 season of the Community Supported Agriculture project sponsored by the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. All UK faculty, staff and students are eligible to enroll in the program, which provides them with a weekly share of fresh, certified organic vegetables from May through October.

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At this year’s Integrated Pest Management Training, presenters will discuss issues likely to impact Kentucky grain producers now and in the future.

The daylong training hosted by the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, will be from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. CST March 24 at the UK Research and Education Center in Princeton.

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Chair of the Family Sciences Department and Director of UK's Marriage and Family Therapy Program Ronald Werner-Wilsonand Director of UK's Family CenterTracey Werner-Wilsonwere featured during the "UK at the Half" that aired during the UK vs. University of Georgia basketball game, broadcast on the radio Feb. 3.

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Kentucky Master Loggers will have the opportunity to enroll in two upcoming continuing education classes. The Web-based sessions will take place in 15 county Cooperative Extension offices around the state.

The first class will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. EDT on March 10. Subjects covered will include new trucking regulations, updates on logging legislation, the tie and stage log markets, the pulpwood market and the forest industry economic report for 2014 to 2015.

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