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Brandon Merriweather has a heart for helping others who are less fortunate. That’s why he reached out to the homeless with a clothing drive and the opportunity to get a fresh haircut and style this past weekend, at the New Life Day Center in Lexington.

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For the past five years, students within the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment have planned the university’s spring fashion show from the ground up. Kentuckians and supporters of the Big Blue Nation should make arrangements to attend this year’s show.

Organizers expect this year’sthe April 24fashion show  at the UK Student Center’s Harris Grand Ballroom to be bigger and better than previous ones.

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A highly pathogenic strain of avian influenza, HPAI H5N2, is spreading through Midwestern poultry flocks by way of migratory ducks and geese. Currently no birds in Kentucky are infected, however, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment specialists urged all poultry producers to take precautions and to stay aware.

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Nearly 50 University of Kentucky students will accept their degrees in Equine Science and Management May 9, and it’s likely most are unaware of how new their degree program is and what a momentous occasion its creation was for the college.

This spring marks 10 years since the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment launched UK Ag Equine Programs, then called the Equine Initiative

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University of Kentucky scientists are helping answer research problems half-a-world away. Through a partnership with The Research Council of Oman, entomologists from the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment are looking at sustainable ways to control the dubas bug, a major pest in Oman and other Middle Eastern countries.

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The Kentucky Procurement Technical Assistance Center and Kentucky Small Business Development Center will host the first GovPro Conference on May 13 at The Campbell House in Lexington. Doors will open at 7:30 a.m. and the conference will run until 4:30 p.m. EDT

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It’s time for small grain producers interested in receiving the latest research and information to make plans to attend the 2015 University of Kentucky Wheat Field Day.

Hosted by the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, the field day is from 8:30 a.m. CDT until noon May 12 at UK Research Farm in Princeton.

Researchers and specialists from UK’s Wheat Science Group along with representatives from the University of Illinois and Rubisco Seeds will present current information on several topics including:

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University of Kentucky Ag Equine Programs will host its annual Equine Farm and Facilities Expo from 3:30 to 8 p.m. EDT Tuesday, June 2at McPeek Racing’s Magdalena Farm in Lexington.

Horse owners and farm managers will have the opportunity to walk through a vendor trade show and see a range of equipment and supplies for horse farms of all sizes. UK specialists will provide hands-on instruction about practical aspects of management for equine operations. There will also be farm tours.

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Provost Tim Tracy honored seven faculty members and three teaching assistants with Provost's Outstanding Teaching Awards at the 2015 UK Faculty Awards Ceremony, including two UKAg recipients. The ceremony took place Wednesday, April 15, in the Lexmark Public Room in the Main Building. 

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In fields across Hopkins County, a University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service agent is using technology to help farmers increase their bottom line.

“Extension agents look for ways to help producers stay profitable and literally deliver the information they need right to their fingertips,” said Curtis Dame, the county’s agriculture and natural resources extension agent.

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Registration is open for one of the University of Kentucky’s most anticipated grazing education events of the year.

The 2015 Kentucky Grazing School will be May 20-21 at the Woodford County office of the UK Cooperative Extension Service and at UK’s C. Oran Little Research Center, also in Woodford County.

Hosted by extension specialists with the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, the program begins both days at 7:30 a.m. EDT and concludes at 5:30 p.m.

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Shawn Flarida, National Reining Horse Association’s leading rider, all-time money earner and member of the NRHA Hall of Fame, will speak at the University of Kentucky Ag Equine Programs’ next Distinguished Industry Lecture Series at 6 p.m. EDT April 27 in the Gluck Equine Research Center’s auditorium on the UK campus.

Sponsored by Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, the event is free and open to the public.

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A local food movement is undoubtedly growing across the nation, and the University of Kentucky — surrounded by millions of acres of farmland and thousands of farmers throughout the Commonwealth — is poised to lead the way in sustainable solutions.

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What will it take to grow a thriving local food system? What role can institutions play in supporting local food production, and where will the supply come from? More than 40 farmers, processors, distributors, lenders and market leaders recently convened on the University of Kentucky campus for the Bluegrass Barn Raising to discuss strategies for expanding the supply of local foods.

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In 2014, beef cattle producers were riding some record price highs, but in the first part of the new year, feeder cattle markets dropped by more than $30 per hundredweight. University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment livestock marketing specialist Kenny Burdine said the markets recovered some of that in March.

April CME Feeder Cattle futures have gained back a little more than half of what had been lost since December.

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The recently announced Rural Child Poverty Nutrition Center was featured on UK at the Half April 4. To hear the audio, click here.

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The University of Kentucky MANRRS chapter has pulled off a three-peat as National Chapter of the Year at the recent 30th annual conference for Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences. The chapter, housed in the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, also brought home honors for students and Kentucky 4-H agents.

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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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