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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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With the state’s first canola crushing facility coming online this past December, interest in canola is running high among farmers, and some Kentucky fields are starting to get a splash of yellow during the spring. A specialist with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment is working with farmers and consultants to make sure Kentucky farmers ramp up production in a way that’s agronomical and economically beneficial for them.

Research conducted over the past 20 years by a UK animal scientist has shown that cattle can safely eat grain by-products in a way that's a win-win for cattle and grain farmers.

The first of this year's UK hemp research plots were planted May 14.

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