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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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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.”

UK faculty, staff and students may register for the 2015 season of the UK CSA,  which provides them with a weekly share of fresh, certified organic vegetables from May through October.

Forestry and wildlife experts from UK, Purdue and Ohio State will advise woodland owners during the annual Ohio River Valley Woodlands and Wildlife Workshop.

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