Sustainability News

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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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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