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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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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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