UK and state partner to restore bottomland hardwoods
Bottomland hardwood ecosystems are some of Kentucky’s most biologically diverse and productive forests. The University of Kentucky Department of Forestry Extension and the Kentucky Division of Forestry are partnering on an initiative to restore bottomland hardwoods in Western Kentucky.
Judy Clabes: The Kentuckians who care about our food supply at least deserve appreciation
The First Friday breakfast forum and networking event hosted by the University of Kentucky Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Working Group – academic-speak for folks who care a lot about our food supply – is an educational experience at its best. And the food isn’t bad either.
Kentucky’s produce sector's growing
LEXINGTON, Ky.,-- The state’s produce industry continues to expand in terms of producers, volume, marketing outlets and sales, which are likely to exceed a record-breaking $33 million in 2012. That is what a new study from the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture has found.
Heal the land, heal the nation
Marshall County poultry farmers find new use for chicken litter
BENTON, Ky., (March 12, 2012) – Chickens produce a lot of poop. In fact, poultry farmers struggle to find ways to dispose of or reuse chicken litter in a way that’s friendly to the environment. In Marshall County, two poultry farmers are using the litter in an innovative way that not only is environmentally sensitive but is making them a little money on the side.
What a great crowd we had to welcome us back from our January hiatus. More than 80 people came to indulge themselves in Chef Bob Perry's mushroom and kale omelets. Deborah Hill, forestry professor, discussed myriad ways to put your woodlands to good use and maybe add to the family trove at the same time. From mushrooms to maple syrup and much, much more, Deborah's presentation was the bees knees (oh yes, she talked about honey production, too).
First Friday: December recap
First Friday: November recap
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New Report: Local foods are working for the nation
The market for local food is growing. Large, small and midsized farms are all tapping into it. Even better, new data suggest that these producers are employing more workers than they would be if they weren’t selling into local and regional markets.
Those are just a few of the take-home messages from a new report out last week by USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS).
New Web page links Kentuckians to local foods
LOUISVILLE, Ky., (Oct 13, 2011) In an effort to provide more opportunities for consumers to access local foods, Kentucky first lady Jane Beshear and University of Kentucky College of Agriculture Dean Scott Smith unveiled the Kentucky and Local Food Resources Web page today at the American School Health Association meeting in Louisville.
Use Cover Crops, Manure for Best Soil Quality
LEXINGTON, Ky., (Aug. 11, 2011) – Producers looking to build soil structure, and ultimately, soil quality through the use of organic amendment inputs may find success with cover crops or manure, according to the results of a University of Kentucky study.
Sustainable agriculture education growing with input
LEXINGTON, Ky., (Aug. 10, 2011) Approximately 200 educators and students from as far away as Hawaii and Norway gathered in Lexington recently to exchange ideas and methods on sustainable agriculture academic programs in universities and colleges. The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture and the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences co-hosted the fourth Sustainable Agriculture Education Association Conference.
A recipe for success: UK Ag, KDA team up behind local foods
LEXINGTON, Ky., (Aug. 10, 2011) Whether it’s spring, summer, fall or winter, Kentuckians can “Plate It Up” with delicious recipes containing local products. That’s the message UK Cooperative Extension Service and Kentucky Department of Agriculture hope to spread to consumers with “Plate It Up, Kentucky Proud” through ever evolving, tasty recipes. Read More
Become a FoodCorps Service Member!
FoodCorps, a new national service program designed to reverse childhood obesity while cultivating a new generation of farmers and public health leaders, is now accepting applications from potential Service Members.
FoodCorps Service Members will spend a year of paid public service building and tending school gardens, developing Farm to School programs and conducting hands-on nutrition education in communities of need.
Click here to learn more and apply to be a FoodCorps Service Member.
A glimpse at sustainable ag. in Kentucky
Each year, Kentucky actively participates in the So. Sustainable Agriculture Working Group's annual conference. During that conference the Kentucky Sustainable Agriculture networking meeting gave a glimpse into some of the sustainable agriculture activities going on in the state. We encourage you to read over the summary of the meeting to learn more about activities in Kentucky.