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Department News

  • April 11, 2016

    A University of Kentucky agronomist is the new director of UK’s Robinson Center for Appalachian Resource Sustainability. David Williams assumed the leadership position April 1.

    Located in Breathitt County, the center uses a sustainable approach to enhance the goods, resources, services and economics of Eastern Kentucky and its people. Center personnel engage in extension, instruction, research and development programs to help fulfill the center’s mission and help the region reach its full potential.

  • January 29, 2016

    Princeton, Ky.

    Soil scientists in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment are getting promising results from several treatments that appear to be breaking down the fragipan, a cement-like layer common in many soils in Western and Central Kentucky.

  • UK's climate change research plots
    January 22, 2016

    Soil microbes transform nutrients in the soil into a usable form for plants. A University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment researcher studied the effects climate change could have on these essential organisms.

    During the one-year study, Lindsey Slaughter, a UK graduate student, studied an area of typical Central Kentucky cool-season pasture and took soil samples to see how the microbes would react to year-round temperatures that were warmer by 3 degrees Celsius and to a 30 percent increase in precipitation during the growing season. These figures are what scientists predict might occur in Kentucky as a result of climate change.