• In continuing its long-standing support of the University of Kentucky (UK) College of Agriculture, Food and Environment’s Research and Education Center at Princeton, the Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation’s (KFBF) Board of Directors voted, during its last meeting, to donate a total of $1 million to initiatives at the facility’s new Grain and Forage Center of Excellence.

    July 27, 2017
  • Ole Wendroth

    The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees approved 16 University Research Professorships for the 2017-18 year.

    The purpose of the University Research Professorship program is to recognize and publicize research accomplishments of scholars across the full range of disciplines at UK. The award amount is $10,000 for one year, to be used to further the research, scholarship and creative endeavors of the awardee.  

    July 25, 2017
  • Travis Legleiter

    Travis Legleiter is a new Assistant Extension Professor of Weed Science in the Plant and Soil Sciences department at the University of Kentucky. His research and Extension program are based out of the University of Kentucky Research and Education Center in Princeton, KY. Travis’ program at the University of Kentucky focuses on the management of weeds in corn, soybean, and wheat in Kentucky. Travis obtained his PhD from Purdue University under the direction of Dr. Bill Johnson.

    July 20, 2017
  • Sydney Beidleman, center, UK forage intern, helps Millcreek Elementary students
    Lexington, Ky.

    Kentucky has a reputation for producing quality forages to feed its well-known livestock and equine industries, but Lexington’s skyline can keep many residents from seeing the grasses that blanket the area’s iconic rolling landscape. A field trip to the University of Kentucky’s Spindletop and Maine Chance research farms gave Millcreek Elementary School students the opportunity to get out of the city and learn about the pastures for which Kentucky is so famous.

    June 30, 2017
  • Medicago truncatula plants respond differently to soil bacteria depending on the type and quantity of peptides they produce.

    A group of University of Kentuckyscientists have discovered a more efficient way for legumes to fix nitrogen.

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    June 16, 2017
  • The first hemp conference in the United States to bring together industry professionals, scientists and policymakers will be Sept. 8-11 at the Lexington Center and Hyatt Regency Hotel.

    The 2017 Hemp Industries Association’s 24th Annual Hemp Conference is a partnership between the association, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, the American Society of Agronomy and the Crop Science Society of America.

    May 12, 2017
  • Jin ChoHave you ever tilled the soil in your backyard? When wet it is sticky but feels like concrete when dry. Jin Cho, a junior at Paul Lawrence Dunbar High School found in the UK Department of Plant & Soil Sciences’ Soil Physics Lab that soils in developed neighborhoods can only take up 10-20% of the water that can easily infiltrate in good farm soil.

    May 1, 2017
  • Mark Coyne and Maythem AL-Amery

    Periodically, since 1991, the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences has given the Doyle E. Peaslee Award to an outstanding graduate student in Plant and Soil Sciences. Doyle Peaslee was a long-time member of our faculty and this award was established by his family in his memory. The basis for the award is: high GRE scores, excellent grades, research strength, and potential for “contributions to US agriculture”.

    April 24, 2017
  • UK graduates, Sara Hesley (Plant and Soil Sciences) and husband Jesse Hesley (Natural Rescource Management) have developed a very successful tree maintenance business in Lexington, KY.  They were recently featured in a local magazine.  Read the entire article HERE.

    April 3, 2017
  • Jimmy Henning

    Jimmy Henning returned to the Plant and Soil Sciences Department faculty as an extension forage specialist after leading the UK College of Agriculture extension service for the past 10 years.

    “I have wanted to return to the field for some time,” Henning said. “With the renewed emphasis on forage programs as part of the Grain and Forage Center of Excellence and the continued need for the same in Eastern Kentucky, the timing just seems right.”

    March 3, 2017

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