• Bill and Mary Witt have been named the 2020 recipients of the William E. Lyons Award. co-sponsored by the University of Kentucky’s Martin School of Public Policy and Administration and the Department of Political Science.
    April 20, 2020
  • Dr. Daniela Sarti-Dvorjak is the 2020 recipient of the IPSS Alumnus Early Career Award. This award was presented to her following her seminar on March 13, 2020 entitled “The Power of Persistence: Insights in the plant breeding industry.”
    March 17, 2020
  • Bob Perry and Sarah Halcomb grinding Edison wheat
    A longtime relationship between a University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment researcher and a Kentucky wheat producing family has led to UK students having a unique learning experience with small grains on campus. The Halcomb family, of Schochoh in Logan County, have worked with David Van Sanford, UK wheat breeder, on numerous research projects over the course of three decades, including hosting UK’s wheat variety trials on their Walnut Grove Farms. Both are interested in establishing regional, small-grain value chains to connect Kentucky wheat producers with local millers, restaurateurs and bakers who are interested in incorporating local grains into their products and their menus. As a result, the Halcombs have been growing a small amount of the Edison wheat variety, a hard, white, spring wheat known for its flavor.
    March 5, 2020
  • Chris Teutsch, University of Kentucky forage extension specialist, recently received the 2020 Kentucky Forage and Grassland Council’s Garry Lacefield Public Service Award. Since joining the faculty at the UK Research and Education Center in 2017, Teutsch has developed a research and extension program focused on restoring pasture productivity and extending the grazing season.
    February 28, 2020
  • Rebecca McGrail
    Congratulations to Rebecca McGrail for receiving the Gerald O. Mott Meritorious Graduate Student Award in Crop Science. This award recognizes top-notch graduate students pursuing advanced degrees in crop science disciplines. Departments select students based on academic achievements, research and teaching contributions, leadership accomplishments, service activities and personal qualifications.
    February 28, 2020
  • cover crops
    University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment researchers Erin Haramoto and Hanna Poffenbarger are part of an international group of scientists working to enhance the effectiveness of cover crop-based conservation tillage systems to create more sustainable agriculture production.
    February 12, 2020
  • Tom Keene was presented with the Distinguished Grassland Award at the 2020 meeting of the American Forage and Grassland Council in Greenville, SC for his service to AFGC and to the advancement of forages in America - especially in the area of hay quality and marketing. Tom was nominated by Dr. Ray Smith, his former supervisor in the Plant and Soil Sciences Department.
    February 12, 2020
  • Ole Wendroth
    University of Kentucky’s Ole Wendroth recently became president of the Soil Science Society of America. The society is an international scientific organization with more than 6,000 members and 1,000 certified professionals focused on advancing soil science. It provides research-based information about the roles soils play in crop production, environmental quality, ecosystem sustainability, bioremediation, waste management, climate change, soil health and wise land use.
    January 21, 2020
  • A new National Science Foundation Graduate Research Traineeship (NRT) program is available at UK, aimed at fully integrating research and professional skill development within an inclusive, multidisciplinary and supportive academy. Scholarships will be available to selected students. For further information, visit the NRT website: https://nrt.uky.edu
    December 19, 2019
  • Dave McNear was recently named a 2020 UK Great Teacher. This student-nominated award is bestowed by the UK Alumni Association and is the oldest, continuously presented award recognizing teaching at UK. Six awards are given per year. Rebecca McGrail nominated Dave for the award. The committee (and Dave’s wife and twins) surprised him in class on December 12 with the news, and Associate Dean Agouridis’s office coordinated cake and a celebration afterwards. It is a pleasure to see Dave publicly recognized for his years of effort dedicated to instruction here at UK.

    December 13, 2019