• LEXINGTON, KY (May 5th, 2014) - Each year the department sets aside time in the spring semester to celebrate our graduate programs. Part of that celebration is the presentation of the Distinguished Alumni Award for a graduate from our programs. On April 25, 2014, the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, recognized Dr. Qingshun Li, a former student and graduate of the Plant Physiology program as its 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient. Dr. Li was the honored guest speaker for the department's weekly seminar series.

    May 5, 2014
  • LEXINGTON, KY (May 5th, 2014) - This year, in conjunction with the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences Graduate Program’s Distinguished Alumnus Award, Atanas Radkov was honored with the Doyle E. Peaslee Award, given to an outstanding graduate student in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences. Atanas, a Soil Science PH.D candidate, is pictured receiving his award from his advisor, Dr Mark Coyne.

    May 5, 2014
  • LEXINGTON, KY (March 24, 2014) - The CSAW, a consortium of both agri-business and agriclutural academic societies has released the results of their recent survey:

    "U.S. Ag Scientists Hiring Needs Outlined for Top Six Largest Life Science Companies

    In 2013, CSAW (The Coalition for a Sustainable Agricultural Workforce) conducted (through a third party research firm) a confidential survey among CSAW member companies to better understand their projected, near-term needs for hiring domestic agricultural scientists.

    March 24, 2014
  • PRINCETON, KY (March 19, 2014) - “When used wisely, poultry litter is a valuable resource,” said Edwin Ritchey, UK extension soil scientist. “It provides nutrients to the soil, eases environmental concerns and, in many cases, is cost effective.”

    Current surface broadcast application methods, however, leave an unpleasant smell and pose environmental concerns.

    March 19, 2014
  • LEXINGTON, KY (February 18th, 2014) - Dr. A.J. Powell, Jr., University of Kentucky’s Turf Extension Specialist from 1975-2010 passed away unexpectedly on October 30, 2013.  He was 74 years old.  He is survived by a wife of 51 years, Janie Singleton Powell, two children, Jeff (Ann) and Julie and a granddaughter, Lily Jane, four sisters, and numerous other relatives.

    February 18, 2014
  • LEXINGTON, KY (January 8th, 2014) - For the second year in a row, the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, has been honored to have a faculty member selected for the highly coveted award ‘UK’s Great Teacher of the Year’ given to only six recipients each year.  One of last year’s 2013 recipients was Professor John Grove.  Just last month, another PSS faculty member, Mark Coyne, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies for the IPSS graduate program, was greeted with a pleasant surprise during a class he was teaching, as

    January 8, 2014
  • LEXINGTON, KY (November 26th, 2013) - Earlier this fall, Graduate student John Orlowski chose to interrupt his academic studies here in Lexington for an amazing work abroad learning experience.

    November 26, 2013
  • LEXINGTON, KY (November 26th, 2013) - Earlier this fall, Graduate student John Orlowski chose to interrupt his academic studies here in Lexington for an amazing work abroad learning experience.

    November 26, 2013
  • LEXINGTON, KY (June 17th, 2013) -As interest in vineyards and wineries in the state has seen a resurgence in recent years, the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture has assisted producers in the re-establishment of these enterprises. This fall, the college will begin assisting on another level – by offering courses that will enhance career opportunities for students interested in entering the industry.

    June 17, 2013
  • LEXINGTON, KY (June 5th, 2013) - In 2007, Plant and Soil Sciences Department Fforage specialists, East Kentucky Power Cooperative personnel and 20 farmers in northeastern Kentucky began a pilot project looking at the biomass potential of switchgrass, a warm-season forage native to Kentucky.

    Several factors have limited the current biomass market, but Ray Smith, UK extension forage specialist, said the project was still a success.

    June 5, 2013