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THE DREAM TOUR…A two-week bus trip of the commonwealth by University of Kentucky administrators and officials, dubbed the Dream Tour kicked off from the UK campus with a lot of fanfare. But there was real substance to the event as UK President Lee Todd announced an initiative to design ways to work more closely with Kentucky’s Horse Industry.

  MRLS RESEARCH…Middle and high school students participated in UK’s Mare Reproduction Loss Syndrome research this school year. They presented their findings in a special MRLS Mini-Conference held on the UK campus.
 
ETHANOL TOUR…Representatives from government and industry learned more about ethanol production as they toured the Commonwealth Agri-Energy Plant in Hopkinsville. UK’s Biosystems and Ag Engineering Department organized the tour along with a visit to Griffen Industries BioDiesel Plant in northern Kentucky.
 
 
NATIVE GRASSES…Bringing back native warm season grasses in Kentucky is gaining popularity and a father and son team has made it a full-time business in Hart County with Roundstone Native Seed.
 

MUDDY CREEK PROJECT…A project is underway in Madison County to teach farmers and others about using best management practices or BMP’s on their land. It’s called the Muddy Creek Project and it’s protecting streams and the environment while helping landowners.
 

 
  SAFETY DAY CAMP...With schools out for summer vacation and children doing more activities it’s time to remind them to play it safe. That was the message behind a Safety Day Camp organized by UK’s Cooperative Extension Service along with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and other partners.
 
 
 

AMELIA BROWN…Amelia Brown was UK’s 2003 Homecoming Queen as a student. She devoted a lot of time in college promoting organ donation while waiting on a new liver. Brown, a Fayette County Extension Agent, finally got her wish.
 

 
  BLACK BEAR FESTIVAL…With the return of the black bear to the mountains of southeastern Kentucky, the city of Cumberland in Harlan County, is celebrating with a Black Bear Festival each year. The event combines celebration with education about the bears.  
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