remnants of hurricane Katrina brought some relief to drought stressed
areas of Kentucky, but whether it was a enough to make a difference
remains to be seen. This month we will see how the drought has affected
one farmer and what UK Extension Specialists are recommending for the rest
of this season.
UK/EKU DAIRY MERGER…The
merger of the University of Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky University’s dairy
operations is one step closer with the approval of funds for the design
phase. Eventually, UK’s dairy will be moved to EKU’s Meadowbrook Farm where
the new jointly managed and operated dairy will be located.
FORESTRY SIGNING/GREEN PROGRAM…Two important
agreements have taken place involving the University of Kentucky. UK
President Lee Todd and Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher pledged their
support to the Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative to get more
trees planted on coal mined lands. UK has also joined with the Lexington
Fayette Urban County Government and Fayette County Public Schools to
promote a green community for a healthier environment which involves
recycling and conserving resources.
called the Innovative Tobacco Growers Program and it is helping Kentucky’s
tobacco farmers remain viable in today’s changing tobacco economy with the
assistance of UK’s Cooperative Extension Service.
AND WINE PRODUCTION…In the late 1800’s Kentucky was the third
largest producer of grapes and wine until prohibition. Today that industry
is making a strong comeback with more than 250 acres of grapes planted
KY STATE FAIR…This month’s Extension Today on The
Air is at this year’s Kentucky State Fair. People come to fair for many
different reasons like the World Championship Horse Show, livestock
competitions, the midway, live shows, music concerts and lots or other
activities. We have some of the sights and sounds of this year’s 101st
Kentucky State Fair.