AG HAPPENINGS THIS WEEK:
Kentucky State University Bee Autoclave Saves Farmers Money in Kentucky Counties
Kentucky State University’s Cooperative Extension Program helps farmers across Kentucky save money by providing a service that sterilizes bee hives and equipment for new colony use. The autoclave traveled to Laurel and Washington counties this month. Each time the unit sterilizes a load of equipment, it saves beekeepers about $2,000. To learn more, contact Jacob Vincent at firstname.lastname@example.org.
KSU Helps Preserve Kentucky Heirloom Crops
Kentucky State University’s Land Grant Program joined hundreds of others on April 1 at the Fifth Annual Appalachian Seed Swap at Pike Central High School in Pikeville. This event strives to conserve and promote America’s culturally diverse but endangered garden and food crop heritage for future generations by collecting, growing, and sharing various heirloom seeds and plants once a year. It attracts more than 700 gardeners from 13 states.
The College of Agriculture, Food Science, and Sustainable Systems brought pawpaw seeds to swap with others. KSU is a worldwide leader in pawpaw research and is home to the only full-time pawpaw research program on the globe. The research program has cultivated two new pawpaw varieties: KSU-Atwood™ and KSU-Benson™.
Kirk W. Pomper, PhD
Director of Land Grant Programs
Co-op Extension Building