Areas of research include Agriculture, Aquaculture, Environmental Studies, Sustainability, Food and Animal Science, and Family and Consumer Sciences.
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KYSU Extension is committed to solving problems of those who have limited social and economic resources and to improving the quality of life and vitality of Kentucky communities.
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The College of Agriculture, Communities, and the Environment offers two undergraduate degree programs, two graduate degree programs, and multiple certificate programs.
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Need to Know

Picture of Downtown FrankfortClick here to take the Frankfort/Franklin County Business Retention & Expansion Survey
Deadline:  October 14, 2019

The Business Retention & Expansion (BR&E) program is a community-based initiative which surveys existing local businesses to determine the strengths and weaknesses of the business climate in a particular location.

Third Thursday Thing Program
Date: October 17, 2019 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Topic: Goats
…is a monthly sustainable agriculture workshop targeting small farmers, beginning farmers and agricultural professionals….
Location: Harold R. Benson Research & Demonstration Farm
1525 Mills Lane, Frankfort, KY 40601

Wildlife Management Workshop GraphicWildlife Management Workshop
Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at 9:00 AM

Come to this event to learn how to manage wildlife on small acreage.
Speaker: Cody Rhoden, Wildlife Biologist, KDFWR


– Wildlife groups and their habitat needs
– Essential wildlife management practices
– How to transform your habitat

*This is a FREE event, no registration required.
Questions? Contact: Jody Thompson,
Location: Harold R. Benson Research & Demonstration Farm
1525 Mills Lane, Frankfort, KY 40601

KYSU Small, Limited-Resource, Minority Farmers Conference
Date: Nov 19 at 12 PM – Nov 21 at 3 PM

Kentucky State University’s Small, Limited-Resource/Minority Farmers Conference is a gathering of farmers from Kentucky and the Southern US.

Kentucky State University has been hosting this conference for over 20 years. This year’s theme is “The Future of the Small Farmer: Innovation to Success in the 21st Century”. The conference will provide you an opportunity to take advantage of the following:
• Educational Programs
• Tours
• Recognition of the Kentucky Small, Limited-Resource Farmer of the Year
• “Third Thursday Thing”

Tours available:
-Rising Sons Winery: A Kentucky proud vineyard nestled on 45 acres in Lawrenceburg, KY.
-Keeneland: Located in the horse Capital of the world, Keeneland in an internationally renowned racecourse and the Thoroughbred industry’s leading auction house.
-The Kentucky Castle: A distinctive landmark in Central Kentucky, The Kentucky Castle is a boutique hotel and a certified organic farm.
-Dr. Kole Swanser – Risk Management, On campus in CEB. GIS Lab

Capital Plaza Hotel
405 Wilkinson Blvd, Frankfort, KY
*This registration will reserve your hotel stay, we will provide a list of guests to the hotel. No need to make a separate reservation.

Cost: A registration fee of $50.00 per person will be charged.
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Picture of Fermentation Distillation Promo CardNew Fermentation and Distillation Certificate Offered

The College of Agriculture, Communities, and the Environment is now offering a Certificate in Fermentation and Distillation Science that prepares students to work in the distillation, brewing and fermentation industries by providing real-world, hands-on experience in the chemistry, food safety, and marketing and management required in these growing fields. The bourbon industry, based in the heart of central Kentucky near Kentucky State University’s Frankfort campus, has a $8.6 billion economic impact on the state and provides more than 20,100 jobs to Kentuckians. The craft beer industry, which has grown 600% over the past five years, contributes $657 million and provides 18,000 jobs in Kentucky. The state’s wine and specialty food industries as well as its value-added markets are also growing at a steady pace.

Program Contact:
Kirk W. Pomper, PhD
Director of Land Grant Programs
Co-op Extension Building
Room 217
Phone: 502-597-5905

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