December Tornado Destroys University of Kentucky Research Farm

Hemp Grower reports

A series of deadly tornadoes that tore across western Kentucky on Friday night took a terrible toll on the region, including leaving at least 64 dead in the state. Among the damage now being assessed by public officials is the University of Kentucky’s Research and Education Center in Princeton, which includes the recently renovated Grain and Forage Center of Excellence. UK researchers conduct hemp trials at the center, as well as ongoing work with other crops.

Ryan Quarles, the state’s agriculture commissioner, confirmed the news.

The incredibly destructive tornado was the first to touch down in Caldwell County, Ky., in December in more than 60 years, according to WPKY. The University of Kentucky issued a statement on the breadth of its student body and its facilities.

“Extension agents and officials with our College of Agriculture, Food and Environment—our hometown heroes of hope—rallied to work in counties across the state to provide support, even as we were dealing with damages to critical UK facilities in Western Kentucky,” President Eli Capilouto wrote. “Students at our medical campuses mobilized a donation drive for people in Mayfield and Bowling Green impacted by these storms. Our student athletes and coaches also are rallying to reach out to people across the state and offer help.”

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