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USDA Announces Grants to Support Strategies to Reduce Child Food Insecurity in Rural Communities

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the USDA Rural Child Poverty Nutrition Center at the University of Kentucky awarded $1.3 million in grants to help reduce child food insecurity in 17 rural communities. The funding, ranging from $50,000 to $100,000, will help these rural communities implement creative strategies to improve access to federal nutrition assistance for families and children. Secretary Vilsack made the announcement during a panel discussion on the current state of food and nutrition in America hosted by the Bipartisan Policy Center.

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NAESCO to Host Technology and Financing Workshop in Louisville, Kentucky on June 2nd

The National Association of Energy Service Companies (NAESCO) will host its 2016 Summer Workshop on June 2nd in Louisville, Kentucky at the Louisville Marriott Downtown. The dual track Workshop will focus on innovative technologies and new financing opportunities as part of Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs) in energy efficiency retrofit projects common among universities, military facilities, hospitals and municipalities as well as commercial and industrial facilities. There will also be a Regional Report on State Energy Efficiency Initiatives featuring state officials from Kentucky, Georgia, and the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance.  See complete agenda.

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Grassroots Ideas on Kentucky's Energy Future

Listening to the voices of Kentuckians about the Bluegrass State's energy future is the idea behind a series of six dinner conversations going on this spring across the state.

Tonya Torp, who attended A Seat at the Table event in her hometown of Lexington, says the state has an obligation to help those who worked in the coalfields as it moves toward a new energy economy.

"As that industry begins to disappear, those folks who have brought energy to this country for so many years deserve to be the ones that benefit from new ways of bringing energy to this world," she states.

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Humana joins AIR Louisville, a Data-Driven Community Collaboration Designed to Reduce the Burden of Asthma

Humana Inc. is the latest local employer to join AIR Louisville, a new approach to improving asthma that leverages sensors, big data, and community collaboration.

AIR Louisville is a grant-funded program designed to reduce the burden of asthma in Louisville, Kentucky, a city consistently ranked as one of the most challenging in the US for people with asthma. The program aligns to Humana's local strategy to address respiratory illness among its employees and members.

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Conservationists Warn Budget Cuts Threaten Kentucky's Public Lands

Conservationists say budget cuts have crippled land conservation programs in Kentucky. Conservationists are in Frankfort, telling lawmakers that budget cuts are handcuffing efforts to protect public lands - land often used for recreation.

Ruth Banberger, the Sierra Club's legislative chair, said the state is "robbing" funds specifically earmarked for land-conservation programs by sweeping millions of those dollars into the general fund to help cover budget shortfalls.

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