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UK CAFE Launches New 'Branching Out' Podcast

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 1, 2020) — The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment’s new podcast, “Branching Out,” premieres July 1 and will feature ways the college is making a positive impact on the world.

The podcast, produced and hosted by Brian Volland, UK agriculture communications specialist, will feature guests with a unique connection to the college. Possible guests include successful alumni, extension agents and stakeholders. New podcasts will be released on the first and third Wednesday of the month. Volland said the scope of the program will reach beyond the UK campus.

“We are going to talk about how the college is influencing people around the world, not just in Kentucky,” he said.     

The first podcast will feature Lane Warmbrod, a 2016 UK agricultural and medical biotechnology graduate, who works as an analyst and research associate at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security in Baltimore, Maryland. Warmbrod has been on the front lines consulting with the World Health Organization concerning COVID-19.

Volland said each podcast will vary in length with most lasting between 10 to 15 minutes. “Branching Out” can be found at iTunes or Apple podcasts or directly from the college’s homepage at

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.