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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

As the state’s flagship, land-grant institution, the University of Kentucky exists to advance the Commonwealth. We do that by preparing the next generation of leaders — placing students at the heart of everything we do — and transforming the lives of Kentuckians through education, research and creative work, service and health care. We pride ourselves on being a catalyst for breakthroughs and a force for healing, a place where ingenuity unfolds. It's all made possible by our people — visionaries, disruptors and pioneers — who make up 200 academic programs, a $476.5 million research and development enterprise and a world-class medical center, all on one campus.   

In 2022, UK was ranked by Forbes as one of the “Best Employers for New Grads” and named a “Diversity Champion” by INSIGHT into Diversity, a testament to our commitment to advance Kentucky and create a community of belonging for everyone. While our mission looks different in many ways than it did in 1865, the vision of service to our Commonwealth and the world remains the same. We are the University for Kentucky.