UK Agricultural College extension office at Caldwell Company destroyed by tornado


CALDWELL COUNTY, Ky. (FOX 56/WKYT) – The University of Kentucky’s Agricultural College suffered damage in a tornado last weekend in western Kentucky.

Located in Caldwell County, the research and education center has more than 50 different buildings, all of which were severely damaged when they were in the path of the tornado.

The 1,400-acre research farm with specialized equipment and laboratory equipment was destroyed. More than 200 heads of cattle graze there, and we say a few did not make it.

The main building was just ribbon-cut inaugurated in 2019.

Dr Chad Lee said: “Most of the buildings, including the main building, were right in the middle of the tornado’s path.

Lee is an extension professor at the facility.

“It’s a punch to the gut when you look at it. It overwhelms the amount of destruction. You have trees and fences ripped apart and removed,” says Lee.

The research and education center focuses on applied research designed to help farmers grow crops, raise beef cattle, and research economics for profit.

“That research facility addresses a lot of the immediate needs in this area, but it extends to many states. Some of the research done here has completely changed agriculture in Argentina and Brazil,” says Lee.

68 people worked there, but no one was hurt by the tornado that swept through while the offices were closed.

Great Britain has been there since 1925. The oldest building was built in the mid-1930s.

“No single camera lens can capture the full extent of the damage that has been done,” says Lee.

Dr. Lee said the heart was broken by the devastation, but the spirit was not.

“We’re going to work this out and we’re going to build another research station and we’re going to maintain our commitment in western Kentucky,” Lee said.

Several workers on the research farm lost their homes to the tornado. Farmers in the area came to the facility to help clean up and provide equipment.

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Britta Zeltmann

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