Thanks for investing a few moments to learn about our world-class researchers, faculty and staff who had a busy summer changing the world – and that's no exaggeration – while working to make our food supply safer and more sustainable.

But first, please take a couple minutes to hear from our dean about what's needed to maintain and improve K-State's position as a top-level ag school.

Dean Ernie Minton shares his thoughts about the need to ensure K-State College of Ag students have state-of-the-art facilities where they can prepare to launch successful, impactful food-system careers.
As harvest time approaches for the first crop of industrial hemp at K-State research centers, take a look at the first part of the growing year in this video showing progress from planting to mid-stage growth of about four feet tall.

Then check out this video about efforts to help law enforcement understand hemp and the legalities of growing and transporting it.

Kansas sorghum growers engaged in “bootstrap investment” for next-generation research to improve their crop. In doing so, they triggered a chain reaction that led to scientists from K-State and Corteva Agriscience supercharging those research efforts in an unprecedented way. And it was all coordinated by the Center for Sorghum Improvement, which is based at K-State.

Ever wonder what kind of impact K-State researchers make? How about a significant portion of a nearly $10 million USDA grant that aims to improve efficiencies in water use, nitrogen use and soil health in the semi-arid Southern Plains? Those are some of the particulars of a project that will be led by K-State University Distinguished Professor Chuck Rice. Read | Listen

Food deserts show up in unlikely places – like the middle of Kansas City, KS. But for the 27,000 people who don’t have a grocery store nearby, help is on the way. K-State Research and Extension professionals in Wyandotte County served a crucial role in establishing a new grocery co-op.

If you want to know more about battling food insecurity, which affects 13.3% of Kansans – higher than the national average – and find out how K-State Research and Extension helps through nutrition education, listen to this radio interview

That was the case in early September, when K-State became the first university (and first site in the United States) to host the annual gathering of international public, private, academic and charitable international leaders in the livestock industry for the U.N.’s Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock conference.

Sounds impressive, right? But what’s the bottom line for Kansas producers? K-State livestock specialist Joel DeRouchey breaks it down for us: Read | Listen (13-minute mark)

For more, check out our wall-to-wall coverage of the conference on this special page with daily recap stories, conference-session videos, photos and more.

Barbara Valent is the world’s foremost expert on wheat blast, a fungal disease capable of taking out an entire wheat crop, and she leads a super-secure lab at K-State. Learn about her team’s recent breakthrough in the understanding of wheat blast, which has devastated parts of South America and South Asia. Read | Watch

Take a look at this Q&A with Dennis Dimick, former executive editor of National Geographic , offering a preview of his upcoming presentation about the effects of modern life on the atmosphere. Dimick has traveled the globe many times over, directed coverage of the top scientists in numerous specialties and captured stunning images of every corner of the planet. 

Interested in attending? Details are here

Given the name of this newsletter, we’re kind of partial to networks that span Kansas. So we’re especially excited to report the addition of a new automated weather station in Rossville, which means the Kansas Mesonet now has 62 data-gathering stations all over the state. These track wind speed, precipitation, air temperature and more for a variety of industries needing current or historical weather data – and it’s all freely available through the Kansas Mesonet website

“We have students from across the country with a wide variety of interests. And a big thing in Kansas … is the interactions with the stakeholders and producers. In my mind, it’s the right way that a university and the producers should work together to improve the efficiency of production and the quality of life in agriculture.” Mike Day, new department head for the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry.

More from Day: Read | Listen (13-minute mark)
Find out about helpful resources and events for better communities, better farming, better ranching, better living, better gardening and more through our easy-to-read blog, " Better Kansas ," every Thursday.

Everyone who has grown a big garden knows the best way to keep enjoying the fruits – or vegetables – of your labor is to store most of it for later. But what’s the right way to go? Food preservation is a science and must be done correctly to keep home-grown food free of contaminants. Good thing K-State has decades of experience and expertise on this matter. Here’s a good place t o start learning more.  
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