Welcome to the inaugural edition of Statewide, a newsletter highlighting the crucial work being done for Kansas and the world by K-State Research and Extension and the College of Agriculture.

Below you’ll see links to recent stories, videos and radio interviews highlighting progress being made addressing the five grand challenges.
But before that, please take a look at this video from John Floros, dean of the College of Agriculture and director of K-State Research and Extension, as he highlights some of this fall’s key news and initiatives.
College of Agriculture receives endowment and largest-ever land donation; research farm established
Harold Lonsinger has donated 2,300 acres of farmland in Osbourne County to Kansas State University. The donation, the largest ever received by K-State’s College of Agriculture, makes possible a new research farm for testing the best ways to manage water and nutrients as well as crops that use available resources most efficiently, among other projects.
 
Study indicates benefits of fall burning in Flint Hills

Researchers have completed a four-year study that has shown that shifting to late-summer pasture burning could better control the noxious weed sericea lespedeza and thus increase cattle-production income by as much as $50 million a year in eastern Kansas.

Researchers tally current, future improvements for wheat crop 

This year, wheat researchers saw decades of work begin yielding results on numerous fronts including complex genetic processes, disease prevention and breeding programs specially tuned for multiple – and significantly different – parts of Kansas. 

Putting soil-moisture sensors to the test
To help farmers explore enhanced irrigation systems, Kansas State University teamed with Oklahoma State University and farmers in western Kansas and Oklahoma to demonstrate how new crop irrigation technology from different manufacturers can be helpful in conserving water. 
Helping producers navigate water-quality regulations
Environmental quality specialist Peter Tomlinson tells about a newly revised and upgraded publication from K-State Research and Extension that will help farmers and ranchers navigate the vast array of land-management water-quality regulations and the agencies that administer those in Kansas. It's called the Environmental Regulation Guide for Rural Kansas, and is available now.

Sisters agree: Years in 4-H were crucial to their success
This year’s Kansas State Fair marked the 12th year of participating in the Kansas 4-H Youth Development program for Jenae Anderson of Doniphan County. She remembers hard work and the awards won in competition, but mostly what she gained was a springboard to a future career.

State fair judging develops youth skills

4-H/Family and Consumer Sciences program liaison Andrea Feldkamp talks about the 4-H FCS judging contest that took place at the Kansas State Fair. 


Helping children build resilience

Research has identified a set of factors that help children achieve positive outcomes in the face of significant adversity. Child development specialist Bradford Wiles says communities and families can strengthen these factors by helping children build resilience.

Combating opioid addiction and abuse

K-State Research and Extension is developing plans and strategies to combat opioid addiction and abuse by working directly with communities to fight this growing epidemic. Two K-State specialists are researching this public health issue and have discovered that we’re in the middle of a perfect storm in the U.S. – especially in rural states.
 
Publications, training deliver helpful information to Kansans

University scientists and specialists continually develop new resources to improve the lives of Kansans. Annual production of factsheets and leaders' guides focuses on current topics and provides local agents with training in community needs, such as how to get more exercise, healthful eating, caring for an elderly relative, family activities and financial management. 

Butler County farmer thriving after adding high tunnels to business
Todd Griggs, owner of Griggs Bros. Farms, admits he was skeptical the first time that Butler County extension agent Larry Crouse brought up the idea of building a greenhouse to grow tomatoes.
Kansas communities benefit from collaboration
This year, the Kansas PRIDE Program worked with 79 communities to maximize their economic development efforts.

University addresses wildlife sector needs, builds game-bird facility
Hunting provides an economic boost to communities across Kansas, and K-State animal scientists' unique poultry unit is home to a research effort focused on ring-necked pheasants.

College of Agriculture ranks fourth in national survey
Niche.com's 2018 survey of the Best Colleges for Agricultural Sciences in America , which ranked 43 schools from around the country, placed K-State's College of Agriculture fourth. Using data from the U.S. Department of Education a a variety of surveys, Niche compared the top agricultural science degree programs including horticulture, agronomy, crop science, turf management and aquaculture.

What’s happening in the college
Ag Report, the semi-annual college magazine, highlights teaching, research, extension, alumni and international activities and awards. Current and archived issues dating back to 2006 are available at this link:

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