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K-State Ag Dean: Research and Outreach Play Big Role in KS Ag

Date Posted: March 4, 2013

Manhattan, KS—From producers planting the seed, to elevators storing and distributing the grain, to processors turning that grain into food products – it’s all agriculture.

But there’s much more to it than that. Scientists are working to find the most efficient crops and livestock for the Kansas environment, economists are working to determine which crops and livestock provide the best economic returns and extension specialists and agents are conveying that information to those interested in the research and the best ways to use it.

“As Kansas celebrates Kansas Agriculture Week March 12-19, we are honored to partner with individuals, companies, organizations and government agencies in Kansas and across the country and world to determine the best crops, livestock and agricultural management practices for Kansas farmers and other agribusinesses,” said John Floros, dean of Kansas State University’s College of Agriculture and director of K-State Research and Extension.

“Our research and extension efforts have been part of Kansas agriculture for 150 years.

"We are proud to play a role in helping farmers and ranchers produce such an important part of the U.S. and global food supply.”

Kansas Agriculture Week will end with Kansas Agriculture Day on March 19, with activities in Topeka, including “A Dialogue on Kansas Agriculture” and a reception in the capitol.

As part of the celebration, the Kansas Department of Agriculture is partnering with Dillon’s food stores, Harvesters – The Community Food Network, the Kansas Food Bank, the Second Harvest Community Food Bank and the Kansas agricultural community to sponsor a food drive, “Neighbor to Neighbor,” which ends on March 19.

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K-State’s Floros noted that the university is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year.

It became the nation's first operational land-grant institution and Kansas' first public university after its founding Feb. 16, 1863. More information on K-State’s sesquicentennial is available at:

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