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Sustainable Food Production Systems Position in HNR

This position will be focused on teaching and research in the area of Sustainable Food Production Systems within horticultural crops. The successful candidate will support our undergraduate horticulture production option and our M.S. specialization in urban food systems. The research responsibility will include establishment of an internationally recognized and externally funded program focused on sustainable and/or organic horticultural crop production systems. Candidates with teaching and research experience related to assessing sustainability, crop production methods, organic and/or regenerative agriculture, and urban food systems are encouraged to apply. This position provides numerous opportunities including: the potential for multi-disciplinary collaboration across campus, leadership at the Willow Lake Student Farm, working with faculty located at research stations across the state, and contributing towards the rapidly growing Urban Food Systems graduate program at Kansas State University. 
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Students and Faculty in the News

K-State Shotgun Sports Team at the ACUI Eastern Super Shoot

ACUINationalCongratulations to James Norin (Left), Kyle Colnar (Right), and James Scheer (not pictured) for their performances with the K-State Shotgun Sports Team at the ACUI Eastern Super Shoot hosted by Delta Resort and Spa.  James Norin, a WOEM student, won American Skeet and took 2nd in International Skeet, Kyle won the Sporting Clays competition, and James Scheer took 4th place in International Trap.  With their placing in the international events, James Norin and James Scheer qualified for the International Shootout at the ACUI National Championship in San Antonio, TX this spring where they will compete for $1000 scholarships.

K-State Horticulture Graduate Student Awarded First Place at 2016 ASA, CSSA, and SSSA International Annual Meeting

RBraum300PxThree K-State HNR graduate students competed in the oral and poster competitions out of 90+ other C5 division graduate students at the 2016 ASA, CSSA, and SSSA International Annual Meeting in Phoenix, AZ this week (https://www.acsmeetings.org/). Ross Braun, Ph.D. candidate placed 1st in the Golf Turf Management graduate student oral session, the title of his presentation was "Performance and Recovery of Four Turfgrass Species Subjected to Golf Cart Traffic during Prolonged Drought." Ross also participated in the Turf Ecology and Management graduate student poster session, the title of his poster was "Nitrous Oxide Emissions in a Turfgrass Environment." Mingying Xiang and Jake Reeves participated in the Turf Ecology and Management graduate student oral session, the title of Mingying's presentation was "Evaluating Zoysiagrass-Tall Fescue Mixtures in the Transition Zone" and the title of Jake's presentation was "Glyphosate Application Timing Affects Tall Fescue Conversion to 'Sharp's Improved II' Buffalograss."

Derby Dining Center and Willow Lake Farm partner for Thanksgiving dinner Tuesday, Nov. 15

Derby Dining Center's 2016 Thanksgiving meal, expected to serve approximately 1,700 guests on Tuesday, Nov. 15, will highlight Housing and Dining Services' commitment to sustainability by featuring fresh, locally grown produce.

Manfred Lagrange-Aulich, Derby Dining Center chef, and Candice Shoemaker, department head of horticulture and natural resources, have teamed up to create a feast with produce from K-State's Willow Lake Farm.


Horticulture Faculty Assist at National FFA Convention

FFAconv2016Drs. Kim Williams and Chad Miller helped plan and judge the national floriculture career development event (FLOR CDE) at the National FFA Convention, held in Indianapolis, October 18-22, 2016. As a member of the planning committee, Dr. Williams designed and ran the ‘growing procedures’ practicum where students demonstrated their potting technique.  Also participating as a judge in that event was a former K-State horticulture graduate student, Joshua Craver, who is now completing his Ph.D. at Purdue University.  Dr. Miller served as a judge for the ‘selling one-on-one’ component of the CDE in which students were evaluated on their ability to professionally sell a floral design, and he assisted with the plant identification portion of the competition.
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Service Trip to Kanopolis State Park

KanolopisLake300pxThe George Wright Society Student Chapter went on a service trip this past weekend to Kanopolis State Park. Several students camped out for the weekend and explored the park. The students also participated in a service project to help re-paint some buildings on site.

Class Visit to Fort Larned National Historic Site

FtLarnedDr. Sharp and his FORS 741 Outdoor Recreation Behavior class recently went on a trip to Fort Larned National Historic Site in west/central Kansas. The students were there to complete a class project that will assist park managers understanding of the amounts and types of use at the park. The site is notable for the frontier fort and the location along the historic Santa Fe Trail.

Miller Presents at International Society for Horticultural Science Symposium

ChadMillerChad Miller, assistant professor of ornamental horticulture, presented research findings from two projects at the 12th International Society for Horticultural Science Flower Bulb and Herbaceous Perennial Symposium in Kunming, China, this summer.

Miller's first presentation, "Effects of pre-plant bulb soaking in flurprimidol and paclobutrazol on growth and development of three amaryllis (Hippeastrum) cultivars," built on his previous collaborative work to improve production and product handling protocols for amaryllis growers. His second presentation was a poster titled "Effects of planting depth and mulching on the perennialization of several small geophytic species."


New Greenhouse Industry Internship Video Features 5 K-Staters

HilaryWoodardCheck out the new video that encourages students to apply to the prestigious Ball internship-scholarship program through the American Floral Endowment! Dr. Kim Williams collaborated on the effort that features recent program alum, Hilary Woodard, who was hired by her Ball internship employer, and 2016 Ball Interns from K-State: Rachel Peterson, Matt Briggs, and Kendell Lolley. Interested? Apply to the program today! Go Wildcats!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Am9vV86stRE