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Welcome to the HNR Department

The people of the Department of Horticulture and Natural Resources at Kansas State University are dedicated to improving lives through dynamic, diverse education and research programs. If you have any questions that cannot be answered via our website, Contact Us. We are eager to assist you.

We are delivering the news to you! Find out what the HNR faculty, staff and students are doing and major events that are coming up. If you missed one of our news stories that you would like to review, all news stories can be found on the HNR News Page.

Now accepting nominations for our Distinguished Alumni Award. The deadline is May 1. Go here to learn more.

Students and Faculty in the News

PMC Professor to give Public Lecture on Campus

RSharpRyan Sharp, assistant professor of park management and conservation, will give a public lecture at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, in 231 Ackert Hall.

Sharp will discuss visitor use management monitoring protocols for protected area managers and explore the options for understanding how visitors use, experience, and impact parks and protected areas. Such techniques include GPS visitor tracking, human behavior cameras, trail counters, trail condition inventories, and survey methods.

This presentation is open to the public.

Upham receives Award

WUphamWard Upham, extension associate, received the Professional Staff Employee of the Year Award from K-State Research and Extension. The award recognizes an unclassified professional whose exceptional contribution has been noted by their peers. The award will be presented during the K-State Research and Extension Annual Conference Awards Lunch in October. Congratulations Ward!

Barden Honored for Long-Term Leadership


BardenHonored_F2018Charles Barden, professor of forestry, was recently honored for his long service on the board of directors with the Kansas Alliance for Wetlands and Streams. He began serving on the board in 2001, and was elected to chair the board from 2007-2011, when he led the effort to hire a full time executive director to move the organization forward. Brad Loveless, current board chair said, "Charlie Barden has been with KAWS since its earliest days, and really helped form and guide the organization as it was establishing its identity as a conservation leader. Our decisions are science-based, so Charlie has been exceptional at keeping staff and volunteers grounded and updated on state-of-the-art knowledge and practices. He operates with wisdom, good humor and integrity and has been instrumental to growing KAWS into its central role of protecting, enhancing and promoting Kansas streams, wetlands and riparian areas."


Kansas State Agriculturist

Check out the newest Kansas State Agriculturist, there are five articles that are about or related to our department: Agricultrist

• A Legacy Continues - page 10 - She is working with Dr. Boyer & housed on 3rd floor
• No Dirt Needed - page 18
• On The Hunt - page 24
• Basket of Bounty - page 57
• Willow Lake Farm - page 70

Horticulture Students Garner Over $90,000 in Non-University Scholarships

K-State Horticulture students have been awarded an all-time high of $91,600 in scholarship monies from national and regional horticultural organizations. Contributing to this total are Megan Haresnape, a senior from Lebanon majoring in Horticulture Production, who has received the top award of $5,000 from the Joseph Shinoda Scholarship for floriculture students and the Bettinger Scholarship for $2,100 from the American Floral Endowment. Conner Nickerson and Geregly Motolai each completed six-month paid internships in greenhouse production operations during Spring 2018 that ended with $6,000 scholarships from the Vic and Margaret Ball Internship Scholarship fund. ShayeAlta Naaf and Alissa Wells both received scholarships from the Professional Grounds Management Society for $3,000 and $4,000, respectively. Michael Reece received a $5,000 scholarship from Trans-Mississippi Golf Association, and Danielle McFadden was awarded $3,000. K-State Horticulture is helping meet the nation's need for future green collar professionals, and national industry organizations are recognizing these students!