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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

K-State Vic and Margaret Ball Intern at Swift Greenhouses

MarkisHill_BallInternMarkis Hill, a senior in Horticulture Production, was awarded a 3-month American Floral Endowment Vic and Margaret Ball Internship earlier this spring. Currently, Markis is in the middle of his internship at Swift Greenhouses in Gilman, IA. Swifts is a 4-acre wholesale perennial, annual and herb plug and potted plant grower. This was the first intern Swift's have had from K-State! During a recent visit to Swifts, Dr. Miller, had an opportunity to tour the facility and visit with Markis. Congratulations, Markis!

PMC professors Skibins and Sharp Alaskan bear research featured in Kansas City Star

LiveBearCamStoryThousands of people around the world are spending hours online this month watching a bear cam in Katmai National Park and Preserve in southern Alaska.  It’s livestreaming the action at the noisy, bustling falls on Brooks River, where the salmon are leaping out of the water and brown bears are trying to snag the slippery sockeyes.  Read more.... 

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article161473098.html#storylink=cpy
U.S. National Parks

RSharpRyan Sharp, Assistant Professor in Park Management & Conservation was recently interviewed by KCET in Los Angeles about crowding in U.S. National Parks. The following video highlights this interview (click here to watch video).

Horticulture Graduate Student and Faculty Receive North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Awards

Miller_HochChad Miller, Associate Professor of Horticulture and Master’s student, Braden Hoch, both in the Horticulture and Natural Resources Department, recently traveled to Purdue University to attend the annual North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) conference.  Hoch presented a poster on behalf of fellow graduate student teaching assistant, Stuart Sprague, titled, Grocery Shopping for Geophytes.  This project is a part of the Plant Propagation course in which the two are TAs.  Miller gave an oral presentation titled, Plant Madness in Plant Identification, based on an activity implemented in his Landscape Plants II course.  Hoch received a NACTA Graduate Student Teaching Award and Miller received a NACTA Educator Award at the conference.  Read more....

Recreation faculty offers boating safety tips for summer celebrations

KSU BoatIt is important to remember boating regulations and precautions before heading out on the water, says Sid Stevenson, Kansas State University associate professor of recreation resources. 

Before getting on any boat, Stevenson recommends making sure personal flotation devices, or PFDs, and lifejackets are in good working condition and fit each passenger properly. It is the law that every passenger in the boat needs to have a personal flotation device easily accessible onboard.  Read more....

Corpse Flower Time-Lapse

TitanArumTimeLapsLast week, Kansas State University was in the news for housing one of the largest blooms in the world. For those who didn't get to witness the magic, check out this time-lapse of its 15 minutes of fame!
Check it out...

Rare corpse flower begins long-awaited bloom late Tuesday afternoon in K-State greenhouse

TitanArumTopeka Capital Journal
One of the rarest, largest flowers in the world, which earned the nickname “corpse flower” because it emits a dead-animal stench, is expected to bloom at Kansas State University in the next two days.  The Titan Arum, known for the unpleasant smell it emits in an attempt to attract bugs that feed off of carcasses, is close to blooming for the first time since it was planted 15 years ago.

Update: the "corpse flower" did bloom on Wednesday, June 28.

K-State Hort Faculty Discusses Organic Greenhouse Production with Industry Educator

GPN_KimKim Williams, Professor of Greenhouse Management, weighed in on trends of sustainable and organic production in the greenhouse industry during an interview with Peter Konjoian for the trade publication Greenhouse Product News. Check out their conversation if the topic interests you!  Read more...

Wildcats reel in third Bass Fishing National Championship in five years

Alsop_BlennTravis Blenn, senior in park management and conservation, and Kyle Alsop, a December 2016 graduate in mechanical engineering, brought home first place June 2 at the YETI FLW College Fishing National Championship on Alabama's Lake Wheeler.  Read more...