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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.

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

New Greenhouse Industry Internship Video Features 5 K-Staters

Check 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!

Welcome New HNR Graduate Students!

F2016GradStudentsWe are thrilled to announce 15 new graduate students who began their studies in our department in 2016 (not all pictured). This is a diverse group with representatives from China, Nepal, Iran, South Korea, Greece, Ecuador, and the U.S. Graduate students are key contributors to the culture and research productivity of our department. Welcome!

Horticulture Students Recently Recognized by the Perennial Plant Association

Miranda_KarenPlntAssoThe Horticulture and Natural Resources Department was successful in receiving two of the seven Perennial Plant Association (PPA) scholarships this year! Miranda Alumbaugh and Karen Schneck were both selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship. In addition, complimentary registration to all the symposium lectures and tours, along with their lodging expenses was provided for the symposium, which was held in Minneapolis, MN in early August. The PPA symposium is a great opportunity to learn about some of the most current trends, new plants and concerns with perennials in the horticulture industry---from research to production to designing. In addition, it is a great networking opportunity to meet a wide array of people across the industry, including some of the prominent individuals in the horticulture industry working with horticulture plants.  Read more...

George Wright Society Student Chapter

GeorgeWrightSocOn Tuesday, Aug 30, the George Wright Society student chapter sponsored a table at the College of Agriculture's annual student welcome event, the watermelon feed. Despite the threat of rain, a great time was had by all. If you enjoy the outdoors, are interested in parks and wildlife, or are looking for volunteer opportunities in our national parks, be sure to come to the next meeting and be part of this new and exciting student club. First meeting of the semester is September 6, in the Throckmorton lobby, first floor. See Dr. Sharp or Skibins for further details.

Jones Receives Research Grant

Justin Jones, an upcoming junior in the Park Management and Conservation program, has received a research grant for $1,000 from the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry. He will be beginning his research this fall at Tuttle Creek State Park to understand how current visitors are using the park and what barrier to visitation may exist for Manhattan community members.

Welcome to the World of Flowers

KendellLollyVideoTwo K-State students who have just wrapped up six-month internships are featured in the American Floral Endowment's new video 'Welcome to the World of Flowers.' The video features Kendell Lolley speaking about why internships are a valuable part of an education in horticulture, and photos of both Matt Briggs and Kendell while on their internships at Tagawa Greenhouses in Colorado and New Mexico, and Smith Gardens in Oregon, respectively. Check it out!

K-State Horticulture Alumni - Thriving Botanicals

JoanneRushCheck out an interior plantscaping business owned and operated by K-State horticulture alumni Joanne (Rayer) Rush and Ryan Rush! Thriving Botanicals (http://www.thrivingbotanicals.com) specializes in interior plant design and maintenance in the Houston, Texas, area. It's great to see where K-State Horticulture can take you!



PMC Students Attend Park Management Leadership Summit

PMCLeadershipSummitPark Management and Conservation graduate and undergraduate students, represented Kansas State University at the inaugural George Wright Society Student Summit at Glacier National Park in July. The George Wright Society promotes protected-area stewardship and is dedicated to the protection, preservation and management of cultural and natural parks and reserves through research and education.

John Kelly (undergraduate) "The Student Summit was so much more than I thought it was going be. The friendly and inviting atmosphere of the students was only surpassed by the magnificence of the surrounding landscape. It was truly one of the best experiences I have been a part of."

Brooke Mechels (graduate) "Words like beautiful and breathtaking don't come anywhere close to doing this wild, mountainous land justice, nor can a frame capture the profound awareness and humility of the expanse. The amiable and relaxed atmosphere of the students, and the unforgettable adventures shared, made the Student Summit an intrinsically and extrinsically rewarding experience."

Wildcats Pounce on National Title

TaylorBivins_CarharttBassmasterTaylor Bivins (a WOEM undergraduate student) and Kyle Alsop were crowned the 2016 National Champions at the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship.  Read more....