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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.

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Students and Faculty in the News

Schneck wins Dr. P. Allen Hammer Scholarship

SchneckDümmen Orange recently named Karen Schneck, an undergraduate student studying horticulture and entomology at Kansas State University (KSU), as its latest recipient of the Dr. P. Allen Hammer Scholarship. The $5,000 award is presented in recognition of exemplary academic achievement in the field of horticulture, and is intended to support the next generation of floriculture students towards the completion of their horticulture-related academic pursuits. Pictured: Chad Miller, Karen Schneck, and Kim Williams (l-r).  Read more...


Hoppenstedt to Serve as Johnson County Extension Agent

HoppenstedtZachary Hoppenstedt will begin serving as the Johnson County Horticulture/Vegetable/Fruit Production Extension Agent, effective January 13, 2019. Johnson County's office is located in Olathe, Kansas.  He earned his master's degree in Horticulture from Kansas State University and his bachelor's degree in Spanish from the University of Kansas.  He will develop and deliver educational programs related to fruit and vegetable production in Johnson County.

Zachary has most recently been employed as a Program Associate for the Kansas State Horticulture Research and Extension Center in Olathe.


Shout Out: Tim McDonnell

This Shout Out is from our Horticulture and Natural Resources Extension State Leader Jason Griffin and is directed to Tim McDonnell of the Kansas Forest Service at the John C Pair Horticultural Center.

At 3:00 p.m. on December 31, a John C. Pair Horticultural Center neighbor and part time employee called Jason's mobile and told him his detached garage/shed was on fire. He had called 911 but knew Tim is a volunteer firefighter with Belle Plaine and hoped he might be able to help. Jason yelled to Tim, and he jumped in his truck and headed across the road.  Read more...


PMC Recognition Banquet

PMC_Banquet2018The Park Management and Conservation program had an awards banquet this past week to recognize the amazing achievements of students and faculty. The awards were granted to undergraduates, graduates, full and part time faculty and research assistants that make the program the asset that it is to KSU and the state of Kansas.


K-State Hort Student Named Shinoda Scholar of the Year

MeganHaresnapeMegan Haresnape has been selected as Shinoda Scholar of the Year. "Megan's drive and discipline stood out as exceptional among the talented aspiring horticulturists we reviewed," says Bob Otsuka, president of the Shinoda Foundation. "As the first generation of her family to attend college, she also is a great example of how horticulture's next generation is working to grow our industry." Congrats, Megan!  Read more...