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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.

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Students and Faculty in the News

Presidential planting: Tree honors K-State President

TreePlantingHorticulture students are planting a series of trees this week in honor of Arbor Day and Kansas State University President Richard B. Myers.

At each planting, Cathie Lavis, associate professor of landscape management, and her arboriculture students are demonstrating the correct tree-planting method.


Undergraduate Students Compete in Research Symposium


Last Friday, three undergraduate turfgrass science students completed in the Gamma Sigma Delta Undergraduate Research Poster Competition; Dani McFadden, Peyton South and Gage Knudson.  Peyton South (right) received 1st place and a 100 dollar monetary prize.  Congrats to Peyton and a job well done to Dani (middle) and Gage (right)! 

Fits to a 'tee': Golf is 'fore' everyone, and economically it's a great time to be a golfer

FryGolfStoryJack Fry, professor of Turfgrass Science, says new options make golf affordable for everyone.  Because of the golf industry's downsizing after the Great Recession, the sport is more affordable and accessible than ever, according to a golf course management expert at Kansas State University.  Read more...

K-State Hosts National Hort Judging Competition

agconf2017K-State faculty hosted a Horticulture judging competition as part of the NACTA (North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture) Judging Conference that was held by the College of Ag April 6-8, 2017. It was great to have so many horticulture students from 2- and 4-year hort programs from around the U.S. in Throckmorton Hall. Congrats to the winners!
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Lavis Awarded Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award

LavisCathie Lavis, associate professor and extension specialist of landscape management, was one of four Kansas State University faculty members awarded the 2017 Commerce Bank and W.T. Kemper Foundation Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award. 

Two Hort Students Present Posters

PostersSusi Algrim and Tyler Cribbs presenting their research posters at the George Wright Society conference in Norfolk, Virginia.




Horticulture Graduate Student Awarded First Place at K-State Graduate Research Forum

BraunPoster2017K-State HNR graduate student, Ross Braun competed in the poster competition against other K-State graduate students at the 2017 Kansas State Graduate Research, Arts, and Discovery Forum in Manhattan, KS. Ross placed 1st in the Agricultural Sciences poster session and was awarded a $500 scholarship prize, the title of his poster was “Nitrous Oxide Emissions in a Turfgrass Environment.”  Congrats Ross!

Ahlers Research addresses Urban/Wildlife Interface

2DeerAhlersAdam Ahlers, faculty in wildlife and outdoors management, is collaborating on a large-scale project to investigate how urbanization is affecting wildlife communities. The group's work was recently featured on the National Geographic Voices blog. Check it out here!

Google Maps as a Plant Identification Study Tool

HortTechCheck out the latest cover of HortTechnology!  Former graduate student, Dr. Matt Wilson's scholarship of teaching and learning work, with Dr. Miller on Google Maps for the landscape plants courses is featured on the cover. Congratulations!