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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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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

Class Visit to Fort Larned National Historic Site

FtLarnedDr. Sharp and his FORS 741 Outdoor Recreation Behavior class recently went on a trip to Fort Larned National Historic Site in west/central Kansas. The students were there to complete a class project that will assist park managers understanding of the amounts and types of use at the park. The site is notable for the frontier fort and the location along the historic Santa Fe Trail.

Miller Presents at International Society for Horticultural Science Symposium

ChadMillerChad Miller, assistant professor of ornamental horticulture, presented research findings from two projects at the 12th International Society for Horticultural Science Flower Bulb and Herbaceous Perennial Symposium in Kunming, China, this summer.

Miller's first presentation, "Effects of pre-plant bulb soaking in flurprimidol and paclobutrazol on growth and development of three amaryllis (Hippeastrum) cultivars," built on his previous collaborative work to improve production and product handling protocols for amaryllis growers. His second presentation was a poster titled "Effects of planting depth and mulching on the perennialization of several small geophytic species."


New Greenhouse Industry Internship Video Features 5 K-Staters

HilaryWoodardCheck 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!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ta7zTUBqjFc

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.