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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

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...

Eight Students Become Certified

Dry_suitsrescueIn April, Dr. Sid Stevenson (PMC Faculty and US Coast Guard Boat Captain) assisted John Miesner of the US Fish and Wildlife Service in certifying 8 PMC and WOEM students in the Dept of the Interior's Motorboat Operator Certification Course. A test of rescue techniques in the natatorium was part of the 3 day, primarily on-the-water course.

PMC trip to Germany!

GermanyTrip2017PMC graduate and undergraduate students celebrate their time in the mountains of the Black Forest, in southern Germany, with their compatriots from the University of Freiburg. Spring 2017 marked the beginning of a new addition to the PMC course lineup, Heritage Interpretation - Germany. This spring our students are exploring the parks of Germany and France to better understand international interpretation. This fall, students from the University of Freiburg will be spending 2 weeks in Manhattan, MO, and CO to better understand how we do things in the states.

FFA Floriculture CDE Contestants 'Flower Bomb' K-State Building

FFAevent_apr2017The department hosted nearly 200 high school students who participated in the FFA Nursery/Landscape and Floriculture Career Development Events on April 30. To learn a couple of design techniques and about how green walls work, the Floriculture contestants 'flower bombed' the Throckmorton lobby, which left a floral display that was perfectly timed for May Day.

Hummert International Supports K-State Horticulture

KSchneckHummertPlantersHere's a shout out to Hummert International for the many ways that they support K-State Horticulture. Hummert's has been sponsoring a scholarship for a Horticulture production student for over a decade; 2017 recipient Karen Schneck accepts her award from Hummert's Dan McGinnis in the photo at left. 

The company also recently donated containers to the KSU Gardens that were planted with seasonal color by students, including Andrew Fox, Hanna Cahalan, and Nate Meier (pictured), who are currently taking the course  Herbaceous Crop Production. The mixed planters will be auctioned at the upcoming Garden Party to fund student internships.

Thanks to all of our industry supporters for contributing so much to the success of K-State Horticulture!

Floral Design Project

BrettWilliamsCongratulating Brett Williams on the great job of creating a beautiful and fun floral display for his individual floral design project as part of HORT 301. The inspiration for the design came from the sculpture Water Bird in the K-State Beach Museum of Art. Stop by and see the design displayed in the common area of the Throckmorton Hall.