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Horticulture and Natural Resources

Cary Rivard

Rivard, CaryAssistant Professor, Extension Specialist & Director of K-State Research & Extension Center - Olathe
K-State Research & Extension Center
35230 W 135th St.
Olathe, KS 66061


Area(s) of Specialization:
Fruit & Vegetable Production


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Bio Brief

Cary Rivard was born and raised near Kansas City, MO where his family owns and operates a small, retail greenhouse business. It was here that he first became interested not only in propagation and greenhouse management, but also learning and teaching about plants. He received his B.S. in agricultural sciences and biology from Truman State University in Kirksville, MO. Cary completed his M.S. and Ph.D. in Plant Pathology at NC State University as a member of the Integrated Disease Management Lab. Cary’s graduate research was focused on tomato, but as a student he also worked with several crops including strawberry, pepper, tomato, and cucurbits, and also has experience working and conducting research in high tunnel production systems.

Cary is excited about the opportunities to provide support for local food networks and develop an applied research program that will help to promote local fruit and vegetable production. “As a native of the Midwest, it’s important to me that we continue to expand fruit and vegetable production in this area. I look forward to the opportunity to provide support in this effort and assist with the development of effective production practices for the region”.


B.S. Agricultural Sciences and Biology, Truman State University, 2004
M.S. Plant Pathology, North Carolina State University, 2007
Ph.D. Plant Pathology, North Carolina State University, 2010

Area of Emphasis

Cary is responsible for conducting applied research and extension activities in the area of fruit and vegetable production. He is located at the K-State Horticulture Research and Extension Center in Olathe, KS, and is responsible for fruit and vegetable research and extension programs at the Center. His current research investigates the use of grafted tomatoes for organic and conventional production. He also conducts research in high tunnels and is responsible for maintaining the hightunnels.org website.


Louws, F.J., C.L. Rivard, and C. Kubota. 2010. Grafting herbaceous vegetable plants to manage biotic pests. ScientiaHorticulturae. 127: 127-146.

Rivard, C.L., O. Sydorovych, S. O’Connell, M.M. Peet, and F.J. Louws. 2010. An economic analysis of two grafted tomato transplant production systems in the U.S.HortTechnology.20:794-803.

Rivard, C.L., S. O’Connell, M.M. Peet, and F.J. Louws.2010. Grafting tomato with inter-specific rootstock to manage diseases caused by Sclerotiumrolfsii and southern root-knot nematode. Plant Disease. 94: (1015-1024).

Rivard, C.L. and F.J. Louws. 2008. Grafting to manage soilborne diseases in heirloom tomato production. Hortscience 43:2104-2111.

Students & Staff

Fusselman, MollyFusselman, Molly
M.S. Graduate Student

Gude, Kelly
Graduate Student

Specialization: Urban Food Systems

Lindahl, Amanda

Mascote, Vicente
Research Associate-Utility Worker

Specialization: Horticulture

Meyer, Lani
Graduate Research Assistant

Ryan, Mike