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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

Kansas State Agriculturist

AgricultristHorticulture impacts are noted in the latest issue of K-State's Agriculturist magazine. An article featuring the Urban Ag Study Tour to St. Louis is featured on p. 44-45, and lettuce produced in hydroponics courses and donated to Cats' Cupboard, the on-campus student food pantry, is mentioned in the article on p. 20-21. Also WOEM students have an article featuring the Shotgun Shooting Sports team on p. 34-35. Check it out! 

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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.


Barden Honored for Long-Term Leadership

BardenCharles Barden, professor of forestry, was recently honored for his long service on the board of directors with the Kansas Alliance for Wetlands and Streams. He began serving on the board in 2001, and was elected to chair the board from 2007-2011, when he led the effort to hire a full time executive director to move the organization forward. Brad Loveless, current board chair said, "Charlie Barden has been with KAWS since its earliest days, and really helped form and guide the organization as it was establishing its identity as a conservation leader. Our decisions are science-based, so Charlie has been exceptional at keeping staff and volunteers grounded and updated on state-of-the-art knowledge and practices. He operates with wisdom, good humor and integrity and has been instrumental to growing KAWS into its central role of protecting, enhancing and promoting Kansas streams, wetlands and riparian areas."


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...