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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

Barden meets with visiting Faculty from Indonesia


Charles Barden, Professor of Forestry, recently met with two faculty from Tanjungpura University in West Borneo, Indonesia. They are pictured here with Barden in the middle and Dr. Rugiah Panjaitan (left) and Dr. Emi Syahrial (right). They were part of a group of 30 faculty from Indonesia participating in a 5 week professional communications workshop here on campus. The visitors were particularly interested in Barden's riparian forestry work and his projects with Native Americans. They discussed several ideas for collaborative research.


Three Hort Students Win PGMS Scholarships


Caitlin Carlson received $3000, Alex Bach received $500, and Miah Howe received $500.

Each year the PGMS scholarship committee awards monetary scholarships to students in horticulture or related fields. The top recipient will also have the opportunity to attend the School of Grounds Management Annual Conference & GIE+EXPO in Louisville in the fall. PGMS will pay for the scholarship recipient's conference registration and a travel allowance. Read more.... (go to page 10 & 11)


K-State researchers prepare for first year of Industrial Hemp test crops

HempNewsJCPair Jason Griffin, professor in the horticulture and natural resources department and director of the John C. Pair Horticulture Center in Haysville, leads the way in building expertise on the crop, in Kansas.

Industrial hemp is closely controlled by federal and state regulations because it comes from the same cannabis species as marijuana. But instead of getting people high, it is grown for fiber, seed or oil – each of which leads to a variety of end products.  Read more...


HNR's own Chad Miller was recognized as Professor of the Week at the K-State vs. Oklahoma State basketball game on Saturday

MillerCChad Miller, associate professor of horticulture in the horticulture and natural resources department, was named Professor of the Week.

Miller joined K-State in 2011. As a part of his 80 percent teaching appointment, he teaches several courses including Plant Propagation, Landscape Plants I and II, and Preparing for you Horticulture Career. He also assists with department international study abroad experiences for undergraduates. With a significant teaching appointment, Miller has focused on developing and improving his scholarship of teaching and learning research, in order to improve the classroom and laboratory experiences for his students.  Read more...


K-State Olathe Horticulture Research and Extension Center's Newsletter


Check out the Winter 2019 newsletter for the Olathe center.