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The people of the Department of Horticulture, Forestry, and Recreation 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.

Students and Faculty in the News
"Will Koala's noses save them from extinction?"
K-State faculty, Peg McBee & Jeff Skibins, partner with ecotourism operators and volunteers in Australia to improve koala conservation efforts. Using a revolutionary technique for field identification, professional and volunteer koala conservation teams are able to track individual animals across their home range. This technique will help to minimize human-wildlife conflict and disease transmission, and improve regional development policies. Read media release...

Craver wins 3rd Place at ASHS National Conference
Joshua Craver, a recent graduate, presented part of his Masters research project in the Controlled Environment Student Oral Presentation Competition at the annual American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS) Conference in Orlando, Florida in late July. He competed against 11 other MS and PhD students and received 3rd place.  Congratulations and well-deserved, Josh! 

Our Research on Health and Phytochemicals in NEWS!
News on Improving  Health Benefits of Fruits and Vegetables...Consuming fruits and vegetables is important for maintaining or improving our health. Dr. Rajashekar and his team are working on increasing the health-promoting phytochemicals in lettuce and tomatoes. Using environmental factors and crop management practices such as light and limited fertilization, we can improve the phytochemical content in these vegetables. Their research was highlighted by several TV news outlets nationally.  Click here to see video from WJXT, Jacksonville, FL.

CSSA Teaching Award
http://www.hfrr.ksu.edu/people407.ashxSteve Keeley is the 2014 recipient of the Crop Science Society of America Teaching Award.  The annual awards are presented for outstanding contributions to agronomy through education, national and international service, and research. 
 
 

New Course offered at Olathe Campus
A new course is being offered at the Olathe campus for the 2014 fall semester; Farm to Fork Produce Safety, HORT 640 Prb/Horticulture.  In this course you will learn about the aspects of food safety for fresh produce grown in urban and rural environments, through lectures, readings, case studies, guest speakers and field trip. 
 
 
 

Horticulture Grad is Commencement Speaker
Recent graduate in Horticulture, Alexis Wingerson, was commencement speaker at Spring 2014 graduation.  She inspired fellow graduates to strive to excel in all of their endeavors.  Congratulations to a great group of recent graduates!