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In-Depth Fruit & Vegetable Production Workshops Planned in Kansas City Area

A series of workshops designed for anyone growing fruits and vegetables for sale or for the serious home gardener will be held in several locations in the Kansas City area, starting March 16.
3/3/2015 8:00:00 AM


With the holidays behind us, and spring still weeks away, it’s a good time to take inventory of all the things crammed into the kitchen cupboards, refrigerator and freezer. What you’ll probably discover is that the things creating the clutter don’t get used anymore, you have far too many of the same thing, and that some food is well past its expiration date. Karen Blakeslee, a K-State Research and Extension food scientist and coordinator of the Rapid Response Center, says organizing your kitchen will save time and money.

2/26/2015 6:00:00 PM

Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Shane Tiffany - Part 2

How far do you go to get a gallon of milk or a loaf of bread? In rural communities, accessing supplies can be a challenge. Many rural grocery stores have closed, but today we’ll learn about one which has newly opened.
2/25/2015 8:00:00 AM

2015 International Year of Soils: Soils Support Urban Life

K-State Soil Chemist, Ganga Hettiarachchi, and DeAnn Presley, K-State Soil Scientist, discuss how to regenerate urban soils for use in city gardens. This is part of the 2015 International Year of Soils and February's theme, "Soils Support Urban Life."  See video
2/19/2015 8:00:00 AM

Center for Food Integrity CEO to Discuss ‘Big Food’

Charlie Arnot, chief executive officer of the Center for Food Integrity, will speak at Kansas State University at 7 p.m. Monday, March 2, in Forum Hall at the K-State Student Union. Arnot will present, “Size Matters: Why We Love to Hate ‘Big Food.’” The presentation examines the relationship development and pattern of trust that consumers have with food and those who produce it.
2/17/2015 8:00:00 AM

Ever Strong: Program Encourages Strength Training as Part of Overall Health

Does the expression “strength training” conjure visions of hulky guys lifting weights or women with no body fat whatsoever working out on complex equipment? The idea of strength training can be intimidating, but it shouldn’t be, according to a Kansas State University family and consumer science specialist.
2/12/2015 8:00:00 AM

Robert Fraley, Monsanto, Meeting World Food Demands

The inaugural speaker in the new Henry C. Gardiner Global Food Systems Lecture Series at K-State: senior vice president and chief technology officer with Monsanto, Robert Fraley, discusses several aspects of meeting world food demands in the coming decades. See video
2/10/2015 8:00:00 AM

Meeting Global Food Demands - Part Two Play Audio

Robert Fraley continues his thoughts on how to meet an ever-growing population's food needs.

1/28/2015 6:00:00 PM

Meeting Global Food Demands - Part One Play Audio

 An extended conversation with the inaugural speaker in the new Henry C. Gardiner Global Food Systems Lecture Series at K-State:  senior vice president and chief technology officer with Monsanto,
Robert Fraley, discusses several aspects of meeting world food demands in the coming decades...what he thinks needs to happen in food production technology, why ramping up efforts to inform the public about how our food systems work is important, and why research partnerships between private agribusiness and land-grant universities remain essential to meeting world food challenges.

1/28/2015 6:00:00 PM

K-State Weed Scientists Seeking Input on Herbicide-Resistant Grasses

K-State weed scientists would like some help from producers, extension agents, crop consultants, agronomists, and others in documenting the distribution of two herbicide-resistant grassy weeds.
1/26/2015 8:00:00 AM

Take Steps to Better Health: Walk Kansas Starts March 15

It’s as simple as putting one step in front of another. That’s the idea behind Walk Kansas, an eight-week K-State Research and Extension program that starts March 15, designed to promote activity and better health.
1/22/2015 8:00:00 AM

Growing Vegetables for Profit is Focus of Conference in Liberal

The business of growing vegetables is the focus of a one-day conference at Seward County Community College in Liberal on Feb. 3. The conference is sponsored by K-State Research and Extension in Grant, Haskell, Meade, Seward, and Stevens counties.
1/14/2015 8:00:00 AM

K-State Announces New Grain Science and Industry Department Head

The College of Agriculture at Kansas State University has announced Gordon Smith as the new head of the Department of Grain Science and Industry. Smith will also direct the International Grains Program Institute, located in Manhattan. He will begin his official appointment Feb. 2.
1/13/2015 8:00:00 AM


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently announced its final rules for nationwide nutritional labeling on menus and vending machines. Before the end of the year, establishments with at least 20 locations will be required to post calorie counts on all menu items, calorie boards and drive thru displays. The new rules apply to restaurants, movie theaters, pizza parlors, amusement parks, grocery stores and anywhere else ready-to-eat meals are sold. K-State Research and Extension nutrition specialist Sandy Procter says that making calorie information available to consumers is an important first step in helping them make informed decisions for themselves and their families.

1/8/2015 6:00:00 PM

Success of Extension in 2014 Play Audio

The associate director of Extension at K-State, Daryl Buchholz, reflects on Extension's achievements in 2014, responding to the "grand challenges" that Kansans have identified for Extension to address...among them, water, global food systems, leadership development and community vitality.

12/17/2014 6:00:00 PM

K-State Experts Address Ways to Reduce Thanksgiving Meal Costs

Thanksgiving TurkeyTurkey, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie—all are common Thanksgiving Day foods. The good news for consumers is that the cost of a traditional Thanksgiving meal is slightly down per person this year, compared to last year, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) recently released data.
11/18/2013 8:00:00 AM

Push Processed Trans Fats Aside

Trans FatsAs the holiday season approaches, many thoughts run through people’s minds, thoughts that might include food, family, gatherings and gift wish lists. Considering the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s recent news that it plans to phase out the use of trans fats in foods, perhaps the perfect gift for someone this holiday season is a hot air popcorn popper.
11/13/2013 8:00:00 AM

What’s With the New Food Labels?

MANHATTAN, Kan. – New food labels on familiar products in the meat and produce departments at grocery stores may be helpful to consumers evaluating their food choices, a Kansas State University specialist said.
1/15/2009 8:00:00 AM

Is it Done Yet?  Food Pro Gives Baking Tips

MANHATTAN, Kan. – One of the dilemmas that first time and even veteran bakers encounter is in determining when a baked product is done.

11/24/2008 8:00:00 AM