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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
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!
 
 

KSU Garden Luncheon Series - A Cutting Garden
The 2014 Luncheon Series present A Cutting Garden at the Shirley Farms, in Vermillion.  Date of event is Thursday, July 31, from 9:00 am - 11:00 am. 
 
 
 

K-State hosts National Walnut Council Meeting
The department recently hosted 215 members of the Walnut Council for their national meeting in Manhattan. Dr. Charles Barden, co-chair of the meeting received a plaque in appreciation from Liz Jackson, Walnut Council executive director. Bob Atchison of the Kansas Forest Service also served as co-chair. The group visited the department's research area near Tuttle Creek state park, to review over 40 years of research results related to growing quality black walnut trees. Black walnut is the most valuable tree grown in Kansas, contributing millions of dollars annually to the state's economy with the planting, managing and harvesting of both timber and nuts.

New Pavilion at John C. Pair Horticulture Center, South of Wichita
Westar Pavilion
The John C. Pair Horticultural Center has a new 3,000 sq. ft. pavilion compliments of the Westar Green Team.  The group uses recycled utility poles and volunteers time to assist with environmental related projects across Kansas.  This gathering space will be used frequently by groups visiting the center.