Agricultural Experiment StationWestern Kansas Agricultural Research Centers: Colby-Garden City-Hays
Patrick I. Coyne, Head and Professor
Agricultural Research CenterHays
Investigations are primarily related to plant and animal systems specific to western Kansas, where rainfall is limited. They include beef grazing, feeding, and breeding studies; crop improvement, with special emphasis on wheat, sorghum, pearl millet, and specialty crop improvement; soil management; weed control; plant disease; and insect management.
Northwest Research-Extension Center Colby
Major areas of research are crop improvement; soil management; irrigation; weed control; and horticulture.
Southwest Research-Extension Center Garden City and Tribune
Current investigations involve irrigation research; dryland soil and crop management, crop improvement; weed control; insect and other pest control in crops and livestock; soil management; and beef cattle nutrition and management studies; environmental management for livestock operations.
KSU Southeast Agricultural Research Center
Professors Moyer and Sweeney; Associate Professor Kelley; Assistant Professor Long.
Research focuses on soil and water conservation; crop improvement; weed control; beef cattle grazing investigations; and forages.
Experiment fields and irrigation development farms
Experimental work is devoted to horticultural and forest crops at three fields: John Pair Horticultural Research Center (Wichita), Pecan Experiment Field (Chetopa), and East Central Horticulture Field (Olathe).
The Kansas Water Resources Research Institute conducts basic and applied research on water use and to train scientists in water resources. Representatives of K-State and the University of Kansas participate in institute policy making and research. Research is focused on finding the most effective ways of conserving, using, and distributing available water.
Food Science Institute
The Food Science Institute facilitates training of undergraduate and graduate students; basic and applied research initiatives; and technical and scientific information transfer to consumers, food industry, and governmental agencies. More than 40 faculty are members of the Food Science Institute. Faculty are located in the Departments of Agronomy; Animal Sciences and Industry; Biochemistry; Biological and Agricultural Engineering; Chemical Engineering; Diagnostic Medicine/ Pathobiology; Grain Science and Industry; Horticulture, Forestry, and Recreation Resources; Hotel, Restaurant, Institution Management and Dietetics; and Human Nutrition.
Center for Applied Statistics
Center for Applied Statistics provides consulting services for scientists associated with the Agricultural Experiment Station.
Kansas Center for Agricultural Resources and the Environment
The Kansas Center for Agricultural Resources and the Environment (KCARE) is an interdisciplinary research and education unit of K-State Research and Extension whose purpose is to provide focus on environmental issues related to agriculture. The center works with faculty from academic departments to provide coordination and support for research and educational activities in natural resources and environmental management. The center also works to garner financial support for programs and serves as a single point of contact for agencies and organizations outside K-State who have interest in natural resource and environmental issues.
Kansas Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Alternative Crops
KCSAAC is an interdisciplinary center that supports family farms in Kansas through research, education, and outreach programs focusing on production, storage, processing, and marketing technologies that boost small farm profitability, protect natural resources, and enhance rural communities. Examples of activities include evaluating production and marketing of new crops for Kansas, providing educational programs on value-added processing and niche marketing, and providing educational programs on whole farm planning and environmental assessment. KCSAAC was created by the 2000 Kansas Legislature out of concern for the survival of family farms.
Plant Biotechnology Center
The Plant Biotechnology Center links scientists in several colleges and departments who use molecular biology and cell and tissue culture to modify the plant genome. The center's mission is to use biotechnology to add quality and value to Kansas products.
The major emphasis is to develop systems, approaches, linkages, and a knowledge base to apply biotechnology to plant improvement. The goals are to enhance yield and product quality for traditional uses and to explore value-added uses for novel markets.
Projects include activities that are immediately important to Kansas agriculture and that have a high probability of success in a relatively short period of time. They also include a component of basic research that will reach application at a later time. An important consideration is work on Kansas plants and plant products that could be designed to better meet the demands of national and international markets.